Twitter usage soars in US - survey

2012-06-01 11:10
Twitter founder Biz Stone is pictured as use of the platform soars in the US. (AP)

Twitter founder Biz Stone is pictured as use of the platform soars in the US. (AP)

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Washington - One out of seven Americans who go online use Twitter and 8% do it every day, a survey showed on Thursday.

The survey by the Pew Research Centre found the number of Twitter users has doubled in the past two years to 15% of online adults.

It found that those who use Twitter on a typical day has doubled since May 2011 and has quadrupled since late 2010, probably due to the growing use of smartphones.

Twitter, which allows its members to post brief comments, links or pictures, claims to have more than 140 million active users, with the largest number being in the US.

The Pew survey found usage is driven by the 18 - 24 age group, 31% of whom use Twitter. African-Americans are also active, with 28% using Twitter.

Nine percent of cellphone owners in the survey said they used the device for Twitter, but the proportion in the 18 - 24 age group was higher at 22%.

The survey found 16% of smartphone owners use Twitter on their phones, and 10% do so on a typical day.

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