A new milestone has been reached by Twitter in June, according to the Paris-based analyst group Semiocast: Twitter surpassed the half-billion mark at the end of June. By comparison, Facebook just reported in their Q2 earnings that they now have 955 million “active” users.
Americans and Brazilians are the most connected on Twitter: the US accounted for more than 141 million of users, with Brazil ranking second with 41 million. Japan came in third with 35 million users.
Arabic usage is also growing on Twitter, as it’s now the 6th most popular language on the site. For sure this has something to do with Twitter launching in right-to-left languages (including Arabic) back in March, but also with the site’s key role in the “Arab Spring” revolutions last year. Saudi Arabia’s user numbers were up by 93% in six months to 2.9 million.