I thought it would be fun to track the tweets during the Royal Wedding along with providing a test for some backend changes to Politwitter i've made to better handle high volume of tweets on election day.
I ran into a problem though! The Twitter Streaming API seemed to cap-out at 51 tweets/sec (3060 tweets/min). I know my database can handle inserts per/sec MUCH higher than that from my tests, so it seems to be a ceiling on the Twitter API. If you know more about this please let me know! I doubt Canadian political Twitter will ever reach that volume though. So the stats are not totally accurate because for 2 hours the tweets/sec were greater than this limit as you can see in the chart below. Lets get to the stats I was able to collect!
From 3:00am - 6:00pm (London time) there were 1,242,321 tweets!
Top Retweeted Tweets
The Royal Wedding dominated the Twitter top trends
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