Infographic: Third-Party Mobile Twitter Clients by the Numbers

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Nearly half (about 43 percent) of all Twitter users access the service through one of the many mobile platforms currently available. Those platforms are also the origin point for a similar percentage (42) of all tweets sent out, so it makes sense that Twitter, which has built the biggest data hog of a mobile application (using more than 193 KB of data, it's also probably the slowest on most smartphones), recently acquired TweetDeck. TweetDeck uses only 86 KB of data and is one of the most popular third-party apps in use.

If you're worried about draining the battery on your iPhone, you're going to want to access Twitter through the app that uses the least amount of data. And if you're not on an unlimited data plan, Twitter's client will cost you more than twice as much as TweetDeck to use. That's why Onavo, which is an application that aims to reduce your iPhone data usage, spent time creating this infographic highlighting data efficiency among Twitter clients.

Infographics are always a bit of a hodgepodge of statistics culled from a variety of sources. Here, we sort through the clutter and pull out some of our favorite facts and figures:

  • About 34 percent of iPhone owners in Spain use Twitter apps. In Israel and Switzerland, only six percent of iPhone owners use Twitter apps. In the United States, it's 22 percent of iPhone owners.
  • Sixty-five percent of iPhone owners who use Twitter on their smartphones prefer the official app. Eight percent of iPhone Twitter users prefer TweetDeck and another eight percent prefer TweetBot. EchoFon has captured four percent of the market, leaving 15 percent of iPhone Twitter users for other clients.
  • TweetDeck is the most data efficient Twitter app for iPhone.

Check out more Infographics on the Technology Channel.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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