Summary of Preliminary Findings of Nepal Twitter Users Survey

Center for Media Research – Nepal marked the World Press Freedom Day 2013 by releasing the summary of the preliminary findings of the Nepal Twitter Users Survey.

The Day is being marked around the world in theme: “Safe to Speak: Ensuring Freedom of Expression in All Media” that also include the free and nonrestrictive access to Internet.

Nepal Twitter Users Survey 2013

(Preliminary Report Highlights)

* Please note that the highlights presented in this document is based on the preliminary data analysis of the survey. The final report may be slightly different.

THE SURVEY

The survey was conducted online in March, 2013. A total of 1,008 responses were received, out of which only 625 complete responses were considered valid and analyzed.

DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION OF RESPONDENTS

Out of 625 respondents, 13% were females and 87% were males.

Most of the Twitter users are between 20 to 35 years old (86%). More than 35% are of 26 to 30 years old, 31% are of 20 to 25 years old, and 20% are 30 to 35 years old. The number of teen-age users is 4% whereas 11% were more than 35%.

27% of Twitter users is employed or freelancing professionals followed by 16% of those falling int he group of journalist/advocate/activist; 27% of students, 13% privately employed and

SUMMARY OF THE FINDINGS

  • One in 10 people maintain multiple Twitter accounts.
  • Three-fourth of Nepali Twitter users tweets from within Nepal – most from Kathmandu (68%) followed by Lalitpur (7%), Bhaktapur (4%), Chitwan (3%) and Kaski (2%).
  • Among the Twitter users tweeting from outside Nepal, most reside in USA / Canada (20%), Europe (16%), India (12%) and Arab countries (12%).
  • Three out of four Twitter users use both Nepali and English language while tweeting while around 12% tweets in Nepal and 12% in English.
  • 15% of Nepali Twitter users have never uploaded photo on Twitter. Only 7% of those uploading photo do it regularly otherwise two-third of users uploading photos do it rarely.
  • Most popular topic to tweet are: social issues (44%), interesting news (42%), political (37%), issues related to profession (26%) and media issues (23%). But mostly Twitter users tweet anything they find ok to tweet (48%).
  • Most Twitter users use it for news and information (85%), to understand public opinion on current news (59%), for gossiping (56%), to express feeling (50%), for networking (46%), for professional works (31%) and to spend leisure time (30%).
  • Most Twitter users believe (89%) that Twitter is a strong medium of communication.
  • More than 71% of Twitter users believe that Twitter can bring social and/or political changes while 12% disagree that.
  • More than 71% users disagree that Twitter is nothing serious and is just for fun. Only 14% believe that it is just for fun.
  • Many users (43%) believe many users are using Twitter in wrong ways.
  • 84% of users believe celebrities and politicians can benefits by joining Twitter and they should join the micro-blogging platform.
  • 36% of users either do not believe or are neutral on Twitter’s status as public opinion platform.
  • The psychology of Twitter users:
    • 19% don’t feel good when someone doesn’t follow back.
    • 42% don’t like when the person they mention doesn’t reply.
    • 24% believe those who follow a few are proud.
    • 68% don’t care about retweets/favorites.
    • 64% follow a few good users and read many of their tweets.
    • 63% feel gratified when others follow or retweet or mention them.
    • 69% like to write good tweets than tweets that may increase their followers.
    • 59% retweet almost all tweets they like.

More about World Press Freedom Day at UNESCO website & download the summary of preliminary findings in PDF.

Twitter Users Survey launched

Center for Media Research – Nepal launched the Nepal Twitter Users Survey 2013 on March 13.

The baseline research that aims to chart out use of Twitter in Nepal is being carried out by Ujjwal Acharya. The survey went live on CMR-Nepal website and will remain live for anyone using Twitter to fill and submit.

The survey consists of four parts and 20 questions. Do feel free to spend five minutes for it if you use Twitter. The report of the survey is expected to be published by end of April, 2013 and will be freely available at CMR-Nepal website.

Click here to access the survey!

CMR-Nepal announces first fellows

Center for Media Research – Nepal today announced the first batch of research fellows under the CMR-Nepal Research Support Program 2013.

The first batch of CMR-Nepal fellows are: Prakash Acharya (senior fellow), Mukunda Nepal & Sudeep Uprety (Fellows) and Umesh Shrestha & Rajneesh Bhandari (Researcher Fellows).

Prakash Acharya, a media lecturer at the Central Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Tribhuvan University, will be the fellow under CMR-Nepal Media Research Partnership Program.

Acharya will be conducting a research on use of anonymous sources in Nepali newspapers. Under the program, CMR-Nepal will support his research activities.

Similarly, Mukunda Nepal of Ratna Rajya Laxmi College and Sudeep Uprety, a student of peace and conflict studies, have been named the fellows under CMR-Nepal Media Research Mentorship Program.

Nepal will be writing a Masters level thesis on social media’s role in agenda setting for mainstream media particularly analyzing journalists’ use of information on social media. Project co-ordinator Rishikesh Dahal will be acting as Nepal’s mentor to guide him during his research activities.

Uprety will analyze the media’s discourse on security issues. Uprety will be mentored by Bhuwan KC, a faculty at Madan Bhandari Memorial College.Continue reading

Pre-registration open for Digital Journalism training

Center for Media Research – Nepal will conduct series of training sessions on ‘Digital Journalism for Journalists’ in 2013. To participate in the course, please pre-register yourself. Your pre-registration will also help us to customize the course according to your need.

First five-day training session is planned for February, 2013.

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Office opened in Kathmandu

Center for Media Research – Nepal (CMR-Nepal) opened its Kathmandu office at Anamnagar, Kathmandu amidst a family ceremony on November 13.

On the day of Laxmi Puja, according to Hindu calendar, the office was inaugurated by carrying out a formal puja. The office will function as the secretariat of CMR-Nepal and the projects that the research institution aims to carry out in 2013 including the CMR-Nepal Media Research Support Project.

All CMR-Nepal members, their family and central committee member of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Prakash Thapa attended the opening ceremony.