Top Countries on Twitter
Slate - 01/10/2014
A recent paper by six analysts from Northeastern University published on PLOS Onesifts through a sample of 380 million tweets between October 2010 and May 2012 to identify a number of geographic and linguistic trends. The tweets—which were restricted to tweets sent by smartphones including GPS location data—came from more than 6 million users in 191 countries.
Kuwait’s dominance jibes with other data indicating it has the highest Twitter penetration rate in the Middle East, though when measured by proportion of Internet users, Saudis are by far the world’s most active tweeters. Twitter use has been politically fraught in Kuwait in recent months, with one man sentenced to five years in prison last November for comments deemed religiously offensive.