The Powerball jackpot is soaring to record heights and drawing in extra attention from all over, especially on social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram.
The current Powerball jackpot for May 15 is set at an estimated $350 million, making it the third highest Powerball jackpot recorded. This record prize has everyone rushing to buy tickets and taking to social media to show their excitement and hopes for winning the third highest Powerball jackpot in recorded history. So just how many people are taking to social media?
Sites such as Twitter and Instagram utilize the hashtag symbol, #, to mark keywords or topics within a post. This tool allows the site to categorize messages and trending topics. Hashtags also allow for an easier more organic way to search for tweets, pictures, and topics.
Since it’s launch in October 2010, Instagram has averaged 33 #Powerball posts per day with a total of 32,284 #Powerball images. Since Saturday’s drawing ended without a winner, Instagram has seen closer to 60 #Powerball posts per day, almost doubling the Powerball hype in just 2 days.
Twitter has also seen an increase in #Powerball interest. Under #Powerball, there have been almost 1,000 tweets posted since the drawing on May 11. With more people posting every few seconds, the numbers keep increasing with the jackpot. People using #Powerball have been showing their anticipation and excitement, as well as what they will do if they win.
To join the Powerball conversation, get to Twitter, Instagram, or your other favorite social media outlet and spread the Powerball hype!