More People Tweeted About The Olympics Today Than During The Entire Beijing Games In 2008
Twitter provides a quick and easy way to communicate thoughts and share stories online. In the last four years, Twitter has seen some astonishing growth in the past few years, so much in fact, that they’ve recently released some impressive numbers:
When it comes to events that capture the world’s attention, the Olympic Games have long been the gold standard — and never more so than right now, when Twitter is on hand for every competition. Even today, heading into the Opening Ceremony, we’re already seeing more Tweets about the Olympics in a single day than we did during the entire Beijing games in 2008. (Yes, you read that right.)
Twitter was only a couple of years old when the Beijing Olympics took place, and it’s obviously become much more popular today, having been integrated in almost every smart-phone on the market. In January of 2008, Twitter had just 8 employees. In April 2012, over 900. It’s gone from nothing, to the SMS of the internet” in under 4 years.
Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, and launched officially in July of the same year. Today, there are over 500 million active users generating more than 350 million tweets ever day (on average). In total, Twitter handles nearly 2 Billion search queries every day. Amazing growth.