The London Games provided us with an impressive list of stunning victories. But few things observed in the pool, on the track or within the Copper Box can match what occurred Sunday night on Twitter: The Spice Girls (the Spice Girls!) won the closing ceremonies.
Twitter has just released its definitive number-crunching recap of the Olympics, tallying the most discussed athletes, events and individual moments based on the number of tweets posted worldwide. And nobody generated more digital conversation than Posh, Baby, Ginger, Scary and... and... the other one, who inspired more than 116,000 tweets per minute during their performance.
Other Twitter-smashing performances, according to the site's own blog? Usain Bolt's history-making run in the 200-meter, which generated 80,000 tweets per minute! His 100-meter run generated 70,000. British favorite Andy Murray's tennis gold, Jamacia's men's 4x100 relay win and Team USA's hoops win over Spain also made the short list of the Olympics' most OMG! RT! RT! moments.
How do they do that?? 16 ridiculous photos of U.S. gymnasts!
Bolt's run of dominance didn't end there. In addition to his three track medals, he also took home the almost-as-significant gold for being the Most Discussed Athlete of the Games.
Bolt's @UsainBolthandle topped the list, followed by Michael Phelps ( @MichaelPhelps), British diver Tom Daley (@ TomDaley1994), swimmer/philosopher Ryan Lochte ( @ryanlochte) and 'The Flying Squirrel' herself, Gabrielle Douglas ( @gabrielledoug).
Curiously, Kobe Bryant came in seventh on the list, despite not even being on Twitter. Then again, that was partly why he made the list, as the hashtag #GetKobeOnTwitter surged among hoops fans.
Overall, Twitter reports more than 150 million Olympics-related tweets over the fortnight-plus of London 2012. The moment which sparked the most action was Kobe Bryant's showtime dunk toward the end of the USA's gold medal game vs. Spain -- which was nice, but he's still no Spice Girl.
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