Usain Bolt is hailed as the fastest runner on this planet, right now. The sheer number of victories and records he has to his name affirm this. During London Olympics 2012, Bolt stood his ground and was able to defend the very titles he owned in last Olympics; something that no one had achieved twice in a lifetime. And while he did scoop the gold in the 200-meter run, he also added yet another record to his name.
During the 200-meter race, while Bolt was running at a lightening speed on the track, leaving behind his competitors to clinch the victory, another race was going on over the social media. Bolt fans on Twitter were engaged in a frenzy of tweets about their idol. The bulk of these tweets was so massive that Twitter had to mention through a tweet that ‘@usainbolt sets a new Olympic Games conversation record with over 80,000 TPM (tweets per minute) for his 200m victory.’
The 80,000 tweets per minute record is the highest ever tweet frequency on a topic that Twitter has seen so far. Bolt surely has a massive fan following on the microblogging site with 1.3 million followers. The frenzy of London Olympics 2012 was also significant in bringing him hundreds of thousands of new followers.
In view of this, Bolt is quite right when he tweeted, “I am now a living legend that’s for sure.” Unlike many other Olympics sportsmen, Bolt has a strong presence on the social media and keeps engaging with his fans through his Twitter account.