Twitter Usage around the World
Article by George Norman
On 26 Oct 2010
Popular social networking and micro-blogging service Twitter is an efficient means to communicate with others and shorten the gap between people. Thanks to Twitter you have easy and rapid access to different cultures and events around the world. Twitter is continually growing and striving to offer a better and better user experience. And as Twitter is growing, it has a bigger impact at an international level.

Tech Manager on the Twitter team, Matt Sanford, has recently shared a few interesting info about Twitter usage around the world. Here’s what Sanford shared with the world.


Twitter is so popular in Brazil that presidential candidates used it to spread the word about their campaigns.


After the Chile earthquake, Twitter saw a 500% increase in signups. Since the earthquake the number of users signing up to use Twitter is continually growing. Even the President of Chile tweeted after the miners were rescued.

Thanks to Twitter, The wife of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, who is under house arrest, can stay connected to the outside world.

Twitter was used by the president to declare a state of emergency and other leaders from around the world responded with Tweets of support for solidarity and democracy.

After the earthquake in Haiti, Twitter played a major role in crisis response. After the Haiti earthquake, Twitter developed Fast Follow, a feature that allows users to follow sources via regular mobile phones without creating an account.

The number of Twitter users grew in 2010 fives times, compared to 2009. Everyone seems to be using Twitter in India, including movie stars, cricket players and politicians.

Japan is the second biggest source of tweets after the US.

The number of Twitter users in Africa, especially in Nigeria, is steadily increasing.

The Russian President Medvedev has a Twitter account. After he got a Twitter account, the following day Twitter saw a 300% growth in sign-ups and a steady growth of sign-ups ever since.

South Korea
Back in June a “go and vote” campaign spread online and the president’s office started using twitter to better communicate with voters. The number of Twitter accounts in South Korea has doubled since June.

“Our rapid worldwide growth means that there are amazing stories emerging everyday about Twitter use in very different places. While there are many similarities in usage, we’re watching closely how people in different countries get value out of Twitter in their own unique ways,” commented Matt Sanford.

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