Not that Twitter's asking, but in case you wondered, no one is willing to pay for the microblogging service.

This, according to the University of Southern California Annenberg School For Communication And Journalism's Digital Future Study, released last week, which reported that zero percent of those surveyed would pay to tweet.

"Twitter has no plans to charge its users, but this result illustrates, beyond any doubt, the tremendous problem of transforming free users into paying users," said Center for the Digital Future director Jeffrey I. Cole in a statement. "Online providers face major challenges to get customers to pay for services they now receive for free."

Other study findings: Only 56 percent of participants said that newspapers are an important information source, compared with 78 percent that said the Internet was an important source.

Be careful not to equate importance with value, however, considering the vast amount of information consumers now must access from their Web browsers (banking accounts, etc.


And here's a somewhat surprising study finding: the number of 36- to 55-year-old participants who claimed they are not Internet users in this Web-inundated era — as many as 19 percent of 46- to 55-year-olds and 15 percent of 36- to 45-year-olds.

The study is part of the Annenberg School's continuing Digital Future Project, which has been surveying Americans on Internet-related views and behavior for 10 years.

Read the report highlights or purchase it here.



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