State of the Edmonton Twittersphere – September 2009

Welcome to the ninth State of the Edmonton Twittersphere, my look at the intersection of Twitter and Edmonton. You can see last month’s stats here.

The source of the data this month is the same as last, primarily Twitter Search but also from Twitter directly. 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.

For September 2009:

# of local users: 5447 (an increase of 82 from August)

To clarify, that means there were 5447 users who posted at least one tweet in September 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.

Here are the rest of the stats for September 2009:

# of tweets by local users: 241433
# of tweets by local users containing #yeg: 14320 (5.9%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 85819 (35.5%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 49412 (20.5%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 12343 (5.1%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 7847 (3.3%)

Here are the numbers above in graphic form:

Here are the top clients used by local users for posting updates:

Here are the number of local users by community (besides Edmonton itself) for September:

Keep in mind that is based entirely on the text inside the location field of the user’s profile, and is definitely a minimum. Still, gives you an idea of the breakdown.

Some other interesting stats for the month:

Final Thoughts

Very little user growth again this month. I was expecting it to pick up again in September, but that obviously didn’t happen. The number of tweets being posted by local users is definitely on the rise, however. There were seven days this month with over 9000 tweets posted.

Since January, I have identified just over 11,600 local users. The number above, 5447, is how many of them were active in September.

Should have the Calgary stats up soon!

  • Damn! I was knocked off the list. I think it’s because Sept was a really busy month, and I had less time to tweet.

    Thanks for the stats, Mack!

  • No problem! I haven’t been on the list for a while now…

  • I wasn’t going to say anything Mack… but you have slowed your tweets. I was planning an intervention for the next Tweetup. 😉

    Thanks, as always, for this.

  • Thanks again for crunching numbers, Mack.

    I wonder if some of the suburb-dwellers aren’t identifying themselves as “Edmonton,” thinking it’s like Facebook’s limited locales, or just trying to avoid being asked where the heck they are by Tweeps from away.

  • Sounds good Brit 🙂

    That might account for some of it Jeff. I’m sure some are also using lat/longs via the iPhone or other apps, which I’m not taking into account here (though people using lat/longs are included in the overall stats…just not the communities break down).

  • Tasha

    Yep, I put Edmonton. I’m 5 minutes to Edmonton & 5 minutes to Devon. Mailing address is Spruce Grove. Thank Parkland County for that!

  • Any solutions you see to try and increase local Twitter use? Having more of the media folk on is sure to help, but they’d actually need to plug this stuff on air/in print.

  • Tom, I don’t think that’s really a problem. 🙂 Twitter gets a lot of play in the media. The media have accepted it (for the most part) – now it’s just the rest of Edmontonians.

  • Good old fashioned word of mouth is what is needed. Getting your friends and family to join based on a personal recommendation. As Brit says, Twitter gets a TON of play in the media. Watch Global for instance, they often have the anchor’s Twitter URLs on screen under their names!

  • Ah, and therein lies one potential problem — I don’t watch local news. 🙂

  • talhaz

    Awesome blog post Mack!
    and thanks for the stats!

    and I can’t believe I tweeted the most 🙂