State of the Edmonton Twittersphere – March 2009

Welcome to the third State of the Edmonton Twittersphere, my look at the intersection of Twitter and Edmonton. You can see last month’s stats here, but note that I recently discovered a few of the numbers were wrong and I have since updated the post. The two key figures, the number of local users and the number of tweets posted by local users, remain unchanged.

The source of the data this month remains the same – Twitter Search. If a user has his or her location set to Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Leduc, Nisku, Stony Plain, Fort Saskatchewan, Beaumont, Spruce Grove, or matching lat/long coordinates, they are considered an Edmontonian. If a tweet is “about Edmonton” it contains either the word Edmonton, the #yeg hashtag, or both.

For March 2009:

# of local users: 3421 (an increase of 160% over February)

To clarify, that means there were 3421 users who posted at least one tweet in March 2009 with their location set to something that makes them an Edmontonian as described above. This number should be treated as a minimum – there are probably many more Edmonton users without their location set.

# of tweets by local users: 151146
# of tweets by local users containing #yeg: 6634 (4.4%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 55234 (36.5%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 24449 (16.2%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 3701 (2.4%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 5401 (3.6%)

This graph shows the above numbers compared to the correct numbers from last month:

I think this data is a little inaccurate, but it’s the best I could get from Twitter – here are the number of local users created per day during March:

Here are the top clients used by local users for posting updates (remember that web includes all unidentified API calls too):

Some other interesting stats for the month:

  • The ten most active local users (most tweets first): britl, fcedmonton, angelzilla, AndyGroenink, bingofuel, TrinaMLee, akomuzikera, grempel, foomanizer, adampatterson
  • About 55% of all local tweets were posted between 9 AM and 5 PM.
  • Local users posted roughly 3.4 tweets per minute in March, compared with just 1.8 per minute in February.
  • The day with the most local tweets posted was March 20th at 6061. On average, 4876 local tweets were posted each day (compared to 2598 in February).
  • Of the 55234 replies posted by local users this month, 25398 or 46% were to other local users.
  • A total of 668 local users posted 50 times or more this month. In comparison, 550 local users posted just once this month.

And finally, the top ten users in Edmonton (as of April 1st) by # of followers: Pat_Lorna, mastermaq, LesM, redneckmommy, cleversimon, ianbakewell, melanienathan, babyrumps, revtrev, ctvedmonton

As expected, the number of local users grew even faster this month than last. The local media’s recent love affair with Twitter no doubt has a lot to do with that! I suspect growth will taper off a bit in April, but will still be impressive.

A common request for these stats is to see how Edmonton compares with other cities. Within the next week or so, I’ll be posting the same stats for Calgary, so stay tuned!

Don’t forget to check out EdmontonTweetup4, taking place on April 7th. Hope to see you there!

10 thoughts on “State of the Edmonton Twittersphere – March 2009

  1. Shut. Up.

    I thought I posted less this month than previous months. Wow. I beat fce? This is going to take a while to sink in.

    Congrats to #yeg for more than doubling the amount of Twooshes this month! That’s a pretty cool stat.

    Once again Mack, thanks for compiling this. Looking forward to Calgary’s stats.

  2. Well I’m responsible for 1 of those new users. Always interesting to see. Thanks for compiling the data & posting.

  3. Looks like twitter has strong following in #yeg. Of course thanks to guys like you and @zoomjer & @fusedlogic and bgrier and others and all the media outlets that have jumped on board.

    The one thing that would be interesting to see is if the pace can be kept up.

    Thanks for all the stats Mack! You are the Master!

  4. Sorry in advanced if I missed anyone. I know that there are the leaders like :britl, fcedmonton, angelzilla, AndyGroenink, bingofuel, TrinaMLee, akomuzikera, grempel, foomanizer, adampatterson

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