Royal Pingdom: Tweets Aplenty

Royal Pingdom published some interesting statistics backing up Twitter co-founder Evan Williams’ Jan. 12 tweet, which read, “Across all metrics that matter, yesterday was Twitter’s highest-usage day ever. (And today will be bigger.)”

According to Royal Pingdom:
• Twitter topped 1.2 billion tweets in January, averaging nearly 40 million per day.
• The microblogging service broke the 1 billion mark for the first time in December, with 1.036 billion tweets.
• January 2010 totaled 16 times as many tweets as January 2009.
• Activity on Twitter has doubled since August.
• January 2010 saw more tweets per day (39.5 million) than the entire month of September 2008.
• The past three months have posted month-to-month growth in Twitter activity of close to 17 percent (16.8 percent in November, 16.6 percent in December, and 16.9 percent in January).

Royal Pingdom explained its methodology:

To be able to calculate the number of tweets per month, we tracked down a tweet from the first couple of minutes of each month. Using the sequence numbers of these tweets, we could then calculate the number of tweets for each month. Since finding old tweets is more or less impossible with Twitter’s own search engine, we used Google, and then verified the tweet time stamp by looking at the tweet itself.