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ALDUB Still Guinness Record Holder

Why #IVoteBTSBBMAs did not beat the record set by #AlDubEBTamangPanahon which holds the most used hashtag on Twitter in 24 hours.

The Current Record Holder

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Eat Bulaga, a noontime show in the Philippines, hosted a concert benefit entitled Sa Tamang Panahon at the Philippine Arena on 24 October 2015, Saturday. The concert marked the first face-to-face meeting of Alden, played by Alden Richards, and Yaya Dub played by celebrated Dubsmash personality Maine Mendoza. Since the couple met on 16 July 2015, the love duo had never met personally. Their interaction was only via a split screen; where Alden was always in the studio while Yaya Dub was on location for the Juan for All, All for Juan segment of Eat Bulaga. The phenomenal love team was born out of accidental love story non-scripted sitcom series which Eat Bulaga later called "KalyeSerye," the name as such for the reason that the sitcom literally played at different local streets of the Philippines. On the day of the benefit concert, 55000 fans of AlDub and Eat Bulaga filled up the 55000-seater Philippine Arena.

Hours before 12:00 AM of 24 October, AlDub fans were getting ready to beast-mode their tweets; aiming to beat their own tweet records they set for #AlDubEBforLove with 25.6 million tweets. As the clock struck 12:00 midnight, AlDub tweets started to pour like hard rain on that day until 25 October 2015.

Sometime in March 2016, Guinness of World Records had recognized that #AlDubEBTamangPanahon set a world record of Most Used Hashtag on Twitter in 24 Hours with 40,706,392 tweets.

BTS, The Challenger

Voting for the Billboard Music Awards began on 14 May 2018 PDT (California US time) and ended 20 May. BTS fans started voting on 14 May. By 15 May, BTS tweets using the hashtag #IVoteBTSBBMAs reached 51.72 million tweets in 24 hours. To confirm if #IVoteBTSBBMAs had broken the record set by #AlDubEBTamangPanahon, BTS asked Guinness. On 18 May, Guinness World Records tweeted:
BTS fans, after investigation we're sorry to announce that the attempt at 'Most used hashtag on @Twitter in 24 hours' was not successful on this occasion. Inc. retweets and quote tweets, the total has been calculated at 21.9 million uses of #iVoteBTSBBMAs

So, where's the other half of the 51 million tweets? Apparently, Guinness calculated the figures based on the time frame 12:00 AM 14 May until 12:00 AM 15 May. The 51.72 million tweets was based on the time frame 12:00 PM of 14 May until 12:00 PM of 15 May. For that reason, half of #IVoteBTSBBMAs tweets were not counted, and at the same time, BTS fans were short of 12 hours because voting started half past a day. As a rule, to break the #AlDubEBTamangPanahon record, valid uses of the hashtag would be calculated only from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM of the next day.


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