Twitter users love their Twitter accounts, so much in fact that on average 80% of all Twitter users will post at least one Tweet or ReTweet to their account daily.
The 80% level comes from a PEW report that also finds that Twitter users typically fall into one of three categories; young adults, minorities and urbanites.
According to the Pew Report the three major Twitter groups are broken down as follows
Young adults – Internet users ages 18-29 are significantly more likely to use Twitter than older adults.
African-Americans and Latinos – Minority internet users are more than twice as likely to use Twitter as are white internet users.
Urbanites – Urban residents are roughly twice as likely to use Twitter as rural dwellers.
The Pew study also found that 71 percent of Tweets are ignored, while most Tweets sent on the site aren’t even original, instead they are simply retweets or cut and paste copies of other peoples Tweets.
That’s not to say Twitter isn’t used quite often by some users for original micro-blogging, just that a majority of users prefer to engage with previously created content, sharing that content with their own followers. The study doesn’t state whether Spam accounts were ignored, considering the number of retweets and copied messages those SPAM accounts provide, numbers could be skewed.
How do you use Twitter in your everyday life? Do you find yourself retweeting more than you Tweet? Or perhaps you click on Tweetmeme and other Twitter buttons to share websites?
Let’s start with the UK. Twitter.com is the 291st most visited website in the UK. Internet traffic has increased by 974% over one year, see the graph below.
Traffic to Twitter from Australia has also grown significantly, 517.9% up over one year, as shown on the graph below.
…A few days earlier an analysis of Twitter traffic in the USA was also published. According to Hitwise, Twitter.com attracts more visitors than Digg. Twitter is ranked #84 in computers and Internet category, one place before Digg, ranked #85.
In April of 2008, Heather Hopkins at Hitwise analyzed the statistics of Twitter traffic to determine if this social interaction and microblogging service had hit the main steam for acceptance. Her research and analysis found that while it was increasing in usage and acceptance, Twitter ranked at 439 among “Social Networks and Forums” and was ranked at 4,309 for all types of websites. read more