4Chan users are about to have a virtual coronary. In a tweet Monday, blogger and web designer Dustin Curtis said that at any given time, pop star Justin Bieber is using about three percent of Twitter’s total capacity. Given that Mr. Bieber has over five million followers, we shouldn’t be too surprised by this.
Curtis followed up his tweet with another Tuesday that quantified that first one — that his Twitter source said that many of the most followed users have their own dedicated servers. So before everybody starts bemoaning the fact that meaningless (to some) pop drivel is overrunning the microblogging service, Justin’s not the only one.
The president? He’s definitely got a few. Oprah? She’s probably got her own rack. Ashton Kutcher too.
Twitter won’t tell us whether this is true: it’s response to CNet’s Chris Matyszczyk was that it is “not making our user statistics public.”
I kind of wish they would. It would be very interesting to see just how much capacity our most followed tweeters are using. Furthermore, isn’t this a possible revenue stream for Twitter? Why not charge some of these folks, who are obviously making quite a bit of money, for the capacity they’re using? Who knows — it may make their tweets more interesting… maybe.
4Chan’s next move against Mr. Bieber could be to see if they can push his Twitter capacity usage much higher. Imagine those headlines: “Bieber Failwhales Twitter.”
Then again, a lot of them probably aren’t interested in reading what he has to say. I’m still trying to figure out what’s so great about this kid. Maybe I’m a bit too old?