Twitter reaches 200 million active users, grows 42.9% in nine months

December 18, 2012


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Twitter has reached 200 million monthly active users – the company announced by tweet earlier today – representing a 42.9% increase in monthly active users since March of this year.

Just nine short months ago, as Twitter celebrated its sixth birthday, the service announced that it has surpassed 140 million monthly active users. Users were then tweeting at a rate of 340 million messages per day, or one billion every three days. Most recently Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo announced that Twitter users were posting updates at a rate of 400 million per day according to TechCrunch, but that figure has probably risen slightly since.

How does Twitter’s user base stack-up against the other networks? Facebook has 1.01 billion monthly active users – about five times more than Twitter has. Assuming Twitter grows steadily at its current rate of adding 6.6 million new users each month, the service would reach Facebook’s current milestone by 2022. If anything though, Twitter’s growth is more likely to accelerate in the years ahead and would reach that hypothetical figure much sooner.

Google+ boosts 135 million active users,  a user base that’s 48.1% smaller than Twitter’s and 648.1% smaller than Facebook’s. Google+’s 135 million figure may not be entirely accurate either as Google+, Google’s social backbone, is so integrated across its suite of products and used somewhat unwittingly on a daily basis.

What did users on Twitter have to say about the company’s milestone? Some rejoiced while others complained about features and policies not yet introduced. Here’s a few;


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Albizu Garcia

Albizu Garcia is the Co-Founder and CEO of Gain -- a marketing technology company that automates the social media and content publishing workflow for agencies and social media managers, their clients and anyone working in teams.


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