In just over 2 years Twitter, the webchild of Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, and Biz Stone has hit mainstream in a huge way. For those of us that were in on the beta its a testament to the power of a great idea, the benefits of being open, and the desire that people have to voice their opinions. I’m not going to go into a huge post about why people twit, how they’re going to make money from it, or who’s using twitter and for what reasons, there’s already an insane amount of material out there.
What’s really interesting now though is that the growth in twitter use is now so rapid they’re just running to catch up with demand, You’re starting to see more and more ‘Twitter is over capacity’ messages – and the Fail Whale image. To give you some of the latest stats though, a few weeks ago year Nielsen tracked twitter grown at an annual 1,382% but data in Feb-March alone showed a 76.8% increase showing that growth acceleration is increasing. According to Mashable that data is just its website traffic, and not even traffic from mobile devices where most of the tweets would be coming from.
Twitter is working on a Discovery Engine that will let you search tweets without leaving your webpage, Google haven’t yet missed the boat, they can still unlock that safe and get those truck fulls of cash ready. Take a look at the recent TED talk below by Evan Williams.