Twitter is growing fast and now sees an average of 155 million messages posted to the network each day, the company said today. That’s up more than 3X from the company’s report of 50 million daily messages just one year ago.
155 million Tweets per day, each with at least 40 different fields of data associated with them, means there are 6.2 billion data points in play for developers of software and services to slice, dice & build on top of. Every day.
“I think we should expect continuous acceleration for years to come,” predicts Alex Iskold, a smart Twitter observer and founder of fast-growing entertainment check-in service GetGlue. “We are, as a society, continuing to create staggering amounts of information and Twitter is a perfect information routing bus.” GetGlue helped its users publish an average total of 10 Tweets every second during this year’s Oscars, for example. What might an explosion of Tweets from many different sources mean for our lives and work?
Great News – For Developers
Does Anyone Read the Tweets?
What about the recent Yahoo Research study that concluded 50% of all the Tweets that anyone actually reads are published by a mere 20,000 power-Tweeters? If a Twitter account is limited to publishing a maximum of 1,000 messages per day, that would mean at absolute most 25% of all Tweets published ever get read by anyone. (20k*1000*2/155m) Presumably, if you buy that math and the research it’s based on, the real number is much, much smaller than that.
Twitter HQ says that’s crazy talk. “You are combining our metrics with third party metrics, which won’t allow you to make logical or accurate conclusions,” says Twitter’s Carolyn Penner.
Fair enough. I just thought I’d ask, as I’m sure some readers would wonder. I know I try to read every single Tweet I see, by hand, very carefully.
155 million messages per day, each with at least 40 different fields of data associated with them, means there are 6.2 billion data points in play for developers of software and services to slice, dice & build on top of. Every day. Deriving value from all that data has just begun.
Kevin Marshall, creator of stream mining and personalization service KnowAboutIt, feels happily overwhelmed. “It’s awesome. I can say from a developer point of view dealing with the data at any scale like this really requires using the streaming API [as opposed to in single requests for data dumps],” says Marshall. “Even though it’s all open and available. Because of the scale [of the flow] it’s getting a little harder to hack things at a larger scale than it used to be…but that’s a good problem to have.”
What do you think the future will bring? What do you think the consequences of such rapid growth of Tweets might be? Share your opinions below in comments thread.