Is Twitter More Popular Than Facebook Yet?
Are you on Twitter yet? Of course you are. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last two or three years, you have—at the very least—signed up for a Twitter account, sent out the obligatory “I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do here, but here goes…” tweet, and followed a few folks on the social networking site. Maybe you stuck with it and learned how to retweet stuff. Maybe you didn’t. But, more than 500 million Twitter account have been created over the course of the last five years or so. So, Twitter is, like, super popular, right? Er, not exactly.
Although it might feel like Twitter owns your life—and your best friend’s life and your teacher’s life and, hell, your parents’ life—the truth is that only about 13 percent of Americans are using Twitter right now, according to a new study done by the Pew Research Center. There might be a lot of accounts created. But, there are still millions of Americans out there who either don’t use their accounts or just don’t use Twitter at all. Clearly, the site still has a lot of growing to do.
Not surprisingly, Facebook is actually the preferred social networking site for most Americans. According to the same Pew study, almost 50 percent of Americans say that they get their news from Mark Zuckerberg‘s social networking site as well as other social networking sites (is that you, MySpace?!).
Are you surprised by that? We would have thought for sure that Twitter would be way more popular than it actually is. And, while we would’ve guessed that Facebook was still more popular, we wouldn’t have guessed that it is actually as popular as it is.
So, if you’re on Twitter right now and using it actively, you’re actually in the minority in this country. Go figure.