Twitter has been hovering close to milestone of the 1000 tweets a second for several days and in the last couple of days has broken through the barrier several times. The number of tweets per second stayed above that figure between 2pm and 4pm UTC on Tuesday and passed it again at a similar time yesterday.
Twitter has also broken through another barrier, clocking up over 2 billion tweets in a month for the first time since its inception. At midnight last night the figure was over 2.3 billion for June.
I verified the score for June using the unique twitter ID number that ever tweet carries. These numbers are sequential so it makes the calculation straightforward. At midday on the 1st June Lance Armstrong tweeted “Hello June“. Clearly this was not the first tweet of the day, but it was good enough for an accurate estimate. The ID figure of 15162027303 for that tweet suggests that the first tweet in June was close to the 15130000000 mark. Gigatweet had the last tweet in June at around test number at around 17440000000. Although claims were made that the two billion barrier was passed in May the actual figure for that month was 1.99 billion.
There were suggestions late last year that Twitter had ‘jumped the shark’ but an apparent stalling in the numbers using twitter.com was simply caused by users switching to third-party applications. Gigatweet also estimates that the 20 billionth tweet will be posted in just a month’s time on the 1st August.