State of the Calgary Twittersphere – Hashtags & Links

This is the third part in my State of the Calgary Twittersphere for 2012 – you can read the overview post here. As we saw in that entry, local users posted more than 5 million tweets containing links. They also posted about 5 million tweets containing hashtags. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly they tweeted about in 2012.

It’s difficult to extract a lot value out of links because everything is trapped behind the t.co wrapper, but I did want to highlight the time of day that links seem to be posted. Recall that the hourly peak for tweet volume in general comes at around 9 PM, whereas for tweets containing links the peak is 11 AM.

Local users used about 1.1 million different hashtags in 2012. Hashtags ranged in length from 1 character to 139, excluding the hash, and they were used for just about every purpose you can think of. The average hashtag length was 14 characters.

Here are the top 25 hashtags used by local users in 2012:

  1. #yyc
  2. #calgary
  3. #abvote
  4. #jobs
  5. #flames
  6. #ableg
  7. #ff
  8. #cdnpoli
  9. #porn
  10. #xxx
  11. #yeg
  12. #job
  13. #stampede100
  14. #wrp
  15. #rent
  16. #yyccc
  17. #win
  18. #oilrigjobs
  19. #nhl
  20. #love
  21. #yycre
  22. #cfl
  23. #canada
  24. #sceneyyc
  25. #giveaway

Here’s a visualization of the top 100 hashtags excluding #yyc:

The most popular hashtag of all is still #yyc, followed by #calgary (#yyc is about 6 times more popular than #calgary). In total, #yyc was used about 600,000 times by local users which works out to 11.9% of all local tweets containing hashtags.

Though not as prevalent in the top 100, local users did use #yyc-related hashtags quite frequently. In total, about 2500 different hashtags were used that start with #yyc. A little more than half of those were used just once, and just 22 were used 1000 times or more.

Here are the top 25 #yyc-related hashtags:

  1. #yyccc
  2. #yycre
  3. #yycbike
  4. #yyccentre
  5. #yyctraffic
  6. #yycfood
  7. #yycarts
  8. #yyctransit
  9. #yycbe
  10. #yycplan
  11. #yycfoodtrucks
  12. #yycscan
  13. #yycjobs
  14. #yycmusic
  15. #yycse
  16. #yycweather
  17. #yycsocent
  18. #yycpkn
  19. #yyceats
  20. #yycfashion
  21. #yycsw
  22. #yycnw
  23. #yyccrime
  24. #yycfilm
  25. #yycklein

Here’s a visualization of the top 100 #yyc-related hashtags:

This entry brings my 2012 report to a close. I hope you found it useful – thanks for reading!

2012 in Review

  1. Overview
  2. Users & Clients
  3. Hashtags & Links