LinkedIn, Pinterest more popular than Twitter: study

SAN FRANCISCO Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:56pm EST

A person holds a magnifying glass over a computer screen displaying Twitter logos, in this picture illustration taken in Skopje September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

A person holds a magnifying glass over a computer screen displaying Twitter logos, in this picture illustration taken in Skopje September 10, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - More U.S. adults use LinkedIn and Pinterest than Twitter, but that website attracts a greater proportion of blacks and young adults than do its social media peers, a Pew Research Center study released on Monday showed.

Photo pin-up site Pinterest spiked in popularity over the past year, according to the survey, a poll of 1,445 Internet users aged 18 and older. About 21 percent of respondents said they employ the service, up sharply from 15 percent in a similar survey conducted a year ago.

The figure was 22 percent for LinkedIn and 18 percent for Twitter, holding roughly steady from a year ago. About 29 percent of the blacks surveyed by Pew made use of Twitter, well above 16 percent for whites and Hispanics, the study showed. (r.reuters.com/fyc75v)

Twitter ranks higher than Pinterest in terms of engagement, however: 46 percent of users surveyed go onto the online messaging service daily, versus 23 percent for Pinterest and just 13 percent for LinkedIn.

Industry experts have said Twitter is less intuitive than Facebook and thus can turn off users, curtailing its growth as a mainstream social media platform.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in October, 36 percent of 1,067 people who have joined Twitter say they do not use it, and 7 percent say they have shut their account. In contrast, only 7 percent of 2,449 Facebook members report not using the online social network, and 5 percent say they have shut down their account.

The Pew study polled users of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest - five of the largest U.S. social media services.

About 71 percent of respondents said they used Facebook, up from 67 percent a year earlier and granting it the highest popularity ranking. But some analysts speculate that younger users are gravitating away from Facebook, the world's largest social network, and toward newer services such as SnapChat or Instagram.

"Facebook is the dominant social networking platform in the number of users, but a striking number of users are now diversifying onto other platforms," the Pew study read.

"Pinterest holds particular appeal to female users (women are four times as likely as men to be Pinterest users), and LinkedIn is especially popular among college graduates and Internet users in higher-income households."

(Reporting by Eddie Chan; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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Comments (5)
WilSpeaking wrote:
I have yet to use Twitter but am on Facebook and Google+ frequently, LinkedIn occasionally and I keep getting emails to “come back” to MySpace.

Dec 30, 2013 8:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dd606 wrote:
Social sites are just going to be like virtual night clubs… One minute the cool kids are there, then they’re onto something else eventually. Has happened to every web community that’s existed. They have no true substance, other than being able to say people are there. Once the people leave, it’s worthless. Not exactly the greatest things to invest in.

Dec 31, 2013 1:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
Matt8260 wrote:
The author fails to mention that Twitter’s growth rate is double Facebook. I personally think FB is dying and that Twitter working with Comcast and Apple will be here in 10 years. There is just too much news and media available @ Twitter to ignore. I’m going to bet whoever wrote this is white, over 50, and male. ;)

Dec 31, 2013 6:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
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