How Africa Tweets

Africa outstrips US and UK in using Twitter for political conversation

Portland analysed 1.6 billion geolocated tweets and the top 5,000 hashtags on the continent as part of our latest “How Africa Tweets” report.

Mark Flanagan, Senior Partner for Content and Digital Strategy, notes that, “our previous studies showed that Twitter in Africa was much more of a space for social interaction or frivolous banter. This study, our third, demonstrates that the platform is coming of age with the prevalence of serious debate about politics and government.”

The report also consists of 12 case studies and an interactive infographic, which both give fresh insight on polemical topics, like how Twitter ignites debate on terrorism in Africa, the Ebola emergency crisis response, economic development and more.

Feel free to explore our interactive infographic and read our case studies on how #AfricaTweets via

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