Tweeting Goals

Twitter traffic spikes with World Cup goals

The Associated Press
United States' Michael Bradley, foreground, celebrates next to United States' Landon Donovan, back, after scoring a game-tying goal during the World Cup group C soccer match between Slovenia and the United States at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday.

NEW YORK (AP) - When a World Cup goal is scored, Twitter celebrates.

The social networking site is seeing record traffic every time a big goal is scored in the soccer tournament. Though Twitter normally sees about 750 tweets per second on an average day, there were a record 2,940 tweets per second after Japan scored against Cameroon on Monday.

Nearly as much traffic was reported after Brazil's first goal against North Korea on Monday, as well as after Mexico's tying goal against South Africa on June 11.

Twitter has yet to announce its numbers for Friday's U.S.-Slovenia 2-2 draw, which was likely to have also caused huge amounts of activity.

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