According to twitter data collected and analyzed by Topsy Labs, News of the tragic death of singer and artist Whitney Houston was first announced on twitter, a full 27 minutes before main stream media, including the Associate Press, reported it to the world. Topsy Labs is the creator of Topsy, a real-time search engine that indexes and ranks search results based on the most influential conversations millions of people are having in the Social Web.
The tweet was from a tweep by the name of Big Chorizo ( @chilemasgrande ) who tweeted.
My sources say Whitney Houston found dead in Beverly hills hotel.. Not in the news yet!!
— Big Chorizo (@chilemasgrande) February 12, 2012 4:30 PM PST
On the Social Web, the tragic news of Whiteney Houston’s death spread faster than Monica Lewinsky’s legs did for President Bill Clinton .
According to Topsy Labs, there were over 2.5 million tweets and retweets in the first hour following the announcement of Whitney Houston’s death. This adds up to over a 1,000 tweets per second.
The news of Houston’s death peaked at 5:23 p.m. PST with 61,227 tweets in just that one minute.