Twitter, the popular microblogging company, which processes more than a billion tweets a week, reached the milestone figure yesterday’s evening, according to a report.
Twopcharts, a third party Twitter analysis company, counted that new accounts registered per second is constantly above 13 on Wednesday.
At New York’s Guardian Activate Summit In April 2011, Twitter announced its user base in the 200 million-range worldwide, 70% of which comes from outside the U.S.
However, the 500 million relates to the total number of registered accounts, and it’s unclear how many of them are active.
A Twitter spokesman didn’t comment on third party figures and said that the company only tracks how many active users there are using the site. As The Telegraph writes, there are no plans from the company to announce a registered user figure milestone.
Twopcharts in a blog post, the site states that out of 100,000 accounts it has looked at, many have been suspended or closed. Others are inactive, still showing the default egg profile picture. It’s disheartening to some that 53% of the sample the company is analyzing is inactive.
“Based on a sample of 100,000 accounts that were registered about three months ago, one has to be very cautious to draw any general conclusions,” the blog post concluded.
“It is however likely that from the huge amount of new accounts that have been registered in the last year, the statistics will not differ greatly from what we found here.”
According to Forbes, Twitter to register its 1 billionth user in a half and a year in case the social networking site continues to keep at the current growing rate. One billion of anything sounds like a lot, but numbers are becoming increasingly fungible in social media land.
Myspace, for example, announced startling news earlier this month. The site had been written off last year after Specific Media and Justin Timberlake bought it from News Corp.
At least one million new members have joined during the last month, and the rate of signups has increased to 40,000 per day. Credit has been given to the new music player, which is user-friendly and free.
One more social networking giant announced last month that it had reached 90 million of registered users. Larry Page, Google’s chief executive, said that time: “Engagement on Google+ is also growing tremendously.”
He continued: “I have some amazing data to share there for the first time: Google+ users are very engaged with our products – over 60per cent of them engage daily, and over 80 per cent weekly.”
However, Google has not revealed what percentage of the 90 million accounts are active.
Wired Magazine co-founder Kevin Kelly investigated and found that most of the people following him on Google+ are ciphers. “They have signed up, but have not made a single public post, or posted their own image or a profile, or made a comment. They aren’t home.”
As for Facebook, it has 800 million members. More than six billion photos are posted to the network every month and approximately 100 billion photos stored on the site’s servers – making it the largest image-sharing platform in the world.