Snapchat overtakes "confusing" Twitter in number of daily users

By midian182 ยท 5 replies
Jun 3, 2016
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  1. There was a time when Twitter was the second biggest social network platform behind Facebook. But in the years following its inception, the microblogging site has been overtaken in the charts by its competitor’s apps: Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

    A couple of months ago, Twitter decided to reclassify itself as a ‘News’ app in the iOS charts. The move from the ‘Social Networking’ section meant it became the number one application in its category, and no longer had to compete for visibility against the likes of Instagram and Pinterest.

    Identifying itself as a news app was probably a good move by the company, as Twitter’s number of daily users has just been surpassed by yet another messaging app: Snapchat. The four-year-old service now sees 150 million active users every day, whereas Twitter has an estimated 136 million daily users, according to Bloomberg.

    Twitter doesn’t reveal exactly how people use its services each day, so Bloomberg worked out the figure from Twitter’s publicly announced 310 million monthly active users and the estimated percentage of how many use the service daily (44 percent).

    At this week’s Code Conference, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey acknowledged Snapchat’s popularity among younger audiences, calling it “very modern.” He admitted that part of the reason why Twitter struggles to attract new users is because they can find the service confusing and alienating.

    Twitter is continuing to introduce changes in the hope that it will make the service seem less intimidating to newbies. Over the coming months, names, photos, GIFs, Videos, polls and quote tweets will no longer count toward the 140-character limit - a restriction that could eventually increase or even be removed.

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  2. Jamlad

    Jamlad TS Booster Posts: 113   +93

    The guy who invented the first laser described it as "a solution in search of a problem."

    Twitter falls into this category. It fills no specific, real need, and what needs it does address it does it poorly. I wonder how long before this Unicorn turns out to be an *** with a horn.
    psycros likes this.
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,877   +1,298

    I find Facebook incredibly user-unfriendly so I imagine the other social networks are just as bad. Its sickens me that I have to visit that garbage site occasionally because its the only way that people who are a little younger than me communicate (and I use the term "communicate" loosely).
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.
  4. poohbear

    poohbear TS Addict Posts: 150   +83

    How exactly is fb user unfriendly? This is a tech site mate, some of us use linux, how can u find fb user unfriendly?
    yukka likes this.
  5. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Twitter is completely unintuitive. I wonder if we will be tweeting in 5 years from now - somehow I doubt it.
  6. Jim$ter

    Jim$ter TS Booster Posts: 158   +32

    Funny...I always thought snapchat has a "confusing" interface

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