With the launch of my new favorite Twitter app, Tweetie for the Mac yesterday, I wanted to see how successful it could be. Damon Cortesi, who runs TweetStats.com, stated he was seeing Tweetie (the number one iPhone app for Twitter) give TweetDeck, the current number one Twitter client, a run for its money. (Literally, considering Tweetie costs $14.95 and TweetDeck is free) After doing an informal poll via Twitter, I decided to create a SocialToo SocialSurvey around the question, and sent it to my Twitter followers.
From the poll, which is still running, at the time of this writing out of 138 people, 76 (55%) of people on Twitter use a Mac. 46 (33%) use a PC, a far drop behind. 15 (10%) use Linux, and just one uses another OS besides PC or Mac. These stats would explain the popularity of a client like Tweetie, which runs just for Mac and iPhone.
We discussed this on FriendFeed. The comments there ranged anywhere from those that were solely on a PC or a Mac, to those that used to be on a PC, but now were on a Mac. Others use the iPhone or a Blackberry mostly to access Twitter. Regardless, those that commented were still overwhelmingly Mac.
So it begs the question, with the new influx of celebrities and mainstream media on Twitter, will it continue to be this way? Mac owners are often the early adopters, those willing to try new things out. Will the PC eventually take over Twitter? It will be interesting to watch, and maybe in a few months I’ll try this SocialSurvey again. I’ll try a few other questions I think after this – what would you like to learn about Twitter users that we could poll on SocialToo?
In the meantime, please check out Tweetie Desktop for the Mac! It’s clean, elegant, and very worth the price. You can read more of Louis Gray’s review of it here.