Germany v Brazil World Cup Thrashing Broke Twitter Records

The Germany Vs Brazil Semi-final match in this year’s World Cup has certainly caught the attention of any football fan or anyone involved in football after their 7-1 thrashing against the home team a couple of days ago. The thrashing on the pitch was not the only top score to grab people’s attention as twitters servers also got a thrashing through a record-breaking 580,000 tweets per minute being sent around the world.

In a statement following the match, Twitter reported that the new record washed out the previous record which was set earlier this year during the Super Bowl which stood at 24.9m tweets. In comparison this match topped 35.6m tweets.

This new record has been great advertising for Twitter, showing that their growth is still going strong. Other events over the last few years that have stood out on twitter include Beyoncé’s half time performance during last year’s Super Bowl at 268,000 TMP (Tweets per minute), Miley Cyrus’ MTC VMA performance at 360,000 TMP and this year’s Brazil Vs Chile World Cup match, which during penalties topped out at 388,985 TMP.

Although some analysts say Twitter is a dying trend and social media such a Facebook is more popular, this record-breaking event has shown that this is far from the case. With the World Cup final now only a few days away, if Germany give their opponents yet another trashing there is a chance that we could see the current record being broken once again.

Source and Image courtesy: The Guardian

Russia Blames US Lasers for Knocking Them Out of the World Cup

I’ll be straight up and say first of all that I’m not one bit interested in football and things such as the world cup, where national pride is at stake, also fail to grab my interest – those who know me know what it think about the sport but that is not to say that the tech the goes into it these days is not worth writing about. We all know that England are out of the Cup and although they [apparently for all I know] were eliminated fair and square, it seems that Russia’s kick off the tables may be anything but fair.

According to Russia’s team coach Fabio Capello, Igor Akinfeev who is Russia’s goalkeeper was blinded by a laser that was aimed at him from the other end of the stadium in a bid to knock his attention, causing him to lose a goal.

Now as it stands there is some strong evidence from TV footage of the game that Akinfeev was indeed blinded by something being shone at him and this Capello made clear during a press conference directly after the game.

“He was blinded by the laser beam. There are pictures. You can see that in the footage. This not an excuse, it is a fact. There was a laser. I have never come up with excuses to get by in my entire life.”

What will come of the incident is not yet known and if a laser was shone at him, there is not likely to be any certainly as to who did it and from who’s point of view they were doing it and sadly this won’t change the outcome of the game where the US are through to the next round and Russia, like many other teams are on their way home.

I can probably guess that many of you are keen football fans so I’ll leave this topic open to discussion. What do you make of the incident? Should it be investigated further and should there be further checks at the stadium entrances to stop people from bringing in lasers for this purpose?

Source: Fudzilla

Piracy Helping Iron Maiden’s Popularity In South America

Piracy apparently isn’t such a big deal for the British metal band Iron Maiden. They relied on data-mining company, Musicmetric, to monitor its growth on social media websites and found that there was a spike in popularity over in Latin America. Ironically enough Latin America is also where a large amount of Iron Maiden’s materials get pirated, but instead of using those metrics to hunt the pirates down, Iron Maiden decided to fly down there and put on a show for them.

Their efforts, instead of pursuing the legal option, have actually managed to net the band around $2.5 million in revenue from a single show that was recently held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This move also managed to garner the band an additional 5 million followers on its social media pages from 2012 to 2013. Artists typically make a huge bulk of their money from touring and selling merchandise.

While album sales are important, they are typically used to help recoup expenses made by the record label in the production and marketing of the album, with cuts typically favouring the label. Iron Maiden is also well-established which means that this would be easier for them to pull off compared to an up and coming artist.

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