A Little Perspective: Twitter Now Has 140 Characters

Companies like Facebook and Automattic regularly brag about their user-to-engineer ratio — for instance, Facebook‘s was 1.2 million to 1 last fall. But employee-to-global-attention ratio? That’s where Twitter has everyone beat. The company¬†celebrated its 140th employee (aka character) last night with an office dance party. That’s a really small number compared to many measures of Twitter — its $1 billion valuation, its 1 billion tweets per daymonth, its seemingly millions of media mentions and integrations. As for other players in Twitter’s cohort of massive social web startups? YouTube says it has 400-500 employees, Facebook has more than 1,000, and Automattic (please see disclosure at the bottom) has around 40.

Disclosure: Automattic, maker of WordPress.com, is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of this blog, Giga Omni Media. Om Malik, founder of Giga Omni Media, is also a venture partner at True.

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