How Many Tweets Does It Take To Trend?

News | 23rd Nov

At Jungle we love to Tweet and have often pondered ‘what does it take to trend on Twitter?’

Written by Kaye Neylon

We’ve done a bit of searching and have unearthed some stats that shed some light on trending on the biggest micro-blogging sites in the world.

How can you start a trend?

The average number of tweets sent per day is around the world is an astonishing 1.9 Million with 631,737 unique twitter users tweeting daily.

Our research shows that on average, the number of unique twitter users online per hour is 48,233 with 83,394 tweets being sent every hour. That’s 1350 tweets per minute.

Trending topics on Twitter may very well have popped up on your Twitter feed with 8900 trending topics around the world daily.

Trending topics usually have a shelf-life of roughly 11 minutes, however, most trend for less than ten minutes. Twitter currently shows ten top trends based on your location settings.

This can be adjusted to your city or state or even a different country. This is a great tool to keep you in touch with what the rest of the world are Tweeting about and new ways of finding interesting topics.

It’s Elementary Watson!

There are two elements to what makes a ‘Trend’ on Twitter: the number of people tweeting at any one time about the same topic and the time of day.

  • Between 12 (midnight) to 6am: approximately 1200 tweets and about 500 users to be considered a Trend
  • Between 6am to 12pm: 1700 tweets and about 733 users
  • Between 12pm to 6 pm: 1500 tweets and about 812 users
  • Between 6pm to 12am: 1900 tweets and about 922 users
  • So there you have it, It’s Twi-ence!

    What’s been your favourite Twitter Trend to date? Let us know in the comment box below!


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