The World Cup went under way yesterday with a brilliant winning start for the hosts Brazil. As was expected, Twitter went alive. Here are 5 interesting data points according to Twitter

Over 12.2 million Tweets were sent during the match

And this is only counting tweets that included the official #BRAvsCRO hashtag.

Tweets came from 150 different countries

Below is an awesome real-time visualization of how people tweeted during the course of the game

Brazil’s Neymar Junior (@NeymarJr) was the most mentioned player

No surprises, as the kid lived up to fans’ expectations of him. Not only did he score the all important equaliser to nullify Marcelo’s blunder, he also netted in a very controversial penalty kick, no doubt the clincher for Brazil.

Neymar Junior gained over 165,000 followers

Scoring 2 important goals in a World Cup opener comes with its perks, including but not limited to gaining 10 times your normal daily followership within the space of about 2 hours.

The most retweeted match-related tweet

Chelsea FC’s Oscar scored Brazil’s third and final goal. His club team mate, Eden Hazard, took to Twitter to congratulate him. He was retweeted over 13,000 times.

Source: Twitter Blog

Muyiwa Matuluko Author

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