Twitter had 20 Billionth Message Posted

By Dipankar Das, Gaea News Network
Sunday, August 1, 2010

twitter Twitter, the social networking site that allows users to send short messages upto 140 chars had its 20 billionth messages posted. The tweet was sent at 1544 GMT Saturday by GGGGGGo_Lets_Go, a Tokyo based graphic designer for an advertising agency. GGGGGGo_Lets_Go was swamped with congratulatory messages from around the world because of  the milestone which looked like a part of a longer conversation with another user.

He later posted another message, saying: “Looks like I posted the 20 billionth tweet. I’m getting replies from people all over the world. It’s scary. What are the chances? Maybe I’m going to die.”

The Japanese send about 8m tweets a day, about 12% of the  total global tweets and ranked second next to US, according to the San Francisco-based micro-blogging service. Evan Williams, Twitter’s 38-year-old chief executive visited Japan early of this month to celebrate the success of the company in Japan.

The company is expected to open its first dedicated data center at Utah, USA. The company hopes that the data center will help get rid of service overloads, which have been a particular problem during major sporting events like the recent soccer World Cup.

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