Twitter currently has over 175 million registered users according to the site’s “about” page. Of those 175 million registered “users”, there are only 85 million accounts with one or more followers. These statistics seriously make me wonder about the number of accounts that are used for spamming/trolling versus the ones that belong to people who genuinely don’t give a crap. A further look into the site’s statistics (given by an anonymous individual with full access to Twitter’s API) show that roughly 56 million Twitter accounts follow zero people while some 90 million accounts have zero followers. Hey, not everyone of us can be as cool as Ashton.
So how big is Twitter, really? Take a look for yourself…
Facebook on the other hand is visited monthly by 600 million users with half of them coming back for more on a daily basis. Granted, you cannot fairly pit the two social networking sites against each other based solely on their user base. So, let’s take into consideration what Facebook deems an “active user”. According to a source from Facebook, the networking site considers someone with 10 or more friends active. Moving the magic number 10 over to Twitter land, the API data reveals that there are only 38 million following 16 users, and just 12 million following 64. Perhaps Twitter isn’t as big of a networking site as we initially thought. Twitter is still however looking a lot better than Myspace these days.