Twitter is celebrating its fifth birthday this month, so the company has released a fresh set of stats about its growth and usage, such as the fact that it took more than three years for users to send the first 1 billion “tweets,” a feat now accomplished every week.
Over the past year, the average number of Twitter messages sent per day has increased from 50 million in March 2010 to 140 million this month, the company said in a blog post.
Currently, an average of 460,000 Twitter accounts are created every day, while the number of Twitter mobile users has spiked 182 percent year-on-year.
Over the past 12 to 15 months, Twitter has been adding native functionality to the service that in many cases replicates and competes against applications built by these developers, leading to tension and complaints from them.
Twitter also cautioned that developers of existing client applications will be held to stricter enforcement of terms and conditions.
Twitter said it needs to do this to make the overall user experience more uniform and of higher quality, but some affected developers are crying foul, saying Twitter doesn’t want people using alternative client applications so as not to dilute Twitter.com’s traffic and fledgling ad business.