State of the Edmonton Twittersphere – October 2010

Welcome to the tenth State of the Edmonton Twittersphere for 2010, my look at the intersection of Twitter and Edmonton, AB. You can see the stats for September here.

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

For October 2010:

# of local users: 9621 (an increase of 433 from September)
# of tweets by local users: 534809
# of tweets by local users containing #yeg: 47851 (8.9%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 187975 (35.1%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 137406 (25.7%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 41205 (7.7%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 19444 (3.6%)

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 over 49% of all local tweets were posted between 9 AM and 5 PM.
  • Local users posted roughly 12.0 tweets per minute in October (compared to 11.7 tweets per minute in September).
  • The day with the most local tweets posted was October 18 at 23232. On average, 17252 local tweets were posted each day (compared to 16783 in September).
  • Of the 187975 replies posted by local users this month, 74095 or 39.4% were to other local users.
  • A total of 2035 users posted 50 times or more in September. In comparison, 1323 users posted just once.


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

  1. rootnl2k
  2. PoisonLolita
  3. ZoomJer
  4. counterplot
  6. Darmoon87
  7. trinamlee
  8. RyanPMG
  9. KikkiPlanet
  10. brooke_bieber_

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

  1. Edmontonsun
  2. TamaraStecyk
  3. Sirthinks
  4. edmontonjournal
  5. iNews880
  6. ctvedmonton
  7. mastermaq
  8. cbcedmonton
  9. DebraWard
  10. BodyArchitects

Here are the top ten most replied to local users:

  1. PoisonLolita
  2. ZoomJer
  3. RockstarJodie
  4. britl
  5. Wildsau
  6. CommonSenseSoc
  7. JenBanksYEG
  8. TamaraStecyk
  9. KikkiPlanet
  10. Sirthinks

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

  1. ctvedmonton
  2. mastermaq
  3. edmontonjournal
  4. NHL_Oilers
  5. JasonGregor
  6. CityofEdmonton
  7. dantencer
  8. cbcedmonton
  9. Paulatics
  10. chrislabossiere

Final Thoughts

October was a big month for Twitter here in Edmonton, thanks primarily to the municipal election. More users, more tweets, more tagged tweets, and more retweets. The busiest day of the month was election day (there’s a noticeable spike the in graph). Twitter was used to discuss the forums and other election-related events, to learn about the candidates, and to debate the issues. And on the big night, the candidates themselves used Twitter to capture the moment. You can see my election-related entries here.

Slowly catching up on my stats – I should have the rest of 2010 up soon.

As always, keep in mind that the stats above rely upon users setting the location field of their profile to something like “Edmonton”. Users who leave that field blank or who put something like “Canada” are not reflected in the above stats. More Information.

5 thoughts on “State of the Edmonton Twittersphere – October 2010

  1. I was waiting for these numbers as soon as you posted September. It just goes to show (again) that people are interested in local news and politics. Thank goodness Twitter is allowing so many people to connect and have those conversations.

    Thank goodness, also, that Edmonton’s got you to track it all for us.

    1. Yeah I think Twitter is a great way to surface the interest people have in local news and politics. Preliminary statistics for the arena debate that has happened for the last couple of days indicate that increasingly people are turning to Twitter to talk about these things!

  2. How can I get on the list? I’m @revtrev. I’m usually in the top 1500 in all of twitter for retweets. Wondering how I rank in Edmonton (just for fun)

    1. I’m not sure where you get the top 1500 stat from, but my stats only reflect who local users are retweeting. So in October, @ctvedmonton was retweeted most by other people located in Edmonton.

      I’d have to dig into the stats to see where on the list you fall.

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