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07/15/2011 06:21 pm ET | Updated Sep 14, 2011

Twitter Turns 5, Tweets About Its Growth

Twitter's public launch was five years ago today! That makes us want to pinch it on the cheeks and gush over how its grown.

Reportedly worth more than $7 billion, Twitter has ballooned to 200 million users, who send more than 1.4 billion tweets per week.

The San Francisco-based company employs 450 full-time staffers, and has made its mark on the world stage--from the Oval Office to the Middle East.

That's a pretty impressive 5-year-old.

The official Twitter account has marked this milestone by tweeting out some impressive stats about the site's users and traffic. Take a look at those tweets (below), and tell us where you think Twitter will be in five more years.

Yesterday, we saw more than 600,000 signups. It took us more than *16 months* to reach the first 600,000 Twitter accounts.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

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There were 224 Tweets sent on July 15, 2006. Today, users send that many Tweets in less than a tenth of a second.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

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Twitter, then called Twttr, opened to the public five years ago today. http://t.co/gCEj6JR (cc: @jack @biz @ev @noah @csshsh)less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

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