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Twitter FTW: Over 200 Million Tweets Sent Every Day

Micro-blogging service’s success speaks volumes, 25 words at a time

Determined to say more with less, Twitter users now send over 200 million Tweets each day. The micro-blogging service’s figures are up from two million Tweets per day in January 2009, and 65 million a day one year ago.

“For perspective, every day, the world writes the equivalent of a 10 million-page book in Tweets or 8,163 copies of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace,” the company said in a recent online post. “Reading this much text would take more than 31 years and stacking this many copies of War and Peace would reach the height of about 1,470 feet, nearly the ground-to-roof height of Taiwan’s Taipei 101, the second tallest building in the world.”

Pointing towards text messaging’s continued cultural resonance, even in a world of photo-sharing social networks and online video, a billion Tweets are sent every five days. Averaging 25 words apiece, top topics for the first half of 2011 include AH1N1 Swine Flu, pop musician Rebecca Black and Britney Spears’ newest album Femme Fatale.

While the company says that some users are employing the service to better mankind by saving the homeless and providing emergency relief, for pop culture fans, it’s happily still everyday business as usual, however. Per internal statistics, many more are buzzing about Lady Gaga’s endless cameos, Nate Dogg’s death and Charlie Sheen’s #tigerblood-fueled mental breakdown. The charts’ most surprising upset victory: Through June 2011, more people have been chatting about Brit rockers Mumford & Sons, who rank just above alerts on Justin Bieber in trending conversation topics.


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