Germany’s Stunning World Cup Win Over Brazil Is The Most-Tweeted Sports Game Ever

Such a fantastic match, I shared a few tweets myself at the time. A shame for Brazil to be so publicly humiliated, but Germany proved themselves a force to be reckoned with!!


For a long time yesterday, I couldn’t see any tweet in my regular feed that wasn’t in some way linked to the Germany/Brazil semifinal World Cup match – and apparently, I wasn’t alone. The devastating 7-1 victory by Germany was the most activity around a single sports game on Twitter ever (via THR), surpassing the Super Bowl from earlier this year.

Brazil’s routing garnered 35.6 million tweets during the game itself, and at peak volume, 580,166 people were tweeting about it at the same time. That compares to 24.9 million tweets during the Super Bowl, with a max frequency of 381,605 tweets per minute. The trouncing easily beat the next-most popular World Cup game on Twitter, which was the Brazil/Chile match from the earlier round of 16, with only 16.4 million tweets posted during the match.

As for the top moments during the game, the 5-0 score by Sami Khedira…

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Music and Regional Tastes: A Closer Look

Nice bit of audio streaming data collected in the USA. Lovely to see Bonobo and The XX included! 🙂

Music Machinery

In previous posts we looked at how gender and age can affect listening preferences. Today we take a look at how the location of a listener may affect their listening preferences.


For this study, I sampled the listening preferences of about a quarter million listeners that have a zip code associated with their account. update: Listener data is drawn from a variety of music streaming services that are powered by The Echo Nest. I aggregated these listeners into regions (state, regional and all-US). To compare regions I look at the top-N most popular artists  based upon listener plays in each region and look for artists that have a substantial change in rank between the two regions. These artists are the artists that define the taste for the region.

As an example let’s compare Tennessee to New England. If we look at the top 100 artists listened to in Tennessee and…

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