Twitter seeing 1 billion tweets weekly, adds permanent HTTPS setting

By on March 16, 2011, 1:01 PM
Twitter has announced a new security feature: a user setting that lets you always use HTTPS when accessing Twitter.com. HTTPS is particularly important when using an Internet service over an unsecured Wi-Fi connection.

The HTTPS version of Twitter has been available via at https://twitter.com for some time now. Twitter has now added an option for the service to always use HTTPS. To turn it on, go to your settings and check the box next to "Always use HTTPS" at the bottom of the page.

In the future, Twitter wants to make HTTPS the default setting for everyone. It is already the default (whether or not you've enabled the "Always use HTTPS" setting) in two scenarios: when you log into Twitter (so your password stays protected) and on the official Twitter for iPhone and iPad mobile application.

The setting doesn't always work. When accessing Twitter from your mobile browser, you need to go to https://mobile.twitter.com to use HTTPS. Twitter is working on a solution that will share the "Always use HTTPS" setting across twitter.com and mobile.twitter.com. Also, many third-party Twitter applications don't yet offer HTTPS.

In related news, Twitter shared some numbers on tweets earlier this week:

  • 3 years, 2 months, and 1 day. The time it took from the first tweet to the billionth tweet.
  • 1 week. The time it now takes for users to send a billion tweets.
  • 50 million. The average number of tweets people sent per day, one year ago.
  • 140 million. The average number oftTweets people sent per day, in the last month.
  • 177 million. Tweets sent on March 11, 2011.
  • 456. Tweets per second (TPS) when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 (a record at that time).
  • 6,939. Current TPS record, set four seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year’s Day.

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ramonsterns said:

Who would have thought that several million people would create several billion opinions.

captainawesome captainawesome said:

what's scary is that they're not profitable!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Who would have thought that several million people would create several billion opinions.

Multiply that number by 2, then cut in it half. That would be correct formula for determining the ratio of a**holes to opinions.

However, the ratio of drivel to worthwhile tweets is catastrophically high. I can render a formula for that by pointing out; ** "I don't care what you're doing, I never have, and I categorically never will" **!

** to ** inclusive.......Consider Twitter dismissed, and in much less than 137 characters.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Has anyone seen this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8qPQbLdhmU

are they kidding?!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Has anyone seen this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8qPQbLdhmU

are they kidding?!

This is news? That nonsense and its ilk are all over network TV. That, and some crazy woman stalking her boyfriend with a new 4 G phone. I just tune it out, so that's why I'm being a bit vague.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

This is news? That nonsense and its ilk are all over network TV. That, and some crazy woman stalking her boyfriend with a new 4 G phone. I just tune it out, so that's why I'm being a bit vague.

It is to me I guess :o. Although

being on network 'tv' would explain why I am behind in this nifty new service. (wheres the vomit emoticon?)

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

All the marching morons need now is "Google TV", so they can mindlessly push the "Like" button when it comes on.

I will say this, you haven't had your intelligence insulted thoroughly until you've had the "Nature Made" vitamin commercial visited upon you. Substantively, it's tantamount to being told, "because I said so".

So where's the smiley in a dunce hat vomiting into the corner when you need it?

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