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The Twitter Inflection

By - April 26, 2009

quantcast twitter 4.26.09.pngcompete twitter 4.26.09.pngIf you want to know why Facebook is working so damn hard to open up its site and make the newsfeed and statuses its main currency, why Google and Microsoft are fighting to incorporate real time/super fresh results into their SERPs, and why it seems everywhere you look, people are talking about Twitter, then look no further than these graphs, from Compete and Quantcast.

I’ve seen inflections like this before, with AOL in the early 90s, with Netscape and then Yahoo in the mid 90s, with Google seven years ago, with Facebook four years ago….and here we go again.

The real question is this: Has the Twitter rocket reached escape velocity, or will its Internet competitors bring it back down to earth?

This is why I love this industry.

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11 thoughts on “The Twitter Inflection

  1. Adam Strong says:

    blame it on oprah and that punk’d kid.

  2. Nathan says:

    Blame it on Stephen Fry & Jonathan Ross!

    (For the UK anyways)

  3. ascu75akadon says:

    Twitter needs no one to blame its just there so easy to use and addictive just looked at fconnect and it wants to invade my facebook I DONT NEED THAT Twitter is seperate and better for that

  4. BLOGERCISE says:

    I am a twitter user but I am yet to be convinced that it has a lot of value. I’d still much rather follow quality blog posts via RSS, and there seems to be a lot of people starting to use it just to post automated links. If I am looking for info I’d still rather use Google.

    I get the impression that many people use it because they think they should. It’s the next big thing and they need to be a part of it sooner rather than later or else it’s another missed boat!

    But sooner or later will someone be prepared to point out the truth behind the Emperor’s new clothes…

    Whatever, I just kinda like it when Holly Willoughby Tweets “just going into the shower”. Makes sitting behind a desk all day that little more interesting ;)!

  5. John,
    You asked for book recommendations.
    Although it is not out until July 9th, bet you could get a copy of Tyler Cowen’s fascinating Create Your Own Economy –
    with insights that support FMP’s approach
    (and mine + http://www.iabc.com/wc/sfAS14.htm) to Conversational Marketing.
    See you June 1 & 2 in N.Y.

  6. James says:

    Twitter is killing it! However, let the record show that this is actually indicated by the ABSENCE of an inflection point per the strict mathematical definition. In differential calculus, an inflection point occurs when the 2nd derivative changes sign (= 0). Therefore, Twitter enrollment has yet to actually experience an inflection point. When it does, it will indicate that growth is occurring at a slowing rate.

    BTW, the entire media and financial industries are using “inflection point” out of context. So, Searchblog is not alone in its disregard for mathematical accuracy.:-)

  7. Butch Decossas says:

    The internet has proven that “what goes up..must come down” and in social media, such success is always followed with a similar implosion as they are forced to create rules, restrict accounts and so on.

    Butch Decossas
    20 year old web developer, Yuma Arizona

  8. mw says:

    I signed up for twitter a few hours after it opened to the public years ago (when it was called twittr!) and used it for sharing quick updates and impromptu meetups with my friends.

    These days, I’m finding twitter more and more like IRC (but unfocused and cluttered w/ irrelevant @ msgs…one sided conversations that really should be done one-on-one rather than in my stream).

    More noise than signal these days. sigh.

    Nonetheless I am very happy for twitter team and think they deserve the success they’re having!

  9. Josh says:

    Its another great pheomen site twitter and i guess because its fastets communication provider will be winner vs facebook and others.
    Webmaster Josh

  10. sikiƟ says:

    blame it on oprah and that punk’d kid.

  11. indir says:

    Twitter is killing it! However, let the record show that this is actually indicated by the ABSENCE of an inflection point per the strict mathematical definition. In differential calculus, an inflection point occurs when the 2nd derivative changes sign (= 0). Therefore, Twitter enrollment has yet to actually experience an inflection point. When it does, it will indicate that growth is occurring at a slowing rate.

    BTW, the entire media and financial industries are using “inflection point” out of context. So, Searchblog is not alone in its disregard for mathematical accuracy.:-)

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