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Twitter's most active country is China


It's not much of a surprise when China tops a "world's most" list since it does, after all, have the biggest population. It is, however, intriguing that a new study discovered that China is the most active country for Twitter, as the service is blocked there.

Twitter has been inaccessible in China to the average Internet user for over three years now. Netizens can, however, make use of tools such as VPNs to 'jump' the so-called Great Firewall to gain access to it. It's also possible in some cases to post to Twitter via a third-party service that hasn't attracted the government's ban hammer.

Emarketer reported figures from GlobalWebIndex's Social Platforms Report that showed 35.5 million users were active on Twitter in the second quarter of this year. India came in second with 33 million active users, followed by the US with 22.9 million. The research firm counted active users as those who had "used or contributed to the platform at least once a month."


GlobalWebIndex estimated there were 124 million users that posted to the service during the quarter and 262 million who could be counted as active. That compares to 400 million Facebook users who posted during the period and 653 million active users on that service.

Meanwhile, Chinese social networking services made a strong showing in the report. After Facebook and Google+, three China-only platforms rounded out the top five. Tencent's Qzone came in third with an estimated reach of almost 20 percent of the global Internet population. Sina Weibo came next, followed by Tencent Weibo.

With unprecedented numbers of new Internet users across Asia, the region has come to dominate the global social scene. The continent recently became the largest market for Facebook, despite only having 6.26 percent penetration. That's also without much help from China, where the service is blocked.

Among global social platforms, Twitter came in sixth with an estimated reach of about 16 percent of the world's online population. With the exception of ninth-placed LinkedIn, the remaining services in the top ten were China-only (Renren, Kaixin and

See also: This brilliant TED video explains China's Internet censorship regime

Image credits: Kimihiro Hoshino / AFP / Getty Images, eMarketer

(hat tip Justin Flitter)

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