Twitter 5-Year Anniversary Numbers: Massive Growth

Twitter is fast approaching the 5-year anniversary of the very first tweet, and in honor of the occasion they have posted some interesting data over at their blog, and Twitter’s numbers are impressive. For companies that are not yet using Twitter as part of their marketing strategy, the numbers will be downright staggering.

Twitter notes that it took just over 3 years for Twitter to reach 1 billion tweets sent. Now Twitter users are sending out a billion tweets every week. Furthermore there is an average of 460,000 new Twitter accounts created each day.

Here are the full Twitter numbers:

Twitter Statistics


  • 3 years, 2 months and 1 day. The time it took from the first Tweet to the billionth Tweet.
  • 1 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 4 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.

Once again, we can see the impressive reach of social media in the marketplace today. If you’re still vague on the whole concept and how Twitter can help your business, check out Amy’s What is Twitter and Why Do I Care?

  • 182%. Increase in number of mobile users over the past year.
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