It grew by over 100 million users, more than doubled its staff, raised new funding, and launched numerous features and advertising products aimed to turn the growing social media site into a money-maker.
Their data tells a story of growth across multiple frontiers. There are more of us tweeting, we're both following and being followed more, and we're sharing more about ourselves.
A few highlights from Sysomos' report:
- 82% of Twitter users now provide a name, compared with 33% in 2009. - 73% provide location information compared with 44% in 2009. - 63.3% now provide a bio, compared with 31% in 2009. - Users with more than 100 friends has increased by three-fold to 21% since 2009. - 80% users have made fewer than 500 tweets.
The vast majority of Tweeters (95.9%) have 500 followers or fewer, with just .06% boasting over 10,000 followers and 2.12% of users attracting over 1,000 followers.
Sysomos' survey confirms what many other Twitter studies have found: a very small group of users account for the lion's share of the activity on the microblogging site. Nearly 60% of tweets come from 2.2% of Twitter's users, with 22.5% making up a full 90% of Twitter's activity.
What do we share about ourselves in our Twitter bios? See the word clouds generated by Sysomos below, then take a look at out our post on what people retweet and why.