Survey Results: 11 Questions About Twitter and Trade Unions

Key points:

LabourStart conducted this survey from 15 - 22 October 2009.

1,593 trade unionists from around the world responded.

The largest groups of respondents came from the United Kingdom (360), Canada (333), the USA (305) and Australia (270).

As the survey was conducted only in English, unsurprisingly over 98% of those responding said they understood English. Other languages they speak included French (17.2%) and Spanish (10.2%).

Less than a third of those responding have an account with Twitter (31.1%). Only 9.1% frequently send out tweets while 15.4% sometimes send them.

Only 99 of them often tweet about trade union issues and double that number sometimes do so.

40 of them say they've signed up to the union twitterers' group (twibe) while 285 said they'd never heard of it but would sign up now. (This resulted in considerable growth for the group.)

Only 5.1% of the respondents frequently "re-tweet" (forward on other people's messages) and an even smaller number (only 1.8%) do this for tweets sent out by LabourStart.

A majority -- 56% -- do not know if their union uses Twitter. 29.2% say their union does not, while less than 15% say their union does.

The respondents use other social networks as well, including Facebook (75.7%), YouTube (37.1%), UnionBook (18.1%) and Flickr (11.7%). The number using other social networks like Bebo, MySpace, Delicious, Second Life and Digg was tiny -- below 6%.

834 of the respondents -- more than half -- left messages with more detailed responses.

To see the full results of the survey, click here.

To return to the LabourStart website, click here.