2010-03-07

Twitter hits the 10 billion mark

Ten billion and counting! That’s the popularity of social networking site Twitter, which has reported the 10 billionth tweet.

The milestone was reported by Gigatweet, which tracks the microblogging service.

The 9,999,999,999th tweet was sent by one Rafaela Marques from Brazil. However, people cannot see the 10 billionth person, who has a protected profile.

It is now estimated that the next 10 billion will only take 4-5 months, with the 20 billionth tweet scheduled to appear sometime in July, the website predicted.

Twitter was launched in 2006 but has not taken off fully. It has to wait till the end of 2009. In December 2009, Twitter managed 1 billion tweets in a month for the first time in its history.

“Folks were tweeting 5,000 times a day in 2007. By 2008, that number was 300,000, and by 2009 it had grown to 2.5 million per day. Tweets grew 1,400% last year to 35 million per day. Today, we are seeing 50 million tweets per day — that's an average of 600 tweets per second,” a blog by Twitter said last month.

The word Twitter was also adjudged the most common word used in 2009 worldwide.

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