ALMOST HALF of Twitter's 974 million registered users have never sent a single tweet, raising doubts as to the firm's claims about its number of active users.
Research from Twopcharts highlights the fact that 44 percent, or around 428 million, of Twitter users have never tweeted, and claims that of the 550 million Twitter users that have, 43 percent sent their last tweet more than one year ago. Only 126 million, around 13 percent of Twitter users, have sent a tweet in the past 30 days, according to the figures.
These figures mean that around 236.5 million have tweeted since April 2013, which is how many "monthly active users" Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said the firm had back in November 2013 when it went public. Twitter said there are 232 million accounts that log in at least once a month.
However, it is worth noting that Twopcharts doesn't have access to see how many users actually log into their accounts, but can view how many accounts tweet or retweet a message, so its figures might not be 100 percent accurate.
Twopcharts' figures also reveal that 48 percent of users have submitted a profile picture, more than the number of users who have tweeted, showing that some likely are still browsing the social network without actively tweeting.
It also shows that 24.1 percent of accounts have submitted a description, 21.4 percent have submitted a location, and that 5.1 percent of accounts are protected. The tracker also claims that the average Twitter user has 67 followers and has sent 431 tweets.
Twitter declined to comment on the report, saying that it does not talk about third-party data related to its service. µ
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