Social Networking Stats: Twitter Sees 1 Billion Tweets Every 2.5 Days, #RLTM Scoreboard

The #RLTM Scoreboard:  Social Networking Stats for the Week

Facebook: 1 billion active users via Facebook
Twitter: over 500 million users via Twopcharts
Qzone: 599 million monthly active users via TechCrunch
Sina Weibo: over 400 million users via Yahoo
Renren: over 170 million users via iResearch iUser Tracker
LinkedIn: 187 million active users via LinkedIn
Google Plus: 100 million monthly active users via Google
Tumblr: 82 million blogs via Tumblr
Instagram: 100 million users via TechCrunch
Tagged: 20 million unique monthly users via Tagged
Foursquare: over 25 million users via SmartBlog on Social Media
Pinterest: over 25 million users via AdWeek
Posterous: 15 million monthly users via Posterous
Reddit: 46.8 million monthly unique visitors via Reddit

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Twitter Sees 1 Billion Tweets Every 2.5 Days

Twitter Statistics from Dick CostoloIn a recent talk at the University of Michigan, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo promised that Twitter users will be able to download a full archive of their tweets before the end of 2012. While discussing Twitter’s role in the future of global communication and democratized access to information, he also revealed some interesting Twitter statistics (TechCrunch).

The deadline for seeing archived tweets may not be certain, but these statistics offer a pretty good look at how the platform has grown:

  • Twitter sends one billion tweets every 2.5 days
  • the platform has grown to 500 million users sending over 350 million tweets per day
  • Twitter saw 3,000 tweets per second during the 2010 World Cup; this past Election Day in the US saw 12,000-15,000 tweets per second
  • when the UK TV show ‘The X-Factor’ put a hashtag on screen, it generated 27,000 tweets in 90 seconds

Two other factoids of interest from Costolo’s talk: the platform is working with the Japanese government to create a “lifeline project” — making lists of government agencies that Twitter users can follow in times of emergency or disaster — and, most importantly, Costolo said that Twitter will “never change” its 140-character limit.