Twitter Anniversary: Five Years of Tweets

Here at OSM one of our most popular subjects is social networking and every week we publish many articles about Twitter. You may not be aware of this but we are only a few days away from seeing Twitter celebrating its fifth anniversary, after the world’s first tweet was sent on March 21, 2006. Now we have news for you on some of the statistics of 5 years of tweets.

It hardly seems possible that Twitter is only five-years-old as it has become part of everyday life. One staggering statistic that shows this is that it took 3 years and two months for Twitter to reach its billionth tweet and now there are one billion tweets per week. How’s that for growth! Also just one year ago people were tweeting 50 million tweets per day and only one year on that daily total has reached around 177 million tweets per day.

The news of these statistics comes to us from Todd Wasserman over on Mashable, sourced from the Twitter blog and you may also be amazed to hear that in an average day on Twitter 460,000 new accounts are opened and on March 12 this year 572,000 new Twitter accounts were opened in just a single day. Notable tweeting records took place after the death of Michael Jackson in 2009 when there were 456 tweets per second, and again this New Year’s Day in Japan when there were 6,939 tweets per second which was set 4 seconds after midnight.

A few days ago Maddy Rowe here at OSM also reported that there were 1,200 tweets per minute from Tokyo an hour after the recent devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan. Are you a Twitter enthusiast and can you imagine life without tweeting? Let us know with your comments.