Happy 6th birthday Twitter – how has it changed your job?

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 (@) 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: 15 Commandments for Gov’t Agencies on Twitter

GovLoop member Alain Lemay: Who not to follow on Twitter! – A guide for public sector employees

Also: New Twitter Guides for Government Agencies and Employees

GovLoop also has a Government-Related Twitter Hashtags Directory

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Profile Photo Terrence Hill

I can’t speak on behalf of “the government” or “management” but from a personal perspective, I have found twitter to be indispensable in helping me to distill and process the vast amount of information that is being disseminated on the web. I follow about 100 organizations and people who I value and I have become an addicted user. I can’t believe those who stil haven’t caught on to the value of Twitter. For information junkies like me, it’s the most important tool for the knowledge worker.

Profile Photo SteveWonder

No! I dont use it. A waste of time, money

I’m much more dependable and trusting than ANY newfangled electronic procedure/gadget.

I think Twitter’s best for egotistical, totally self-absorbed. “Las Vegas/Hollywood-style” people seeking glamour and their names up on big neon signs, for all to see.