One of my favorite parts of social networking technology is the way it can reflect to other events — especially events involving millions of people. Last year's MTV VMAs saw a Twitter explosion early on as Taylor Swift's acceptance speech was famously interrupted by Kanye West.
This year's MTV VMAs were no exception, but a new Twitter Tracker on the MTV site kept viewers informed of current Twitter trends and major traffic spikes.

A few highlights from last night's event, as documented by Twitter:

  • 300,000 VMA tweets were posted before show even started.
  • One of the most popular hashtags of the evening? The Twitter-promoted #IfBieberMetGaga tag.

Check out the rest of the list after the break.

  • During Rihanna's surprise appearance with Eminem, 4700 tweets were posted each minute. During Taylor Swift's performance, 3800 tweets per minute were posted.
  • One hour and 17 minutes into the ceremony, Twitter users posted just over 1million VMA-related tweets.

The Twitter Tracker also makes it easy to search for top trends during each moment of the show; select the minute you'd like to view from the graph to view the most popular tags in each minute.

Did you follow Twitter during the VMAs?