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I don't think the "younger" age groups (generalising here) really see the value in Twitter like they do for Facebook. Almost all of my friends aged 20-28 don't use Twitter actively mainly because they would just prefer to use Facebook as "thats where everyone is".

I never thought Twitter would take off quite like Facebook did which has become a monster of sorts!



I think Facebook is exceptional (IMHO it is the monopoly eqivalent of Google, Amazon and eBay), but Twitter may(/will) be under-represented by the prevalence of 3rd party non-web based applications that people use to access it.


The general point stands - Facebook is here to stay (though how people use it is likely to keep on shifting and changing). It should be said though that Facebook's own search system is so abominable that google works for it as a kind of auxiliary search - it's often easier to find someone on FB via google than via the site itself.

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