Twitter Research Shows Men Follow Men, Nobody Tweets

09/16/2009 04:59 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Twitter has attracted tremendous attention from the media and celebrities, but there is much uncertainty about Twitter's purpose. Is Twitter a communications service for friends and groups, a means of expressing yourself freely, or simply a marketing tool?

Harvard Business School Researchers examined the activity of a random sample of 300,000 Twitter users in May 2009 to find out how people are using the service. They then compared their findings to activity on other social networks and online content production venues. Their findings are very surprising.