Infographic: Following Twitter

What can you say in 140 characters? What can you say in 140 words? Both of these seem to be abysmally small as this post is twice as long as the latter, and yet we could say even more. Yet, out of the few hundred million “tweets” (messages) sent each day, and the perhaps one trillion (that is 1,000,000,000,000) total tweets sent since its inception, a lot has been said. This infographic does truly show the importance of “Following Twitter”.

Among such nuggets were the facts that it was a lifeline to Mumbai residents during the 26/11 terrorist attacks, and that tweeting helped free an American student who was lodged in an Egyptian prison, one of the earliest–and perhaps the very first international–successes. Oprah joined Twitter in 2009 and Barack Obama followed suit two years later. What took him so long? It also had some dubious achievements when Charlie Sheen went on Twitter and used the hashtags of winning and tigerblood.

Twitter showed almost exponential growth–more than doubling in the number of messages sent each day–in the few months from September 2010 to July 2011. However, it seems to have reached a plateau. Although it appears to have again doubled in the number of messages sent each day, it has taken a lengthy four years to do so.

Likes: A cleverly designed infographic on the history of Twitter. Nice colour combination and layout.

Dislikes: Nothing to dislike. However the timeline stops at June ’11 and is not carried forward.

Following Twitter

Infographic by Visual.ly

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