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This Week On Twitter: Japan Loves Twitter > Facebook, Paying $10/Follower & Social Media Support

Need a little weekend reading? We’ve compiled our top ten Twitter stories of the week, which includes a look at which country logs into Twitter more than Facebook, the social landscape of 2011, how advertisers are paying up to $10 per follow on Twitter, the top 15 brands on Twitter and how many younger customers are choosing social media as their first port of call for support issues.

Here are our top 10 Twitter stories of the week:

1. Guess Which Country Logs On To Twitter More Than Facebook?

According to comScore, there’s only one country in the entire world where Twitter is more popular than Facebook. Can you guess which one it is?

2. Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn: The Social Landscape Of 2011 [INFOGRAPHIC]

2011 was a huge year for social media. Twitter gave us a translation center, Stories and revised profile and brand pages. Facebook enhanced the UI on Profiles and Pages, launched Deals internationally and gave us a new-look Timeline. Google rolled out Google+ and LinkedIn, Groupon and LinkedIn all had IPOs.

3. Some Advertisers Are Paying Up To $10 Per Follow On Twitter

The Financial Times has some interesting insights into just what advertisers are willing to pay for more followers on Twitter – and they’re not cheap.

4. The Top 15 Brands On Twitter In 2011 [INFOGRAPHIC]

We’re 11 days into the new year, but there are still some things left to learn from 2011.HootSuite, the popular Twitter dashboard, has put together an infographic of the top brands, topics, hashtags, “in memorium” and holiday topics on Twitter in the past year.

5. 15% Of Customers Aged 16-24 Choose Twitter, Facebook First For Support, Says Study [REPORT]

A new study has revealed the extent to which consumers, especially those in the younger demographic, are choosing social media for customer service ahead of more traditional methods, like email and telephone.

6. The Top 10 Most Followed Lists On Twitter

Lists are one of Twitter’s most powerful features, but they’re criminally underused – both by users, and Twitter themselves. Indeed, Twitter’s latest redesign all but buried Lists in a drop-down menu (although they’re also accessible via your Profile page). However, they remain popular with Twitter veterans and power users, as they allow you to set up and follow specific subsets of users over any topic or theme that you choose. And when a list has been created, anyone can follow it, which means that all of us can benefit from any other user’s hard work. But what are the most popular lists across all of Twitter?

7. Twitter, Facebook Social Sharing Buttons Boost Email Click-Throughs By Up To 115% [INFOGRAPHIC]

It may be slowly and surely being caught by social media, but email is still a hugely important part of the marketing arsenal for brands of all shapes and sizes, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. Moreover, by combining email marketing with social sharing, brands can merge these two powerful tools to fully leverage their audience, maximizing the effectiveness of their campaigns and generating superior results.

8. Timeline: How Social Media Changed In 2011 [INFOGRAPHIC]

From Twitter’s launch of its new desktop app for Mac on January 6th to Google+ announcing admin and insights for brand pages on December 22nd, 2011 was quite the year for social networks. Here’s a full timeline of the notable moments in social networks in 2011.

9. Buffer Launches iPhone App So You Can Schedule Your Tweets On The Go

Buffer has just launched its brand new iPhone app, making it even easier for you to pop your tweets into your Buffer and let the magic happen – while you’re on the subway, at a restaurant or in the park.

10. Twitter On Track For 500 Million Total Users By March, 250 Million Active Users By End Of 2012

As you may have seen, Facebook has been tipped to reach one billion active users in August of this year. That’s an absolutely amazing number – approximately 14 percent of the world’s population. What’s even more impressive is these are active users, Facebook’s definition of which is people who log in at least once a month. Which doesn’t seem particularly active, to be honest, but this has essentially become the industry standard now. So how does Twitter compare?

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