Statistics and Facts about Twitter
by Felix Richter
Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service created by Jack Dorsey in 2006.
The service that famously limits its posts to 140 characters gained popularity quickly and is currently among the world’s leading social networks. In February 2011, Twitter had more than 20 million unique visitors a day
and was thus the fourth most popular social media service in the world. In March 2011, the service’s website www.twitter.com had more than 30 million unique visitors in the U.S.
and is among the most visited websites in the world
Twitter is operated by the San Francisco based private company Twitter Inc. After years of rapid growth, Twitter had 400 employees as at March 2011
and is expected to go public in the near future. A public offering by Twitter would be in line with several other high profile tech IPOs
that have taken place in 2011 or are expected to be in the making.
There are an estimated 20.6 million adult twitter users in the U.S. in 2011
and this number is expected to rise to 27.7 million by 2013. Recent Twitter usage statistics
show that the platform’s users primarily use the service to post personal updates but it has also become increasingly popular to link and comment on news stories and trending topics.
Twitter has become a social phenomenon in recent years and many celebrities and politicians use Twitter to stay in touch with their fans, advertise social causes and, more often than not, promote themselves. American Actor Ashton Kutcher was the first Twitter user to reach one million followers in April 2009 after fighting off CNN in a race prominently featured across the media landscape. Today there are numerous famous Twitter users with multi-million followers. The most followed Twitter accounts in early 2011 belonged to Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber with more than 8 million followers
In June 2011, Apple announced that Twitter would be deeply integrated into future versions of iOS, the operating system that runs iPhones and iPads. The fact that Apple opted for Twitter was widely regarded as a big win for Twitter in its rivalry with social media giant Facebook