10 Twitter Facts (to put it into perspective)

  1. Created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey , Twitter was just an idea with only 3 people working on it. Twitter’s origins lie in a “day long brainstorming session” Twitter has grown from 8 employees in 2008 to over 400 employees in 2011. Today, the Twitter website is ranked as one of the ten most visited websites.
  2. The name was finalized as Twitter (as we know), meaning ‘chirps from birds’ and more relevantly ‘a short burst of inconsequential information’.
  3. The growth of this on-line communications tool has been remarkable. In 2008, there were only 3 million registered users and 1.25 million tweets per day.  Three years later, there was an estimated 225 million users and 140 million average number of tweets per day. Today, Twitter is growing at over 1.1 million accounts per day, which amounts to more than 13 new accounts per second.
  4. It took 3 years, 2 months and 1 day to tweet to the billionth Tweet. Today it only takes one week for users to send a billion Tweets.
  5. Demographics of Twitter users: 54% female. 53% no kids. 41.5% are aged 18-39. 60% of new users are coming from outside the U.S.
  6. Top 3 countries: US (107.7 million), Japan (29.9 million) and Brazil (33.3 million).
  7. Tweets are mostly conversational (38%) and pointless babble (40%). 92% retweet due to interesting content. People are more inclined to Tweet something negative than positive. 80% of customer service tweets are negative.
  8. The most popular Twitter user by number of followers is Lady Gaga, who has more than 18 million followers – and she gains followers faster than Twitter adds new accounts.
  9. Every public tweet since Twitter’s inception in March 2006 will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. IBM plans to map every archived tweet to Wikipedia, and tag it with sentiment, to make them more digestible.
  10. Who Tweets? Some numbers… 66% of questions asked have some commercial intent.  85% of recruiters use Twitter for recruitment. 81% of users follow less than 100 people. 61% of all tweets are in English. 75% of traffic comes from outside of the Twitter interface.

SOURCE:  These Twitter facts and the 10 facts regarding Facebook have come from social media articles on http://www.socialable.co.uk

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