The 20 billionth tweet has been sent from a Tokyo-based graphic designer. Want to read it? Well don’t get too excited; as with most things sent over Twitter, it’s hardly Shakespeare.
@GGGGGGo_Lets_Go on Saturday sent the cryptic “So that means the barrage might come back later all at once”.
That barrage indeed came later when the world realised @GGGGGGo_Lets_Go had sent the landmark tweet, inundating the user with messages.
“I’m getting replies from people all over the world. It’s scary. What are the chances? Maybe I’m going to die. Is it more amazing than winning the lottery? I thought it was a joke,” said @GGGGGGo_Lets_Go
Twitter is now growing at a healthy rate. 300,000 new users sign up for accounts every day, with the 20 billionth tweet coming just two months after 15 billionth and five since the 10 billionth. By comparison, the 10 billionth tweet itself took four years to reach.
It’s unsurprising that the 20 billionth Tweet came from Japan, where the service is building from strength to strength. Japan is now the second most tweeting nation in the world, just behind the US. This is likely down to the differences between the languages, allowing much more to be said in in Japanese with just 140 characters than in English.
By Gerald Lynch | August 2nd, 2010