The conversational Web site, which lets users post 140-character microblogs, saw a 1,374 percent jump in unique visitors between February 2008 and February this year, up to 7 million from only 475,000, according to Nielsen NetView.
By comparison, Facebook grew 228 percent, to 65.7 million users, during the same period.
Source: Is Twitter’s breakneck growth causing a backlash? | John D. Sutter| CNN
Some users say Twitter has outgrown its core audience and is irrelevant to the technophiles who made it popular in the first place. Others are annoyed by the flood of spammers and profiteers who now use the site’s popularity to make a buck.
It is inevitable that a Web site seeing Twitter-style growth would face some glitches and a backlash from early adopters, said Laura Fitton, a consultant and co-author of the book “Twitter for Dummies.”
“There’s going to be all kinds of people using it all kinds of different ways,” she said. “The purists can go pound rocks.”
Major news such as the Mumbai terrorist attacks and the Hudson River plane landing has broken over Twitter, and that’s added to the site’s popularity, she said.
Twitter is the new facebook. I don’t see what all the uproar is about, growth of popular services/products is inevitable: look at Google, Yahoo, Yahoo Messenger, AOL, AOL Instant Messenger, Netscape, Netscape Messenger. Things come and things go. If the twitter elite (l33t) thought they could keep this little product to themselves forever then they should pull their heads out of the sand and look around. The social media world is changing – hell it’s all about change.