Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Americans are Top Bloggers, Tweeters

Americans are Top Bloggers, Tweeters

It seems like everyone in the world has a blog or a Twitter account these days but there's only one country that's number one. Sysomos, a research company, found that more Americans keep blogs and use Twitter than any other country on earth. That means about one third of all bloggers are in the United States, as are over half of all Twitter users.

The company looked at over 100 million blog posts and attempted to gather gender, age, and location of the blogger. The results were pretty interesting. Perhaps not too surprising is the fact that over 53% of bloggers fall into the 21- to 35-year-old category. Also, you may not be too surprised to learn that over half of all bloggers are women. As for location, American bloggers maintain about 29.2% of all the blogs out there on the web.

That may not seem like a huge number but when you compare it to other countries, the difference is shocking. The United Kingdom came in second place with 6.75% of all bloggers, followed by Japan with 4.9% and Brazil in fourth place with 4.2% of all bloggers.

It was noted that English-speaking countries seemed to dominate the findings, which isn't all that surprising, seeing as how the internet's language of choice is English. English is also the most spoken language in the world. But Spanish is also a language that is spoken heavily in many countries around the world and there was a notable absence of Spanish-speaking countries in the top fifteen. Spain actually came in at eighth place with 3.1% of all blogs. It was also noted that China wasn't included in the research, due to the oppressiveness of the Chinese government and lack of free speech.

When it comes to micro-blogging, Sysomos looked at over 13 million Twitter accounts in October, November, and December of 2009. As mentioned, over half of the Twitter-users or "tweeters" were in the United States. Brazil actually came in second with 8.8% of users and the United Kingdom came in third place with 7.2% of all users.

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