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Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 07/18/2011

Women’s World Cup sets Twitter record

Twitter saw record tweets per second this weekend. Above, Japan's Homare Sawa, center, celebrates scoring her side's second goal. (Martin Meissner - AP)
Twitter hit new heights over the weekend as users weighed in on the Women’s World Cup. The service saw 7,196 tweets per second at the end of the final game, where Japan stunned with an upset victory.

Soccer fans also set a new second-place record for tweets per second over the weekend, during the Paraguay/Brazil game, according to a quick message on the company’s official Twitter feed.

New Tweets per second records! End of the #WWC final: 7196 TPS. And today's end to the Paraguay/Brazil game is now 2nd with 7166 TPS.Mon Jul 18 00:36:21 via web

The Japanese have clearly embraced Twitter as a medium — the previous TPS record was set during the country’s New Year’s celebration. The service was also a vital link to the country following a devastating earthquake that hit the Tohoku region in March, when Twitter saw a 500 percent increase in Tweets coming from Japan.

In April, data from ComScore found Japan has the second-highest Twitter use in the world, with an estimated 26.6 percent of the puopulation using the site. In January, the firm reported that Twitter was the country’s most popular social network.

On Friday, Twitter celebrated the five-year anniversary of opening its network to the public, giving the company the chance to show off how far it’s come since its launch in 2006.

“Yesterday, we saw more than 600,000 signups. It took us more than *16 months* to reach the first 600,000 Twitter accounts,” Twitter spokeswoman Carolyn Penner wrote on the company’s feed.

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