Less than one-third of all Twitter users are active

A new study has revealed that despite having 500 million total users, less than one-third all Twitter users are active. Additionally, only 75.4 percent of all public tweets came from Twitter's own products and services, including TweetDeck.

In an interview with TechCrunch's Ingrid Lunden, Semiocast founder Paul Guyot said only 27 percent of all Twitter users (or approximately 170 million users) were active at some point during a three month period. Semiocast classified active users as those who have changed their avatar, followed a new account or tweeted. The Netherlands has the highest amount of active users, with a 33 percent active user base, followed by Japan, which has a 30 percent active user base. The United States ranks fourth with an active user base of 28 percent.

Yesterday, Semiocast revealed that Twitter now has 500 million accounts, with 140 million of those accounts coming from the United States. The United States was by far the country with the most Twitter accounts, followed by Brazil with 41.2 million Twitter accounts. Guyot told Lunden that those figures didn't include identified spambots. "Twitter is massively deleting spam user accounts," he told Lunden. "Our figures do not include these deleted accounts."

In terms of what products and services accounts are tweeting from, 75.4 percent of public tweets come from Twitter products and services, including Tweetdeck. The Twitter website is still the single most popular tweeting platform, accounting for 27.6 of worldwide activity. Despite accounting for the most worldwide activity, the Twitter website still falls behind mobile products and services in terms of tweeting. Those mobile products and services account for 61 percent of all tweets.

Sources: TechCrunch, Semiocast | Image via TechCrunch

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I have never ever visited a twitter page in any way shape or form
on purpose or by accident and i never will !

makes no sense to me whatsoever and i can't wait till the hula hoop is in
the dumpster with the Furbys, Cabbage Patch Kids and Tickle Me Elmo's.

I am Not PCyr said,
I have never ever visited a twitter page in any way shape or form
on purpose or by accident and i never will !

makes no sense to me whatsoever and i can't wait till the hula hoop is in
the dumpster with the Furbys, Cabbage Patch Kids and Tickle Me Elmo's.

+2
I'm so sick of hearing about 'people tweeting'. It was bad enough when i read about it online, but now every other news piece on TV is like "_____ tweeted ______ yesterday...".

This doesn't count people that use it many times a day just to read news/comments from those they follow? I don't think much of these results, if so.

So what defines active? Tweeting I'm guessing as its active within 3 months.

Cause I'm sure a lot of people just have accounts to follow others for updates.

Teebor said,
So what defines active? Tweeting I'm guessing as its active within 3 months.

Cause I'm sure a lot of people just have accounts to follow others for updates.


Second paragraph: " Semiocast classified active users as those who have changed their avatar, followed a new account or tweeted."

Spam is handled pretty well, usually when i go to report the account for spamming it's already blocked, and the tweets get removed on "Block and report for spam" quite a decent system.

Neobond said,
No, pretty sure this means that 33 percent of the population have a Twitter account.

I read it as 33% of all accounts originating from Holland are active.

Yeah but it's still relevant to the population, meaning we tweet more than other countries for the amount of people living here.

Majesticmerc said,

I read it as 33% of all accounts originating from Holland are active.


Right. It has a 33 percent active user base, meaning 33 percent of all accounts from there are active.

Neobond said,
Yeah but it's still relevant to the population, meaning we tweet more than other countries for the amount of people living here.

Yeah, that's pretty much what I was calling attention to. That's a huge percentage of the population that has an 'active' account.

I hate that. Twitter should delete inactive accounts, the same with all the social sites. I cant use my real name as a twitter name because some douchebag who havent used his account for four years registered first.

I believe somewhere you can petition twitter to take that account if it has been active for a considerable about of time.

sanctified said,
I hate that. Twitter should delete inactive accounts, the same with all the social sites. I cant use my real name as a twitter name because some douchebag who havent used his account for four years registered first.

waa

sanctified said,

I hate that. Twitter should delete inactive accounts, the same with all the social sites.
I cant use my real name as a twitter name because some douchebag who havent
used his account for four years registered first.


I would agree with that, but Twitter should also give something like 30 days notice first
before deactivating or deleting any accounts that haven't been logged in for a while.

sanctified said,
I hate that. Twitter should delete inactive accounts, the same with all the social sites. I cant use my real name as a twitter name because some douchebag who havent used his account for four years registered first.

This is true!

sanctified said,
Twitter should delete inactive accounts

If they did that then they'd have to delete hundreds of millions of accounts which undoubtedly WOULD impact some legitimate users who don't use it frequently.

I rarely use my account - I never post anything, I just use it to follow other people - but I wouldn't like Twitter to delete it. As always, it's first come first serve with account names - if you didn't get in fast enough then you can't blame Twitter for that.