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Urban Social Media Demographics

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Social media has become increasingly ubiquitous in our daily lives. Despite the prominence of social media, most literature does not highlight regional and sociodemographic characteristics. This article explores the intersections between place, race/ethnicity, and gender amongst American Twitter users. There is a paucity of work on the popular micro-blogging platform, but demographic analyses remain lacking. Using tweets from 50 of the most populated cities in the United States, we explored how age, gender, and race/ethnicity contribute to our understanding of urban Twitter use. By observing the inter-tweet interval (the time between tweets) of random users and individuals who tweet the most, we discovered that young, black and female users are the most active users within our data.

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