The State of the Twitterverse 2012


A Brief History of Twitter

July 2006 – Twttr’s hatched (Yes that’s how it was originally spelled), by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, and Biz Stone

July 2007 – Raises $1 million, valued at $5 million

November 2008 – President-elect Barack Obama thanks his Twitter followers

2009 – 2 billion Tweets per day, Twitter raises $35 million

Dec 2010 – Raises $200 million, now valued at $3.7 billion

2011 – 100 million active users sending 33 billion Tweets per day

The Top 3 Countries for Twitter

1. United States – 107.7 million

2. Brasil – 33.3 million

3. Japan – 29.9 million

Top Factors You Didn’t Know About Twitter

1. Twitter’s projected ad revenue in 2012 is $259 million

2. Projected ad revenue by 2014 is $540 million

3. 11 Twitter accounts created every second

4. 1 million accounts opened every day




Tablet Adoption at Work

The State of Tablet Adoption at Work is a new infographic from  It’s interesting that the infographic itself was sponsored by Lenovo and Qualcomm, but included as part of a VentureBeat article.  You can find the original version here at

Since the debut of Apple’s iPad in Jan. 2010, the integration of tablet devices into our lives and work has progressed rapidly — so fast that it’s sometimes hard to put in perspective how quickly got here.  The exclusively obtained infographic below breaks down how far workforce adoption of tablet technology has come — and where it’s headed. (The graphic was sponsored by Lenovo and Qualcomm.)

Digital Divide: If You’re Reading This, You’re One of the Lucky Ones [INFOGRAPHIC]

In this infographic by, an ad-free website describing itself as “an online informational resource for individuals looking to pursue IT degree of related education and careers,” you’ll find surprising information about the differences in Internet access in the United States.

EU takes its data privacy seriously; why won't the U.S.?

Last Saturday, Jan. 28, activists and lawmakers in the EU and Canada celebrated an event that got relatively little publicity here: European Privacy Day. It was the culminating date in a monthlong campaign to raise awareness of privacy and data protection issues faced not just by the EU, but globally.

In the United States, the National Cyber Security Alliance also celebrated Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, but its efforts focused on consumer-level methods to secure data from threats like hackers and data-mining viruses or other intrusions. European Privacy Day took a more holistic path in calling attention to privacy and data protection, with meetings and round tables in several countries including Belgium, Sweden, the UK, Hungary, Germany, and more. Each addressed aspects of privacy and security from the consumer, business and legislative level.

Privacy Day-related meetings discussed topics ranging from the implications of smart metering for privacy, to free speech and freedom of association issues related to the workplace, to reviews and discussion on current data protection laws and new laws being enacted. In short, participants didn’t just ask how they could secure our computers and data centers against intrusion; they discussed the real implications of the IP age on individual rights.

The expansive reach of the dialog on the rights of individuals when it came to privacy and protecting data that’s collected about them was surprising in its depth, compared to the U.S. version of Data Privacy Day in which consumers and businesses were given the usual instructions to keep their antivirus programs up to date and to be aware of current laws regarding release of individuals’ data.