Dec 11, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT
The Olympics seem to demand every second of the world’s media attention when they arrive for two seemingly short weeks every couple years.
Now, with 2012 coming to an end, Twitter tallied up the tweets and announced that the Olympics were the most talked about event around the globe, raking in 150 million tweets over its 16 days this summer.
By comparison, the contentious U.S. election garnered 31 million tweets on voting day, though a picture of President Barack Obama hugging his wife became the most retweeted picture in history.
As for the athletes, Usain Bolt won gold for the most popular moment, earning 80,000 tweets per minute after he became the first man to win both the 100m and 200m at consecutive Olympics.
Unfortunately he couldn’t beat the Spice Girls performance at the Closing Ceremony, which earned 115,000 tweets per minute and peaked when London Mayor Boris Johnson began dancing with the girls.
- Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski, Terry Gannon named NBC’s lead figure skating announcers 0
- Oscar Pistorius sentenced to maximum 5 years in prison 3
- The jump for the ages: Mike Powell, Bob Beamon and a revered world record 0
- Apolo Ohno on Ironman: A milestone among my 8 Olympic medals 1
- Beijing Marathon run through smog (video, photos) 0
- Aksel Lund Svindal injured playing soccer, likely out most of season 0
- Justin Gatlin not among IAAF Athlete of the Year award finalists 0
- Emotional Bode Miller medals in race that mattered most (61)
- Russian women kissing after relay victory at World Championships causes stir (60)
- IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics (47)
- South Korea filing official complaint over Yuna Kim’s Olympic silver (39)
- Zola Budd, 47, dominates college runners in 5K (33)