Research: South Africans Most Active Tweeters

Published January 26, 2012 11:54AM (EST)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — New Research shows young people tweeting from Blackberries and iPhones are driving the growth of Twitter in Africa with South Africans by far the most vociferous.

Kenya-based Portland Communications and Tweetminster published the research Thursday indicating Twitter in Africa is widely used for social conversation and is fast becoming an important source of information.

The companies analyzed more than 11.5 million geographically pinpointed tweets originating on the continent during the last three months of 2011.

Research said that South Africans were the most prolific, followed by Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt and Morocco.

African Tweeters averaged 20 to 29 years, compared to 39 worldwide.

The companies said few African business and political leaders have joined the continent's Twittersphere.

By Salon Staff

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