State of the Ottawa Twittersphere – January 2010

Welcome to the first State of the Ottawa Twittersphere, my look at the intersection of Twitter and Ottawa, ON.

For information on the data, definitions, and other background, click here.

For January 2010:

# of local users: 8562
# of tweets by local users: 426258
# of tweets by local users containing #ottawa/#yow: 2828 (0.7%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 150400 (35.3%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 113889 (26.7%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 40243 (9.4%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 18104 (4.2%)

Here are the numbers above in graphic form:

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

Some other interesting stats for the month:

  • Just under 52% of all local tweets were posted between 9 AM and 5 PM.
  • Local users posted roughly 9.6 tweets per minute in January.
  • The day with the most local tweets posted was January 27 at 17041. On average, 13750 local tweets were posted each day.
  • Of the 150400 replies posted by local users this month, 41710 or 27.7% were to other local users.
  • A total of 1618 users posted 50 times or more in January. In comparison, 1235 users posted just once.

Here are the top ten most followed local users:

  1. pmharper
  2. billbateswins
  3. campbed
  4. Jason_OToole
  5. ErinBlaskie
  6. BlackBerryCool
  7. snookca
  8. knealemann
  9. MattMossop
  10. AtifMirzaRemax

Here are the top ten most listed local users:

  1. CharlesCrosbie
  2. snookca
  3. pmharper
  4. BlackBerryCool
  5. michelfortin
  6. ErinBlaskie
  7. michaelgeist
  8. surinderJsingh
  9. CloutMarketing
  10. plevy

Here are the top ten most active local users:

  1. whoreformusic
  2. kareenaristide
  3. CRAcorruption
  4. ice89
  5. LorenaHeletea
  6. Mr_SaGz
  7. bitofmomsense
  8. wickedcanadagal
  9. all_caps
  10. Dr_Tania

Final Thoughts

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with the Winnipeg stats, so learning that they don’t use a local hashtag was interesting, not surprising. But it’s safe to say that I am surprised local hashtag usage in Ottawa is so low (unless they use one I’m not aware of): I counted just 112 tweets tagged with #yow, and just 2716 with #ottawa. As you can see above, that’s less than 1% of all tweets posted during the month. Maybe some of that is due to the federal/national focus that is natural for Canada’s capital city. Ottawa users do reply to one another more frequently than Winnipeggers do, however.

Another surprise: there are a lot of users in Ottawa and they post a lot! I’m looking forward to seeing if the numbers grow.