I admit that since becoming the Fool, I have been learning the ways of Twitter and the rest of the whole social media scene. For me, Twitter is both awesome and horrible at the same time – it’s utterly distracting as Tweets pop up in my corner with Tweetdeck and horribly time consuming to fire off well written, attention grabbing Tweets. But at the same time it’s an incredible way to get those bite-sized snacks of information coming from all over the world. And it’s a great way to just make a little noise about what you believe in.
In honor of Twitter’s 5th birthday on Monday, the 21st of March, here are some staggering stats they shared.
- 3 years, 2 months and 1 day. The time it took from the first tweet to the billionth tweet.
- 1 week. The time it now takes for users to send a billion tweets.
- 50 million. The average number of tweets people sent per day, one year ago.
- 140 million. The average number of tweets people sent per day, in the last month.
- 177 million. Tweets sent on March 11, 2011.
- 456. Tweets per second (TPS) when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 (a record at that time).
- 6,939. Current TPS record, set 4 seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year’s Day.
- 572,000. Number of new accounts created on March 12, 2011.
- 460,000. Average number of new accounts per day over the last month.
- 182%. Increase in number of mobile users over the past year.
- 8. 29. 130. 350. 400. Number of Twitter employees in Jan 2008, Jan 2009, Jan 2010, Jan 2011 and today.