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140 million messages exchanged on Facebook during opening match
According to Facebook, the opening Work Cup match was followed by 58 million people and about 140 million messages were exchanged during the event. Brazilians represented a 30 percent share of Facebook traffic that day.
Twitter sees massive traffic peaks
Twitter was used by 59 percent of soccer fans during the World Cup opening match, according to a Global Web Index study. All the 32 national squads had accounts active as the World Cup started, including Iran, a country notoriously restrictive in terms of social media use.
During the Brazil and Chile match, 16.4 million tweets sent during one game, making it the largest sporting event ever commented on the social network. The missed Chilean penalty kick earned 389 thousand tweets per minute, surpassing the last Superbowl event by 7,000 posts over the same period.
Twitter follower counts of players have skyrocketed
Brazil is the World Cup host for the first time since 1950 - and as expected the Brazilian players have dominated the Twitter charts. On the day of the opening ceremony alone, the Twitter profile of Brazilian footballer Neymar, who already had an audience of more than 11 million people, got 165,000 new followers. He gets an average of 75,000 new followers daily. However France - in particular Paul Pogba - have seen one of the greatest increases in Twitter followers, according to numbers released by the microblogging tool.