Washington, Apr 10: Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor may have received flaks for his tweeting habit, but the Tharoor has won credit from social networking site for taking Twitter to the next level in India.
Matt Sanford, the lead engineer for Twitter's International team, in Twitter Blog credited Bollywood actors Sharukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Abhishek Bachchan for boosting Twitter's popularity in India.
"Signups in India have increased nearly 100% since the beginning of 2010 due in part to politicians like Shashi Tharoor and Bollywood mega-stars Sharukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Abhishek Bachchan," he said.
Announcing Twitter's growth in every country, Sanford said that the international team is working towards making Twitter.com more user friendly.
"We partnered with Bharti Airtel, India's largest carrier, to ensure that a large portion of India's 550 million cell phone users can send and receive tweets via SMS at standard rates."
"We've also been partnering with carriers in countries like Indonesia and Haiti to bring Twitter to as many people in as many places as possible," he said.
"This is just the tip of the iceberg. Twitter's realtime information network gets more useful as our users grow more diverse and we're continually impressed with the results."
Sanford said Twitter.com would soon be made available in new languages to enable the entire world to communicate over Twitter.
"We continue to work hard to enable new languages and new partnerships around the globe and we look forward to seeing what happens as we make it easier for the whole world to communicate over Twitter," he added.