Social Networks by the Numbers: Twitter Turns 5, Newborn Google+ and a Maturing Facebook

Posted Jul 15, 2011

Twitter is 5 years old today, sparking rounds of nostalgia and statistics. According to TheNextWeb, Twitter saw more than 600,000 new users in yesterday alone. When Twitter first started, it took more than 16 months to reach the 600,000 user mark. Meanwhile, the weeks-old Google+ demonstrates the other side of the spectrum of social network growth: in just a few weeks, it has gained more than 10 million users. Larry Page announced this stat yesterday from his own Google+ account.

Page announced that Google+ is “seeing over 1 billion items shared and received in a single day.” Meanwhile the official Twitter company account tweeted, “There were 224 Tweets sent on July 15, 2006. Today, users send that many tweets in less than a tenth of a second.”

Of course, put all this next to Facebook’s newly-achieved milestone of 750 million active users, and the other social networks seem tiny by comparison.

Mashable mentions Sysomos data that calculates that Twitter and Facebook each get twice as many mentions, per day, in the media, compared to Google+. Clearly, comparatively quick adoption does not necessarily mean a domination over media references.