Kerrie Mitchell
June 26, 2009 AT 07:47 PM EDT

Maybe it goes without saying at this point, but it turns out that Twitter was one of the first places people went to react to Michael Jackson’s death. The usual celebrity suspects weighed in almost immediately: Ashton Kutcher tweeted, “Rip Sending love and light to family and friend but especially his kids.” John Mayer wrote, “I think we’ll mourn his loss as well as the loss of ourselves as children listening to Thriller on the record player.” They apparently weren’t the only ones chiming in with condolences. Paid Content reported yesterday that Twitter’s search engine was swamped in the aftermath of Jackson’s passing, with the site at one point disabling the search field on user’s home page. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone told the LA Times: “We saw an instant doubling of tweets per second the moment the story broke….This particular news about the passing of such a global icon is the biggest jump in tweets per second since the U.S. presidential election.” Who out there turned to Twitter when they first heard the news? 

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