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Twitter Is So Mainstream Now: Eight Percent of Online Americans Use It

Young, urban, minority, women, well-educated. What do these demographic factors spell out? The categories of American Internet users who are most likely to use Twitter. That’s according to new survey data released by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Overall, eight percent of U.S. online adults use Twitter, or six percent of the total American adult population.

The single category where Twitter has taken most hold is Hispanic Internet users, with 18 percent of them telling Pew they use Twitter. That’s compared to just five percent of white adults. Fourteen percent of 18- to 29-year-olds use Twitter, and 11 percent of urban Internet users.

Ten percent of female Internet users say they are on Twitter, while only seven percent of male users are.

Pew interviewed more than 20,000 people for the survey, which was the first Twitter-specific research it has done.

The latest official number from Twitter is 175 million global registered users.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik