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Twitter Usage In America: 2010

Entry by Tom Webster | Thursday, April 29th, 2010 | Permalink

Twitter Usage In America: 2010 is a new report derived from the Edison Research/Arbitron Internet and Multimedia Series. This study presents three years of tracking data from a nationally representative telephone survey (via landline and mobile phone) of 1,753 Americans, and was conducted in February 2010.

This report details new data on the awareness and usage of Twitter, along with user demographics, status updating behaviors, brand following activity and even an early look at location-based social networking. The study was originally presented on Thursday, April 29th, in an online presentation.

Highlights of the study include:


Awareness of Twitter has exploded from 5% of Americans 12+ in 2008 to 87% in 2010 (by comparison, Facebook’s awareness is 88%)

Despite equal awareness, Twitter trails Facebook significantly in usage: 7% of Americans (17 million persons) actively use Twitter, while 41% maintain a profile page on Facebook.

Nearly two-thirds of active Twitter users access social networking sites using a mobile phone

51% of active Twitter users follow companies, brands or products on social networks

Twitter Usage in America 2010 from Tom Webster on Vimeo.

For the complete report, including a downloadable PDF of the slides and executive summary, please click here:

Twitter Usage in America: 2010 – Complete Report

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2 Responses to “Twitter Usage In America: 2010”

  1. That is CRAZY!! Happy to say I was one of the early 5% :-)

  2. Excellent research. Thank you for it. Already seeing interesting implications for affiliate marketing, and putting together a blog post on it now.