Interactive: This Is How Much Money Twitter Owes You

Want to know if your Twitter feed produces enough value to retire? Enter your username to find out

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Now that Twitter has a market capitalization of at least $24.9 billion, more than a few of the social network’s 230 million users have noticed their tweets are making other people rich. Many people want their cut.

So what would that be exactly? TIME has crunched the numbers. Plug in your username (or anyone else’s) below to find out how valuable your Twitter feed is.

Not enough to retire, huh? Don’t despair, even Barack Obama is getting his clock cleaned online. The leader of the free world is owed $5,160,650, but he’s a small-timer compared with 19-year-old pop star Justin Bieber, who is due $20,916,384 thanks to his nonstop tweeting and devoted following.

To see how we came up with those numbers, check the fine print.

Methodology

In its IPO paperwork filed to regulators last month, Twitter stated its 230 million active users are producing 500 million tweets per day, noting, “We deliver more than 200 billion Tweets per day to our users.”

Twitter appears to define a “delivered tweet” as any tweet seen by a follower of another user. If the 200 billion figure is to be believed, then each of the 500 million daily tweets is delivered to an average of 400 people.

A $24.9 billion value divided by 200 billion tweet deliveries a day comes out to 12.45 cents per daily eyeball on the site.

We know how many times per day a person tweets on average. We also know how large each user’s audience is. That audience may not be the world’s most engaged. At least one study suggests that around three-quarters of tweets are ignored. To estimate a user’s current number of daily readers, we reduce the potential audience by 75%.

The size of this daily audience times 12.45 cents gives you your share of the Twitter largesse.

Of course, the largest hole in this estimate is that the value of Twitter reflects not its current user base but its potential to grow. So go ahead and give back about half of your earnings — if you’re feeling honest.

106 comments
pitra
pitra

$25,627 for @pitra  :)

pswent
pswent

Though this is a fun concept it has no bearing on what you are owed. Twitter doesn't make $24 billion a year. In fact, they are losing money ($134 million over the past 3 quarters) . The only people they "owe" are their stockholders since they actually own a piece of the company. Its not their fault that Wall street likes to over value anything social media.  If anything you should be paying Twitter to tweet, it costs money for them to run the platform which they let you use to promote yourself, your company, your cause, etc.  for free.

MaryMic_Lover
MaryMic_Lover

And now, how is the charge to twitter? xD  $2,154 USD for me ^^

cmaza3
cmaza3

$150 for @cmaza3

RastaVapes
RastaVapes

Electronic Vaporizer Pens at www.rastavapes.com

ObrSustentaveis
ObrSustentaveis

só isso? uma conta que fala sobre sustentabilidade @ObrSustentaveis 

JOAOPLV
JOAOPLV

FOLLOW  @JOAOPLV ON #TWITTER , #INSTAGRAM ,#HIZBY AND #FACEBOOK.

jlist
jlist

Twitter owes me $91,000.

mehtarohit87
mehtarohit87

They owe me $1. Please make the payment in $20 bills only.

izumi_ryu
izumi_ryu

$5 on one account, $0 on the other. I suck...

JamesDayArt
JamesDayArt

Please make my $19,101 check payable to @JamesDayArt :) 

AntoninaBagala'
AntoninaBagala'

what really lacks in doing math is how many times a tweet has benn retwitted and from who..in a certain way the chess points could help.sory for my confused English. 

bellabellini
bellabellini

$13,711 A decent start I suppose. Follow me at @bellabellini to make me even richer...in Twitter fake money at least ;p