March 15, 2011 at 9:42 PM ET
The Interactive leg of the South by Southwest conference came to a close today (Tuesday, March 15) — the fifth anniversary of the Twitter prototype.
To commemorate the date, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Lt. Jim Dangle and Deputy Travis Junior of "Reno 911" RIP, The State) debuted a new video from Will Ferrell's comedy website Funny or Die — kind of a Ken Burns look at Twitter's history.
Appropriate, seeing as Twitter hit critical mass at the Austin conference in 2007, when the microblogging service went from from 20,000 to 60,000 tweets per day. These days, it's 140 million tweets per day, and every panel, presentation or whatever at SXSW is assigned its own hashtag.
Those are the facts. Please note: Facts have nothing to do with this star-studded documentary of hilarity. (Also: This video contains a few mild swears.)
Want more facts? Twitter offers these numbers on its blog, officially proving that me, your mom and everyone else who pooh-poohed it were totally wrong, and Ashton Kutcher was right:
•3 years, 2 months and 1 day. The time it took from the first Tweet to the billionth Tweet.
•1 week. The time it now takes for users to send a billion Tweets.
•50 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, one year ago.
•140 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, in the last month.
•177 million. Tweets sent on March 11, 2011.
•456. Tweets per second (TPS) when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 (a record at that time).
•6,939. Current TPS record, set 4 seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year’s Day.
•572,000. Number of new accounts created on March 12, 2011.
•460,000. Average number of new accounts per day over the last month.
•182%. Increase in number of mobile users over the past year.
•8. 29. 130. 350. 400. Number of Twitter employees in Jan 2008, Jan 2009, Jan 2010, Jan 2011 and today.
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