September 21, 2009
Despite all of the recent hype in the media about Twitter, its valuation at $1 Billion and an injection of $50 Million in funding, around 49% of Americans know little to nothing about Twitter and of those that are familiar with the micro-blogging phenomenon only 3% consider it to be a reliable source of news. These figures compiled in a survey conducted by the First Amendment Center indicate that Twitter may have difficulty shedding its fad status. Only 1% of those surveyed claimed to have learned of major news events from Twitter and another 1% from social networking sites.
TV was still number one as a news provider with radio, newspapers and search sites coming in a distant second.
The survey provides stats on numerous questions posed to respondents and can be read online at: