There has been a lot of studies into social networking and in particular the micro blogging site Twitter the thing is with this site is that many people just do not get it because you are limited to the amount the characters and the chances are that nobody will see what you write either! It is all a matter of followers and one sure fact is that over half of all the users on Twitter have less than five followers. However, this means nothing, as some folks just like to see what other people are talking about, rather than getting involved. Therefore, this proves that you do not have to have thousands of followers to get the most out of Twitter, this is social and as such it is a two way street.
Alternatively the user can subscribe to one of the many services available, such as Down Tweet, this is a feed service that allows the user to observe up to four Twitter streams at once and the user does not even have to have a Twitter account either. This is really for those people who want to keep up with what is going on in the Twitter verse without having to get involved.
Source [Down Tweet]
We all know that there millions of users of the micro blogging site Twitter, but it seems that while there are millions of users it seems that no all of these users are active users. this can be seen in the image below with a sample of 100 users where the figures show exactly how many are tweeting, idle and have some serious followers, as in real life it seems that only a small percentage are totally active.
These are some of the figures that were knocking around in 2009, naturally, these figures have changes quite a bit, but we suspect that the actual percentages could be the same!
72.5% of all users joining during the first five months of 2009
85.3% of all Twitter users post less than one update/day
21% of users have never posted a Tweet
93.6% of users have less than 100 followers, while 92.4% follow less than 100 people
5% of Twitter users account for 75% of all activity (see the report on analysis of top-5% users)
New York has the most Twitters users, followed by Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco and Boston; while Detroit was the fast-growing city over the first five months of 2009
More than 50% of all updates are published using tools, mobile and Web-based, other than Twitter.com. TweetDeck is the most popular non-Twitter.com tool with 19.7% market share.
There are more women on Twitter (53%) than men (47%)
Of the people who identify themselves as marketers, 15% follow more than 2,000 people. This compares with 0.29% of overall Twitter users who follow more than 2,000 people.
Source [Ashley Tan]
It seems that the online payment firm, PayPal have become the latest victim of a hack attack, but before you start getting worried it was the firms Twitter account that had been hacked, with the hacker retweeting messages and posting new messages into the PayPal feed. The hacker used the term ‘the safer, easier way to pay’ in order to get some negative messages around the feed as well as promoting the website paypalsucks.com this is one website that does not appear to require any explanations as to what it is all about.
According to Anuj Nayar, who is the Director of Communications, for PayPal;
‘PayPal UK’s Twitter feed was targeted by hackers tonight. PayPal would like to reassure all customers that PayPal’s UK customer systems and data have not been breached or hacked in any way. There is no link between customer systems and our Twitter account.’
Source [Daily Mail]
Results from a recent study of parents suggests that around a third of those who took part feel that their children are in from the internet and in particular social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. It was also found that another third believed that exposure to the internet can rewire a young person’s brain and yet by far the most worrying is the eighty per cent who think that their children could become addicted to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
However, according to Annika Small, who is a Director of the Internet charity, Nominet Trust;
“The Nominet Trust believes in the internet as a force for social good. Exaggerated fears about internet use can potentially deny its benefits to those most in need. I want to see a proper debate amongst policy makers, based on accurate research, about the effects of using interactive technologies on young people’s brains, behaviours and attitudes, without resorting to scaremongering that parents are being subjected to on regular basis.”
There have been critics of the internet in the past, who have called for studies into the side effects of excessive internet use, but so far, there is no evidence at all!
Last week see some rather strange top trends on the micro blogging site Twitter, the trends are measured by the amount of times that a subject is retweeted and below are the top trending topics from last week they include, Justin Bieber and Peter Falk which is understandable, but how did The Wild Thornberries make to number five? It is a real funny thing Twitter and that is why we love it so much I suppose!
Here are the top trending topics from Twitter last week;
#The Wild Thornberrys
You have to wonder what is going to be up there next week, with some interesting stories popping up such as the #Beckhams and #Fourth of July, there are bound to be some funny ones in there too aren’t there!
If somebody come up to you in the street and asked you questions, you may feel a little put out, but if this happened on the micro blogging site Twitter then it would seem to be a different story all together.
According to Gail Umbridge at Honda Naperville a mega Honda dealership in Joliet, Illinois;
“We answer more questions on Twitter every day than we do anywhere else. It’s an imperative tool for connecting with our customers.”
This works for both personal and business questions, there is a lot of feed back available from the users of Twitter who like the idea of just being able to fire off answers to questions, without getting involved too deeply. Check out this info graphic below, it show how questions and answers work on Twitter.