Twitter last shared numbers back in March, when the company turned six, sharing that 140 million users were sending over 340 million tweets per day (1 billion every 3 days).
The milestone was shared in a tweet thanking users for their “ongoing support”:
There are now more than 200M monthly active @twitter users. You are the pulse of the planet. We’re grateful for your ongoing support!
— Twitter (@twitter) December 18, 2012
While it’s still a way off Facebook’s one billion monthly active users, Twitter has seen impressive growth over the course of 2012, as celebrities, governments, brands and an increasing number of Internet users sign up to the service to share messages, photos, videos and other useful pieces of information.
Roughly speaking, it means that Twitter has seen an average of 6.6 million new users per month, which means it would take the company over 15 years to hit Facebook’s 1 billion user mark at its current pace.
In the past month, Twitter has seen Instagram pull support for its Cards service, dropping inline support on Twitter.com and the company’s apps. However, the company moved quickly to deploy its own solution, partnering with Aviary to bring image editing and filters to its apps.
For those of you that have been using the service for a number of years, Twitter has also started testing a new feature that allows you to download all of your tweets, providing you with the tools to host your own local backup of your Twitter posts.