Posted December 31, 2010 7:44 am by with 9 comments

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From the “Did You Know?” category comes the statistic claimed by a report from Sysomos that says that 95% of the current Twitter accounts were created after January of 2009. So for you folks who had your claim before that time you were officially ‘way ahead of the curve’ to one degree or another. Here is chart that shows this growth. (Thanks to PCMag for bringing this to our attention).

Of course, I always want to know just how many of these accounts are placeholders to protect from Twitter handle squatters or names of small businesses who are still thinking about getting involved but that’s for another time.

The Sysomos report also showed some interesting charts relating to a variety of element in Twitter that are being utilized much more today.

One of my favorites was this one.

It’s Twitter’s version of the 80/20 rule. That rule says that 80% of your revenue comes from 20% of your customers. In Twitter terms it’s the 90/20 rule where 90% of tweets come from about 20% of the users. Of course, this says nothing about the value of the tweets or if they are bot generated so while it’s a fun thing to look at the real value lies in determining which of that 20% are real people and provide real value.

Check out the study to make your own call as to whether Twitter is a vast wasteland of nothingness or a platform for action.

  • Interesting statistic, but not really all that surprising.
    January 2009 was when @stephenfry appeared on Jonathon Ross’ (@wossy) talk show on the BBC in the UK and they discussed their love of Twitter, exposing it to a much wider audience than ever before and exploding the UK user base as other celebs rushed to their publicists to stake a claim on “this twitter thing” and fans flocked to the service to see what their favourite celebs were doing.
    Soon afterwards this explosion of interest spread to the US where Twitter’s real tipping point came when Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) appeared on @Oprah as he raced to become the first user with over 1 million followers.
    But the spike in mainstream memberships can almost certainly be traced back to a British chat show and a couple of tech obsessed celebrities sharing their latest obsession with the nation.

  • Sadly, most of those accounts have been created and updated by bots and and aren’t real people. So much spam on Twitter that it has lost it’s appeal.

  • Thanks for sharing this information, I have to agree with TheKenJones above, Steven Fry had a massive impact on twitter in 2009 here in the UK. I am not really a fan of twitter because of all the spam that is there now but I still use it to build my online profile. I also have my account linked to aweber and my blog so whenever I send out broadcasts or update my blog a message with a link goes out to my followers. The rest of the time I try to remember to update with useful information as often as possible.

    Thanks again for sharing the stats


  • Frank,

    Glad you found the report interesting. Have a great 2011.


    Mark Evans
    Director of Communications

    • @Mark – Interesting on many levels. Always wonder though just how the data is truly collected and what is being measured as it relates to the sponsor of the study. Any thoughts?

  • Scott

    This is a great example of stating the totally obvious.
    Why not just publish this again in 2015, and state ‘99% of all twitter accounts created after 2009 when it got media attention’

    • @Scott – Look at the rest of the information as suggested. You may find less obvious data to feed your anonymous needs.

  • Thank you on object

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