As Twitter has grown far beyond anyone’s expectations in terms of membership, usage and popularity, it’s increasingly interesting to look at facts and figures surrounding the micro-blogging platform. These fun facts are more than interesting and give you a fraction of an idea of how big this network is and how big it is only going to get !

1. Twitter was almost called “Friendstalker.”

2. Twitter’s iconic bird logo is named after a sports legend

3. Twitter did not invent the hashtag

4. Katy Perry boasts the most Twitter followers.

5. It took 3 years, 2 months and 1 day to get to the billionth tweet.

6. 10 tweets per second mention Starbucks

7. The average Twitter user has tweeted 307 times

8. The 2012 election broke records with 31.7 million political tweets. Election Day was by far the most tweeted about event in US political history.

9. 32% of all Internet users are using Twitter

10. 69% of follows on Twitter are suggested by friends