June 7, 2012 at 10:37 AM ET
I currently follow 159 users on Twitter and I occasionally get overwhelmed by how much they tweet. It's intimidating to imagine that these tweets amount to only a tiny fraction of the 400 million or so tweets generated each day.
Forbes' Tomio Geron reports that Twitter CEO Dick Costolo mentioned the social media network's latest statistics during a talk at a conference organized by the Economist.
Costolo explained that Twitter now has over 140 million active users — individuals who log in at least once a month — and over 400 million new tweets per day.
This is quite a jump from statistics reported in April, when social media data company Dataminr suggested that Twitter is seeing 340 million new tweets each day.
The sheer size of the numbers revealed by Costolo aside, it's interesting to consider that Lady Gaga — who is currently the most followed user on the service — has over 25 million followers right now. If we round some numbers here and there, that means that one out of every six active Twitter users is following Lady Gaga.
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