State of the Edmonton Twittersphere – August 2010

Welcome to the eighth 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 August 2010:

# of local users: 8488 (an increase of 261 from July)
# of tweets by local users: 481605
# of tweets by local users containing #yeg: 35965 (7.5%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 167831 (34.8%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 144532 (30.0%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 34282 (7.1%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 16012 (3.3%)

Here are the numbers above in graphic form:

Here are the top clients used by local users for posting updates – BlackBerry apps really dropped off this month for some reason:

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 10.8 tweets per minute in August (compared to 10.0 tweets per minute in July).
  • The day with the most local tweets posted was August 26 at 18232. On average, 15536 local tweets were posted each day (compared to 14390 in July).
  • Of the 167831 replies posted by local users this month, 65767 or 39.2% were to other local users.
  • A total of 1727 users posted 50 times or more in August. In comparison, 1199 users posted just once.


Here are the top ten most active local users (not including bots):

  1. rootnl2k
  3. Lekordable
  4. CommonSenseSoc
  5. MariahEBelle
  6. DJPh03NiX
  7. gcouros
  8. kristenloverton
  9. fraygulrock
  10. Sirthinks

Here are the top ten most active local users using #yeg (not including bots):

  1. edmontonjournal
  2. Sirthinks
  3. iNews880
  4. ctvedmonton
  5. DebraWard
  6. cbcedmonton
  7. CommonSenseSoc
  8. lindork
  9. livingsanctuary
  10. mastermaq

Here are the top ten most replied to local users:

  1. PoisonLolita
  2. CommonSenseSoc
  3. ZoomJer
  4. Sirthinks
  5. Wildsau
  6. SaySandra
  7. britl
  8. DebraWard
  9. Rainyfool
  10. lindork

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

  1. edmontonjournal
  2. ctvedmonton
  3. mastermaq
  4. CityofEdmonton
  5. yegfoodbank
  6. cbcedmonton
  7. iNews880
  8. Paulatics
  9. britl
  10. EnvisionEdm

Final Thoughts

Better late than never right? It has been a long time since I’ve posted any Twitter stats! A vacation, the election, all kinds of stuff has kept me busy. I think the August stats represent the start of a big increase in election-related tweets. You can see a number of #ecca users in the lists above, and there were 580 tweets posted in August using the #yegvote hashtag.

For August, the number of retweets jumped quite a bit because of changes I made to my analysis code. Previously I only counted tweets that started with “RT @” or tweets that were new-style retweets (using the retweet button). This time, I counted retweets that contained additional text as well. It’s common for users to post a retweet like “LOL! RT @…” and now those are included. The number of retweets therefore jumped from 21528 (old way of calculating) to 34282 (new way of calculating).

Considering it was the end of summer, I’m a little surprised that the average number of tweets posted per day went up!

UPDATE: @burnstand pointed out that the day with the most tweets, August 26, was the day Lady Gaga was in town.

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