It Would Take One Person 10 Years to Read Every Tweet Posted on Twitter in a Single Day

It Would Take One Person 10 Years to Read Every Tweet Posted on Twitter in a Single Day

Feb 28, 2011

People post to Twitter about 50 million times per day. That’s a lot tweets—and even more words.

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Twitter offers an inhuman amount of reading material

At 50 million posts per day, Twitter, now valued at $4 billion thanks to JP Morgan, should be the world’s largest text generator. The average word is about six characters so, at maximum capacity, Twitter can and will host upwards of 1.15 billion words per day. It’s Twitter—no one cares about the quality of the words, of course. But the sheer volume is staggering.

When reading out loud, we can combine almost any two words in our vocabulary in under one second, with a few exceptions, namely supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

I tested Twitter’s top tweets for the past 15 minutes. I stopwatched about 100 reads. On average, it took about 6.6 seconds to read every tweet, including the name of the tweeter, and not including the t.co.

That’s about 330 million seconds worth of Twitter reading material per day, or approximately 10 years of reading for the average person.

Is there a Guinness Book of World Records holder for most tweets read in a day? If one were to read tweets for 24 hours straight, they could probably get through 13,000 before collapsing. Clearly this a conquest of the superhuman. Who would dare?

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