A couple of weeks ago we learned how Americans consume news on Facebook, and according to a study released by the Pew Research Center Monday, we now know more about the connection between the news and Twitter — Twitter users are “younger, more mobile and more educated.”
The last study Pew did, along with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, indicated that 30 percent of people actually use Facebook partially as a news source. For Twitter, the number is much lower — eight percent of U.S. adults log in for tweets about news. Only 16 percent of American adults use Twitter at all.
Forty percent of Twitter news consumers hold at least a bachelor’s degree (for Facebook, that number is 30 percent), and nearly half of Twitter news-readers are 18-29 years old, according to Pew.
Amy Mitchell and Emily Guskin with the Pew Research Journalism Project also wrote that the research consisted of Twitter conversation analysis. Here’s what that breakdown revealed: “much of what gets posted centers on passing along breaking news; sentiments shift considerably over time; and however passionate, the conversations do not necessarily track with public opinion,” Mitchell and Guskin wrote. The only somewhat surprising fact among those three is how much the opinions of Twitter users can change over the course of a few days. Pew took ten major news events over the last year (Newtown, the Supreme Courts same-sex marriage hearing, presidential election, etc.) and zeroed in on Twitter users’ sentiments; you can read more about how they came to those conclusions here.