Twitter turns seven and YouTube hits one billion monthly users

Yes, Twitter is seven today. Doesn't that make you feel old? And YouTube, Twitter's eight-year old internet sibling, has its own landmark to celebrate: a billion monthly users.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013
With an estimated 1.2 billion Twitter accounts now registered, 200 million active users, and 400 million tweets sent each day, Twitter today celebrates its seventh birthday. [MT blows its paper party squeaker.]

In internet years, this makes Twitter a real grown-up. A young professional. And with talk of an IPO in 2014 and a valuation in the $9-$11bn (£5-7bn) ballpark, it's acting its age. In 2014, the microblogging service is forecast to make $800m (£527m). How many seven-year-olds do you know that could manage that?

Meanwhile YouTube has reached traffic figures that were once thought impossible: a billion monthly users. Nearly one out of every two people on the Internet visits YouTube, and its monthly viewership is the equivalent of roughly ten Super Bowl audiences. That’s a whole lot of eyeballs. Well, two billion eyeballs to be precise.

And that not only means that the featured artists, budding animators, screaming goats and endless keyboard cat riffs are getting some serious airtime, it also means that YouTube’s ad revenues are set to see a massive spike.

Here’s what YouTube had to say about the milestone: ‘In the last eight years you’ve come to YouTube to watch, share and fall in love with videos from all over the world. Tens of thousands of partners have created channels that have found and built businesses for passionate, engaged audiences. Advertisers have taken notice: all of the Ad Age Top 100 brands are now running campaigns on YouTube. And today, we’re announcing a new milestone: YouTube now has more than a billion unique users every single month.’

Happy birthday to Twitter, and happy billion to YouTube.

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