Nearly 9 in 10 Twitter users in the study (86 percent) said they use Twitter for news, and the vast majority of those (74 percent) do so daily.
    
The study, which involved an online survey of more than 4,700 social media users, found that Twitter users tend to be heavier news consumers than other social media users.
    
Almost all Twitter users are also consumers of other forms of news media, according to the survey carried by the American Press Institute and Twitter in collaboration with research firm DB5.
    
While Twitter users follow news in general on the service, and sometimes do so just as a way of passing time, they act differently when they are following breaking news, becoming even more participatory - commenting, posting and sharing at moments when events are moving fastest.
    
The researchers surveyed 3,713 Twitter users and, for comparison, a separate sample of 1,000 social media users in US, including 469 who were not on Twitter.
    
The findings come at time when Twitter is increasing its emphasis on news and making tweaks that may affect publishers' strategies. Three quarters of Twitter news users follow individual journalists, writers and commentators and nearly two thirds follow institutional accounts.
    
Twitter users also are very likely to discover new journalists and writers and consequently follow their work, often on other platforms beyond Twitter.

 

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