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Twitter celebrates 6 years with 140 million users

Twitter may have only celebrated six years this week (March 21), but that didn't stop the company from dropping a bigger number.

According to an update on the company's blog, the organisation that began as a doodle on Jack Dorsey's (@Jack) notepad in March 2006 is continuing to grow and attract new users.

"Six years may not be very long in human terms, but it's quite an enormous span for the thing we know and love as Twitter," a representative for the company wrote.

"When @jack first sketched out his notion in March 2006, no one could have predicted the trajectory of this new communication tool."

That communication tool – which took its inspiration from the online service LiveJournal – has grown into an international social network that has more than 140 million active users and is helping them express their ideas 140 characters at a time.

Sign into your Twitter account and it is highly likely that people are tweeting, retweeting and getting ready to tweet at what seems like a relentless pace.

There are now more than 340 million tweets a day and about one billion tweets every three days – which is a significant amount by any means.

And while they are busy celebrating now, the team at Twitter was quick to thank its many supporters first.

"Without you, of course, there wouldn't be a Twitter. We mark our sixth birthday with you in mind, and celebrate your myriad ways of engaging, enjoying, and emoting on our platform."

On the social media leaderboard Twitter now ranks above Google+  – which has an estimated 90 million users – and below LinkedIn, who announced it had 150 million users in February this year.

Industry leader Facebook, however, is still well in front of any other social platform with 845 million users on its network.

Posted by Aimee McBride