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Twitter may cross 200 million-user milestone

Twitter co-founder compares Twitter to ice cream

Twitter could cross the 200 million-user milestone by the end of 2010, if it continues its current rate of member growth, according to a New York Times report on Saturday.

200 million is over three times the current population of UK.

The report stated that the microblogging site, with a current user base of 175 million, has been adding 370,000 new members a day. That's a 200 percent increase from 2009 to 2010 in terms of users.

"Twitter has become one of the rare but fabled web companies with a growth rate that resembles the shape of a hockey stick," the report commented about Twitter's growth curve.

The report quotes Twitter co-founder Evan Williams about the rise in user figures.

Williams compared Twitter to ice cream: not that useful, but "a fun thing for family and friends when they are not in the same place".