The opening match of the World Cup, between Brazil and Croatia, sparked over 12.2 million tweets from users in over 150 countries. Also Read - The Indian connect: From Parag Agrawal to Sundar Pichai, Indian minds are ruling the tech world
Unsurprisingly, the most mentioned player during the match was Neymar –@NeymarJr , who picked up 165,000 new followers in the course of one day, or ten times his daily average. The Brazilian soccer star now has over 11 million Twitter followers in total. Among the most shared tweets was one from the Belgian player Eden Hazard –@hazardeden congratulating his friend Oscar on his goal. Also Read - Twitter's new CEO Parag Agrawal is racist, trolls say quoting an 11-year-old tweet
— Eden hazard (@hazardeden10) June 12, 2014
The message was retweeted over 15,000 times. Fans also took to Twitter to share their photos of the match highlights, whether taken on site at the Arena Corinthians or at home in front of the TV. Since June 10, Twitter has brought back the “hashflags” feature, so that tweeting a hashtag and the three-letter code of a competing country prompts the appearance of its flag. The social network will keep tabs on which countries are ahead in the hashflag race throughout the tournament. For now, Brazil is in first place (#BRA), followed by Spain (#ESP).