What moves at the speed of 15,000 tweets per second? Well, apparently Spain’s Euro Cup 2012 title winning victory over Italy Sunday.

The social networking site reported a total of 16.5 million tweets worldwide during the match, a sports-related record for Twitter.

Just after the fourth Spanish goal, Twitter said the total global traffic on its platform peaked at 15,358 tweets per second, a sporting event record.

"Commentators, fans and athletes around the world supported their teams in song, in face paint and in tweets" throughout the Euro 2012, Twitter said in a blog.

As fans increasingly use social media to connect during major sports competitions, new "tweet per second" records are constantly being set.

Twitter registered a peak of 12,233 tweets per second during the final three minutes of the Super Bowl in February.

An earlier record was set during the final match of the 2011 Women's World Cup, a match in Germany that saw 7,196 tweets per second, including 13 from President Barack Obama. In that game, Japan's team defeated the U.S. on penalty kicks following a 2-2 draw.

Among those who tweeted Sunday was Pele, the retired Brazilian star. He congratulated Spain and said he was looking forward to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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