Twitter now handling one billion tweets per week

With the fifth anniversary of the launch of Twitter on March 21 fast approaching, the social networking site has released a few statistics to illustrate the site's phenomenal growth.

In a blog post, Twitter's Carolyn Penner said Twitter was, ''on every measure of growth and engagement'', growing at ''a record pace''. Her claim was backed up with selected statistics that show just how far the Twitter has come since CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey penned his first tweet. Here's just a few:

  • It took Twitter three years, two months and one day to hit one billion tweets. That same amount is now sent each week.
  • The number of average tweets people send per day has also skyrocketed, from 50 million one year ago to 140 million in the last month. On March 11 alone, 177 million tweets were sent.
  • The current tweets per second record stands at 6,939, set four seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year's Day (presumably Ms Penner is referring to New Year's 2010/11). Tweets per second hit 456 following the death of Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009.

Accounts statistics were similarly impressive, with 572,000 new accounts created on March 12 alone and an average of 460,000 new accounts per day over the last month. Twitter is also seeing massive growth in mobile users similar to Facebook, with an 182 per cent increase in mobile users over the past year. Facebook claims that more than 200 million active access their site through mobile devices.

The figures came just days after Twitter moved to shore up control of its platform, telling developers to stop copying official Twitter apps and focus on creative ways of integrating the service into other products.

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when will they figure out how to handle the problems they have when they get too many tweets? i hate getting blocked from the site because of an overflow of tweets or whatever

Wonder how many of those are spam? The trending topic searches are just full of twitspam at the moment, and any mention of anything like 'iPad' gets you several spam messages.

Singh400 said,
Anyone else think the hat should be on the other corner? Looks totally weird on that corner.
Nah I like it on that corner better

Singh400 said,
Anyone else think the hat should be on the other corner? Looks totally weird on that corner.

I think it's very anti-establishment, middle finger to the man you know the sort of thing

still1 said,
big deal.

Somebody doesn't get it. It sounds like a biased judgment against Twitter or maybe all of social networking. But a billion tweets is a huge deal. What site have you been to that can say a billion posts in the forum in a week? Or a billion hits to the site in a week? You can't.

That's pretty cool stats, its interesting watching internet based businesses, that really offer nothing of any value but earn shed loads.

Its not just the internet businesses that this applies to, but easy "cash cows" getting milked at the moment, Social Networking, Adult Networking, etc.

Just interesting stuff, don't think I'll ever be the "success" of the internet as feel I have to offer value for consumers to spend money than a service that draws advertisement in - probably cause I hate advertising!

xXTOKERXx said,
That's pretty cool stats, its interesting watching internet based businesses, that really offer nothing of any value but earn shed loads.

Its not just the internet businesses that this applies to, but easy "cash cows" getting milked at the moment, Social Networking, Adult Networking, etc.

Just interesting stuff, don't think I'll ever be the "success" of the internet as feel I have to offer value for consumers to spend money than a service that draws advertisement in - probably cause I hate advertising!


Twitter's making money? You mean rocking an amazing burn rate still trying to find a profitable foot to stand on...

Don't get me wrong, it's impressive that they can process so much data... but the rate at which they are blowing through money, I'd be disappointed if they couldn't figure it out.

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