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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.

So who are these active users? Well, 26 percent are aged 25 to 34, 28 percent are self-employed and almost one-third (31 percent) work in the computer industry.

One-fifth (20 percent) of adult internet users in the U.S. are now active on Twitter, a number which, proportionately at least, is dwarfed by Saudi Arabia (51 percent), Indonesia (49 percent) and the Philippines (39 percent), each of which has a much higher Twitter penetration rate than the States.

Check the infographic below for all the latest Twitter active user data.

Caveat: These are not official numbers. Back in mid-December, Twitter noted that “there are now more than 200M monthly active @twitter users”, and it seems unlikely (to me) that they’ve seen growth of 44 percent in less than three months. For what it’s worth, my professional estimate suggests that, as of Feb 27, 2013, the actual Twitter active user total is closer to 215-220 million.

(Source: Global Web Index.)

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