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Twitter grows by 1,689% over the last year

The number of people using Twitter has exploded over the last 12 months according to figures from market research company Nielsen Online. The social networking site has grown by over 1,689% in the last year.

While the site has become a big hit with Joe Public, it has also, and arguably more importantly, been adopted by a number of high profile figures such as Stephen Fry, Jonathon Ross and Russell Brand. Just last February there were only 100,000 people signed up to Twitter, but it is now estimated that the site has over 1.78m users.

Twitter, however, is still a long way behind the world's leading social networking site Facebook which boasts over 17.8m users and is set to grow at 114% over the next 12 months.

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