#BBCtrending: Brazil's World Cup thrashing breaks Twitter records
- 9 July 2014
Brazil's 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup semi-final has broken social media records.
The match was the most discussed sports game ever on Twitter, according to the company - with more than 35 million tweets. On Facebook it was a similar story. The match triggered the highest level of conversation on Facebook for any single World Cup game so far. More than 66 million people had over 200 million interactions and host nation Brazil dominated about a quarter of the global conversation.
Social media users almost couldn't keep up with with the rate at which Germany were scoring goals. Twitter Data shows there were a record number of tweets posted per minute - the peak being when Sami Khedira scored Germany's fifth goal of the match. At that point 580,166 tweets were posted per minute.
Unsurprisingly people used social media to share their feelings about the game - be it shock, dismay, delight, elation, or hysteria. It was a rollercoaster of emotions for both sides. Images and videos showing Brazilian fans in tears were widely shared on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine. During the match parody pictures of well-known landmarks were doing the rounds and had become a meme by the final whistle.
Along with heavy condemnation of their team's performance, Brazilians used Twitter to reflect on the situation and display national pride. #WeStillProudOfYouBrazil was trending after the game with more than 37,000 tweets. And it seems that the team's acting captain David Luis still has the unwavering support of Brazilian Twitter. The hashtag #DavidOBrasilTeAma (David Brazil loves you) was the top trend in Brazil, and has been tweeted more than 175,000 times.
Reporting by Anne-Marie Tomchak
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