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twitter turns 5

 

Yesterday, Monday 21st March 2011, Twitter turned 5 years old.

 

 

From Jack Dorsey’s first tweet in 2006 Twitter has grown to be a powerhouse with an average of 460,000 new accounts being created every day in the last month.

first tweet

the first tweet

 

Twitter In Numbers

In 2007 Twitter averaged 5,000 tweets per day – on March 11th there were 177 million tweets sent.

It took 3 years, 2 months and 1 day to reach the 1 billionth tweet – today there are 1 billion tweets every week!

Twitter has grown from 8 employees in January 2008 to 400 employees today, they have raised an eye-watering $360 million from investors and are valued at around $3.7 billion.

 

Memorable Moments

Twitter has had many memorable moments since Dorsey’s first tweet …

from the US Airway plane crash in the Hudson…

airplane in the hudson tweetairplane in hudson picture

 

to the coverage of political uprisings in Moldova, Iran, Tunisia and Egypt

mubarak steps down tweet

 

What’s Next?

But despite its success Twitter have struggled to keep up with demand and their famous ‘fail whale’ still makes an appearance 5 years on.

twitter fail whale

With Dick Costolo now CEO of Twitter all eyes are on him as Twitter strives to prove it can make money, and with its evolving advertising platform now in play some are estimating the company’s revenue for 2011 could be $150 million.

Whether they hit that target or exceed it, only time will tell…

 

Twitter Official Stats

#tweets

  • 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.


#accounts

  • 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.


#employees

  • 8. 29. 130. 350. 400. Number of Twitter employees in Jan 2008, Jan 2009, Jan 2010, Jan 2011 and today.

 

Twitter Birthday Video


 

Whatever the future holds for Twitter, with its rapid user-growth and the potential advertising reach now available, it is definitely a platform to consider for your company.


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