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Why Twitter should pay more attention to Africa

06/04/2016

Twitter users in Africa are five times more likely to use the micro-blogging service to voice their political views than they are (...)
Twitter users in Africa are five times more likely to use the micro-blogging service to voice their political views than they are in the US and the UK, a new study reveals. An analysis of 1.6 billion geo-located tweets and the top 5,000 hashtags showed that one in 10 of the most popular topics were along political lines, compared with one in 50 for both Britain and America. While tweets about entertainment and celebrity culture were the most common conversations had online in Africa, there has been a 10 percent increase in discussions around politics, according to Portland, a London… This story continues at The Next Web Twitter users in Africa are five times more likely to use the micro-blogging service to voice their political views than they are in the US and the UK, a new study reveals. An analysis of 1.6 billion geo-located tweets and the top 5,000 hashtags showed that one in 10 of the most popular topics were along political lines, compared with one in 50 for both Britain and America. While tweets about entertainment and celebrity culture were the most common conversations had online in Africa, there has been a 10 percent increase in discussions around politics, according to Portland, a London… This story continues at The Next Web
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