‘Sharknado’ dominates Twitter

Courtesy photo"Sharknado" tweets spun out of control after the movie debuted last week.

Courtesy photo"Sharknado" tweets spun out of control after the movie debuted last week.

No one saw the “Sharknado” coming, but there in lies the beauty of a twisty avalanche of sharks that prey on the innocent.

The SyFy channel movie about a rash of tornados that dump man-eating sharks on hapless citizens has become a social media sensation. Patton Oswalt, Mia Farrow, Olivia Wilde and other stars tweeted their way through the B-movie that nevertheless garnered pretty low ratings overall, according to the New York Daily News.

However, in the age of Twitter and other social media, a movie like this can gain a second life after enough key people dig it. Twitter reports that as many as 5,000 tweets a minute were appearing during the broadcast, twice as much as the highest tweet-fest up till then, the “Game of Thrones” episode “Red Wedding.”

“Sharknado” re-airs Thursday.

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