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Twitter, now 2 billion tweets per month

Twitter, 2 billion tweets in MayBack in December 2009, the number of tweets per month on Twitter reached 1 billion for the first time. Now in May, we reached yet another milestone: 2 billion tweets per month (or to be precise, 1.99 billion, which is close enough).

We actually called that this would happen at this exact point in time, based on a prediction we’d made for Twitter’s “tweet growth” in 2010 a while back.

Here’s a chart showing the number of tweets per month from December through May, i.e. the path from 1 to 2 billion tweets per month on Twitter:

From 1 to 2 billion tweets per month on Twitter

Twitter saw the following numbers in May:

  • 64 million tweets per day.
  • 2.7 million tweets per hour.
  • 44,481 tweets per minute.
  • 741 tweets per second.

Maybe Twitter won’t quite be able to reach the almost 6 billion tweets per month we’ve predicted for the end of the year, but it’s clear that the Twitter platform is still growing at a healthy pace. Close to doubling the volume of monthly tweets in the last six months is no small feat.

Note: These numbers represent all tweets that pass through Twitter, including those using the Twitter API (i.e. from apps). For an explanation of how we are extracting the number of tweets, see the bottom of this post. It also shows the number of monthly tweets all the way back to July 2008.



19 Comments

“now, 2 billion tweets per month”

Yes, but don’t forget GIGO. What percent of these tweets are worth archiving for the future? 1%? 2%?

I don’t know why but I have this feeling that the twitter craze will wear off in a year or two. To be frank, I tried using twitter for more than two years but I just get bored of it over time. Well, that’s just my 2 cents although 2 billion tweets is an awful large amount. :X

I think you jynxed them. For the last couple of days they’ve been hitting ‘Over Capacity’ left and right. Good times…

@Tim: Yeah, that was weird timing. :/

Amazing statistic thanks

I love your method to show twitter evolution, specially graphic design.