Twitter receives over 200 million unique users every month.

April 28th, 2010. Tags: , , .

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Twitter users post 600 tweets per second.

March 6th, 2010. Tags: , , , , .

Everyone knows Twitter was a crowded place. And, most people know Twitter traffic was on the rise. But few had and idea of how positively crazy it had become in the Twitterverse. According to Kevin Weil, who heads up the analytics squad over at Twitter, the microblogging platform is seeing something like 50 million tweets a day in 2010 – or, to look at it another way, an average of 600 tweets per second.

“Folks were tweeting 5,000 times a day in 2007,” Weil writes. “By 2008, that number was 300,000, and by 2009 it had grown to 2.5 million per day. Tweets grew 1,400% last year to 35 million per day.” That’s some pretty radical growth. But what do the numbers actually mean? In recent months, several analysts have pointed out that although Twitter traffic is up, the site is struggling to retain users.

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What do Obama and Britney have in common? Hacked Twitter accounts!

February 3rd, 2010. Tags: , , , .

An 18-year-old hacker with a history of celebrity pranks has admitted to Monday’s hijacking of multiple high-profile Twitter accounts, including President-Elect Barack Obama’s, and the official feed for Fox News.

The hacker, who goes by the handle GMZ, told Threat Level on Tuesday he gained entry to Twitter’s administrative control panel by pointing an automated password-guesser at a popular user’s account. The user turned out to be a member of Twitter’s support staff, who’d chosen the weak password “happiness.”

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