Twitter celebrates five years of tweeting

Darren Allan

March 21, 2011

Five years ago today, Twitter was born.

And since March 2006, vast numbers of users have been sending their condensed thoughts from the social network via 140 character tweets.

The first ever tweet sent on March 21st by Co-founder Jack Dorsey was “inviting coworkers”.

Here are some Twitter numbers posted up on the network’s blog in celebration of the service’s five year birthday.

It took three years and two months to send the first billion tweets – and now a billion tweets are averaged every week. The average number of tweets sent per day in the last month was 140 million.

The current tweets per second record was set 4 seconds past midnight in Japan on New Year’s Day, when 6939 tweets were sent.

The site does, of course, lag considerably behind Facebook in terms of its user base, with an estimated 200 million registered accounts. But that’s still an impressive number, even if it isn’t clear exactly how many of those accounts may be inactive.






 

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