Twitter's current popularity is in no doubt, and it's undoubtedly an exciting medium for both news and more general communication, but recent Pocket-lint reader survey results suggest it's not as essential as some may suggest.

Although most press on the topic of Twitter shows the growth and influence of the service with ever-increasing user numbers, with more and more high profile Twitterers and an ever expanding Twitterverse, some recent reports suggest the tide may soon turn.

In our recent reader polls, which we think raises the question of the importance of the service for the ordinary tech-savvy consumer, we asked "Would you pay to use Twitter?" and "Do you check Twitter before your email or RSS feeds?"

As far as forking out to use the service, a whopping 83% would not put their hand in their pocket if it cost to tweet, while near three quarters (74.3%) still check their emails and/or RSS feeds before hitting Twitter.

The results follow a well-publicised report from a 15-year-old on work experience at Morgan Stanley who said teens don't Twitter as the service is both expensive (via the SMS) option and "pointless".

Previous to that Nielson Online stats showed that although people may be signing up in droves (hence those high growth numbers) retention is a serious issue with 60% stopping using the service within 4 weeks.