FIGURES ON THE USE of Twitter from online analysis and performance monitoring company RJ Metrics show that the microblogging service has some 75 million users. However, they are not all active.
Today Roger Moore, founder and CEO of the firm, refreshed its analysis of Twitter takeup and usage, explaining that it had seen a boom in user numbers and was signing up some 6.2 million new users per month.
However, not all of these twitterers are contributing to the babble on the Internet, and in fact Moore found that roughly 25 per cent of accounts have no followers and about 40 per cent have never made a single tweet. Four-fifths of the user base have tweeted less than ten times, and just 17 per cent of Twitter users sent a message in the month of December.
Most of the non-tweeters appear to be new users, those who signed up after 2008, and Moore said that they are skewing the results. He explained that early adopters of the service were most likely to use it frequently, and more than made up for those who signed up and then realised that they actually couldn't be arsed to do anything with it.
Summarising, Moore added, "When you look at new account registrations, no one can deny that Twitter is still growing like a rocketship (that's good). However, upon closer inspection, the rate of new user signups has dropped meaningfully from its peak and many new users never do anything with their accounts (that's bad). Furthermore, the percentage of accounts sending out tweets has steadily declined over the past six months (that's worse)."
He added that with 75 million accounts, an active user base of around 20 per cent left roughly, "15 million highly active tweeters."
Bunch of twits if you ask us. µ