Sunday, July 03, 2011

200 Million Tweets a Day On Twitter

Do you tweet? If so, how many times a day do you tweet? Once? Twice? Maybe a dozen times? You may not be part of the group of Twitter users that are taking major advantage of the mico-blogging site, but someone out there definitely is because Twitter announced on Thursday, June 30 that the site is now handling 200 million tweets per day.

According to Twitter’s blog post, these numbers have skyrocketed since 2009. In January 2009, Twitter was dealing with about 2 million tweets a day. In June 2010, that number had jumped to 65 million, and now those numbers have exploded to 200 million per day.

"For perspective, every day, the world writes the equivalent of a 10 million-page book in Tweets or 8,163 copies of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace," the company wrote. "Reading this much text would take more than 31 years and stacking this many copies of War and Peace would reach the height of about 1,470 feet, nearly the ground-to-roof height of Taiwan's Taipei 101, the second tallest building in the world." Now that is a lot of writing!

In March Twitter celebrated its five year anniversary. At that time, there was an average of about 140 million tweets going out each and every day. Twitter also revealed at that time that it took their site three years, two months and one day to get to its first billionth tweet. Now Twitter says that a billion tweets is nothing. Twitter users now send one billion tweets every five days.

So what is it that people find to talk about so much on Twitter, you might ask? The most popular trends of 2011 so far in terms of world news have been AH1N1 (the swine flu), while in the pop culture world Rebecca Black of “Friday” was the most talked about pop culture figure.

Some of the most popular news-related trending topics so far this year have surrounded the uprisings in the Middle East and the earthquake in Japan. After AH1N1, the top five most popular terms were Mubarak, Easter, Cairo and #prayforjapan. To finish up the top ten of the year were Chernobyl, Libia/Libya, Fukishima, William & Kate and Gadafi.

Some of the trends in the pop culture world included topics such as Britney Spears and Charlie Sheen. Spears’ latest album titled “Femme Fatale” was the second most popular trending topic, while good old Charlie Sheen came in third. Sheen’s #tigerblood catchphrase came in fourth, while Rapper Nate Dog, who passed away in March, fell into the number five spot. There were also a mix of other things that made the list including Brazilian mixed martial arts artist Anderson Silvia, Tom & Jerry, British band Mumford & Sons, “Bieber alert” and “Queen Gaga.”

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