Those who use Twitter on a regular basis cannot help but build up a band of followers as time goes by.
That should come as no surprise – after all, that’s basically how Twitter works. By simply letting people know “What are you doing now?” (or more recently, “What’s happening”), your personal subscriber list will expand organically over time.
And the most widely-used microblogging service around shows no signs of losing either its appeal or its effectiveness.
A few Twitter facts
Twitter has grown into a global phonomena since its creation in 2006 and particularly over the last couple of years or so mainly as a result of its simplicity, availability and immediacy.
By the end of 2009, 2 billion tweets per quarter were posted. In the first quarter of 2010, around 4 billion tweets per quarter were posted. People typically write about 65 million Twitter posts a day, according to the company – that’s about 750 messages per second.
And there’s no indication yet that Twitter has peaked as a social media tool.
The biggest Twitterers
While we’re in ‘stats mode’, we thought it might be worth a quick peep at seeing how your own loyal band of followers measure up to the real Twitter ‘heavyweights’.
Here are the world’s most followed Twitterers:
- Britney Spears, 5,185,237
- Ashton Kutcher, 5,119,795
- Ellen DeGeneres, 4,768,615
- Lady Gaga, 4,597,530
- Barack Obama, 4,324,071
- Kim Kardashian, 3,895,172
- Oprah Winfrey, 3,703,849
- Taylor Swift, 3,457,990
- John Mayer, 3,353,541
- Twitter, 3,302,082
As you might expect, The Escape Tweet regularly and have a sizeable but fairly modest following compared to the above with some 432 souls currently following us.
But, while pulling together a large number of loyal followers is hardly the point of the exercise here (an important point that’s lost on many), it does tend to provide a good indication of the interest or ‘stickiness’ of your Tweets.
So Tweet often fellow Twitterers either on a business or personal level. And if you find you’re sowing but not reaping – stick with it or some excellent opportunities may pass you by.
You can follow The Escape on Twitter here.