#yeg – Year in Review

It’s hard to believe that just a single year has gone by since the first tweet with the #yeg hashtag. It has become such a core part of the Edmonton Twitter community that it’s difficult to imagine what microblogging would be like without it!

If I remember correctly, I found about the #yyc hashtag while I was in Calgary for BarCampCalgary2 on June 14th, 2008. I learned from @wintr that a few Calgarians had started using the hashtag to tweet about things related to their city. I thought it might be a good idea to do something similar here in Edmonton. This is what I wrote:

#Edmonton Twitterers…our neighbours to the south have started using the hashtag #yyc to self organize…cool idea we should borrow? #yeg

The rest, as they say, is history.

A few highlights from the past year:

  • #yeg was mentioned on CTV when Carrie Doll did a story on Twitter at the beginning of March.
  • #yeg trended to #5 on Twitter Search on March 24th as Edmontonians were tweeting about the fire on Rice Howard Way.
  • No less than ten related hashtags have been actively used, such as #yegtransit and #yegfood.

I recall at some point a discussion about how to pronounce #yeg. I think most say “y-egg” though some say “y-e-g”.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of stats for the hashtag before January 2009. My best guess is that 1488 tweets were posted containing the #yeg hashtag from November 20th to December 31st. For this calendar year however, I have good numbers. The stats below differ from my monthly stats posts in two ways: they are global, so include tweets posted by non-locals, and they do not contain related tags such as #yegfood.

A total of 32053 tweets have been posted in 2009 (as of noon today) containing the #yeg hashtag. Here’s that number broken down by month:

On average, 188 tweets are posted each day containing the #yeg hashtag.

One thing I’ve always wondered is where the hashtag is most often placed inside each tweet. Here’s the breakdown:

I think it’s great that the #yeg hashtag has become so established in the Edmonton Twitter community, and I look forward to its continued evolution. Thanks everyone for making #yeg so great!