May 4, 2011 at 10:43 AM ET
With the news of Osama bin Laden's death, searches for "bin Laden" surged 1 million percent on Google, according to a tweet sent out by the search giant.
The timing, between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. PT May 1, coincided with Sunday night's record-breaking action on Twitter, where many found out about the terrorist's death.
There's no doubt news of Public Enemy No.1's death was huge: Twitter said messages posted between 7:45 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. PT that night were the "highest sustained rates of Tweets ever," with Twitter averaging 3,000 tweets per second during that time, which Technolog's Suzanne Choney explored in this story.
The peak of that night came at "at exactly" 8 p.m. PT Sunday with 5,106 tweets per second.
Just two days before the bin Laden news broke, the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton dominated social media and live streaming views and also took in some healthy activity on Google. But, as the chart below shows, the searches for "Osama bin Laden killed" eclipsed the royal wedding searches at its peak.
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