Teens on Social Networks: Facebook Wins, But Twitter Is Narrowing the Gap

Teens on social networksA recent Piper Jaffray survey of American teens revealed that Facebook is still the most popular social network among this age group – but Twitter is following close behind.  Teens were asked to rank social networks in order of preference (from 1 to 3) from a list including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.

Out of the 7,700 teens surveyed:

  • Facebook was first choice for 3,280
  • Twitter was first choice for 2,118
  • Instagram came in 1st for 928 teens
  • Google+ was 1st for 430 teens
  • LinkedIn was listed as first choice by just 5 teens

The results for second-choice votes were more surprising: Twitter (1,874) and Instagram (1,680) both outranked Facebook (1,580) when it came to second-choice votes (Mashable).

As third choice, Google+ beat out Twitter, but was still behind Facebook and Instagram.

What do you think?  Will Facebook maintain its top spot – and will any of the smaller social networks begin to rival second-place Twitter among this demographic?