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The number of US consumers who say they are aware of Twitter has surged to 87% in 2010, up from 26% a year earlier; but despite that near-ubiquitous awareness, just 7% of the population—approximately 17 million Americans—use Twitter, according to a survey from Edison Research and Arbitron.

By comparison, 88% of surveyed consumers age 12+ say they are aware of Facebook, and 41% maintain a profile page on Facebook, roughly six times more than those who use Twitter; however, active Twitter users—those who access the site at least once a month—are over three times as likely as other social network users to follow brands: 51% vs. 16%, Edison and Arbitron found.

Below, other findings from the study, Twitter Usage In America: 2010, derived from the Edison Research/Arbitron Internet and Multimedia Series.

Social networks have become mainstream for Americans: 48% of consumers age 12+ say they maintain a profile on a least one social networking site, compared with 34% a year earlier.

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