Twitter: One Million Registered Apps And 750,000 Developers

Yesterday we wrote about Twitter’s new developer website, which the company has launched because they needed “a new home to support the Twitter community better”, although cynics might say it has more to do with amending Twitter’s attitude towards the developer community in recent months.

Indeed, matters have got serious enough that they’re actually under investigation by the FTC.

Which makes the launch of this new site a very smart move by Twitter, as their developer community, frustrated as it might be, shows no signs of slowing down.

Over on the official blog, Twitter have provided some new stats on the size of their development base, and it’s mind-blowing stuff.

  • Twitter has just passed one million registered applications
  • These have been built by 750,000 developers around the world
  • This is up from ‘just’ 150,000 a year ago
  • A new app is registered every 1.5 seconds

Twitter notes that since December 2010, more than $500 million has been invested in ecosystem companies, and over a billion dollars in paid acquisitions.

The company lists some Twitter-specific developer innovation to illustrate this growth, including:

  • How Mass Relevance analysed more than 160,000 Tweets to bring the White House’s first Twitter Town Hall to life
  • Trendrr’s evaluation of the sentiment of Tweets about sci-fi thriller SUPER8 to track the film’s blockbuster $38 million opening weekend
  • Datasift’s $6M in new funding for the work they do to make the Twitter firehose accessible to all developers

Twitter’s new developer site is now live, and includes discussions, a blog, improved documentation and apps management, and enhanced search.

(Source: Twitter blog.)