Here are 10 interesting things which you probably didn’t know about Twitter.
The Original Name
The original name or the code name of this social network site was “twttr”. Later its name was finalised as “Twitter”. The first message on Twitter was posted by Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006 and was “just setting up my twttr” just 4 months before it was publicly launched in July 2006.
288 Million Monthly Active Users
Twitter has 288 million monthly active users and more than 500 million registered accounts, including 100 million accounts in the U.S. From last year, 44% growth has been calculated and the fastest growing demographic of users is 55 to 64 year old individuals.
Mumbai Attack Tweets.
Mumbai Attack Tweets
In 2008 during the terrorist attack in Mumbai, India, a number of eyewitnesses used twitter to give information about the emergency phone number, hospitals for blood donations and their tweets helped a lot in collating the list of dead and wounded people.
53% Of Users Only Read Tweets
A recent survey found that 53% of the total Twitter users never tweet. They use twitter just to read what others are saying, click links, follow accounts and build their opinion based on those 140 character tweets. These people are considered as the ‘valuable active followers’.
Twitter Earned Nothing In Its First 3 Years
Twitter was founded in 2006 and earned “zero” dollars in revenue during the first 3 years since forming. How much does Twitter earn now? With its gaining reputation, it is expected that Twitter will earn $583 million by the end of 2013 and is working precisely on increasing its revenue to $1 billion in 2014.