The Pandemic Provided More Twitter Users While many people gained weight during the pandemic, Twitter gained more users. According to the numbers, Twitter grew to 199 million users in the first quarter of the year. A 20% rise from the 166 million a year ago. outside the U.S. the platform had a 22% rise in users. Many believe that while the pandemic is a good reason for the rise, the presidential election was also a big contributor to the rise of users. Are you a heavy Twitter user? Which do you prefer Twitter or TikTok?