Sunday 28 September 2014

28 Mind Blowing Twitter Facts

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Twitter is world’s 2nd biggest social networking site, famous for its 140 character messages known as “tweets”. Twitter was developed in March 2006 and in just a small span of 8 years, the service rapidly gained worldwide popularity. At present, Twitter has more than 271 million monthly active users, who tweets 500 million tweets per day at the rate of 1,40,000 tweets per second. Interesting, isn't it?

This popular social networking site has some lesser known cool facts that we are going to share in our article today. So without taking much of your time, here is our article on 28 staggering Twitter facts that you will definitely like.

Twitter Facts

1. The former name of Twitter was twttr, inspired by Flickr. Later the developers changed the name to “Twitter”, which means ‘a short burst of inconsequential information’ and ‘chirps from birds’.

2. Currently Twitter has 271 million monthly active users and 974 million registered users. In which around 20 million accounts are fake.

3. 1,40,000 tweets are sent per second and around 500 million per day.

4. 44% of Twitter’s 974 million registered users have never tweeted and 40% of Twitter user just created their account to read news.

5. Love is the most frequently used word in Twitter bio.

6. Twitter got its first tweet on March 21, 2006. The tweet was “Just setting up my twttr”. And do you know who sent this first tweet? Yes you guessed it right, Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter sent this tweet.

7. It took around 3 years, 2 months and 1 day for Twitter to touch the mark of 1 billionth tweet. However, now a day, it only takes around one week for Twitter users to send a billion tweets.

8. The average number of followers for a Twitter user is 126 and the average number of tweets for a Twitter user is 307.

9. Twitter has more number of searches (24 billion) than Yahoo (4.1 billion) and Bing (9.4 billion) combined.

10. Do you have any idea about which tweet got most number of tweets? No idea!! Here it is, The Barack Obama’s (@BarackObama) victory tweet got most number of retweets. It was tweeted more than 800,000 times. And the tweet was “Four more years”.

11. 80% of world leaders use Twitter and the Top world leader on Twitter is US President Barack Obama.

12. Another one of the techy Twitter facts is that, it can handle 18 Quintilian Twitter accounts. Which is far more greater than current world's population.

13. London Olympics 2012 generated more than 150 million tweets.

14. There were around 13.7 million football related tweets during 2012 super bowl, 1 million of which appeared in the last 5 minutes of game.

15. You might not know that Sweden has an official Twitter account (@sweden), which works on a simple concept to letting every willing Sweden’s citizens to take control of it for an entire week. The particular person handling the account for a week has full independence to tweet whatever he/she likes. Moreover, the person is also free to update profile bio and profile picture.

16. Adam Parrish has developed a Twitter bot (@everyword) which tweets every word of English dictionary. So far the bot has successfully tweeted more than 1,000,00 tweets. Each tweet has a single word. The task of tweeting every word of an English dictionary has completed in 2013.

17.  Do you sometimes regret why you were not born during World War II? Or do you want to explore what exactly happened during World War II? Then here is the solution, Alwyn Collinson, an oxford history graduate started narrating World War II on Twitter (@RealTimeWWII) in real time. At present, his account contains more than 6600 tweets and over 300000 followers.

18. In November 2011, Twitter took a clever decision and refused a $500 million acquisition offer by Facebook. At that time Twitter has only 6 million registered users, currently Twitter has more than 974 million registered users and the current worth of Twitter is around $11 billion.

19. In April 2009, Auston Kutcher (@aplusk), An American actor became the first celebrity to cross 1 million followers mark. At present he has more than 16.5 million followers.

20. In May 2009, Astronaut Mike Massimino (@astro_mike) sent the first ever tweet from space. The tweet was “From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun”.

21. Do you know James Cameron(@JimCameron)? No!! , He is the same person who had sent Tweet from the ocean’s deepest point. The place was Mariana Trench in the western pacific. The tweet was "Just arrived at the ocean's deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can't wait to share what I'm seeing w/ you". The tweet got more than 12,000 Retweets.

22. In May 2011, a Pakistani IT consultant Sohaib Athar tweeted, “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM(is a rare event).”, he unknowingly broke the news of US Navy raid on Osama bin laden’s home in Pakistan before any media outlet. Osama Bin Laden was killed during that operation.

23. The most followed celebrity in Twitter history is Katy Perry (@katyperry), she has more than 57.6M followers. She has more followers than the entire population of Germany, South Africa, Turkey, Canada, Egypt and Argentina.

24.  In the last fact about Twitter, we have talked about the celebrity who has most number of followers, but do you know the user who is following most number of other Twitter users? No idea!! Here he is,  ArabicBest (@ArabicBest) is the user who is following around 2.42M other users on Twitter.

25. 92% of retweets are based on interesting content, rest 8% are due to inclusion of “please retweets” word in the tweet.

26. The most retweeted type of content on Twitter is infographics, They usually gets more than 832% of more tweets than image and traditional text.

27. One of the other surprising Twitter facts is that 63% of brands have multiple Twitter accounts.

28. 170 minutes is the time which is spent by an average Twitter user on Twitter per month.

So here comes the end of our article on 28 interesting Twitter facts. If you have any other Twitter facts in mind, then feel free to drop them in comments section below. Don’t forget to tweet this article to let your followers know these amazing facts about Twitter.


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