Twitter has 105m registered users, 600m searches per day.. and more numbers from Chirp

The social network/microblogging site has given out some tantalising details about the size of its service – and the Guardian is trying its new @anywhere service

ReadWriteWeb has a handy crib from the Twitter Chirp conference (at which our own Chris Thorpe has demonstrated the Guardian’s implementation of the @anywhere service (which is like Facebook Connect: it lets people tweet from almost anywhere but without having to hand over their login details; if you want a guide on how to use it, here’s Michael Brunton-Spall’s, one of the Guardian developers who worked on it).

A few of the statistics (and our questions)

• Twitter has 105,779,710 registered users (our previous best guess was 45m – though this 105m, soon to be 106m, isn’t active users, of course)

• 300,000 new users sign up per day (but: how many are spam?)

• Approximately 60% of them are coming from outside the US

• Twitter receives 180 million unique visitors per month (is that to, or totally?)

• 75% of Twitter traffic comes from third-party applications

• 60% of all tweets come from third-party apps (those tow make an intriguing combination: third-party apps are used more to read than tweet?)

• Since the new Blackberry application was launched, it has accounted for 7 to 8% of new signups (encouraging for RIM)

• Twitter now has 175 employees, up from 25 one year ago

• There are 600 million search queries on Twitter per day (that’s a lot of chances for Promoted Tweets)

• There are more than 100,000 Twitter applications

• Twitter gets 3 billion requests a day through its API

• 37% of active Twitter users use their phone to tweet (that’s a lot – and shows how Twitter has escaped from the web)

More will come, we’re sure.

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