eMarketer shared an interesting piece of research from the University of Maryland’s business school this week.

small bus social media use.pngThe survey looked at the use of social media tactics by small business.

The key takeaway: Small businesses are rapidly adopting social media. 75% have created a company presence on sites like Facebook and 69% say that they actively post status updates and articles of interest on those sites.

Twitter was used by about one quarter of the respondents, while almost 40% say that they blog.

This is an explosion of activity from the SMB sector. It makes sense: social media tools are easy to use and internet users are spending more time on social media sites than any other venue. The SMB social media adopters are just following their customers.