Woolwich mentioned 449,360 times on Twitter in 24 hours following attack

Following the murder of Lee Rigby at Woolwich on Wednesday, ‘Woolwich’ was mentioned almost half a million on Twitter in the 24 hours that followed, research from social media intelligence company NetBase has found.

The research, carried out for The Drum, discovered that the conversation peaked at about 4pm GMT on Wednesday, 22 May. This was followed by another drive between 6am and midday on 23 May, as more information was revealed. NetBase found that 67 per cent of the sentiment on Twitter was negative, as the mentions included murder, attacks, riots and terrorism, while 23 per cent were positive.