State of the Edmonton Twittersphere – April 2010

Welcome to the fourth State of the Edmonton Twittersphere of 2010, my look at the intersection of Twitter and Edmonton, AB. You can see last month’s stats here.

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

For April 2010:

# of local users: 7673 (a decrease of 422 from March)
# of tweets by local users: 404756
# of tweets by local users containing #yeg: 27352 (6.8%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 143618 (35.5%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 97891 (24.2%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 20058 (5.0%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 14270 (3.5%)

Here are the numbers above in graphic form:

Here are the top clients used by local users for posting updates – looks like Twitter for BlackBerry is rising quickly:

Some other interesting stats for the month:

  • Just under 51% of all local tweets were posted between 9 AM and 5 PM.
  • Local users posted roughly 9.4 tweets per minute in April (compared to 9.3 tweets per minute in March).
  • The day with the most local tweets posted was April 13 at 16015. On average, 13492 local tweets were posted each day (compared to 13449 in March).
  • Of the 143618 replies posted by local users this month, 49910 or 34.8% were to other local users.
  • A total of 1572 users posted 50 times or more in March. In comparison, 1075 users posted just once.

Here are the top ten most followed local users:

  1. Pat_Lorna
  2. revtrev
  3. randyfritz
  4. dancinginlife
  5. LesM
  6. dragonage
  7. DrBarryLycka
  8. NHL_Oilers
  9. patkSTEREOS
  10. redneckmommy

Here are the top ten most listed local users:

  1. randyfritz
  2. revtrev
  3. dragonage
  4. paradepro
  5. redneckmommy
  6. DaBaby
  7. dancinginlife
  8. NHL_Oilers
  9. Pat_Lorna
  10. edmontonjournal

Here are the top ten most active local users:

  1. EdmontonBizcaf
  2. Lekordable
  3. rootnl2k
  4. etownmelly
  6. Gen22
  7. frostedbetty
  8. CommonSenseSoc
  9. PsychicJay
  10. EdmontonCP

Here are the top ten most active local users using #yeg:

  1. edmontonjournal
  2. WeatherEdmonton
  3. EdmCa
  4. DebraWard
  5. oilersff
  6. iNews880
  7. cbcedmonton
  8. livingsanctuary
  9. ctvedmonton
  10. Tamara_Stecyk

Here are the top ten most replied to local users:

  1. frostedbetty
  2. ZoomJer
  3. britl
  4. CommonSenseSoc
  5. angelzilla
  6. Jenaseegalet
  7. GuitarKat
  8. bingofuel
  9. adampatterson
  10. Wildsau

Here are the top ten most retweeted local users (by other local users):

  1. edmontonjournal
  2. mastermaq
  3. ctvedmonton
  4. cbcedmonton
  5. CityofEdmonton
  6. BrentWelch
  7. dantencer
  8. bingofuel
  9. sonic1029
  10. iNews880

Final Thoughts

I did some additional work on my algorithm for identifying local users, which accounts for the drop in users from last month. I think it’s more accurate now. I think the “most retweeted” list is useful for measuring influence, though it alone doesn’t tell the whole story.

UPDATE: Just to clarify, the most retweeted list only accounts for standard-style retweets (those using Twitter’s retweet feature or those starting with RT @) made by other local users. I hope to improve this over time.

11 thoughts on “State of the Edmonton Twittersphere – April 2010

  1. Great stuff, Mack! I have a suggested category for you – what about a followers / following ratio? To me that is how I judge the quality of a person’s tweets and whether I want to follow them.

    One problem with this is obviously news sources who generally don’t follow too many people, but it might still be worthwhile taking a look at.

  2. I have looked at that metric in the past Kevin, maybe I should look again. I think maybe “followers/following” ratio for users with at least X number of followers would probably be more interesting.

  3. Good call, Mack. As you would know, the best marketing strategy for getting followers is by following people. This results in accounts with quantity, but not necessarily quality.

  4. What are the most used hash tags by our local users. I would really like to see something that simple. That is a simple request, isn’t it? And, do you have a counter part doing this in calgary? Curious about how we are comparing as I have tried to follow #yycfood and there is really not much happening there… what do they use – or what else do edmonton foodies use?

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