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6/12: 6% of Americans Have Twitter Accounts

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6/12: 6% of Americans Have Twitter Accounts

The buzz over Twitter may have reached a fever pitch, but the social networking service hasn’t yet conquered the American populace.  According to a new Marist Poll, only 6% of U.S. residents have personal Twitter accounts.

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However, age, education and income do influence one’s tendency to “tweet.” Thirty and early forty-somethings are slightly more likely than any other age group to use Twitter.  10% of Americans between the ages of 30 and 44 belong to the service.  This compares with 7% of 45 to 59 year olds, 6% of 18 to 29 year olds, and just 3% of those 60 and older.  Turning to education 12% of college graduates have joined the ranks of Twitter users while 3% of those without college degrees have done the same.  And, on the income front, 10% of Americans earning $50,000 or more annually say they have a personal Twitter account while just 3% of those making less report the same.

Table: Have Twitter Account?

Marist Poll Methodology

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  1. Robert

    April 24, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    It’a been surprising to see that Twitter has lasted for this long. I imagined it would peak and the fade rapidly, so it looks as though it is addressing a definite need.

  2. Edinburgh Architect

    July 20, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I started using Twitter a few weeks ago and found it very useful, particularly since so many small business in and around Edinburgh use it as well. Its a great way to connect to other businesses and to potential clients. My user name is @ArchitectEDIN

  3. Sales Engineer

    July 19, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Interesting figures, but just a snapshot, the values will alter with time. The over 60’s took a long time to come to email, but once they did, they were heavy users.

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