Twitter's Flock Now Stands at 200 Million Monthly Active Users

It was only a little over a year ago when Twitter announced that it had 100 million active users posting tweets every month. Here we are at the tail end of 2012 and that number has more than doubled, a statistic that should finally put to rest any talk that this whole thing is just a fad.

"There are now more than 200M monthly active @twitter users. You are the pulse of the planet. We're grateful for your ongoing support!," Twitter posted on its microblogging service.

Twitter headquarters
Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, CA.

More than just a social service for letting friends, family, and other followers know what you had for lunch, Twitter proved itself a reliable asset during emergency situations when it stayed up through Hurricane Sandy. People sent more than 20 million tweets about the storm between October 27 and November 1, providing an alternative means to send and receive valuable information when power and cable/DSL Internet services were down.

More recently, Twitter made headlines for going toe-to-toe with Facebook's Instagram service by launching its own photo filters for Android and iPhone. The addition of photo filters to its mobile app was in response to Instagram pulling its inline previews of photos out of Twitter.

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