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Twitter and Instagram grow in popularity during 2013

Recent surveys note that usage of these two specialized social networking sites are growing.  Both are popular resources for younger users.

http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/all-cool-kids-their-money-prefer-twitter-facebook-another-study-8C11465794

QUOTE: We’re almost 10 years old so we’re definitely not a niche thing any more so that kind of angle for coolness is done for us,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said just last month at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Facebook, in its July report to stockholders, noted that losing younger Facebook members to competing social networks is a known problem.  Now there’s even more statistics to support what you and Zuck already know in your heart: Twitter toppled Facebook as “most important” social site among teens, making the former long-standing champion No. 2. That’s according to the semi-annual teen market report from investment management firm Piper Jaffray.

With 26 percent of the teens surveyed choosing Twitter, and 23 percent going with Facebook, the difference doesn’t seem like a big one, until you notice how far Facebook’s fallen since its all time high of 42 percent teen preference, way way back in 2012. (About 200 years in Internet time.) If this all seems freakishly familiar, it’s because Pew Research offered up similar stats in its May report on teens and social media, noting a “waning enthusiasm” for Facebook among U.S. teens. Instagram — that’s the third most important social media site for teens, according Piper Jaffray. With 23 percent of teens surveyed choosing Instagram as No. 1, the photo-sharing social service is up from 17 percent in Spring, neck-and-neck with its new owner and growing fast

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