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Twitter Statistics

   1. Over 200 million accounts as of today (not necessarily all active)

   2. Justin Bieber has 9 million followers (and ranked second to the Royal wedding in April)

   3. 70% of Twitter traffic comes from OUTSIDE the US

   4. The average number of tweets per day has nearly tripled from 50 million to 140 million.

   5. The average daily sign-up rate has been 460,000 new accounts.

   6. 182% increase in the number of users tweeting from mobile devices in the past year.

   7. 50 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, one year ago.

   8. 140 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, in the last month.

   9. 177 million. Tweets sent on March 11, 2011.

  10. 456. Tweets per second (TPS) when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 (a record at that time).

  11. 6,939. Current TPS record, set 4 seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year's Day.

  12. You can't create a twitter account that uses "twitter" in the name.

Five years ago, a small but dedicated team began work on the service that would become Twitter. The fledgling platform was ready for its first tweet on March 21, after eight days of programming, according to Twitter creator and co-founder Jack Dorsey. Since then, Twitter has grown by leaps and bounds. The Twitter Blog outlined the service's achievements on March 14 in a blog post titled "#numbers." According to the post, Twitter was up and functioning for 3 years, 2 months and 1 day before it notched its one-billionth tweet. Now, the service handles a billion tweets every week.

Twitter has released a slew of statistics in recent months, from how many tweets are sent per day to the number of accounts created per day. Here's another one that's been more elusive: the number of users Twitter actually has.

According to Twitter's Katie Stanton, vice president of international strategy, the microblogging service now has over 200 million accounts. It should be noted that those hundreds of millions accounts may not all be active ones and the number of active users may be quite lower–though Twitter hasn't shared that stat.

Speaking at the Guardian's 2011 Activate conference in New York, Stanton shared this statistic and also noted that 70 percent of Twitter's traffic is now coming from outside of the United States.

Stanton also quoted Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, who she said regularly reminders Twitter employees that Twitter is "not a triumph of technology" but a "triumph of humanity."

Read more about Twitter's stats here and check out live updates from Activate here.



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