Pew: 11% of online adults twitter and/or update status

February 13th, 2009

Amanda Lenhart and Susannah Fox of the Pew Internet Project have a six-page note on Twitter and status updating based on a survey of nearly 2300 adults in November and December of 2008. The findings are not very surprising and include:

  • 11% of online adults use Twitter or update their status online
  • Twitter users are mobile, less tethered by technology
  • Younger internet users lead the way in using Twitter and similar services.

To me, the most notable item is one that suggests a very recent and sharp inclease in short, personal status updates.

“As of December 2008, 11% of online American adults said they used a service like Twitter or another service that allowed them to share updates about themselves or to see the updates of others.1 Just a few weeks earlier, in November 2008, 9% of internet users used Twitter or updated their status online and in May of 2008, 6% of internet users responded yes to a slightly different question, where users were asked if they used “Twitter or another ‘microblogging’ service to share updates about themselves or to see updates about others.”

I’d guess that this partly represents more people joining Facebook, creating an tipping point in the use of its status update feature.