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Twitter Doesn’t Want Companies Reporting Its User Numbers

Twitter Doesn't Want Companies Reporting Its User Numbers

Twitter has apparently been shutting down companies that access its API to publish the size of Twitter’s user-base.

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Who Uses Twitter? Young, Affluent, Educated Non-White Males, Suggests Data [STUDY]

Pew Internet have updated their data that shows who is using Twitter and other social media sites. As we noted yesterday, 18 percent of online U.S. adults are now active on Twitter, up a full two percentage points from February of this year, and more than double Twitter’s total user base in November 2010.

But who are these people? According to Pew’s findings, the typical Twitter user is an 18-29 year-old educated minority with a well-paying job, and slightly more likely to be male than female.

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Twitter: The World’s Fastest-Growing Social Platform [INFOGRAPHIC]

Twitter was the world’s fastest-growing social platform in 2012, adding an incredible 40 percent more active users between Q2 and Q4 of last year.

Indeed, that same study suggested that Twitter now has a heady 288 million active profiles, with the micro-blogging network boasting a commanding presence in almost every major country around the globe.

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Who Uses Twitter? 16% Of Internet Users, 18-29 Year Olds, Minorities, Men More Than Women [REPORT]

Pew Internet have updated their annual look at who is using Twitter and other social media sites. You may recall that last year 15 percent of online adults were using everybody’s favourite micro-blogging social network, a small rise from 13 percent in 2011.

And in 2013? 16 percent of internet users are active on Twitter, and the service still skews favourably towards black and hispanic users, adults aged 18-29, and folks who live in urban areas.

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Are There Less Than 20,000 Active Twitter Users In China? [STUDY]

Back in September we looked at a study which, somewhat controversially, suggested that 35.5 million of Twitter’s (at the time) 140 million active users were likely located in China, putting the country top of Twitter’s user league table, ahead of second-placed India, with the U.S. a distant third.

The numbers didn’t sit right with me, nor many of our readers, and with good reason, as Twitter access is heavily restricted on the Chinese mainland, with the country actively blocking the micro-blogging social network since 2009. And while many people around the world access Twitter secretly via proxies, the penalties in China can be so severe that, even in a country of 1.34 billion, tens of millions of people blatantly taking this risk seemed a little unlikely.

And that line of thinking might have some merit, as a new study has suggested that that 35.5 million estimation could be off by several magnitudes.

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There Are Now More Than 200 Million Active Twitter Users

Back in September 2011, Twitter proudly announced 100 million active users.

Fast-forward six months later to March 2012, and that number had jumped to 140 million. Well, that growth just keeps on coming, as earlier today Twitter announced yet another significant milestone, with the social micro-blogging platform now more than 200 million users strong.

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So, How Many Active Users Does Twitter Really Have? 200 Million? 100 Million? 50 Million?

Answer: Less than 21 million.

That’s the findings of a new report from Business Insider that looked at the total number of Twitter users that were following 30 or more people, which is the level that Twitter themselves uses to rank an account as active.

And if true, that’s a pretty shocking state of affairs for Twitter, especially when held up against Facebook (or even MySpace), and could have huge ramifications for the viability of the network as an advertising platform.

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Twitter Traffic Just +0.08% For March, Facebook +3.28%, LinkedIn +3.76%, Friendfeed -4.05%

This is a monthly series that looks at visitor data for all the major social networks as calculated by Compete.com. Compete is USA-biased, and certainly in the case of Twitter the visitor numbers are distorted by the openness of Twitter’s API and the numerous Twitter software clients, but on a like-for-like basis the numerics have value and warrant investigation. Please refer to previous installments in this series for a more detailed overview.

After February’s -9.63% dip, Twitter rebounded just +0.08% for March, registering 21,287,217 unique visits, and 161,903,421 overall.

Twitter Traffic Just +0.08% For March. Facebook +3.28%, LinkedIn +3.76%, Friendfeed -4.05%

The latter figure is up some 12.47%, which is encouraging, but a little strange. It would appear that while new users are possibly cooling to the platform (many people move on the more feature-packed clients after a period of time on the network, but everybody starts on Twitter.com), existing members are using Twitter.com in greater numbers. This, of course, is ideal for Twitter, but the continuing plateau in new registrations remains a source of some concern.

Moreover, it confirms that last month’s decline was not an aberration caused simply because of a shortened month. For some reason, since the January highs traffic to Twitter.com has fallen over 10 per cent, and stayed that way. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out over the next few months.

Facebook, which also fell in February, added another +3.28% uniques to 132,040,907, and 3,046,062,608 overall (+8.76%), just short of the peaks we saw in January of this year.

Twitter Traffic Just +0.08% For March. Facebook +3.28%, LinkedIn +3.76%, Friendfeed -4.05%

LinkedIn and MySpace also rallied, up +3.76% (14,725,669) and +6.25% (47,582,253) respectively.

Meanwhile, last month’s Friendfeed rebound appears to have been an error from Compete. In March, the network dropped -4.05% to just 467,946 unique visitors, which is a new low.