Twitter said Tuesday the number of active users of the service has
topped 200 million, in a sign of the sizzling growth of the messaging
News of the milestone came in a tweet, of course, from the
official Twitter account: "There are now more than 200M monthly active
@twitter users. You are the pulse of the planet. We're grateful for your
The number was the first official estimate from Twitter since it claimed 140 million active users.
offered no details on the latest update, but in the past has said the
majority of active users were in the United States.
analysts have provided various estimates for Twitter, which is privately
held and thus not required to disclose most business data.
this year, a French-based research firm said over 500 million people
are on the micro-blogging site, with Americans and Brazilians the most
Another group, Sys-Con media, estimated last month that
Twitter had over 465 million accounts and that the number of daily
tweets had topped 175 million.
A recent survey found one in seven Americans who go online use Twitter and eight percent do so every day.