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New research shows Twitter use is growing in popularity at an impressive rate

A new survey released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project indicates almost 20% of all internet users use Twitter or another social networking service to share updates and information about themselves.

In May 2008, Pew research reported just six percent of Internet users were on Twitter and other similar sites.  In the survey of 1,698 adults conducted in September, also noted women send more tweets than men.  Furthermore, 33% of users on Twitter are 29 years old or younger -- only 4% of users are 65 or older.

"The median age of a Twitter user is 31, which has remained stable over the past year," according to the report.  "The median age for MySpace is now 26, down from 27 in May 2008, and the median age for LinkedIn is now 39, down from 40. Facebook, however, is graying a bit: the median age for this social network site is now 33, up from 26 in May 2008."

A problem with unexpected growth has been lingering server issues, with the Twitter "fail whale" routinely seen during peak traffic times.

Twitter and other social networking services have been popular among younger internet users, but has spread to older internet users, research indicates.  Including Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and all social networking sites, 47% of internet users are a member of at least one of the sites, a drastic increase from 29 percent in May 2008.

The overall popularity of social networking has led advertisers and others to the growing sector, looking to generate revenue during an economic slump. 

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What a BS article.
By Smilin on 10/22/2009 1:41:24 PM , Rating: 5
Dude can you not read your own article before you make the headline?

Survey: Nearly 20% of People Online Tweet

From article:
20% of all internet users use Twitter or another social networking service to share updates and information about themselves.

There is no way that 1 in 5 internet users are twits.

RE: What a BS article.
By omnicronx on 10/22/2009 1:54:26 PM , Rating: 3
Ya I noticed that right away, Facebook alone has 300 million users alone which is not even close to everyone on the internet. (to show how rediculous this 20% number is, 50 million(twitter accounts) is only 16% of 300 million, let alone the entire internet.)

RE: What a BS article.
By Master Kenobi on 10/26/2009 4:40:33 AM , Rating: 4
There is no way that 1 in 5 internet users are twits.

You're right, it is likely closer to 4 in 5.

RE: What a BS article.
By Hydrofirex on 10/27/2009 10:36:22 PM , Rating: 2

What's Twitter?
By darklight0tr on 10/22/2009 9:33:05 AM , Rating: 5
I'm glad to be part of the 80% that doesn't use Twitter. In fact, I don't use any of the social networking sites. I would rather talk to people in person or over the phone if I wanted to interact with them.

While I can see the uses for sites like Facebook it really seems that many of the connectivity and networking options we have now just serve to isolate each of us even more.

RE: What's Twitter?
By amanojaku on 10/22/2009 10:29:14 AM , Rating: 3
Twitter is a cry for help from the insecure and unloved. You're not missing anything.

RE: What's Twitter?
By tastyratz on 10/22/2009 10:39:24 AM , Rating: 3
Tmobile sums it up perfectly
"I am sitting on the couch"

well good for f-ing you. Twitter encapsulates the 12 year old in all of us in html format. Nobody gives a damn about your useless micro updates

Now I just sit and wait, for 2 out of 10 votes to rate me down.

RE: What's Twitter?
By Smilin on 11/6/2009 3:08:39 PM , Rating: 1
Actually guys twitter does have some good uses. I'm not a twitter member but I RSS feed this guy.

It is some of the funniest sh1t ever...

Survey: Nearly 20% of people online Tweet...
By Boze on 10/22/2009 1:01:11 PM , Rating: 2
...and 19.9999999999% of them have absolutely nothing of importance to say.

By gunzac21 on 10/23/2009 4:58:48 AM , Rating: 2
i could be picky and show you a mistake in your post but i won't... your basic point was just so spot on so i will let it go.

The Tomorrow Mural
By MellissaDigitalis on 10/28/2009 6:26:56 AM , Rating: 2
Great post. Who would have predicted 20 years ago that social networking would have been where we communicate and digest news. Imagine what the next 20 years could bring. Check out peoples visions on The Tomorrow Mural – plus add your ideas and too.

RE: The Tomorrow Mural
By mindless1 on 10/31/2009 7:17:49 PM , Rating: 2
Everyone would have predicted it, the internet is after all just a growing communication medium.

tweeting now
By Screwballl on 10/28/2009 10:27:44 PM , Rating: 2
right now I also have another tab opened posting a tweet saying I am posting on DT

By icanhascpu on 10/29/2009 10:37:21 PM , Rating: 2
Thats alot of twits.

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