Twitter is Now 5 Years Old

Despite Twitter acting like a dick this past week, pissing off both developers and users in the process, no one can deny that Twitter is a revolutionary (literally!) communication tool which has been one of the most popular web services on 2010.

Well, guess what?! Twitter is now exactly 5 years old. It was exactly 5 years ago, on this day that Twitter was born.

In these 5 years, Twitter has exploded in terms of users and tweets.

Here are some interesting statistics about Twitter.


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.

Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter just tweeted this out and also posted an interesting conversation with Biz Stone which describes the creation of Twitter.

IM with @Biz about starting work on twttr, March 13th 2006, 12:22PM Pacific

me: Biz! How goes? We’re starting work on the twttr implementation today.

Biz: really?! NICE

me: yeah, i roped florian in. i think we’ll be able to get most of it up and working by the end of this week. then i’ll do the sms and style side next week. along with ajax stuff.

Biz: two weeks and we’ll have twttr.

me: yeah! should be pretty quick. have all of florian’s time and all of mine.

Biz: oh man that’s awesome

Biz: i’ve looking longingly at my empty sms on my phone throuhout the panels

Biz: sucks that teen people has the shortcode

me: i know! that’s going to be tough. doesn’t help that the code also spells TXT

Biz: hmm


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