8% of Internet users in US use Twitter

December 10, 2010

According to a new report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, 8% of the American adults who use the Internet are Twitter users. Internet users between the ages of 18 and 29 are significantly more likely to use the microblogging service than older adults, the study found. Minority Internet users are more than twice as likely to use Twitter as are white Internet users, and urban residents are roughly twice as likely to use Twitter as their rural peers. The report observes that women and the college-educated are also slightly more likely than average to use Twitter. According to numbers crunched for The Chronicle of Higher Education, 18% of college students who go online use Twitter. Results from our 2010 University and College Applicant Study show that 3.5% of Canadian university and college applicants use Twitter. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Read the report