State of the Edmonton Twittersphere – November 2009

Welcome to the eleventh 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 November 2009:

# of local users: 5850 (an increase of 219 from October)

To clarify, that means there were 5850 users who posted at least one tweet in November 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 November 2009:

# of tweets by local users: 290542
# of tweets by local users containing #yeg: 17282 (5.9%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 106992 (36.8%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 63595 (21.9%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 17756 (6.1%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 10054 (3.5%)

I think the retweet number might be a little off, due to the new retweet functionality on, but it’s close. 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 November:

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

User growth is still increasing, albeit rather slowly. There were only 9 days with less than 9000 tweets this month, and we broke the 12,000 per day mark for the first time.

Since January, I have identified just over 13,500 local users. The number above, 5850, is how many of them were active in November.

Calgary stats are up next, followed by December stats, then 2009 year-in-review stats. Stay tuned!

13 thoughts on “State of the Edmonton Twittersphere – November 2009

  1. For a stats nerd it can’t be said enough, thanks.

    Do you think the retweets are too high, low, or there are just some falling in the cracks with the new feature?

  2. Thanks Mack!

    I never had a chance to look at these before, but it’s great to keep track of.

    Well done, look forward to the next one to see the changes 🙂

  3. Jeff: I think slightly too low. Most of my data comes from Twitter Search, which shows them all as “RT…” so that’s fine. The data I get from Twitter doesn’t have that in the text however (and that’s how I process them right now). Should be simple to fix, but I haven’t done it yet.

    Also, an issue my processing has always had is that I only capture retweets that start with RT. So a tweet like “Awesome! RT…” doesn’t count. I will change this for 2010 probably.

  4. Interested in the array of Twitter clients – I’m surprised not to see HootSuite on the list. It has taken a bunch of market share in Victoria (ok, can something free be said to have market share??) and has become my favourite way to access Twitter. Used to use Flock but MAN, that is one huge browser. It’s not on the list either.

    Someone (who loves statistics) should do a State of the Twittersphere for yyj (Victoria). Thanks for this info!

  5. Awesome Stats, Would love to see stats for all the cities in Canada. Say just the ones that use the hashtags most, so #YEG, #YYZ, #YOW, all those, see which city is the most active “Twitter’rs”.

  6. Mack:

    Serious? You’d like to do Victoria #yyj stats? That would be perfect – I’ve wanted to do this since I first saw your state of the Edmonton & Calgary Twitterverses, but lack the technical skills.

    We’ve got a way to go before we approach #yeg and #yyc numbers I think.

    All the best for 2010!

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