World Cup final breaks Twitter record

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Germany's Lukas Podolski (left) and Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrate with the World Cup trophy after winning the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014. Picture: Kai Pfaffenbach

Paris - Germany’s nail-biting victory over Argentina in the World Cup final entered the record books on social media giants Twitter and Facebook.

Sunday’s match generated a record number of tweets a minute as the final whistle went, Twitter said on Monday.

A total of 618 725 tweets a minute were registered after Germany scored the winning goal in extra time to defeat Argentina 1-0, the social network said.

That beat the 580 000 tweets a minute generated during host Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany last week.

However, the overall number of tweets during the match was 32.1 million, fewer than the 35.6 million posts during the Brazil-Germany semifinal.

Sunday’s final was also the most talked about sporting event on Facebook, with a total of 280 million interactions by 88 million users, including comments, likes, and posts, the social media giant said. - AFP

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