Twitter Passes Milestone With 5 Billionth Tweet

    October 20, 2009

Recent reports may have raised questions about Twitter’s growth in terms of unique visitors, but the site is definitely still snowballing in one sense.  A Twitter URL and an independent service indicated that the five billionth tweet was transmitted last night.

Perhaps fittingly, the five billionth tweet didn’t come from Ev Williams or any Twitter employee.  No celebrity managed to attach his (or her) name to it, either.  Instead, self-described "bio writer and web generalist" Robin Sloan wrote the two words "Oh lord" at just the right time.

Sloan’s now referring to his message as the Pentagigatweet.  (GigaTweet, by the way, is also the name of the service that counts tweets.)

As for how this demonstrates growth, we can look to an old Mashable article to put things in a bit of perspective.  Adam Ostrow wrote in late April, "In November, Twitter passed one billion tweets.  That number has since swelled to close to 1.6 billion, according to GigaTweet."

It’s not hard to imagine that Twitter will soon hit the 6-, 7-, or even 10-billion tweet mark, then.  The site’s users really seem to be picking up the pace.