Twitter has a lot to celebrate on its sixth birthday. Aside from helping to launch Middle East revolutions as well as Charlie Sheen’s fan club, the social media tool just announced it broke 140 million users who send about 340 million tweets per day.
It’s a completely different world from the one in which founder Jack Dorsey first tweeted on March 21, 2006: “Just setting up my twttr,” marking the first public tweet in history.
“Six years may not be very long in human terms, but it’s been quite an enormous span for the thing we know and love as Twitter,” the company noted on its blog celebrating the milestones and birthday. “When @jack first sketched out his notion in March 2006, no one could have predicted the trajectory of this new communication tool. Now it seems that there are as many ways to express yourself in 140 characters as there are people doing it.”
And its flight is soaring pretty fast. The company reached 100 million users as early as September, including 75 percent of the NBA, 50 percent of the NFL, 82 percent of the US House and 85 percent of the Senate.
While the company plans to be around for a long time, it has no immediate plans for an IPO, its CEO Dick Costolo told PC Magazine.
“We are going to be really patient about the way we build the business,” Costolo said. “We are trying to build a decades-long, lasting business.”