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Twitter Still Dominated By Noisy Minority, Study Finds


Cornell University and Yahoo! Research have released a ten-page research report that offers insight into how content is being created, consumed, and shared by different groups of users on Twitter.

Though Twitter recently shared statistics highlighting its considerable growth over the past five years, the researchers found that a small minority of users–around .05% of the site’s population–are generating half of all Twitter posts.

The researchers distinguished between ordinary and elite users, which they divided into four categories: celebrities (such as Lady Gaga or Barack Obama), media (such as CNN), organizations (such as Google), and blogs (such as BoingBoing, Gizmodo, Engadget, and Copyblogger).

Though Twitter has around 200 million users, the report found that 50% of tweets (there are around 140 million sent each day) are generated by 20,000 “elite” users, or less than .05% of all users. A 2009 Harvard study drew a similar conclusion, reporting that just 10% of Twitter’s users produced 90% of the service’s tweets.

Read the full story at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/28/twitter-study-statistics_n_841666.html

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