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No, X Isn’t Seeing ‘All Time High’ Traffic

Whether or not Elon Musk’s X (previously Twitter) mission is performing nice or not, X is doing itself no favors with its repeated amplification of deceptive, and/or incorrect, stats.

At present, Elon Musk pinned this put up on his timeline, which purportedly reveals that X is reaching new highs in site visitors.

However that’s not what this chart signifies.

First off, the chart, which has been sourced from web optimization administration platform SEMRush, shows web site site visitors solely, and doesn’t embrace app utilization. Round 80% of X’s utilization comes through the app, so that is solely a minor fraction of X’s total utilization knowledge, primarily based particularly on visits to (or

So it’s not indicative of total site visitors, and/or utilization of the app.

However the larger query about this chart, in fact, is why X noticed such an enormous spike in site visitors in April final 12 months?

As I’ve coated beforehand, natural site visitors to, primarily based on SEMRush’s knowledge, went from round a billion per day, on common, up until April fifth 2023, to greater than 2 billion simply two days later, on April seventh. Since then it’s continued to extend, and is now as much as a median of round 3 billion per day.

However nothing particular occurred in April final 12 months. So why the leap?

I requested SEMRush, and this was their clarification:

“Upon reviewing the report, there seems to be a misunderstanding in regards to the natural site visitors values. The spike noticed within the knowledge corresponds with an replace we carried out. This replace, executed on April sixth, resulted in extra knowledge being included into our metrics (that’s the SERP Options). Consequently, this led to spikes in figures in our toolkit throughout all web sites, not completely Twitter.

In different phrases, SEMRush modified its reporting methodology to incorporate SERP Options, the breakout panels in Google Search that present, amongst different issues, X posts associated to your search time period.

Which, in fact, benefited X’s site visitors numbers considerably.

“The outstanding enhance in site visitors statistics you noticed and are referring to displays a big replace in our knowledge assortment methodology at SEMRush […] A good portion of the noticed site visitors enhance, particularly for domains like, may be attributed to the inclusion of Twitter SERP Options in our monitoring.

So the leap in April final 12 months is just not reflective of a site visitors enhance for X in any respect, and is sort of totally linked to this replace.

Which can be why this report doesn’t align with different third social gathering reviews that we’ve reported on, together with:

  • Apptopia’s report, launched in October final 12 months, which confirmed that X has seen a 13% decline in every day energetic customers since Musk took over on the app.
  • SimilarWeb, which reported that X has seen a 14% decline in cellular and internet visits since September 2022.
  • AppAnnie’s 2023 “State of Cell” report, which discovered that X’s month-to-month energetic consumer depend declined considerably between 2022 and 2023.
  • Sensor Tower’s current replace, which confirmed that X utilization has declined 18% year-over-year
  • Edison Analysis’s Infinite Dial report for 2023, which signifies that X has seen a 30% decline in utilization, primarily based on consumer surveys.

Certainly, X itself reported in November 2022 that it had 250 million every day energetic customers, which is the very same quantity it reported once more this month, which means that it isn’t seeing any main spike in utilization.

It’s not essentially shedding site visitors both, primarily based on this. However the concept that X might have one way or the other tripled its internet site visitors, and maintained the very same quantity of total customers appears implausible.

Except a heap of individuals stopped utilizing the cellular app, and began utilizing it on internet as an alternative. Which appears equally uncertain.

Basically, the chart that Elon is amplifying doesn’t reveal the speedy development that he’s suggesting. It simply raises extra questions on all the information that X shares, and the accuracy of its reporting, versus showcasing its success.


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