This Is Who Uses Twitter (And Why)

Recently, we shared a post about how teachers and students have differing perceptions of various social media platforms. While the feelings on some of the platforms varied markedly (Facebook is much more popular with teachers and the generally ‘older’ crowd, while Snapchat is the social media platform of choice among the younger students), Twitter held its own and remained pretty well-used across the board.

While teachers and students likely aren’t using Twitter for the same reason (unless you’re employing it in your classroom), it is well rounded enough to have something for everyone. Different hashtag chats and a ton of different people talking about lots of different types of things means that you can occupy your own little corner of the Twitterverse without bumping into your students (and vice versa).

That said, it should come as no surprise that Twitter is really popular with….well, just about everyone on the internet. The handy infographic below takes a look at just how used Twitter actually is. Some of the numbers are pretty staggering! Keep reading to learn more.

If Tweets Were Birds, We’d All Be In Trouble!

Imagine: if every tweet were a bird, we would probably all be carrying umbrellas to keep ourselves clean while we walked outside!

  • Every day, 135,000 new Twitter accounts are registered
  • Every second, 9,100 tweets are tweeted
  • There are 2.1 billion searches performed every day on Twitter

There are many popular hashtags used weekly, which many users employ to extend the reach of their tweets. The use of these hashtags ranges from about 3 million to 32 million – that’s a lot of people!

  • Monday – #ManCrushMonday
  • Tuesday – #transformationtuesday
  • Wednesday – #wbw or #waybackwednesday
  • Thursday – #tbt or #throwbackthursday
  • Friday – #ff or #followfriday
  • Satuday – #saturdaynight or #saturdaymorning or #saturday
  • Sunday – #selfiesunday




  1. Eva O'Mara

    October 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

    We educators are having such a difficult time “making peace” with social media and its uses within the confines of the school day. Is it a control issue, a fear of litigation issue or a lack of understanding its power issue?

  2. Barney

    November 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    The infographic above shows just how trivial, superficial, and meaningless Twitter has become. The information being transmitted is mostly self-promoting and does little to establish relationships or nurture learning. Educators must find a better avenue to capture social media as a learning tool.

  3. Joe

    December 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    “Just about everyone on the internet” uses twitter. According to twitter’s own stats, 90.4% of internet users do not use Twitter. You may want to look at some better empirical research to make such bold statements on an education geared website ;)

  4. Joe

    December 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I agree with the comment that educators are having a difficult time making peace with social media. That is the way it should be. Most school systems lock it out because it is social media and not educational media. Social media sites have no place in the classroom setting unless it is being studied. It is too much of a distraction for kids and nothing but ad factories for selling items. I own stock in both twitter and facebook. This is what they are about. That is how they make money, by selling ads. There is already other software and avenues put in place for education. I do not want my child using social sites in school. She is a straight A student and she also has no interest in social sites. That is by her own choice. She thinks it is stupid and a distraction of time to where she could be learning. It is fine for her to use outside of the classroom.