A Little Perspective: Twitter Now Has 140 Characters

Companies like Facebook and Automattic regularly brag about their user-to-engineer ratio — for instance, Facebook‘s was 1.2 million to 1 last fall. But employee-to-global-attention ratio? That’s where Twitter has everyone beat. The company¬†celebrated its 140th employee (aka character) last night with an office dance party. That’s a really small number compared to many measures of Twitter — its $1 billion valuation, its 1 billion tweets per daymonth, its seemingly millions of media mentions and integrations. As for other players in Twitter’s cohort of massive social web startups? YouTube (s GOOG) says it has 400-500 employees, Facebook has more than 1,000, and Automattic (please see disclosure at the bottom) has around 40.

Disclosure: Automattic, maker of WordPress.com, is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of this blog, Giga Omni Media. Om Malik, founder of Giga Omni Media, is also a venture partner at True.