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Twitter churns out half a billion tweets a day!

Twitter is among the fastest growing social networking sites in the world Twitter is among the fastest growing social networking sites in the world

If you're obsessed with Facebook, it's quite likely to miss updates about the other social networking giant, Twitter. The micro-blogging service, as claimed by its CEO, now sees up to half a billion tweets a day.

According to a report by CNET, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is reported to have revealed to a London audience at a press conference this week that Twitter now pushes out over half a billion tweets a day.

Humble beginnings
Started in early 2006, Twitter has certainly come a long way. From a small Web start-up to one of the most visited websites in the world, Twitter has hit many milestones along the way. It had a mere 20,000 tweets in 2007, which is now up to half a billion.

The numbers are only going to grow in the next few years, as more and more people go online across the globe. The last official figure that Twitter had put out was 400 million tweets a day.

A tweet is simply a text message of 140 characters or less that Twitter users put out.

”Like” like Facebook
Twitter CEO Disk Costolo also confirmed that they are testing a new “Like” and star buttons which would be replacing the Favorites feature Twitter currently has. The move seems to have been designed on the lines of Facebook’s popular “Like” button.

Many tech news sites had already reported that the micro-blogging giant would be coming out with a new Facebook style “Like” button.

The numbers are only going to grow in the next few years, as more and more people go online across the globe.

Twitter declined to make any official statements about Costolo’s comments, neither confirming nor denying anything.