In recent months the popular story about Twitter has been that the service's user base is growing at an incredible rate. With celebrities joining Twitter (including the all important
's race to a million followers, it seems like microblogging is unstoppable, and it very well may be. Now, though, we're starting to see that the free-form nature of the service may be hindering actual usage by all those new users.
We're happy to announce that we're releasing version two of our State of the Twittersphere report (you can check out last year's version
). In it we've found some surprising things. Namely, that
many of the accounts on Twitter aren't actually using it all that much
79.79% failed to provide a homepage URL
75.86% of users have not entered a bio in their profile
68.68% have not specified a location
55.50% are not following anyone
54.88% have never tweeted
52.71% have no followers
We also found that since Twitter has implemented a limit to the number of users an account can follow (a maximum of 2000 when the user has less than 2000 followers) there is a large number of users who are following exactly 2000 users, possibly indicating that many active users are intentionally trying to gain as many followers as possible to increase their reach.