Twitter, now some 105,779,710 users strong is growing by 300,000 users a day. That works out to over 8% growth a month. Facebook by comparison has over 400 million active users, and is growing by over 500,000 new users daily.
Facebook has stricter standards as to just what it means to be a user, but the growth rate of Twitter is hard to downplay. At its daily rate it is convincing nearly 10 million people a month to sign up and try its service. Very impressive for a company attempting to create a new method of communication.
In the “other data” department, Twitter handles over 600 million search queries a day. Twitter search (check it out here) is a wildly popular method of finding out what the world (or at least the internet enabled portion) thinks about a certain topic or item. It is the essence of real time, provided that Twitter is online at that moment.
Finally, Twitter has some 175 employees, a tribute to its fat financing and recent moves into monetization via “promoted tweets.” The data confirms it, Twitter hit the mainstream is growing like a weed infused with anabolic steroids. Facebook still crushes it in terms of total and total active users, but the little startup that could is racing to catch up.