After a yr of specializing in the community’s “well being,” Twitter’s month-to-month lively person numbers are down whereas income for the corporate is up. On Thursday, February 7, Twitter shared the fourth quarter and 2018 year-end report with buyers, highlighting the corporate’s monetary development and person decline.
Twitter’s complete month-to-month lively customers numbered 321 million within the fourth quarter. That may be a decline from the identical time interval in 2017, the place the community boasted 330 million customers. In comparison with the third quarter of 2018, the numbers are nonetheless a decline from 326 million. About 66 million of these customers are from the united stateswith the nationwide variety of customers reached 255 million.
Twitter is ditching the month-to-month lively person metric, nonetheless. The corporate says it’s shifting to a monetizable every day lively person (mDAU) rely to higher measure the variety of customers for stakeholders and advertisers. This quantity doesn’t embrace the full person base, however solely the customers which can be utilizing parts of the community that show advertisements.
With these new metrics, Twitter says that the community’s mDAUs had been 126 million within the fourth quarter. Throughout the identical interval in 2017, mDAUs had been solely 115 million. Whereas Twitter’s month-to-month customers are declining, the variety of customers seeing advertisements every day is rising.
As mDAUs, nonetheless, it’s tough to check Twitter’s person numbers with different networks. Snapchat, for instance, posted a considerably larger DAU of 186 million. DAU and mDAUs aren’t straight comparable, nonetheless, and Twitter didn’t share what number of every day customers are logging on with out visiting areas of the platform that ship advertisements.
Twitter centered on bettering the well being of the community in 2018, tackling spam and abuse and cleansing up the phrases of use. “2018 is proof that our long-term technique is working,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey mentioned. “Our efforts to enhance well being have delivered vital outcomes, and new product options like a single change to maneuver between newest and most related Tweets have been embraced by the individuals who use Twitter. We enter this yr assured that we’ll proceed to ship robust efficiency by specializing in making Twitter a more healthy and extra conversational service.”
Whereas month-to-month person counts dropped, the corporate posted a 25 % year-over-year enhance in income. GAAP web revenue for the entire yr was $1.2 billion after posting a loss the earlier yr. In 2018, the corporate’s workers additionally elevated by virtually 550 folks.