Twitter adds 30 million users; Growing as fast as Facebook

Twitter seems to have exploded in the last few months, making an impressive amount of headway in the social network realm in the past year. Twitter has added over 30 million users in the past two months, according to TechCrunch.

Since the launch of the new Twitter home page two months ago, the site has acquired over 30 million users. The new design could explain the massive increase in users over the last two months, as the sites re-design is much easier to use and navigate, not to mention it actually looks nice.

What's more surprising is Twitter is actually growing as fast as Facebook, the number one social network in the world. Both Facebook and Twitter are growing by 15 million members per month, as more and more users are joining on the social network bandwagon.

Twitter is now 175 million members strong, but Facebook is still far ahead of pack with 500 million users announced back in July, and an estimated 545 million users as of today.

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If they don't soon expand their network, so people won't see the over capacity whale, they will not have those people for long.


I've had a FB account since years ago...I just added a twitter account so I can keep up with various industry and sport news. I think this goes hand in hand with the growth since Twitter can link to FB and I can easily update my status...etc.... I think one is helping the growth of the other (FB helping Twitter)

I really dislike Twitter, mainly because I wish everybody would use Facebook for the same purposes they use Twitter. Facebook can essentially do everything Twitter can, apart from hashtags and @replies (although @replies are not needed because of the much nicer implementation of status comments). Also, one cannot 'retweet' Facebook status updates, but they can other posts (so I imagine sharing statuses will come eventually).

It just annoys me that I have to look in two places for social updates, from others (or use a program which aggregates them all), when Facebook pretty much does the same as Twitter. Any celebrity could use Facebook in the same way they use Twitter, as could any user (if they wish statuses to be public, they could do so by ensuring their posts are viewable by everyone and everyone can comment on their posts).

I realise this is just my subjective opinion, but I am just voicing my annoyances with Twitter and wish that people would use Facebook instead.

Another reason I feel like this is because a lot of my friends get annoyed with how much I post on Facebook, due to me using it as I would use Twitter; however, if more people used Facebook as much as they use Twitter, it would become more of a norm to post that many updates. I don't buy into the idea that Twitter is more suited for posting a lot of updates, compared with Facebook - the status posting idea is essentially the same, with both services.

The final reason I dislike Twitter: the stupid character limit on both status updates AND direct messages. I don't care what anybody says - this is an awful limitation, especially because they don't even allow people to send private messages which are over 140 characters in length.

Calum said,
Any celebrity could use Facebook in the same way they use Twitter, as could any user (if they wish statuses to be public, they could do so by ensuring their posts are viewable by everyone and everyone can comment on their posts).

Yes but Facebook si completly different. Tweeting a short sentance is one thing, but having a full blown Facebook profile is another. Having a Facebook and not using it would make them appear boring.

Calum said,
The final reason I dislike Twitter: the stupid character limit on both status updates AND direct messages. I don't care what anybody says - this is an awful limitation, especially because they don't even allow people to send private messages which are over 140 characters in length.

Yeah but what about texts? By limiting the tweets, it ensures the company are paying virtually nothing to send it to a mobile. However having large paragraphs would incur costs.

I am one of the new users of Twitter and am finding it quite useful and fun.
@pmakosch

Calum said,
I really dislike Twitter, mainly because I wish everybody would use Facebook for the same purposes they use Twitter. Facebook can essentially do everything Twitter can, apart from hashtags and @replies (although @replies are not needed because of the much nicer implementation of status comments). Also, one cannot 'retweet' Facebook status updates, but they can other posts (so I imagine sharing statuses will come eventually).

It just annoys me that I have to look in two places for social updates, from others (or use a program which aggregates them all), when Facebook pretty much does the same as Twitter. Any celebrity could use Facebook in the same way they use Twitter, as could any user (if they wish statuses to be public, they could do so by ensuring their posts are viewable by everyone and everyone can comment on their posts).

I realise this is just my subjective opinion, but I am just voicing my annoyances with Twitter and wish that people would use Facebook instead.

Another reason I feel like this is because a lot of my friends get annoyed with how much I post on Facebook, due to me using it as I would use Twitter; however, if more people used Facebook as much as they use Twitter, it would become more of a norm to post that many updates. I don't buy into the idea that Twitter is more suited for posting a lot of updates, compared with Facebook - the status posting idea is essentially the same, with both services.

The final reason I dislike Twitter: the stupid character limit on both status updates AND direct messages. I don't care what anybody says - this is an awful limitation, especially because they don't even allow people to send private messages which are over 140 characters in length.

You are missing the point of Twitter.

Facebook Example: It's Monday and tonight I am having duck for tea with some white wine and afterwards will be watching The Goonies with my lovely wife then playing some games with the kids.

Twitter Example: It's Monday, Duck for Tea then a movie and games with the kids.

In the Facebook example you are being more personal because that's what Facebook is and your "friends" will read that and maybe comment on it. This is of course = A story

In the Twitter example you are basically saying the same thing only this time not cluttering up your "followers" feed with a longer story. This is of course = A quick message

Facebook is a cluttered mess unless you manage it and start blocking all of the notifications showing up whereas Twitter is a clean list of the people you are following. if you use Twitter to post stupid amounts of updates to get one story out your followers will do the equivalent of blocking the notifications which on twitter is "unfollow"

I don't really compare Twitter and Facebook because I personally use each service in a veeeery different way. Twitter is the source of news for me (R.I.P. T.V.) whereas Facebook is usually when I communicate with friends (I barely use Windows Live Messenger nowadays )

astroX said,
I don't really compare Twitter and Facebook because I personally use each service in a veeeery different way. Twitter is the source of news for me (R.I.P. T.V.) whereas Facebook is usually when I communicate with friends (I barely use Windows Live Messenger nowadays )

Facebook could be used in a very similar way, for news (and, actually, a better way: you can create friend lists containing certain pages, so you get news relevant to what you're after, whenever, in a feed).

Only thing about twitter, is that yes, celebrities, famous companies/people use it, but no-one gives a **** about your tweet if your not famous. That's how I see twitter, mostly for the famous people to let everyone know what they're doing and latest announcement. I find facebook better to interact with your friends than twitter.

Jagjit Singh said,
Only thing about twitter, is that yes, celebrities, famous companies/people use it, but no-one gives a **** about your tweet if your not famous. That's how I see twitter, mostly for the famous people to let everyone know what they're doing and latest announcement. I find facebook better to interact with your friends than twitter.

I personally have no interest in no famous people at all, quite the opposite in fact.

Jagjit Singh said,
Only thing about twitter, is that yes, celebrities, famous companies/people use it, but no-one gives a **** about your tweet if your not famous. That's how I see twitter, mostly for the famous people to let everyone know what they're doing and latest announcement. I find facebook better to interact with your friends than twitter.

The annoying thing is, celebrities can use Facebook in the exact same way (essentially) they use Twitter, but they just don't

I've said it before and I'll say it again, your a twit if you use twitter, what an absolute waste of time and space. Who the **** needs to know what your doing every friggin minute of the day, and who the **** has time to do all the twitting or what ever its friggin called, unless you're a tard or someone with endless time on their hands.

BeLGaRaTh said,
I've said it before and I'll say it again, your a twit if you use twitter, what an absolute waste of time and space. Who the **** needs to know what your doing every friggin minute of the day, and who the **** has time to do all the twitting or what ever its friggin called, unless you're a tard or someone with endless time on their hands.

You do know that people do the same on Facebook right? That's not all Twitter is for.

BeLGaRaTh said,
I've said it before and I'll say it again, your a twit if you use twitter, what an absolute waste of time and space. Who the **** needs to know what your doing every friggin minute of the day, and who the **** has time to do all the twitting or what ever its friggin called, unless you're a tard or someone with endless time on their hands.

well, you're kinda overlooking the usefulness twitter has. a lot of people still hold a disdain for cell phones, but that doesn't mean it's useless.

BeLGaRaTh said,
I've said it before and I'll say it again, your a twit if you use twitter, what an absolute waste of time and space. Who the **** needs to know what your doing every friggin minute of the day, and who the **** has time to do all the twitting or what ever its friggin called, unless you're a tard or someone with endless time on their hands.

It's quite hilarious that you say that, as most people who use Twitter don't sit there posting about what they're doing every second of the day.

People seem more attached to Facebook these days than Twitter anyway.

BeLGaRaTh said,
I've said it before and I'll say it again, your a twit if you use twitter, what an absolute waste of time and space. Who the **** needs to know what your doing every friggin minute of the day, and who the **** has time to do all the twitting or what ever its friggin called, unless you're a tard or someone with endless time on their hands.

No one that I know that uses twitter updates it every minute. Also why you hate it so much? It's just Facebook without the game requests and with shorter messages.

superconductive said,

Texting / Calling / Human interaction >>> Twitter or Facebook


Equivalent to texting, worse than calling and person-to-person., but, really, the point of these social networks is quite different.

Now, if you want to ask someone out, go for call. I have yet to find a single girl who avoids a date if I'm asking by telephone.

Social said,
Twitter > Facebook

Except... Facebook can do pretty much all of what Twitter can do and much, much more.

Wow, yeah, that's pretty surprising! Because FB isn't exactly slowly growing either, and as you say, they're both competing with each other! I thought Twitter was becoming more of a news channel for websites and celebrities to keep their users up-to-date, with Facebook beginning to win the war for private users, but apparently I'm wrong and the battle is still on. However, me or my friends don't use Twitter at all. *shrug* This was probably leading to my false assumption too. I mean, FB is even getting my mom and my aunt on there, lol!

Northgrove said,
Wow, yeah, that's pretty surprising! Because FB isn't exactly slowly growing either, and as you say, they're both competing with each other! I thought Twitter was becoming more of a news channel for websites and celebrities to keep their users up-to-date, with Facebook beginning to win the war for private users, but apparently I'm wrong and the battle is still on. However, me or my friends don't use Twitter at all. *shrug* This was probably leading to my false assumption too. I mean, FB is even getting my mom and my aunt on there, lol!

There isn't really a 'war', you aren't going to get many people who only use twitter over facebook, although I admit you might get people who don't see the point of twitter due to facebook.

Minimoose said,

There isn't really a 'war', you aren't going to get many people who only use twitter over facebook, although I admit you might get people who don't see the point of twitter due to facebook.

Most people I know have a FB account...but only about 1/4 also have Twitter.

Like myself alot of people tried twitter and found it too restrictive lol 140 characters

I prefer Twitter to Facebook in many instances. Most specifically you can get updates from people without all of the random game requests and group requests. Much less obtrusive, I like it that way.

Alan Cone said,
I prefer Twitter to Facebook in many instances. Most specifically you can get updates from people without all of the random game requests and group requests. Much less obtrusive, I like it that way.

You can get updates on Facebook without all of the requests by blocking any game, application or user from sending requests. I hardly get any application or page/group requests nowadays, due to me blocking them all on a case-by-case basis.