Washington: Twitter has over 145 million
registered users and more people are using mobile devices to
access the microblogging service, according to co-founder Evan
Williams, in a post on the Twitter blog late
yesterday, also said that nearly 300,000 third-party
applications have been developed around the service, which
allows users to pepper one another with messages of 140
characters or less.
"These new services help people get the most out of
Twitter, contributing to user growth and new business
opportunities -- both of which are critical to the long-term
viability of the ecosystem," Williams said.
The Twitter chief executive said the number of people
using Twitter on mobile devices had jumped 62 per cent since
mid-April and 16 per cent of new users start on mobile, up
from five per cent in April.
Forty-six per cent of active Twitter users regularly
use a mobile device, he said.
Twitter acquired a third-party mobile application
called Tweetie in April and turned it into the official
Twitter program for Apple`s iPhone.
Applications also exist for using Twitter on Research
in Motion`s Blackberry and devices powered by Google`s Android
mobile operating system.
Williams also published figures on the top 10
applications people have used to access Twitter during the
past 30 days.
Seventy-eight per cent used the official Twitter.com
website, 14 per cent used Twitter`s mobile website
m.twitter.com, eight per cent used SMS, eight per cent used
Twitter for iPhone and seven per cent used Twitter for
Other applications in the top 10 were TwitPic, a
programme for uploading photos, TweetDeck, Echofon, Google
Friend Connect and UberTwitter.
Twitter said the numbers add up to more than 100 per
cent because people often use more than one application to
access the service.