Twitter hits 100 million active users

Posted on Sep 10 2011 - 12:44pm by Julius

Micro blogging service Twitter has announced that it has 100 million active users, half of which log in on a daily basis to follow their interests and use the service. While millions of users actively participate in some of the trending topics, a large percentage don’t contribute to the discussions when they log in.

“For many, getting the most out of Twitter isn’t only about tweeting: 40 percent of our active users simply sign in to listen to what’s happening in their world,” wrote Twitter in a blog posted on September 8.

The website also revealed that the service in now generating more than five million tweets monthly and gets around 400 million unique visitors every month. Twitter also said that around 50 percent of its active users use their mobile devices to access the website.

“The 400 million monthly unique number shows that people are getting value out of Twitter without logging in,” said Dick Costolo, chief executive officer of Twitter.

To illustrate the growth of the site, Costolo mentioned that some celebrities, politicians and athletes are being followed by a significant number of users. The company also revealed that 396 of British Olympic hopefuls, along with 35 of UK’s 46 police forces are using the service.

Costolo pointed out that the site’s infrastructure is holding up very well to the increasing number of users. Twitter saw its largest traffic a few weeks ago, with around 8,900 tweets posted every second, primarily due to topics that include Hurricane Irene, a win by Manchester United and Beyonce’s pregnancy.


via: The Inquirer

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