News Of Whitney Houston Death First Broken On Twitter!

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.

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.

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