Happy birthday, Twitter!
Today marks five years since Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s founder, sent the first tweet known to man. On March 21, 2006, @Jack sent the cryptic tweet: “inviting coworkers”.
Since then, by any measure of growth and engagement, Twitter has been growing at a record pace, and has become pretty much pervasive across businesses and consumer. Twitter has become a new channel for businesses to communicate with customers, a new way to handle customer service, and much more.
To celebrate its anniversary, Twitter released some numbers on the service:
- Three years, two months and one day. The time it took from the first tweet to the billionth tweet.
- One week. The time it now takes for users to send a billion tweets.
- 50 million. The average number of tweets people sent per day, one year ago.
- 140 million. The average number of tweets people sent per day, in the last month.
- 177 million. Tweets sent on March 11, 2011.
- 456. Tweets per second (TPS) when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 (a record at that time).
- 6,939. Current TPS record, set four seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year’s Day.
- 572,000. Number of new accounts created on March 12, 2011.
- 460,000. Average number of new accounts per day over the last month.
- 182 per cent. Increase in number of mobile users over the past year.
- 8. 29. 130. 350. 400. Number of Twitter employees in Jan 2008, Jan 2009, Jan 2010, Jan 2011 and today.
We launched the @Real_Business Twitter account on June 2, 2008 – that’s nearly three years ago. When did you launch your account” Have you beaten us?
Dear readers, to celebrate Twitter’s birthday, we’ll send a prize* to the reader with the oldest Twitter account. You can check how old your account is here. Leave a comment below with your Twitter handle and the date you opened your account.
And don’t forget, we’ve got the ultimate list of must-follow entrepreneurs on Twitter – are you on it?
* The prize will be a chocolate bar of your choice (must be available from the Waitrose below our office on Kings Road, though).