- POSTED: 15 Jul 2014 10:16
- UPDATED: 15 Jul 2014 10:32
A total of 672 million tweets were sent during the month-long 2014 World Cup event in Brazil, with the peak being the semi-final match between host Brazil and eventual champions Germany, according to Twitter.
SINGAPORE: Football fans around the world are no longer confined to their TV sets when watching the World Cup; they are sharing their experiences - joys or sorrows - with everyone who is online via social media sites such as Twitter.
According to a statement by the microblogging site operator on Tuesday (July 15), a total of 672 million tweets with the hashtag #WorldCup were sent relating to the 32-day, 64-match World Cup, which started on June 12 and ended on July 14.
Twitter did add that while the figure is the highest number it had announced related to an event, it's difficult to compare the World Cup to, for example, the single-game Super Bowl, the one-night Oscars, or the 16-day Olympics.
In terms of the most tweets for a single game, the contest between host Brazil and eventual champions Germany drew the most reactions online. A total of 35.6 million tweets were sent during the July 8 match, which saw Brazil surrender to a disappointing 7-1 defeat, according to the statement.
The most-mentioned player during the competition was Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr, who played a starring role in advancing his team's cause during the early stages of the competition. The fact that he had to sit out the rest of the competition after suffering a fractured vertebrae during the quarter-final match against Colombia did not impact his popularity on Twitter, apparently.
Fellow Barcelona F.C. team-mate and Argentinian Lionel Messi came in second after captaining his side to second place in the competition, while Uruguayan hothead Luis Suarez came in third thanks to the now-infamous biting incident with Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.
There was a slight change in focus for Singapore football fans though. Twitter said the most-mentioned footballer here was Messi, while Suarez came in second. Brazil's David Luiz came in third over Neymar Jr. The same order was also seen with fans across Asia-Pacific, the company added.