Twitter’s tweets spring from minority

February 22, 2010 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

You may have heard the news today: Twitter records 50 million new tweets a day. While Twitter started off slow, with only 5,000 tweets a day in 2007, “Tweets grew 1,400% last year to 35 million per day,” according to Twitter Blog. That’s a huge accomplishment when you think about the fact that there are only 75 million users according RJ Metrics.

But is it really that amazing? Actually, Twitter’s great numbers don’t come from all of its users. Of the more than 75 million users, only 20 percent, or 15 million users, have actually tweeted more than 10 times. New users in December were around 6.2 million but this is a significant drop from July 2009’s peak of more than 7.8 million new users.

So what does this all mean? It means that there are people on Twitter who are utterly abusing it. I already knew that. Odds are you probably knew that too. You might even be following that same person I am who tweets an average of 20 times a day and some times these tweets come within one or two minutes of one another.

With the large amount of people who have accounts but have not made a single post, you can see that there are others who are clearly carrying Twitter. But with less and less users signing up are the days of Twitter numbered? Probably. But that number is pretty large, so I don’t think Twitter has anything to worry about. The thing about Twitter that makes it popular is that the people who use it the most realize just how useful it is.


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