22 Interesting Twitter Facts That May Surprise You
Twitter gets a fair amount of flak for supposedly falling behind in the social media game. It's been said the platform's user base plateaued, that the company is hemorrhaging money. But before we eulogize Twitter, let's remember its revolutionary impact culture, including the advent of hashtags. The social network's reach goes further than even its hundreds of millions of users; Twitter has a history of spreading important news, and determining headlines. Read on for interesting statistics and stories on the 140-character inovator.
456 Tweets Per Second When Michael Jackson DiedPhoto: Robert_Ball / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0The highest-ever volume of tweets sent out over a single event occurred when Michael Jackson died. An astonishing 456 tweets per second hit the site as news of Michael's death broke.
Trump, the Most Popular Thing to Tweet About in 2015Photo: Chris Piascik / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0For better or for worse, Donald "The Orange One" Trump was the most discussed person on Twitter in 2015. Hillary Clinton, Iraq & ISIS, and Bernie Sanders all followed distantly. Add in the myriad mentions of Donald Drumpf that didn't get counted and it's obvious Orange Donny won by a landslide.
Katy Perry, the Most Popular Person on TwitterPhoto: Samantha Sekula / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0Katy Perry is the queen of Twitter. She has more than 84 million followers, nearly eight million more than Justin Bieber, her closest competitor. Taylor Swift, President Obama, and YouTube round out the top five. Vladmir Putin lags far behind this cabal of powerful Americans, with only 395,000 followers. But don't worry, Russia will rise again.
Twitter Had Worldwide Revenue of $2.2 Billion In 2015Despite incessant chatter that Twitter isn't what it used to be, the social network's revenue continues to rise. In 2015, Twitter had a total revenue of more than $2.2 billion. That's $800 million more than 2014, and $2.1 billion more than 2011.
It Took 3 Years, 2 Months, and 1 Day to Reach a Billion TweetsPhoto: id-iom / flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0Twitter reached its billionth tweet three years, two months, and one day after the platform launched in 2006. In January 2016, users send out more than 300 million tweets a day.
One Direction Rules RetweetsPhoto: Meditations / Pixabay / CC0 1.0In 2015, the top three most retweeted posts were all from current or former One Direction members. The single most retweeted post? Harry Styles addressing Zayn Malik's departure from the group. Number two? Zayn supporting his old band mates. Awww.