Twitter Hits Two Billion Tweets Per Month

Site's growth remains steady, fast

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Twitter’s hit another major milestone on its way to becoming an omnipresent method of communication: in May, according to new stats from Pingdom, the site oversaw the transmission of two billion tweets.

That works out to about 64 million tweets per day, 2.7 million tweets per hour, 44,481 tweets per minute, and 741 tweets per second, which is all quite impressive.  The graph below proves that the rate of growth in tweets is rapid, too.

Then here’s another important point: the rate of growth is consistent.  A post on the Royal Pingdom blog even noted, "We actually called that this would happen at this exact point in time, based on a prediction we’d made for Twitter’s ‘tweet growth’ in 2010 a while back."

It follows that Pingdom’s forecast about Twitter processing 6.7 billion tweets in January of next year is still looking plausible, then.

Finally, we should note that the fail whale hasn’t shown itself in recent days, and complaints about spam don’t seem to be proliferating, either, meaning Twitter’s growth doesn’t appear to be having any undesirable side effects.  That’s more or less the best scenario anyone could have hoped for.

Twitter Hits Two Billion Tweets Per Month
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  • http://www.tedswoodworking.com Ted

    That such is very impressive numbers and volume.

    How much of it is spam and how much of it is relevant useful information though?

  • http://lanta-krabi.blogspot.com/ Lanta

    @Ted …And how much is read?

    I just did a search for “Twitter Hits Two Billion Tweets Per Month” and this WPN story/page is coming up about once every 1 or 2 mins. Most of the links point here but a good part link to scraped pages.

    We could take maybe 1 billion of those tweets as webpages like this and removing the dups could bring it down to Just 25 million original content. For followers it may work but for searching anything is just too noisy.

  • http://blog.singularitydesign.com Jeff Greenhouse

    So much for comments about no Fail Whales. I’ve seen that whale for large portions of yesterday and today (around midday). It would seem that Twitter is once again having capacity issues.

  • http://www.tianxiangsoft.com/ tianxiang

    I like the way you think. It makes me feel better about myself because I ain’t ever going to be as dumb as you.

    Seriously. I find basketball boring. Someone sticks in the hoop and so what? It happens about once every few seconds so why should I give a crap?

    And American Football? Someone throws the ball, everyone runs into each other, play stops, every stands around chatting for half-an-hour. Repeat.

    And then there’s baseball which, as far as I can tell, is some kind of drinking game. It’s like cricket only with the pretence that the spectators aren’t there to get drunk.

    But they’re your national sports and I don’t care enough to take the time to understand them. But then, my country doesn’t play them and I don’t comment in threads about them how boring I think they are.

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