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Summary:

When it comes to employee-to-global-attention ratio, Twitter has everyone beat. The company yesterday celebrated its 140th employee (aka character) last night with an office dance party — a tiny number considering Twitter’s influence on the world.

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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  1. Thanks for disclosure towards the end. I felt dumb initially for not knowing about Auttomatic.

    Sorry, but it is “Auttomatic” (as in the text) or “Automattic” as in the disclosure.

    1. Hi COP it’s Automattic — http://automattic.com/

      Also I corrected the Twitter figure — it’s 1b tweets per month!

  2. activeinspiration Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    I fantasize about starting a business like this, what a phenomenon.

  3. That is truly amazing. And i think Twitter’s business model might be better than some others because the employees are closer and communication is easier and more gets done.

  4. Twitter Reports It Has Grown to 50M Daily Tweets – GigaOM Monday, February 22, 2010

    [...] Twitter’s excuses for holding back on bragging about its amazing growth are the fact it only just added its 140th employee — and that the team has often had more important things to deal with, like keeping its [...]

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