Over 60% of registered Twitter accounts come from outside the United States. There are Twitter users in every possible country around the world. Even in some smaller countries you might not expect (like the Vatican City) and even one in outer space. Yes, this guy is tweeting from outer space. Amazing!
The staff guys from Twitter say they have seen growth in every country and they would like to share a few of their stories:
“We made Twitter available in Spanish in November of 2009, and saw an immediate 50% boost in signups from Spanish-speaking countries. In the days following the tragic Chilean earthquake people turned to Twitter to establish much-needed lines of communication. Signups spiked 1200% and nearly all of those were using Spanish as their language. In Colombia, signups are up 300% after politicians like Piedad Córdoba Ruíz began using Twitter as a platform to speak to constituents. Signups in India have increased nearly 100% since the beginning of 2010 due in part to politicians like Shashi Tharoor and Bollywood mega-stars Sharukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Abhishek Bachchan. We partnered with Bharti Airtel, India’s largest carrier, to ensure that a large portion of India’s 550 million cell phone users can send and receive tweets via SMS at standard rates. We’ve also been partnering with carriers in countries like Indonesia and Haiti to bring Twitter to as many people in as many places as possible.”
Twitter’s realtime information network gets more useful as users grow more diverse and they are continually impressed with the results.