19 Aug 2012

The Top 20 Countries And Cities On Twitter

By Shea Bennett at Media Bistro:
Did you know that Twitter recently surpassed 500 million registered users?

Yep. Half a billion. Impressive, right? That’s half as big as Facebook. Except… it isn’t.

That number should be quite a bit higher by now, but it hasn’t leapt up to 500 million, which was the figure proposed by Semiocast in their study. Which means that (approximately, and assuming growth over the past six months in actives) around two-thirds of Twitter’s total user tally is made up of inactive accounts.

Semiocast used their “proprietary platform, databases and tools” to process user profiles to determine the location of each user. And the winner? The USA, whose 141.8 million accounts represents 27.4 percent of all Twitter users, good enough to finish well ahead of Brazil, Japan, the UK and Indonesia.

Semiocast notes that while Japan lost its second-place ranking to Brazil, recording the slowest growth of all countries in the top 50, Japan remains the second most-active country in terms of posted tweets, behind the USA. Japanese is the second most-used language on Twitter.
In terms of cities, Jakarta finished first ahead of Tokyo, London, Sao Paulo and New York.

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