Tweets Per Second is increasing year over year
When measuring a social event, Twitter execs use a figure called Tweets Per Second (TPS) to assess how popular something is. The TPS figure has been growing year over year, as more people sign up for the service use it as a real-time digital water cooler. When Michael Jackson died in 2009, Twitter’s servers buckled under the weight of the 493 TPS that were being sent. Two years later, when Beyonce showed off her baby bump at the MTV VMAs, 8,868 tweets were sent per second.