This Week On Twitter: Infographics = Retweets, Twitter’s Top Countries And Your Social Personality

Need a little weekend reading? We’ve compiled our top ten Twitter stories of the week, which includes a report that shows how infographics are wildly popular on Twitter, the top twenty countries and cities on Twitter, what social media reveals about your personality, how social networking is making a big impact on small business and a day in the life of Twitter.

Here are our top 10 Twitter stories of the week.

1. Infographics Shared On Twitter Get 832% More Retweets Than Images And Articles [INFOGRAPHIC]

We sure do love our infographics here at AllTwitter. And this one’s a prime specimen of just how entwined infographics are in social media: it explores how popular infographics are compared to other types of posts on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.

2. REVEALED: The Top 20 Countries And Cities On Twitter [STATS]

Did you know that Twitter recently surpassed 500 million registered users? Yep. Half a billion. Impressive, right? That’s half as big as Facebook. Except… it isn’t. Around two-thirds of Twitter’s total user tally is made up of inactive accounts.

3. What Does Your Favourite Social Network Tell us About Your Personality? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Two-thirds of online adults use one of the top three social networks – Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – and, because your typical user is so prolific in the content they share and engage with on these platforms, we can easily learn an enormous amount about their personalities.

4. Social Media Is Making A Big Impact On Small Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that 73 percent of small businesses are now using social media? Furthermore, four fifths (81 percent) of these plan to further increase their social marketing efforts, and 62 percent of SMBs not currently using these channels have said that they plan to do so in the next year. Facebook leads the way, with 82 percent of social small businesses utilising this platform, ahead of YouTube (73 percent), Twitter (47 percent) and LinkedIn (47 percent).

5. How Are Healthcare Professionals Using Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that a recent study of 1,229 U.S. hospitals revealed that 814 had Twitter accounts? That sounds pretty impressive, but it placed Twitter just third in the survey amongst the major social networks. Surprisingly, Foursquare (946 accounts) bagged the second spot, with Facebook (1068 Pages) comfortably leading the way.

6. A Day In The Life Of Twitter [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that 36 percent of all links shared on Twitter are images, with two in five (40 percent) pointing at Twitter’sinternal photo sharer? This data comes courtesy of Diffbot, who analyzed 750,000 links posted to Twitter in order to answer three simple questions: what are we sharing, which sites are we using and what languages are being used?

7. From Friendster To Facebook – Social Media And The Internet 10 Years Later [INFOGRAPHIC]

Ten years is long time in anyone’s life, but it’s an eternity on the internet. Back in 2002, the internet had 569 million users – 9.1 percent of the global population – who spent, on average, just 46 minutes a day online. Today, that figure is up to 2.27 billion, – one in every third person worldwide – spending an average of four hours a day. And it’s easy to see why: websites in 2002, well, sucked. Relatively there was hardly any of them, and those we used were, looking back, pretty awful. Internet Explorer completely dominated the browser space, and the world of social networking basically came down to a single, innovative platform, Friendster. How much has changed in ten years?

8. The 7 Side Effects Of Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]