A study of Twitter suggests the social media site is conquering the problem of distance by helping users stay in contact with distant friends and relatives.
The study, carried out by Kalev Leetaru and colleagues at the University of Illinois, analysed 1.5 billion tweets sent by 70 million people in one month, in order to establish where people were.
It was found that, on average, users who mentioned or retweeted each other's posts were 750 miles apart.
Researchers also found that those tweeting each other the most tended to be the furthest apart.
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