Twitter is a nonstop stream of information. It’s mostly useful, fun, and interesting. But the key reason that it’s so popular is the fact that all this interesting information is coming without stopping. There’s no break. There’s billions of words to read every day and no one has time to actually read their entire stream all day.
So we’ve established that there’s a boatload of things written on Twitter every day. What if you printed out Twitter? What if you actually printed out your entire stream and had enough ink and paper on hand? Here’s what would happen (aside from you going broke):
Note: these stats are from a couple years ago so you can imagine that the numbers are even more bonkers now!
- The 7 billion tweets are composed of 104,860,000,000 words, as many as 133,000 copies of the the King James version of the Bible.
- This covers 350 million sheets of paper, which is 37 times the number of pages used in bills introduced in the United States Congress since 1955.
- All of the paper weighs three and a half million pounds, the same as 82 school buses loaded with 84 kids.
- On an average HP Inkjet printer, it’d cost you $24,500,000 to print in black ink or $55,606,250 to include the Twitter blue.
- Keeping up with the 26 million tweets daily would require 30 inkjet printers working around the clock to print more than 1,300,000 pages every day.