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March 23rd, 2010

How many? You’re kidding me! There are now 50 million tweets per day

Stone the crows – there are now 50 million tweets per day, which equates to 600 per second. Thats an increase of 20 fold on this time last year.

The growth is incredible. Back in 2007 (when we were all playing with our ZX Spectrums) there were around 5,000 a day. In 2008 it was about 300,000 a day. And at the same time last year it was 2.5 million a day. That’s an average annual growth rate of 1,400%!

That places Twitter ahead of MySpace, where there are around 33 million status messages a day. Myspace still has more users (around 50 million) but they’re not using the service to say as much.

Here’s a pretty graph that shows it all:

Youtube and Facebook are still a long way out in front. Its reckoned that there are – wait for it – around 1bn video views per day on Youtube.

And Facebook has around 1bn chat messages a day, and 1.2million photo views PER SECOND!

As we reported recently, Facebook users based has crashed through 400 million mark, meaning that for the moment it is pretty uncatchable.

As we’ve said previously [link], with so many users and so much traffic, its only a matter of time before Twitter rolls out its first commercial service.

There must be a pot of gold at the end of the Twitter rainbow!

  • http://www.alisoncross4webs.co.uk alison cross

    Hmmm – well, you know what I think about Facebook :-)

    I reckon that Big Accounts – such as those held by celebrity peeps – could put adverts on their backgrounds already. Not as clickable links, but just as images.

    @duncanbannatyne (no, he NEVER tweets me back lol!) has a whole wodge of charities listed on his background image. It’s all about eyeballs :-D

    Ali x

  • http://www.alisoncross4webs.co.uk alison cross

    As an aside – what sort of greenhouse gases are produced with this amount of internet activity? Does anyone know?

    Ali

  • admin

    Very good question, and I suppose you’d need to add up the electricity consumption of all the Twitter servers and their data centre with all the PCs / phones / devices that are attached to ‘em.

    They say that the Internet now produces 5% of greenhouse gases – scary and troubling.

    Ken

  • http://www.alisoncross4webs.co.uk alison cross

    http://asserttrue.blogspot.com/2009/03/google-uses-more-electricity-than-most.html

    Gives us a jaw-dropping clue as to how much leccy Google alone uses :-)

    Ali x

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