Report: Six Percent Of Americans Use Twitter

Only six percent of American adults use Twitter, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Twitter is a real-time information network that connects users to the latest information about what they find interesting. Users can share information in 140 character updates referred to as Tweets that can contain links to photos, videos or other web pages.


The survey found that eight percent of American adult Internet users make use of the service, with two percent doing so on a typical day. The report said that Internet users between ages 18-29, African-American and Latino Internet users and urban residents are more likely to use Twitter.

While one quarter of Twitter users check for material posted by others several times per day, 21 percent never do. Users post a variety of content to the micro-blogging service:

  • 72 percent saying that they share updates relating to their personal life, activities or interests,
  • 55 percent share links to news stories
  • 40 percent share photos, with 12 percent doing so at least once a day.

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