Recent research conducted in the U.S. by MarketWatch indicates that teenagers and young adults aren’t embracing Twitter like they were expected to.

In addition to this, the study shows that they are also losing interest in Blogging, however, they love social networks like Facebook and are engaging with said social network via ‘cooler’ hardware such as laptops and netbooks as opposed to ‘old school’ desktop PC’s. In figures the data shows:

  • 8% of Internet users ages 12 -17 use Twitter
  • 73% of connected American teenagers use Social Networking sites like Facebook

Why is Facebook more popular than Twitter among U.S. teens?

The general consensus is that Facebook is more popular than Twitter because teenagers have more time to spend on Social Networking sites where they can browse their friends’ photos and videos.

On the other hand, the older generation is able to engage with Twitter conveniently from their mobile phones, and quite frankly it is a less time-consuming Social Network.

So who is more likely to use Twitter?

A large portion of the individuals making up the numbers on Twitter belong to celebrities and corporations. Twitter has proven itself as an especially useful platform for companies to handle customer service/complaints.

Right now, analysts can only estimate how many active users Twitter has. Some people sign up for the service, and then never return to tweet after a few initial bursts of activity. Many users also sign up for multiple accounts, causing further confusion. Josh Bernoff, an analyst at Forrester Research, estimates Twitter has somewhere between 14 million and 20 million users a month.

Returning to Facebook – this Social Media platform currently has a lot more active users than Twitter, with about 350 million registered subscribers. Like Twitter, it has focused on growing its user base. Its initial attempts to create a new category of social advertising fell short, as consumers protested about privacy concerns.

Savvy Internet Marketers should keep a close eye on the Facebook Vs Twitter stats. Certain products/services will be marketed better in the Twitter environment than Facebook and vice versa.

WSI consultants are at the forefront of Social Media Marketing and they can help you use the right Social Media channels that will pay dividends in terms of:

  • Exposing your business
  • Reaching a targeted audience that want your products and services
  • Creating brand awareness
  • Helping you to engage with your prospects and existing clientele

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