Social network sites phenomena
reaches 500 million registered users
recently reached 500 million registered users. Although it is not much if compared
to Facebook, its a big number if you think on quantity of people reaching to social
network sites all over the world. It might show traces that social network sites
are here to stay
By GABRIELA ZAGO (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Porto Alegre, BRAZIL
Twopcharts, Twitter has reached 500 million registered users in
February 2012. Registered users is not the same as active users. If we consider
what Twitter has stated on its blog, there are around 100 million active
users in the site - that is, users that actually use the site, at least once a
month. The other 400 million are accounts that were created sometime in the six
years of the microblog's existence and that were later deleted or abandoned.
Twitter's 100 million active users is almost nothing compared to Facebook's
845 million active users, but it is something if you compare to the average
population of large countries. If compared to countries, Twitter has a huge
database of users, approximately double the population of Brazil, or something
like 60 Serbias.
If Twitter maintains its currently speed of growth (something
like more than 10 new accounts per second), Twopcharts estimates that it will
reach 600 million registered users in two months, an impressive tax of growth
(100 million new accounts in two months).
, a social networking platform that allows its users to share interesting
pictures in virtual pinboards,
broke a new web record by reaching 10 million U.S. monthly active users faster
than any other website ever . Formsprin,
a few years later,
took only two months to reach 10 million global active users.
What these numbers tell us is that online social networking is a phenomena
that is here to stay. Whether people are on Twitter or Facebook, or Pinterest
or Formspring, they're using the web to share information among contacts. The
question now is not if people will use this sites, but what will they use them