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Twitter disclosed earlier today that it has crossed 50 million tweets per day. That’s a stat with a direct equivalent: Facebook status updates. As of earlier this month, Facebook had 60 million status updates per day.

Twitter disclosed earlier today that it has crossed 50 million tweets per day. That’s a stat with a direct equivalent: Facebook status updates. As of earlier this month, Facebook had 60 million status updates per day. To be fair, Facebook doesn’t seem to count in that figure the millions of links and photos shared by its users as status updates, nor would it count comment threads. Whereas on Twitter, every tweet is just a tweet.

Twitter doesn’t report its user numbers, but it’s safe to say they’re smaller than the 400 million global active users of its rival and one-time potential acquirer in Palo Alto. And Twitter has seen tremendous growth; tweets per day were at 35 million at the end of 2009. Tweeters as a whole, and perhaps on an individual basis, as compared to Facebook, are prolifically talkative and more so everyday. Mathew reported on an MIT/Microsoft survey of tech-savvy folks that found twice as many respondents updated their Twitter a few times a day than their Facebook status.

Meanwhile, Nielsen said today that global users increased their time spent on social networking sites 82 percent in December 2009 versus December 2008, for a total of five-and-a-half hours per month, with Twitter and Facebook seeing particularly strong growth in the U.S. compared to their rivals. Of course, that was just December — ancient history in social networking stats time.

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  1. Oww… that info is unbelievable… how the social media can get so much traffic…
    Imagine the size of the servers to get it running…
    Nice post!

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  2. [...] to consider. The old King really is no more, MySpace is officially behind Twitter now. (Liz Gannes writes today that Twitter is fast approaching Facebook as well, while acknowledging that the term status message [...]

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  3. Great line. “Of course, that was just December — ancient history in social networking stats time.” Wow, 50 million Tweets Daily.

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  4. Sanjive Khosla Monday, February 22, 2010

    Lets also not forget that many facebook status updates are posted from Twitter which should also be netted out..

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  5. Great information on Social Networking is most powerful marketing tactics now a days.

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  7. [...] Twitter doesn’t report its user numbers, but it’s safe to say they’re smaller than the 400 million global active users of its rival and one-time potential acquirer in Palo Alto. And Twitter has seen tremendous growth; tweets per day were at 35 million at the end of 2009. Tweeters as a whole, and perhaps on an individual basis, as compared to Facebook, are prolifically…Read More~Devamını Oku [...]

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  9. Hey Liz, you might dig some of the data that we’re exposing on how people share via the AddThis sharing platform. You can compare services specifically. Here’s Facebook versus Twitter. – http://addthis.com/services/compare-services#c1=facebook&c2=twitter&c3=

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    1. Thanks Justin, I’ve been playing around with that.

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