Tim Tebow sets sports record for tweets per second

Mon, Jan 9
Tim TebowRon Chenoy/US PresswireTim Tebow's game-winning touchdown pass on Sunday night sent the Twitter world all atwitter.

Tim Tebow didn't just cause fans to erupt in living rooms across the country by lifting the Broncos past the Steelers on Sunday night. He also created a firestorm of reaction on social media.

Tebow's heroics set a new record for tweets generated by a sports moment -- 9,420 tweets per second.

Tebow's thrilling overtime touchdown pass beat out the following top moments in Twitter sports history:

July 17, 2011: Team USA loses Women's World Cup to Japan (7,196 tweets per second). The U.S. women's national team captivated many soccer fans, both serious and casual, across America. Japan's rise to glory after a devastating series of earthquakes and tsunamis captivated the world.

May 28, 2011: Barcelona defeats Manchester United in UEFA Champions League final (6,303 tweets per second). Manchester United is to European club soccer as the New York Yankees are to baseball -- and polarizing teams generate excitement online, especially in defeat.

June 12, 2011: Dallas defeats Miami to win NBA championship (5,531 tweets per second). The 2010-11 Miami Heat were perhaps the greatest villains in recent sports history. Twitter erupted when LeBron James was sent home ringless in a Game 6 loss to the Mavericks.

Tebow also beat out major moments in pop culture history, including Beyonce's pregnancy announcement at the MTV Video Music Awards, which checked in at 8,868 tweets per second on Aug. 28, 2011.

Even the news of Osama bin Laden's death didn't generate as much Twitter reaction as Tebow. On May 2, 2011, tweets about bin Laden's death generated 5,106 tweets per second.