200 Million Tweets per Day Are Being Sent Out Nowadays
Article by George Norman
On 01 Jul 2011
We all know that social networking and micro-blogging site Twitter is quite popular and that a lot of people use it. But do you have any idea just how popular Twitter really is? If you were wondering about that, I have some figures to put things in perspective.

The number of tweets people are sending out has been increasing steadily since 2007. Back in ’07, users were tweeting 5,000 times a day. One year later, in ’08, that number increased to 300,000. Skip ahead one more year, and the number of tweets users were sending out increased to 2.5 million per day a the start of '09 and 35 million by the end of the year. The number of tweets then increased to 50 million per day at the start of 2010 and 65 million per day by the end of 2010.

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It is now the middle of 2011, so do you have any idea how many tweets are being sent out on a daily basis? Of course you do, it’s spelled out in the title above. Yes, a grand total of 200 million tweets are being sent out each and every day as of mid-2011. That is an impressive growth; and it’s even more impressive when you realize that 200 million tweets per day is the equivalent of:

- A 10 million-page book. It would take you more than 31 years to read that much text.
- 8,163 copies of Leo Tolstoy’s "War and Peace", which if put on top of each other would go 1,470 feet high (or 448 meters). The top floor of the Taipei 101 building is lower than that; it’s at 1,440.9ft or 439.2m high. The roof of the Taipei building is higher at 1,473ft and the tip of the antenna is higher as well, at 1,670.6 feet.

“A billion Tweets are sent every five days,” said the Twitter team. “What’s in them? Everything about every topic imaginable – whether it’s a unique bird’s-eye view of the Shuttle launch as seen from an airplane window or cheers of support for soccer teams in this year’s Champions League tournament. Using Twitter helped a homeless man reunite with his daughter, sent two Cincinnati Reds fans to spring training on a player’s dime, and even helped residents of a small city in Korea find fresh water after its supply was cut off.”



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