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Alex Ferguson's Retirement: Nearly 1.5M Tweets in 1 Hour

By - Source: Crave | B 15 comments

Saying goodbye to an institution.

To say Sir Alex Ferguson is something of a fixture at Manchester United Football Club would be a bit of an understatement. He's managed the football club since 1986. So, it stands to reason that when he announced his plans to retire, there was a pretty widespread reaction. In fact, Crave reports that Twitter has seen nearly one and a half million tweets in the space of an hour.

The news was actually first announced on Twitter, with the official club feed releasing the following tweet at 09:17 (local time) this morning:

"Sir Alex Ferguson retires.

So far, that tweet has been retweeted almost 32,000 times and favorited by nearly 3,200 Twitter users. According to CNet, the knock-on effect from this tweet was 1.4 million mentions of the story in just an hour. The official MUFC feed has been tweeting reactions from various different personalities (including David Beckham and Prime Minister David Cameron) all day, finished each tweet with the hashtag #thankyousiralex. 

If you want to keep up with the Alex Ferguson retirement news, you can check out the liveblog that the Guardian newspaper has going on.

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    toolman129 , May 9, 2013 12:11 AM
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    Parsian , May 9, 2013 1:16 AM
    he is legend. Miss you.
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    cpy85 , May 9, 2013 2:41 AM

    Exactly my thoughts, who is he and why should we care?
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    blubbey , May 9, 2013 3:02 AM
    Manager of Manchester United (Man U), a team in the Premier League, has been for 27 years, won 38 trophies in that time. They have quite a few supporters - - and if it's increased at the same rate more than 10% of the world are supporters, more than double the US's population. So yeah. A pretty popular person probably.
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    greghome , May 9, 2013 8:09 AM
    Exactly my thoughts, who is he and why should we care?

    You do know that America is the only place where American football is called football right?
    and also the only place where the game is played.........
    Football Football or in your case an international sport enjoyed by almost every nation, including Americans, but mostly the rest of the world :p 
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    fkr , May 9, 2013 8:40 AM
    I always thought that in countries where people were good at soccer it was called futball.
    but in the end soccer is just 1800's slang for association, as in football association.
    soccer (n.)
    1889, socca, later socker (1891), soccer (1895), originally university slang (with jocular formation -er (3)), from a shortened form of Assoc., abbreviation of association in Football Association (as opposed to Rugby football); cf. rugger, but they hardly could have taken the first three letters of Assoc.
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    back_by_demand , May 9, 2013 9:32 AM
    Worlds most valuable sports team brand at $2.2 billion, put that in context, the NY Yankees are worth $1.8 billion, as are the Dallas Cowboys
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    back_by_demand , May 9, 2013 9:39 AM
    Worlds most valuable sports team brand at $2.2 billion, put that in context, the NY Yankees are worth $1.8 billion, as are the Dallas Cowboys
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    internetlad , May 9, 2013 9:58 AM
    Tech news!
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    COLGeek , May 9, 2013 11:48 AM
    Average US Sports Fan: "Who?"
    Average Sports Fan from Anywhere Else on the Planet: "Say it isn't so!"
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    duramax08 , May 9, 2013 11:58 AM
    Oh, you mean soccer.
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    mamailo , May 9, 2013 1:54 PM
    Thanks for the memories Sir Alex.
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    pacomac , May 9, 2013 3:15 PM
    Only ignorant Americans will question who Sir Alex Ferguson is. Even starving kids in the remotest deprived areas of Africa would know who he is!
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    fkr , May 9, 2013 8:22 PM
    Forbes puts the Yankees net worth at 2.3 last month. so learn how to take a shower, shave and put some deodorant on.
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    blubbey , May 10, 2013 6:15 AM
    Actually Fkr, they're now worth in excess of $3bn:
    According to the magazine, Man United – who have headed every list since it was introduced in 2004 – are now worth $3.17bn, while Madrid are now valued at $3.3bn.