Twice as many Twitter users prefer real name to a pseudonym

on May 27 in Twitter posted by

In a poll conducted by TwitterThoughts, results suggest that people who use Twitter prefer to use their real name at twice the frequency of people who use a pseudonym or avatar name.

Although the sample size is relatively small (N=24), the results seem clear. In answering the question, “What name do you use on Twitter?” 14 respondents selected “real name” compared with 7 who selected “avatar or pretend name.” (3 respondents claimed not to use Twitter.)

The 2 to 1 ratio is clear enough, but what’s the reason? We’ll be conducting future surveys to answer that question. (Any psychologists want to hypothesize?!) 

(Answer the poll.)

2 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Most people wouldn’t consider 24 to be a large enough sample size to draw any conclusions from.

    Comment by vinnie — May 27, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

  2. Thanks vinnie. Satistically speaking, 24 is a small sample size. However, it is incorrect to assume that it is too small a number to draw conclusions from. It all depends on the true population size. Admittedly, 24 is a tiny sample of the Twitter population, but a 2 to 1 difference with this many responses is suggestive, which is the point of the post.

    Comment by Roger — May 28, 2008 @ 1:48 pm

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