Today marks the 6th birthday of Twitter — the now ubiquitous collaboration platform where people share 140 characters of information. It was on On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey (@jack) sent the first Tweet.
I remember when I first got on Twitter 23,476 tweets ago… I didn’t get it. And while many of us are tweeting, I’m not sure we fully get it.
Some numbers — these are from the Twitter blog last year and I’m sure some of the numbers have changed, but… they are remarkable regardless:
- 3 years, 2 months and 1 day. The time it took from the first Tweet to the billionth Tweet.
- 1 week. The time it now takes for users to send a billion Tweets.
- 50 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, one year ago.
- 140 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, in the last month.
- 177 million. Tweets sent on March 11, 2011.
- 456. Tweets per second (TPS) when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 (a record at that time).
- 6,939. Current TPS record, set 4 seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year’s Day.
- 572,000. Number of new accounts created on March 12, 2011.
- 460,000. Average number of new accounts per day over the last month.
- 182%. Increase in number of mobile users over the past year.
- 8. 29. 130. 350. 400. Number of Twitter employees in Jan 2008, Jan 2009, Jan 2010, Jan 2011 and today.
And government has also jumped onto Twitter.
The question: How has Twitter changed government? governing? management? technology? policies?
Meanwhile, some resources:
GovLoop has had scores of posts about Twitter.
Some of the more popular:
GovLoop also has a Government-Related Twitter Hashtags Directory