How Much Power is in a Tweet?
"Twitter, with 1 billion Tweets sent every week at 0.025 watt-hours per Tweet, is responsible for more than 2500 MWh per week of demand on the grid. If you factor in services such as Internet TV, online gaming, the digitization of medical records, and smartphone applications, it's very easy to see that we have to build a stronger and smarter electrical-energy infrastructure. The Smart Grid will bring about this transformation, and IEEE clearly has a leading role in the global movement."
Dr. Massoud Amin, director of the University of Minnesota's Technological Leadership Institute and professor of electrical and computer engineering.
A senior member of IEEE, he chairs the IEEE Control Systems Society's Technical Committee on Smart Grids, and serves as chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter.