Micro-blogging juggernaut Twitter may boast an impressive 974 million users, but a new study finds that nearly half of registered accounts are hardly active members.
According to Twopcharts, a website that monitors Twitter usage, 44 percent of users have never sent even a single tweet. That accounts for roughly 428 million accounts.
The Amsterdam-based website also found that 30 percent of existing account have sent 10 or fewer tweets, while just 13 percent of users have tweeted over 100 times.
The unofficial numbers come on the heels of Twitter announcing that they are discontinuing their simple profile in favor of a major profile overhaul. Some of the changes include allowing users to “pin” a tweet, a Facebook-inspired header photo that spreads across the page, a larger profile photo, and bigger font sizes for tweets that garner more attention than others.
The redesign has already gone live on the profiles of several notable tweeters, such as Michelle Obama, Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, and John Legend. The makeover will be rolled out to existing users over the course of the next few weeks. New members will receive the new look immediately.
“This new profile setup is available today to a small group of users. If you’re new to Twitter, you’ll start in with the new profile,” Twitter designer David Bellona said earlier this week in a blog post. “In the coming weeks, we will roll out the new features to everyone.”
Twitter reported 241 million active users in the last quarter of 2013. The company defines an active user as an account that logs into the service at least once a month, indicating that about 730 million users had no activity in the past month.