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Twitter: The First 5 Years

Written by Chandler Austin | Mon,Mar 21, 2011 @ 03:00 PM

The very first tweet was sent five years ago today, by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey:


Since then, Twitter has enjoyed explosive growth. From the Twitter blog, a look at some of the numbers.

Tweets
3 years, 2 months and 1 day = time from 1st tweet to billionth tweet
1 week = time it now takes to send a billion tweets
50 million = average number of daily tweets, one year ago
140 million = average number of daily tweets, last month
177 million = number of tweets sent on 03/11/2011
456 = tweets per second (TPS) when Michael Jackson died, 06/25/2009
6939 = current TPS record, set just after midnight in Japan on 01/01/2011

Accounts
572,000 = new accounts created on 03/12/2011
460,000 = average number of new accounts per day in the last month
182% = increase in mobile users over the last year

Employees
8 = Number of Twitter employees in Jan 2008
29 = Number of Twitter employees in Jan 2009
130 = Number of Twitter employees in Jan 2010
350 = Number of Twitter employees in Jan 2011
400 = Number of Twitter employees in March 2011

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