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Mobile apps fuel Twitter membership growth

The number of mobile users on Twitter has grown 62 per cent since mid-April.

The number of mobile users on Twitter has grown 62 per cent since mid-April, chief executive Evan Williams said in a company post on Thursday.

Among new users, 16 per cent started using the microblogging service on their mobile phones, as compared to 5 per cent before the company launched its rebranded Twitter app for the iPhone a few months ago.

Around 46 per cent of active users make mobile a regular part of their Twitter experience, Williams said about the service, which has 145 million registered users worldwide.

Williams wrote about why Twitter bought an app known as Tweetie, and reintroduced it as Twitter for the iPhone in May. The company discovered that users were having trouble choosing a mobile Twitter app because none was named "Twitter".

While 8 per cent of users tweeted from the iPhone app, 7 per cent used the BlackBerry app.

About 14 per cent used the mobile Twitter client, 8 per cent accessed it from SMS and 78 per cent accessed it from desktops.