Is Twitter Growing at 1 Million New Accounts Per Week?

By December 22, 2009 December 3rd, 2012 2 Comments

For those of  you who are wondering how many people are using Twitter, or even how many new accounts are created per week, I kind of did a hack using Tweetie2 for the iPhone.  I’m sure there are other ways you can get this information – this is just how I did it.  I also reference some other articles and research about this towards the bottom of the post 🙂

You may have already noticed that in Tweetie2 when you click on a user to see their profile there is a number under their handle.  So I did this for a few people and was shocked to see my friend @alanweinkrantz was #10,326, whereas @pearanalytics was #16,657,710.  Clearly Alan must have been an early adopter, so I asked him when he signed up for Twitter and he told me October 2006, which I “think” is right before Twitter even launched themselves at SXSW in March 2007.  Alan even joined before @scobleizer who is #13,348.

Is Twitter Growing at 1 million New Accounts Per Week?

Last week on December 18th I created a new account, @welovehosting.  That account was #97,717,227.  So I thought if I created a new account and got that number, I could compare the two and see what the growth rate was.  So today I created @iamryankelly and am #98,669,223, which is a difference of 951,996 new accounts in 5 days.  That’s a growth rate of 190,400 new accounts per day.

Note on Accuracy

It’s difficult to determine the accuracy of this method, since according to Twitter Facts, Twitter stopped using sequential ID’s by the end of November 2006.  Then there is this blog post by Jason Kottke in May 2007 which discusses the growth of Twitter, complete with various graphs and other deliciousness.  So how accurate is this?  What do you use to find out Twitter growth?

Ryan Kelly

Ryan Kelly

Ryan is the founder and CEO of Pear Analytics and has helped hundreds of customers with their Internet marketing since 2003. He has spoken on various topics of SEO, Analytics and other marketing at conferences in New York, Chicago and Vancouver. Clients he has consulted include Sears, KMart, CareerBuilder and PEER 1 Hosting. Ryan currently teaches two Internet marketing classes at Trinity University in San Antonio.

2 Comments

  • Scott Moir says:

    Hi!

    First of all, I wanted to thank you for ‘tweeting’ my press release entitled “Most SEO Internet Marketing Firms Unprepared For Google Caffeine”. That release represents one out of a dozen or so pre-planned releases on the topic of Caffeine. I’m glad you found it interesting because a lot of market research and analysis has been invested in the subject of these releases.

    With that said, I found this article very interesting. I have no doubt that Twitter will experience another surge in growth once Google Caffeine fully introduces ‘Real Time’ searches that include live Twitter feeds. They turn this feature on for an hour at a time every so often to slowly introduce it to users. It’s quite intriguing to see, if you haven’t already witnessed it. And it’s also the topic of a couple releases I recently submitted.

    Once again, thanks for your interest. I’m going to bookmark this site and spend some time looking at your various services.

    Scott Moir

  • Over time Twitter has continued to grow at an exponential rate yes but it looks like as of present day top social networks have been battling for their sites future and longevity. Recently with new social media powerhouse networks like Instagram and Vine just to name a few have teamed up with other social media giants in order to broaden and increase their sites positioning in the future of social media. For example: as of late Instagram was bought by Facebook simply because Facebook could not afford to let the social media giant Twitter get a hold of another photo sharing/video sharing interface like Vine. Since doing this Facebook posts have increased and Instagram connections have surged. As a writer for the website http://www.followerincrease.com – paying attention to trends in social media is quite important to future success as the trickle effect always makes it’s way to webmasters

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