It has been accused of proliferating pointless babble online and the 20 billionth message on Twitter will have done little to rebut such criticism.
The exact meaning of the landmark tweet on Saturday by a graphic designer in Tokyo is difficult to work out as it was part of a larger conversation: “So that means the barrage might come back later all at once.”
But his reaction to having sent the 20 billionth tweet since the microblogging site launched in July 2006 was much easier to understand. “It looks like I posted the 20 billionth tweet. I’m getting replies from people all over the world. It’s scary. What are the chances? Maybe I’m going to die. Is it more amazing than winning the lottery? I thought it was a joke,” he wrote moments later.