Frequently asked questions

Here’s a high level overview of the blog posts we’ve covered on this crazy little thing called Twitter. After reading these posts, I’m sure you’ll agree that they’re nothing but small!

6 things about Twitter’s history you didn’t know about

Question: What was Twitter’s original name?

Answer: ‘twttr’ – the original founders wanted to leave out the vowels originally. Today, we know that they went against that decision.

Question: Where was Twitter created?

Answer: Twitter was created on a playground in San Francisco at the top of a slide where the founders and their team gave birth to the idea of Twitter.

Question: What’s the name of the blue bird icon?

Answer: The blue bird is named Larry Bird, named after the famous basketball player, Larry Bird from the Boston Celtics.

Question: What is the ‘Fail Whale’?

Answer: The ‘Fail Whale’ is shown to users when the website is down for maintenance, or when it’s over capacity, however, it no longer exists today.

Question: What’s the story behind the term ‘tweets’?

Answer: The term ‘tweets’ almost didn’t happen because one of the founders thought that the term was too cute to represent what Twitter is intended for.

Question: What’s the deal with hashtags on Twitter?

Answer: As the company reported, hashtags on Twitter is the equivalent of a mic drop on stage, for when performers leave the stage on a high note.

10 interesting numbers behind Twitter

Question: How many monthly active users does Twitter have?

Answer: Twitter has 310 million monthly active users.

Question: How many registered users does Twitter have?

Answer: Twitter has 1+ billion registered users.

Question: How long did it take for Twitter to reach its billionth tweet?

Answer: It took Twitter 3 years, 2 months & 1 day to reach its billionth tweet.

Question: How much was wiped out in stock value when a fake tweet about Obama was sent in 2013?

Answer: About $130 billion was wiped out in stock value when a fake tweet about Obama being harmed in a White House explosion was sent out in 2013.

Question: What is the most retweeted image on Twitter?

Answer: The most retweeted image on Twitter is that of Ellen taking a group selfie with a bunch of celebrities at the 2014 Oscars.

Question: How many tweets are sent every second?

Answer: About 6,000 tweets are sent every second.

Question: Who holds the record for the most number of followers in the shortest amount of time?

Answer: Caitlyn Jenner had 1 million followers in about 4 hours and 23 minutes on June 1, 2015.

Question: How many accounts have never tweeted?

Answer: 391 million accounts have never tweeted.

Question: What is the most amount of tweets sent in one second?

Answer: In August 2013, movie goers tweeted “balse” at the exact moment it played in the movie ‘Castle in the Sky’, sending 143,199 tweets worldwide.

Question: How many followers does Twitter have on their Twitter account?

Answer: Twitter has 55,064,486 followers on their Twitter account.

Top 10 Twitter accounts with the most followers

Question: Which Twitter accounts have the most followers?


  1. Katy Perry: 89,071,169
  2. Justin Bieber: 82,290,686
  3. Taylor Swift: 77,874,177
  4. Barack Obama: 75,241,599
  5. YouTube: 62,319,173
  6. Rihanna: 61,114,092
  7. Ellen DeGeneres: 60,060,695
  8. Lady Gaga: 59,757,672
  9. Justin Timberlake: 55,406,690
  10. Twitter: 55,064,486

Question: How many registered users do Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn have?


Facebook: 2+ billion

Instagram: 500+ million

Twitter: 1+ billion

LinkedIn: 433 million

Pinterest: 100+ million

Question: How many active user accounts do Facebook, Instragram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest have?


Facebook: 1.65 billion

Instagram: 500 million

Twitter: 310 million

LinkedIn: 106 million

Pinterest: 100 million