Twitter has just announced a pretty significant milestone: 200 million monthly active users. Twitter has reached this milestone in less than seven years of existence.
Back in March, Twitter officially turned six years old (it was the anniversary of the first-ever tweet, sent out by Jack Dorsey). At that time, the company announced 140 million MAUs who were sending 340 tweets per day. That means that Twitter has grown by around 60 million MAUs in about nine months.
Twitter hit the 100 million MAUs milestone back in September of 2011. At that time, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said that about half of Twitter's MAUs log on every day. So, considering that trend has stayed relatively level, about 100 million Twitter users access the service every single day.
Of course, we know that Twitter has a fake account problem. Not only that, but they also have a pretty big inactive user problem as well. Back in July, Twitter reportedly topped 500 million "accounts," but only around 160 million MAUs. That means that Twitter is hauling around a significant amount of dead weight.
Of course, they're not the only ones. Any social network has to contened with inactive, fake, and spam accounts.
For fun, if you compare Twitter's MAUs to other popular social networks, they come in way behind Facebook. Big blue has claimed over 1 billion MAUs. Twitter is still edging out Google+, however. Google just announced 135 MAUs for their fledgling social project.
Twitter announced 200M users in a tweet, saying that "you are the pulse of the planet. We're grateful for your ongoing support!"
There are now more than 200M monthly active @twitter users. You are the pulse of the planet. We're grateful for your ongoing support!