Micro-blogging service Twitter gained 30 million new users over the past two months, which puts its total member count at 175 million, San Francisco Chronicle reported today. According to TG Daily, it could reach a userbase of 200 million by the end of the year.
"It has become so muscular and ubiquitous that it now competes with the likes of Google and Facebook for users -- and is beginning to compete with them for advertising dollars," wrote New York Times journalist Claire Cain Miller.
Three years ago, Twitter had 503,000 users. In 2009, the number exploded to 58 million, PC Mag informed. According to WWWery, back in April and September, Twitter had 105 million and 145 registered users, respectively. The start-up currently attracts 370,000 new users per day.
The Times explained that Twitter not only changed the process of obtaining and distributing news content but that it also altered how public figures communicate. It might as well be on the verge of joining the ranks of other Web companies that "dominate the whole globe," the Chronicle added.
PC Mag pointed out that in April, 75 percent of the traffic Twitter was seeing came from outside the United States. Furthermore, the Chronicle outlined that "almost all" of the expansion is accounted for by non-US registration. Facebook is still the largest social media tool in the United States.