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Trove of status update stats from Pew report

A new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project provides a trove of data and insight into social media use, status updates, and Twitter use. “For now, it is clear
that a ‘social segment’ of internet users is flocking to both social network sites and
status update services,” the report says. “This segment is likely to grow as ever more internet users adopt mobile devices as a primary means of going online.”

We’ve got five interesting stats and data points from the report, which is available at the Pew Internet and American Life Project website.

  1. Status updates
    The report says 19% of Internet users employ Twitter or other services for status updates, up from 11% in surveys from earlier this year.
  2. Ages of social media fans
    According to Pew, “The median age of a Twitter user is 31, which has remained stable over the past year. The median age for MySpace is now 26, down from 27 in May 2008, and the median age for LinkedIn is now 39, down from 40. Facebook, however, is graying a bit: the median age for this social network site is now 33, up from 26 in May 2008.”
  3. Mobile access
    People with wireless access of one sort or another, whether it’s on a phone or laptop, are a lot more likely to use Twitter and similar services—25% of these users, compared to 8% “who rely exclusively on tethered access.”
  4. More devices, more contact
    “Fully 39% of internet users with four or more internet-connected devices” use Twitter, compared to 10% of internet users with one device.
  5. LinkedIn users are old
    Well, sort of. While the median age for MySpace is 26, the age for LinkedIn is now 39. And Facebook users are getting older, on average; the median age is now 33, up from 26 in May 2008.

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