JULY 28, 2009
Updating status = self-promotion?
What drives people to tweet?
In addition, 29.1% used it to update their status, 25.8% to find news and stay updated, 21.7% for work purposes and 9.4% for research.
Men and women both used Twitter primarily to keep in touch with friends. Secondarily, men were interested in finding news and women in updating their status.
Users under age 35 were more interested in broadcasting their status than their senior counterparts. Older users were more likely to use the service for work-related purposes.
The average Twitter user interacted primarily with friends and family.
Next-most-popular were celebrities, bloggers, TV shows, co-workers, brands and journalists.
More women interacted with friends, family and celebrities than men, but men were more likely to follow bloggers.
Older users trailed younger ones in interaction with every Twitter user type except journalists and brands.
Who can Twitter users blame for their addiction? One-half of tweeters said a friend or family member introduced them to the site and 33% were hooked by a co-worker.