Twitter celebrates fifth birthday with 1bn tweets a week

To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Twitter has released a load of statistics that show just how far the service has come since its first tweet – “inviting coworkers”, tweeted by co-founder Jack Dorsey, in case there’s any online historians reading.

It only takes Twitter users one week to send a billion tweets, a far cry from the three years, two months and one day it took to get to the billion-tweets landmark the first time round. That’s no surprise – a year ago, the average number of tweets sent per day was 50 million. In the last month alone, that figure has hit 140 million.

Twitter thrives on what is happening in the world around it. For example, 456 tweets per second were created when Michael Jackson died on 25 June, a record broken four seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year’s Day with 6,939 tweets per second.

People using the service on mobiles has increased 182 per cent over the past year, while 460,000 people (on average) registered new accounts per day over the last month.

(Source: Twitter Blog)




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Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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