Twitter Users Sending 50 Million Tweets Each Day

Twitter users are now now sending 50 million tweets per day, which translates to an average of 600 tweets per second, according to new stats released Twitter.

Kevin Weil, member of the Twitter analytics team notes that folks were tweeting 2.5 million times a day around the beginning of 2009, up from 300,000 times in 2008, and 5,000 times in 2007. That tally stood at around 35 million tweets a day by the end of 2009, which is equivalent to an increase of 1,400% in the number of tweets per day in 2009 alone.

A recent research study conducted by RJ Metrics last month revealed that although Twitter grew exponentially in 2009, only 20% of the Twitter users are actually using the site regularly – with around 80% of the users having tweeted fewer than ten times.  Some other highlights of RJ Metrics’ study included:

  • A large number of inactive twitter accounts, with around 25% users having no followers and 40% users having never sent a single Tweet.
  • Around 80% users sending fewer than ten tweets.
  • Only 17% of the registered users having sent a tweet since Dec, 2009.
  • The number of active users becoming even more engaged.

The conclusion of RJ Metrics study was that although Twitter grew tremendously in 2009, a bulk of this growth could be attributed to power users.

Twitter’s recent stats, might be a show of power – to demonstrate that the Social Media site is still relevant and growing, however, it didn’t provided stats to contradict or shed light on other metrics such as the percentage of active users, percentage of 50 million tweets done by active users and other revealing insights.

A look at Facebook stats reveals that Facebook users post more than 60 million status updates each day. So in terms of status messages aka tweets, Facebook and Twitter are almost neck and neck with each other.