Social Networking Fact Sheet
Highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to social networking
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Facebook Remains Dominant Social Networking Platform
71% of online adults now use Facebook, making it the most widely used social network. Some 42% of online adults now use multiple social networking sites.
News Consumption Varies Across Social Networking Sites
Which social networking sites generate the highest—and lowest—levels of news consumption? How do their audiences differ from each other and where do they overlap?
8% of U.S. Adults Get News Through Twitter
Compared with the 30% of Americans who get news on Facebook, Twitter news consumers stand out as younger, more mobile and more highly educated. 85% of Twitter news consumers get news at least sometimes on mobile.
For Twitter’s IPO, will hope count for more than cash?
Twitter’s large and continuing losses distinguish it from other recent high-profile technology IPOs.
More Share Photos and Videos Online
About half of internet users have posted their own or others’ photos or videos online. Cell phones and smartphones have given rise to photo- and video-sharing apps: 18% of cell owners use Instagram and 9% use Snapchat.
News Finds Americans on Facebook
Roughly one in three U.S. adults get news on Facebook, though more than three-quarters of them see that news when they are on the site for other reasons.
Infographic: The Facebook News Experience
On Facebook, the largest social media platform, news is a common but incidental experience, according to an initiative of Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Video: The Rise of Online Video
A report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project finds that online video is growing. 78% of online adults watch or download videos online, up from 69% in 2009, and the share of internet users who upload or post video online has doubled from 14% in 2009 to 31% today.
Posting Videos Online a Fast-Growing Trend
31% of American adult internet users have posted videos online, double the percentage in 2009. The share of online adults who watch or download videos has also grown, and mobile phones have become a key part of the video viewing and creating experience.
On Twitter: Dueling views on the shutdown and Obamacare
Two separate, but related conversations have been prominent on Twitter—one about the government shutdown and the other about President Obama’s health care law, the landmark legislation at the heart of the Congressional impasse that triggered the shutdown.