One of the free social networking sites that allow people to read and send messages to other users, Twitter was developed by Jack Dorsey in 2006. The message in the site is known as tweets. The posts have a maximum limit of 140 characters. In February 2009, Twitter ranked third in the most used social networking websites. One of the special features of this site is that it allows people to send messages to other people using the Short Message Service. To learn more about this site, let us determine the size of Twitter in terms of employees as well as users.
The Size of Twitter
How big is Twitter? The total number of employees of the firm is 74. Even if the company is small, the revenue that it posted in the third quarter of 2009 was $400,000. In February 2009, the number of unique visitors in the site per month is 6 million while the estimated monthly visit was 55 million. The monthly growth of the site is 1,382 per cent.
The first investment in the company was estimated to be around $1 million to $5 million. In 2008, another funding was allotted for the operations of the firm, which amounted to $22 million. After a year, several companies provided funds for Twitter estimated to be $35 million. The companies that invested in the operations of Twiiter are Benchmark Capital, Institutional Venture Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures as well as Spark Capital.
Additional Information and Other Important Details
Tweets can be categorized into six categories, namely pass-along value, conversational, pointless babble, self-promotion, spam and news. Based on a study conducted by Pear Analytics, the largest classification of tweets is the pointless babble, which accounted to 40.55 per cent of the total samples. On the other hand, 37.55 per cent of the samples are classified as conversational messages. In addition to this, 8.70 per cent of the messages are replies or retweets.
In terms of privacy or security, users have nothing to be bothered of because the website gathers personally identifiable information. Some of the uses of this social networking website are campaigning, advertising and legal proceedings. In addition to this, the site can be used in introducing innovative teaching approaches. The site is also useful in providing news updates as well as emergency reports. Above all, Twitter is popular as a special tool in public relations, protest and politics, space exploration as well as survey opinion.