Do Teens Use Twitter?

Posted on August 25th, 2011 in thoughts | No Comments »

Common wisdom says teens don’t twitter

Here’s a few articles saying exactly that (in chronological order 2011 to 2009)
http://blog.eloqua.com/why-teens-dont-use-twitter/
http://mashable.com/2010/02/03/teens-dont-tweet-or-blog/
http://techcrunch.com/2009/08/30/why-dont-teens-tweet-we-asked-over-10000-of-them/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/jul/13/twitter-teenage-media-habits
http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/teens-dont-tweet-twitters-growth-not-fueled-by-youth/

While it may be the case that the majority of teens don’t tweet judging by today’s trends on Twitter in the UK they certainly have a strong presence.

Twitter trends UK 25th Aug 2011

Twitter trends UK 25th Aug 2011

All the trending items with a red arrow annotated show topics related to GCSE examinations. These UK examinations are typically taken by 16 year olds.

It may be that most teens don’t use twitter, it’s probably true that most people don’t use twitter, but of those that do teens certainly have the power to make their voices heard. Imagine what they could do if they clubbed together – the student voice could become quite powerful!

Facebook Stats in 2010

Posted on December 31st, 2010 in thoughts | No Comments »

A number of places on the web have posted some fascinating Facebook stats of activity in 2010 – I can’t work out where the original source is but will post some references at the end.

They quote that in 2010 in a randomly sampled 20 minute time slot there were (in order)

  • Comments: 10,208,000
  • Likes: 7,657,000
  • Messages: 4,632,000
  • Photos uploaded: 2,716,000
  • Friend requests accepted: 1,972,000
  • Status updates: 1,851,000
  • Wall posts: 1,587,000
  • Event invites sent out: 1,484,000
  • Tagged photos: 1,323,000
  • Shared links: 1,000,000

I assume they are all rounded to the nearest 1000 or it would be quite a coincidence.

They also claim that in 2010 the following changes were made to relationship statuses

  • 43,869,800 changed to single
  • 36,774,801 changes to married
  • 28,460,516 changed to in a relationship
  • 5,974,574 changed to engaged
  • 3,025,791 changed to “it’s complicated”

Of course these statistics don’t really tell you much except that Facebook is pretty enormous and heavily used and that it’s pretty easy to get statistics from it.

A week ago Facebook posted this video about the top trends on Facebook in 2010, over 6000 people have liked it so far so it’s probably worth a watch!

References:
I first came across this story from http://rorycellan.posterous.com/those-facebook-stats-for-2010 the posterous blog of BBC Tech Correspondant Rory Cellan Jones via a linked in message.

Trying to find the source I came across posts by Democracy UK http://www.facebook.com/notes/democracy-uk-on-facebook/a-snapshot-of-facebook-in-2010/172769082761603 and Mashable http://mashable.com/2010/12/31/facebook-by-the-numbers-in-2010-stats/ who also put the link in to the video.

Edit – this Facebook blog post also explains the top status trends of the year http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=466369142130

Wishing all readers a great New Year.