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Tweets sent today

Every second, on average, around 6,000 tweets are tweeted on Twitter (visualize them here), which corresponds to over 350,000 tweets sent per minute, 500 million tweets per day and around 200 billion tweets per year. The chart below shows the number of tweets per day throughout Twitter's history:

The first tweet was sent on March 21, 2006 by Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter. It took over three years, until the end of May 2009, to reach the billionth tweet.[1] Today, it takes less than two days for one billion tweets to be sent.

In Twitter's short history, we went from 5,000 tweets per day in 2007[2] to 500,000,000 tweets per day in 2013,[3] which represents a six orders of magnitude increase. The intermediate steps were 300,000 tweets per day in 2008, [2] 2.5 million tweets per day in 2009, [2] 35 million tweets per day in 2010, [2] 200 million tweets per day in 2011, [4] and 340 million tweets per day when Twitter celebrated its sixth year on March 21, 2012. [5]

Number of Tweets growth rate

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From Twitter's launch in 2006 and until 2009, the volume of tweets grew at increasingly high rates, approaching a 1,400% gain in daily volume year to year [2] and around 1,000% gain in yearly volume.

By mid 2010 the rate of growth started to cool down, sliding eventually below 100% gain in yearly volume in 2012. Today, the volume of tweets is growing at around 30% per year in our estimation.

Curious Facts

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Current tweet estimates are delivered by Worldometers' RTS algorithm, which processes data elaborated through statistical analysis after being collected, among others, from the following sources:


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  1. "#numbers." Twitter Official Blog. March 14, 2011.
  2. Weil, Kevin. (VP of Product for Revenue and former big data engineer, Twitter Inc.). "Measuring Tweets." Twitter Official Blog. February 22, 2010.
  3. Krikorian, Raffi. (VP, Platform Engineering, Twitter Inc.). "New Tweets per second record, and how!" Twitter Official Blog. August 16, 2013.
  4. Twitter Engineering. "200 million Tweets per day." Twitter Official Blog. June 30, 2011.
  5. "Twitter turns six." Twitter Official Blog. March 21, 2012.
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