As of November 2016, every second, on average, around 6,000 tweets.
The recent US Elections have also see a huge rise in twitter usage.
Tuesday was the most-Tweeted election day ever: 75+ million global election-related Tweets sent through 3am ET as Trump claimed victory pic.twitter.com/eEwXCsmPTp
— Twitter Government (@gov) November 10, 2016
Twitter users in Japan set a new world record of 143,199 tweets per second (TPS) by tweeting “balus” during a television broadcast of Hayao Miyazaki’s anime classic Castle in the Sky on Aug. 2.
Twitter confirmed the new world record on Aug. 3, saying that it had beaten the 33,388 TPS mark set, also in Japan, on Jan. 1 when “ake-ome” — a shortened version of ‘Happy New Year’ in Japanese — was tweeted en masse. By comparison, during the royal baby frenzy immediately following the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child in July, tweet rates peaked at 25,300 per minute.
If you are interested in the data side of Twitter there is a great article, How to Analyze Twitter Data by Alex York, Looking into the data not only shows you what was working, but it gives you more insights to be successful on your next campaign.
As of Q3 2016 we are seeing the number of active Twitter users continue to stagnate at around 317,000,000 per quarter.
Updated March 2016
Happy 10th Birthday Twitter
Twitter has now reach to old age of 10, as of March 21st, mature in the digital world. While the last few years have not been as easy for the business they still have over 320 million active users.
Number of tweets per day 2016
On average, around 6,000 tweets are tweeted on twitter every second. This works out as around 350,000 per minute or 500 million tweets per day or 200 billion per year. Yet the number of tweets per day created by Twitter’s users has fallen by more than half since a peak in August 2014.
It is suggested the number of Tweets per day reached a peak in August 2014 with 661 million. That 30-day sampling period included the World Cup final. In January 2016, there were only 303 million tweets per day, on average, during the 30-day period.
Many comentators are noting how younger users are moving to platforms such as snapchap and instagram. While older users, often within media and politics remain.
Number of tweets per day March 2010
With over 50 million tweets a day, Twitter will soon surpass 10 billion tweets according to GigaTweet (March 2010)