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October 15, 2012

24-mile skydive a boon for YouTube, social media

— Felix Baumgartner's 24-mile skydive from the stratosphere on Sunday was a boon for social networks as millions of users shared in the wonder of the moment from their computers, tablets and phones.

Here's a look at how the world, through the Internet, watched the jump.

YOUTUBE:

As Baumgartner ascended in the balloon, so did the number of viewers watching YouTube's live stream of the event. Its popularity grew as the moment of the jump drew closer, as people kept sharing links on Twitter and Facebook and websites embedded the stream. YouTube officials said Baumgartner's jump set a record prompting 8 million concurrent streams.

In the United States, the opportunity to watch the jump on TV was limited to the Discovery Channel, though more than 40 television networks in 50 total countries carried the lived feed, organizers said. It was streamed by more than 130 digital outlets.

FACEBOOK:

After Baumgartner landed, sponsor Red Bull posted a picture of the daredevil on his knees to Facebook. In less than 40 minutes, the picture was shared more than 29,000 times and generated nearly 216,000 likes and more than 10,000 comments. Immediately after the jump, Red Bull solicited questions for Baumgartner through Facebook and Twitter, promising to answer three at a post-jump news conference.

TWITTER:

During the jump and the moments after Baumgartner safely landed, half the worldwide trending topics on Twitter had something to do with the jump — pushing past tweets about Justin Bieber and seven NFL football games being played at the same time. Celebrities of all kinds weighed in, including athletes, actors and high-profile corporate executives.

"It's pretty amazing that I can watch, live on my computer, a man riding a balloon to the edge of space so he can jump out of it. (hashtag)TheFuture," tweeted Wil Wheaton, who acted in the iconic science-fiction series "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

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