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iPad popular on Twitter, biggest complaint is no Flash

Attensity Group has published a study showing people's attitudes toward the iPad. Their methodology for the study is fairly interesting: They analyzed 20,000 tweets from Twitter two hours before the iPad announcement, another 20,000 two hours after, and another 15,000 four days later. Two bits of data from Attensity's study are particularly intriguing -- four days after the iPad's introduction, a full 69% of analyzed tweets expressed positive sentiments toward the iPad, with only 27% having negative feelings toward the device. So given a few days' space, the iPad proves pretty popular.

Out of the 27% of the twitterverse that disliked or even hated the iPad, what was their biggest complaint? Unsurprisingly, 41% of iPad haters cited its lack of Flash support as their number one gripe.

Of course, Twitter is a self-selecting group as well (I've seen spambots, geeks, and celebrities over there -- in roughly that order), so Attensity Group's analysis is probably not indicative of general public perception of the iPad. While the news media and the online tech community has been on fire all week about the "war" between Apple and Adobe over Flash, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that for average users, the iPad's lack of Flash support isn't going to deter people from purchasing one any more than it did for the iPhone or iPod touch. All the fervor over the Flash issue will eventually die away, but not because Apple's going to cave -- not if Steve Jobs has anything to say about it (and he does).

What do you think about Flash on the iPad? Give us your opinion in a poll by clicking on the "Read More" link below.

[Via Macsimum News]




There's been some extremely lively debate all over the internet on this issue, including here at TUAW. So far my general perception of things is there's been a roughly 50/50 split on Flash, with half of commenters being happy there's no Flash on the iPad or just not caring, and the other half being disappointed, annoyed, or outright angry about it. So let's have a (rather unscientific) poll of our own and see what you really think about Flash on the iPad.

How will the iPad's lack of Flash support influence your decision to buy one?
I'm buying an iPad, and I'm GLAD it doesn't have Flash support350 (27.5%)
I'm buying an iPad, and I don't care whether it has Flash or not258 (20.3%)
I'm buying an iPad, but I wish it had Flash support213 (16.7%)
I'm not buying an iPad, and its lack of Flash support is the PRIMARY reason137 (10.8%)
I'm not buying an iPad, but its lack of Flash support is only one reason why, NOT the PRIMARY reason160 (12.6%)
I'm not buying an iPad, but its lack of Flash support is not a factor in my decision at all154 (12.1%)

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