Olympics generate 150 million tweets

The London Olympics were hailed as the first `Twitter Olympics' and the statistics are in to confirm that they certainly were.

In 16 days, 150 million bite-sized chunks of information were sent through the micro-blogging site, according to Andrew Fitzgerald, Twitter's editorial programming manager.

Usain Bolt topped the list for most discussed athletes, generating 80,000 tweets per minute when he won gold in the 200m sprint and 74,000 when he won the 100m sprint.

Andy Murray's tennis win over Roger Federer came third, inspiring 57,000 tweets per minute.

Bolt also won the overall Twitter record, inspiring over 1 million tweets during the Games.

Nine other Olympians joined him with more than one million tweets - Michael Phelps, Tom Daley, Ryan Lochte, Gabby Douglas, Andy Murray, Kobe Bryant, Yohan Blake, Lee Chong Wei and LeBron James.

Football was Twitter's favourite sport, with over 5 million tweets sent.

Surprisingly it wasn't a sporting feat that took out the record. The Spice Girls performing Stop Right Now at the closing ceremony generated 116,000 tweets per minute.