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1 in 5 people now has a Twitter account (and 10 per cent still have a Bebo page)

An Ipsos MRBI poll has found that more than half of the population has a Facebook page – and one third use no social networking sites at all.

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THE NUMBER OF people with a Twitter account in Ireland has surged significantly with more than one in five people – 22 per cent of the population – now reporting to have an account with the site.

The figure is an increase of seven percentage points on the last time the survey was carried out earlier this year.

The Ipsos MRBI survey of social network usage found that Facebook remains the largest social network in Ireland by far.

56 per cent of the population over the age of 15 now has a Facebook account – an increase of three percentage points on the last time the survey was carried out in May.

After Facebook and Twitter, professional networking site LinkedIn is the third most popular social networking site in Ireland at 18 per cent.

Somewhat surprisingly, 16 per cent of the population has a Google+ account, while 10 per cent of the population has a Bebo account.

Just 1 per cent of people have a Foursquare account.

More than one third of people – 36 per cent of people – are not a member of any social networking site. That figure has dropped by six percentage points since May 2012, showing the increasing number of people who are joining up to the sites.

The survey was carried out by Ipsos Mori which has been tracking social networking account ownership and usage in Ireland on a quarterly basis since February 2011.

The proportion of the population with any social networking account has increase from 58 per cent in May of this year to 63 per cent in August when the survey was conducted.

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