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  1. Excellent facts thanks you! I love to get my daily fix of information so this post was just made for me :-) A couple of the facts really jumped out at me:
    85% of recruiters use Twitter for recruitment.
    5% of users create 75% of the content
    It’s those sort of figures which keep me using Twitter and following you!
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  2. When I first got on Twitter (was it 2008? 2009?), I had no idea what to do. All I knew was my software engineer friend said her teacher said it was going to be important. So I set up an account and left it alone. Then a blogger friend said she was on Twitter, and so I followed her. Finally, a reason at least to look! Fast forward to 2012, I have met so many people locally (in New Jersey) via Twitter, plus established some new business clients, plus learned from people around the world – but not everyone likes communicating in 140 words.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Leora:) I too was an early follower and it’s amazing to see how it has progressed.

      I love how I meet people all over the world and have made so many wonderful friendships as well as business connections:)

  3. This is a fascinating list of facts about one of my favourite social media spaces! Thank you for posting, I have shared everywhere available to me. The growth rate of Twitter is simply astounding isn’t it? From 8 employees to 400 in 3 years! All from an internal site idea! Genius.
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  4. Fascinating! Especially since I’m one of those who, although I have three Twitter accounts and have posted piles of Tweets over the past several years, has yet to figure out the real value of Twitter. Admittedly, I’ve never really taken the time to learn how to use Twitter correctly for my business, so I shouldn’t be surprised at the fact that I’ve never gotten any direct business out of it (and I’ve never used it for personal stuff). Sometimes I feel like it’s just throwing under cooked spaghetti against the wall hoping some of it will stick. My other question has always been, “Who in the world actually READS Tweets?” Hmmmmm . . . maybe that’s where I’m missing out.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Steve – if only it was as easy as throwing spaghetti at a wall lol

      You have to remember that if you want people to read your tweets you need to be creative and come up with interesting tweets that grab the attention of people’s home streams which can be incredibly busy.

      Twitter is excellent for getting more traffic and ultimately sales/more business but it’s like anything in marketing you have to have a plan and take action:)

  5. Some very interesting facts here Lilach, but what bothers me about all these Twitter statistics is that there must be hundreds of thousand of people who post to Twitter automatically,but who never actually visit the site at all. Yet these folk show up as active Twitter users.

    What is your take on this?

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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks David:) You will always get people who abuse Twitter/Facebook and spam and set up multiple accounts without any real interaction but it’s easy to spot these people…

      I do use automatic tools and am an advocate of them but only when used in conjunction with real “live” engagement.

      At the end of the day to have a successful Twitter campaign you need to be engaging and building relationships:)

  6. Wendell says:

    I like that “pointless babble” is now quantifiable data. (#30)

  7. I adore Twitter. I picked up my magazine column entirely via Twitter, got bunches of offers from agents and publishers, and was able to turn them down and still reach the bestseller lists just because of the influence I had on Twitter. It’s a phenomenal place for writers. Love it. Great post.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Rebecca:) Great to see another fan and someone who not only embraced Twitter but got so much from it:) It just goes to show that when leveraged well the power of Twitter:)

  8. Kostas says:

    Hi Lilach,
    Interesting facts I didn’t expect that twitter is so popular in Brazil and Japan I though that after USA the next countries would be UK and European countries, interesting stuff…
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  9. Zinedine says:

    Those are some impressive numbers but we need to take into consideration all the false accounts – there are a few…
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Zinedine:) Yes that’s very true, there are also many inactive accounts too. I’ll have to do some research to see if there are any stats with active accounts only… :)

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  11. Lilach,
    Thank you for all of you research.
    I must follow the most positive people on twitter because I read wonderful inspirational tweets all day.
    I was amazed to learn that~~~
    40. People are more inclined to Tweet something negative than positive. 80% of customer service tweets are negative.
    And that all tweets will be archived~~~
    41. Every public tweet since Twitter’s inception in March 2006 will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. IBM plans to map every archived tweet to Wikipedia, and tag it with sentiment, to make them more digestible.

    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Janis:) It just goes to show how people like to mix with like-minded people. I mainly see positive tweets too… I’m not interested in following moaners/whiners lol

      However I think that people take to Twitter when they have a problem with a company – I know I have… (I had a major problem with Virgin and set up a campaign which went viral that within an hour they phoned me!!)

  12. Fascinating list – not at all suprised about the percentage of negative tweets. All you have to do is follow one of the daily hashtags – which, I confess I occasionally do because they are also pretty funny :-)
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  13. Lou Barba says:

    Hi Lilach,

    Twitter has always been kind of a mystery to me… kind of like sitting in a field full of ten thousand chirping birds, trying to get heard. I made it a goal for this year to learn how to use it better, since I know it can be done. I am planning to use TweetAdder to help me automate some of the things I want to do…maybe I won’t be so shy about logging onto Twitter if I feel like I am getting to know some people there. Thanks for a great list. I shared it all over.

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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Lou, appreciate the share:) I personally wouldn’t recommend you use TweetAdder… they’ve experienced problems with accounts being shut down.

      Definitely don’t be shy – you need to share your beautiful stories:)

  14. Those are some crazy and random twitter facts Lilach. It has become one of those tools that people love because it is easy to keep up with hot topics and interesting conversations (now around the world).

    Thanks for sharing it.
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  15. Theuns says:

    Hi Lilach
    Thanks for this interesting info about Twitter.
    Wow to day you can talk to the world in a sec and almost every one online know it LOL :-)
    I love the stats that you give.
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  16. Lilach, an impressive set of statistics especially recently heading towards 500 million users! Your stats are quite impressive too – 58K users, nice!

    Keep moving forward.

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  17. Interesting about most customer service tweets being negative. I personally get tired of grumpy gusses on twitter and refreshing when someone compliments a business, service, etc…

    Wow to all the new accounts created per day? Are these automatically created? Unless I missed it, I wonder if there is a stat to show how many new accounts are created and not used or used for a bit and then forgotten about? Hmmm…

    Good post and thks for all the facts.
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  18. great post with so much information about the twitter comapnay . am so amazed that started just from 3 .

  19. Fascinating collection of twitter facts, Lilach. A collection such as this can only come from a true twitter lover such as yourself. I think master twitter users know how to find gold in the endless tweet chatter and how to really connect with people on twitter. Again, I think you are one of them. I love all of the facts above, but one of my favorites is “Twitter is growing at over 1.123 million accounts per day.” Wow!
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  20. awesome post, awesome Twitter!

    so many cool facts – this one stood out to me “Currently, Twitter is growing at over 1.123 million accounts per day, which amounts to more than 13 new accounts per second.” CRAZY STAT!!

    thanks Lilach,

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  21. Susan says:

    Phew ….. 50 was a BIG read Lilach. Like the last one though “I once spent 4 hours on Twitter” But you are the twitter traffic queen and you have a really responsive twitter community. We need to learn this from you. Great and valuable post as always. Chris & Susan
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  22. Wow – some fantastic facts there. A bit worried about number 15, though – if we have to get our number of tweets up to 140 million a day, I can see we’re going to have some pretty sore thumbs ;)
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  23. Radu says:

    Hey Lilach,
    This was a really interesting read. I love the #1. Anything is just an idea before one implements it..If inspiration comes and you take action something great will happen. Twitter is the perfect example :)
    #27 people decide who to follow based on recomendations from friends. This is a big wake up call to invest in building quality relationships with people. In an era where technology grows like crazy, word of mouth from friends is still dominant.
    I’m focusing more on learning FBK now but after that Twitter is on my list. Definitely something to use to grow one’s business.
    Thanks for sharing Lilach :)
    All the best,
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  25. Very cool posts… haha.. thanks for taking the time to list those!
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  26. sam says:

    A very cool interesting post and by my experiment twitter really helps seo people it is becoming a use full tool .

  27. Val Heisey says:

    Wow Lilach, these facts are amazing! And it proves why people my age are not as involved in it – 18-39! I am part of a twitterfeed tribe, and my blog syndicates to Twitter every time I post. I do get new followers every day, and most of them I accept and follow back. Occassionally, I send a tweet to someone I have something in common with. But that’s it for now. I can see how Twitter can be a major asset to a business owner! Thanks for the fact list!
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  28. Great post, interesting as always and awesome facts. I love my facts especially twitter facts and it is crazy how twitter has grown since it was first created, mind blowing

    keep up the great work

  29. Hi Lilach,

    Wow, amazing numbers. It also seem that you are doing extremely well on Twitter. I wish I could say the same :) My interest in Twitter was a slow one, and I still have not really managed to fully understand how you attract people on Twitter except by twitting and retwiting their stuff as well as mine :) How did you get to that amazing following?

  30. John says:

    I think these facts are pretty awesome. I remember when MJ died. Twitter was on a constant shutdown status. Complete tweet overload. LOL. I can only imagine how much impact Twitter will have in the near future.
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  31. Steve says:

    It was physically impossible to watch Mastermind UK and follow the Twitter feed at the same time ! Isn’t that bit self defeating ?

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  33. Thank you for an excellent post! I actually just started using Twitter a few days ago and already have 145 followers which surprises me! I don’t really understand Twitter. I appreciate your facts. I will retweet it.

    Blessings, Victoria Douglas
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  36. Nice one Lilach,
    I had joined facebook and so many other social networks before I joined Twitter in 2010. At first, Twitter had appeared strange with its 140 character limit and TimeLine design, but this character limit soon became a challenge to always look forward to and the TimeLine design turned out a style of its own in the social network industry. The growth of Twitter client base as well has been fascinating, both with network partners and end account users. The Twitter ‘@’ handle too is an innovation in user identification that endears the Twitter social network brand to me. About a year and few months now since my account was created with Twitter, I have gained just over 1,400 followers, quality followers. I have promoted my skills, gained business contacts and learned using Twitter.
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  37. $8 billion- ’40% pointless babble’

    that’s 3.2 billion dollars worth of utter pointlessness!
    fantastic :)
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  38. Lilach,
    So many facts and nuggets of info! This post is will be a resource for future articles!!
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  39. Billings says:

    Interesting stats there Lilach. The one that hit me most is #3, how simple the idea came about. Most of the time we lock ourselves in the room hoping to see the bright lights of heaven shine on us when in actual fact a lazy relation in a garden chair whilst admiring the greens can spark up the best ideas of all times. History proves this. Isaac newton, Archimedes etc the list is long

  40. Fun facts, but one I would challenge: the valuation at $8 billion! These figures are almost systematically over-rated, as the Facebook IPO showed to dramatic results.

  41. andreas says:

    Interesting and very usefull facts,i appreciate it,thanks.

  42. Charles says:

    I enjoy using twitter as a source of sharing marketing information and ideas to my followers. As a result, I read many articles from multiple sources, in order to provide my followers with great content. By reading all these articles, I am the true beneficiary as I am learning so much more and staying on top of industry trends, competition, and ideating for my own company. Plus I have made several “virtual friends” that have provided entertainment, education, and enlightenment for me. Thanks Lilach for sending this information and establishing this forum for comments. I have followed you for a year now and you are one of my favorites!

  43. Hi Lilach,
    sorry for this but just could not resist! First off thanks for this post where did you get the info from? Anyway down to business (and after reading all the other comments that no-one else has spotted this) .
    On point 1 you mention that Twitter was just an idea 5 years ago and was created on March 2006 and Launched July 2006. If my maths is correct that would make Twitter six and a half years nearly 7 years old in March 2013.
    Anyway I am loving the new blog design its incredibly vibrant and good on the eyes! Just thought I would give you a heads up anyway!
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  44. D. Dixon says:

    Love that every 10th Tweet is of Starbucks. Seriously, I think they’re taking over the world one chai latte (no water, my fave) at a time. It’s also amazing what can happen when you get a bunch of brilliant heads together. I would have loved to be a fly on that wall. Thanks for these little tidbits, Lilach
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  45. For me Twitter is best and only newspaper I’m actually reading. Few years ago I didn’t know what to do there, but today Twitter is more important to me than Facebook :)
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  46. Hello,
    Some very interesting facts here Lilach, but what bothers me about all these Twitter statistics is that there must be hundreds of thousand of people who post to Twitter automatically
    Thank you
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  47. Ann says:

    Twitter is newer than I thought. I guess that’s why I am trying to get a handle on it without much success. I think to myself that I don’t have time to get tied up in it. Thanks for the facts, Lilach.
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  48. Very interesting stats; I feel like a know Twitter so much better from this. The most astounding fact for me is that 5% of users create 75% of content (is that power using or what!?). The other one is that 81% of users follow less than 100 people. I guess it’s true that Twitter is one of the most misunderstood platforms; what you think isn’t necessarily what is.

    Thanks again for putting together this list.

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