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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Twitter 20-Billionth message posted by a Japanese graphic designer

Popular social networking and micro-blogging site, Twitter, just crossed its 20-billionth Tweet on July 31, 2010.

A Tokyo-based graphic designer first discovered that he posted the 20-billionth message. The designer who goes by the name "GGGGGGo_Lets_Go," Tweeted:

"It looks like I posted the 20 billionth tweet. I'm getting replies from people all over the world. It's scary. What are the chances? Maybe I'm going to die. Is it more amazing than winning the lottery? I thought it was a joke,"

Popular tech-website, Computerworld, translated this message.

Twitter saw its 15-billionth message posted two months ago and five months ago it hit ten-billionth message. World Cup Football 2010 played a major part in this surge because it took Twitter four years to reach the 10-billionth mark but only two months to another 10 billion.

During the Japan-Denmark game, Twitter saw its highest message posting; 3,283 messages per second. After the end of the World Cup the number dropped significantly.

On a daily basis, Twitter adds 300,000 new users. In mid-April 2010, Twitter reported to have 105 million registered users. In February 2010, Twitter reported that it was seeing roughly 50 million Tweeter messages per day and 600 per second which is very high compared to its message rate of 2007 when there was only 5,000 Tweets per day.

However, the biggest complaints against Twitter is “fail whale,” a condition which occurs when Twitter stops working people can not log into their accounts and a picture of whale is posted on the website.

To solve this problem, Twitter is going to transfer its operations to a new, custom-built data center in Salt Lake city, Utah.

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