Twitter hits 500 million users

Twitter became the second social network to hit the milestone on Wednesday afternoon and is currently adding 14 new accounts per second. 


Fernando Alfonso III

Internet Culture

Published Feb 22, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 9:03 pm CDT

Twitter just registered another milestone.

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On Wednesday at approximately 1 p.m. EST, the 500 millionth Twitter account was registered, according to statistics from Twopcharts.

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The account belongs to Piotr Janicki (@JanickiPiotr), who—true to Twitter form—has not yet tweeted. (A significant number of Twitter users only use the service to reads tweets, a behavior the company seems to have encouraged with its recent redesign.)

On the other hand, account number 500,000,001 has been tweeting away. That belongs to Annamaria Angrisani (@AnnamariaAngris), whose first tweet was in Italian. Roughly translated, it reads: “[I]mmersed in the boxes for the next move … I’m am so exasperated!”

Twitter is only the second social network to hit 500 million users and is now about 300 million users shy of catching Facebook.

It will take Twitter about 108 more days to reach 600 million users, according to Twopcharts. Twitter currently adds 14 new accounts per second.

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*First Published: Feb 22, 2012, 3:46 pm CST