Twitter celebrates its fifth birthday!
15 March | Posted by @Catherine Beaumier Lacroix
The popular social media platform that claims over 200 million users worldwide celebrates its fifth anniversary this week. Considered to be the most followed newswire in the world, the Twitter platform has become an essential communication medium during the course of international events such as the desolating tragedy that is currently unfolding in Japan, the natural disaster that occurred in Haiti last year and the political conflicts that arose in Tunisia, Egypt and Iran. Thanks to the glorious little blue bird, we can now follow everything that happens around the world, in real time. Journalists swear by this social network alone, a wire of information of all kinds.
The President of the California-based company’s Board of Directors, Jack Dorsey, has taken the opportunity upon Twitter’s fifth anniversary to unfold the story of the company’s birth which makes people tweet around the world. When we found out that it only took eight days for Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone and Evan Williams to program the platform’s basis and to send the first Tweet ever, we can only be impressed, considering Twitter’s current contribution to revolutionize means of communication. If Twitter’s leaders once wanted to modestly pursue to revolutionize the use of the Internet, however, their original idea has now diametrically changed the way communication is processed, right down to its core. During World War Two, nations used to be glued to the radio; during the Vietnam War, people fixed their television… In the Web 2.0 age, Twitter gathers the world’s population for a unified planetary exchange. Not bad for a five year-old birdie!
The value of Twitter
Twitter’s popularity among investors keeps on growing and shares that are being sold to unofficial markets, such as SecondMarket, reveal the company’s financial success. According to the latest news, Twitter’s value falls within a 4.5 and 10 billion dollar range, for sales that account for approximately 100 and 150 million dollars, this year only. Rumours of the company’s stock exchange listing have not yet been confirmed.
Twitter by numbers
- 3 years, 2 months and 1 day: elapsed time between the first and billionth tweet.
- 1 week: average time for users to send 1 billion tweets
- 50 million: number of tweets sent every day… last year
- 140 million: number of tweets sent every day, last month
- 177 million: number of tweets sent on March 11 2011
- 456 tweets per second: the day Michael Jackson died, on June 25 2009 (a record at that time)
- 6 939 tweets per second: latest record during the Japanese New Year
- 572 000: number of accounts created on March 12 2011
- 460 000: last month’s average number of accounts created on a daily basis
- 182%: user increase through a mobile platform over the past year