On February 22, CCP Diagoras tweeted:
00:00, 22nd Feb: 865 characters in titans; 3,391 in supercarriers. 726 titans and 2,633 supercarriers on active accounts. #tweetfleetIn response, I asked: "Does that mean there are 140-odd Titans on *inactive* accounts? Wow." He responded that yes, that was correct.
That set me to wondering: how many Titans have been killed in the history of EVE Online? And that bit took a little research. I knew from one of Diagoras's previous tweets that the number of Titans killed in 2011 was 86. I also remembered that there had been a discussion of super-cap proliferation in the Q42010 QEN. Rereading that (damn, I miss QENs) indicated that as of the end of 2010, 292 super-carriers and 80 Titans had been destroyed, 45 of those in 2010. It also referred me back to the Q32010 QEN for further information.
That document indicated that there had been eight Titan deaths in 2008 and 24 in 2009. 8+24+45=77. So three Titan deaths in 2007? Dunno (I've asked Diagoras to clarify the math). But it seems clear that between 163 (77+86) and 166 (80+86) Titans have been killed by weapons fire.
And 139 have been killed by player disinterest.(1)
(1) By the way, at the end of 2010, that number was 37 (QEN Q42010, page 14.)