Hashtag use of major American news outlets on Twitter 2011

This statistic deals with the use of hastags in tweets produced by major American media outlets. In the study period, Fox News used hashtags in 50 percent of its tweets.

Percentage of tweets by American media outlets that contain hashtags 2011

Percentage of tweets
The Daily Caller57%
Fox News50%
The Blade (Toledo)44%
The Arizona Republic39%
The Washington Post21%
ABC News20%
USA Today9%
The Huffington Post5%
The Wall Street Journal4%
The New York Times2%
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Release date

November 2011


United States

Survey time period

February 14-20, 2011

Supplementary notes

Researchers examined the Twitter feeds of 13 major U.S. news sources at three levels, including the main feed representing the news outlet (like @washingtonpost) as well as the feeds of the individual journalists who had the largest number of Twitter followers. In all, then, 37 different Twitter feeds were studied. A total of 3,646 tweets were examined from the week of February 14-20, 2011 (2,969 main organizational tweets and 677 journalist tweets.) In addition, that content was compared with 972 stories found on the original platforms of those news outlets from the same week.

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