State of the Edmonton Twittersphere 2011 – Overview

Welcome to the State of the Edmonton Twittersphere for 2011, my look at the intersection of Twitter and Edmonton in 2011. You can see my 2010 recap here, and my 2009 recap here.

I’ve done my best to ensure all of the data in this report is accurate, but I make no guarantees – use it at your own risk. The data comes from the Twitter API, and was collected over the course of 2011. 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, and thus a “local user”.

Please treat the numbers in this report as a minimum. There are instances where I wasn’t able to capture all of the data, and there are certainly users here in Edmonton who do not match the above definition of a “local user”. More important than the raw numbers themselves are the trends, and that’s why in many cases I have presented rounded rather than exact figures. You can click on any graph to see a larger version.

Here are the highlights for 2011:

  • More than 46,000 local users posted at least one tweet.
    • A little over 1000 of those accounts no longer exist.
  • More than 11.2 million tweets were posted by local users, which works out to 21.4 tweets per minute.
    • That’s 2.3 times as many tweets as were posted in 2010.
  • Here’s a breakdown of those tweets:
    • More than 715,000 tweets were tagged #yeg or a related hashtag (like #yegfood) (6.4%, down from 7.7% last year)
    • Nearly 700,000 tweets were retweets (6.2%, down from 7.2% last year)
    • More than 4.4 million tweets were replies (39.4%, up from 34.7% last year)
    • More than 1.7 million tweets were replies to other local users (15.2%, up from 13.5% last year)
    • More than 2.5 million tweets contained links (22.9%, down from 26.9% last year)
    • More than 320,000 tweets were twooshes (a twoosh is exactly 140 characters) (2.9%, down from 3.9% last year)

While more than 46,000 local users posted a tweet last year, just under 24,000 were active at the end of the year in December (active means they posted at least one tweet). That’s 1.9 times as many active users as January. That’s slightly better growth than we saw in 2010, when December had 1.8 times as many active users as January.

When the year started, Edmontonians were posting a little over 600,000 tweets per month. By the end of the year, that number had nearly doubled to 1.1 million tweets per month. That’s less than the growth that Twitter as a whole experienced last year (3 times as many tweets were posted as compared to the same point in 2010) but is more or less what we saw in Edmonton in 2010 (as compared to 2009).

Roughly 49.1% of all tweets in 2011 were posted between the hours of 9 AM and 6 PM, down slightly from 50.8% in 2010. Once again the lowest point for tweet volume was around 4 AM. Last year there were clear early morning and late night spikes, but this year only the late night spike is present (8 PM to 11 PM).

There’s a much nicer looking curve for days of the week this year, with the most tweets being posted during the middle of the week. Sunday typically had the lowest volume of tweets posted.

Here’s a look at the number of tweets posted per day for each day of the year. As with last year’s chart, the trend is clearly up, and there are some visible spikes and troughs. The dip on April 9 appears to be an anomaly in the data, perhaps there were issues with the Twitter API that day (unless you have another idea!). The peak on June 15 was not immediately obvious but it turned out after looking at a Wordle of the tweets that the spike was due to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. With nearly 45,000 tweets posted that day, it remained the record until October 25 when discussion about the downtown arena became the talk of Twitter here in Edmonton. More than 46,000 tweets were posted that day, with almost as many being posted on the next two days as well. The spike on November 17 appears to be related to the snow and cold weather that arrived that week.

Coming Up

In order to make it easier for me to write this report, I have decided to break it into sections. This entry provided an overview, and upcoming entries will focus on different aspects of Twitter usage in Edmonton:

  1. Overview
  2. Users & Clients
  3. Hashtags & Links

If you have suggestions for additional parts to the report, I’d love to hear them. Thanks for reading!

State of the Edmonton Twittersphere – 2010 Year in Review

Welcome to the State of the Edmonton Twittersphere: 2010 Year in Review, my look at the intersection of Twitter and Edmonton in 2010! You can see my recap of 2009 here.

I’ve done my best to ensure all of the data in this post is accurate, but I make no guarantees – use it at your own risk. The data comes from the Twitter API, and has been collected over the past year. 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, and thus a “local user”.

If you compare the monthly statistics here to my monthly State of the Edmonton Twittersphere posts, you’ll notice they are slightly different. The monthly posts represent a snapshot – this post reflects the most up-to-date information I have been able to gather as of the end of 2010.

Summary

Here are the highlights for 2010:

  • There were 22,000+ local users.
  • Those users posted more than 4.9 million tweets. That works out to 9.4 per minute.
  • Of those 4,948,409 tweets:
    • 381,752 contained #yeg or one of the #yeg-related hashtags (like #yegfood) (7.7%)
    • 357,206 were retweets (7.2%)
    • 1,715,507 were replies (34.7%)
    • 668,368 were replies to other local users (13.5%)
    • 1,331,306 contained links (26.9%)
    • 191,060 were twooshes (exactly 140 characters) (3.9%)

Let’s look at users. While more than 22,000 local users were on Twitter last year, only 10,200 of them were active during the month of December (active means they posted at least one tweet). But that was up from just 5601 who were active during the month of January.

When 2010 started, local users were posting about 260,000 tweets per month. By the end of the year, that number had grown to more than 525,000 tweets per month.

This chart gives you a sense of the trends over the year. I think it is interesting that the lines for #yeg-related tweets and retweets are almost identical (red and green).

Roughly 50.8% of all tweets in 2010 were posted between the hours of 9 AM and 6 PM. Not surprisingly, the number of tweets posted between midnight and 7 AM is quite a bit lower than the number posted during the day and early evening. There seems to be an early morning (9-10 AM) and late night (9-10 PM) spike.

If we look at days of the week, we see that more tweets are posted on Tuesday and Wednesday than on any other day.

In the chart below I have plotted the number of tweets posted per day for each day of the year. The trend is clearly up, and the spikes and troughs reveal some interesting events. Election day, October 18, saw the most tweets posted at 23,234. On average, 13,558 tweets were posted each day in 2010.

Users

Here are the top 25 most followed users:

  1. revtrev
  2. Pat_Lorna
  3. biofeed
  4. randyfritz
  5. dragonage
  6. masseffect2
  7. NHL_Oilers
  8. wearestereos
  9. DancinginLife
  10. subunit1
  11. MathieuBisson
  12. MilesSTEREOS
  13. LesM
  14. patkstereos
  15. todd_herman
  16. hccedmonton
  17. redneckmommy
  18. worldprofit
  19. DrBarryLycka
  20. mtubes
  21. paradepro
  22. TSNRyanRishaug
  23. garrymullen
  24. mastermaq
  25. DarleneV

The average local user has 120 followers. Just 420 users have more than 1000 followers.

Here are the top 25 most listed users:

  1. biofeed
  2. revtrev
  3. randyfritz
  4. NHL_Oilers
  5. masseffect2
  6. dragonage
  7. paradepro
  8. redneckmommy
  9. Pat_Lorna
  10. DaBaby
  11. DancinginLife
  12. rootnl2k
  13. gsiemens
  14. edmontonjournal
  15. TSNRyanRishaug
  16. wearestereos
  17. brentcetera
  18. NiCoLeKoScH
  19. ctvedmonton
  20. gcouros
  21. cbcedmonton
  22. mastermaq
  23. lealea
  24. CityofEdmonton
  25. britl

The average local user has been listed 5 times.

Here are the top 25 most active users:

  1. EdmontonBizcaf
  2. WCIJobs
  3. rootnl2k
  4. etownmelly
  5. DWsBITCH
  6. Lekordable
  7. ZoomJer
  8. CommonSenseSoc
  9. trinamlee
  10. GuitarKat
  11. EdmontonCP
  12. gcouros
  13. SaySandra
  14. Jaisabella
  15. frostedbetty
  16. angelzilla
  17. PoisonLolita
  18. Edmontonsun
  19. DebraWard
  20. Cokebear17
  21. RECEdmonton
  22. Sirthinks
  23. britl
  24. Leask
  25. fraygulrock

The top 100 most active users accounted for 18.5% of all local tweets.

Here are the top 25 most active users using #yeg (and #yeg-related hashtags):

  1. yegsphere
  2. edmontonjournal
  3. EdmCa
  4. rootnl2k
  5. iNews880
  6. oilersff
  7. DebraWard
  8. Edmontonsun
  9. WeatherEdmonton
  10. ctvedmonton
  11. EdmontonBizcaf
  12. WCIJobs
  13. cbcedmonton
  14. DWsBITCH
  15. Sirthinks
  16. ZoomJer
  17. livingsanctuary
  18. mastermaq
  19. fraygulrock
  20. yegtraffic
  21. Lekordable
  22. gcouros
  23. BrentWelch
  24. frostedbetty
  25. bingofuel

The top 100 most active users using #yeg and its subtags accounted for 51.8% of all #yeg-tagged tweets.

Here are the top 25 most replied to users (by other local users):

  1. ZoomJer
  2. PoisonLolita
  3. britl
  4. CommonSenseSoc
  5. Wildsau
  6. angelzilla
  7. RockstarJodie
  8. SaySandra
  9. bingofuel
  10. frostedbetty
  11. GuitarKat
  12. Sirthinks
  13. confessionality
  14. KikkiPlanet
  15. akomuzikera
  16. Rainyfool
  17. JenBanksYEG
  18. DebraWard
  19. FeliciaDewar
  20. mastermaq
  21. adampatterson
  22. lonesomebilydad
  23. LauraSem
  24. Pokerclack
  25. BrentWelch

The top 100 most replied to users accounted for 32.8% of all local replies (replies from one Edmontonian to another).

And here is what I think is the most significant list, the top 25 most retweeted users (by other local users):

  1. edmontonjournal
  2. ctvedmonton
  3. mastermaq
  4. CityofEdmonton
  5. dantencer
  6. cbcedmonton
  7. bingofuel
  8. iNews880
  9. Paulatics
  10. ZoomJer
  11. NHL_Oilers
  12. britl
  13. TrafficEdmonton
  14. joshclassen
  15. BrentWelch
  16. sonic1029
  17. yegfoodbank
  18. davecournoyer
  19. SimonOstler
  20. Edmontonsun
  21. JasonGregor
  22. EdmontonHumane
  23. chrislabossiere
  24. DebraWard
  25. Sirthinks

A total of 103 users were retweeted by other local users 100 times or more. Just 18 users were retweeted by other local users 1000 times or more.

Hashtags

The most commonly used hashtag was #yeg. Local users used #yeg roughly 6.5 times more than the next most popular hashtag, which was #FF. Here’s a word cloud of the top 1000 hashtags, including #yeg:

And here are the top 1000 without #yeg:

The average length of a hashtag was 13.7 characters (including the #). There were hashtags that were just two characters, and hashtags that were 140 characters. Here are the top 10 hashtags:

  1. #yeg
  2. #FF
  3. #oilers
  4. #edmonton
  5. #alberta
  6. #ableg
  7. #yegfood
  8. #FollowFriday
  9. #yegvote
  10. #fb

Here are the top 10 #yeg-related hashtags:

  1. #yegfood
  2. #yegvote
  3. #yegweather
  4. #yegtraffic
  5. #yegcc
  6. #yegtransit
  7. #yegarena
  8. #yegmusic
  9. #yegarts
  10. #yegfringe

Clients

There were more than 2000 different clients used by local users to post tweets in 2010. Here are the top ten clients:

  1. web
  2. TweetDeck
  3. Twitter for iPhone
  4. ÜberTwitter
  5. Twitter for BlackBerry®
  6. Echofon
  7. twitterfeed
  8. HootSuite
  9. API
  10. Twitterrific

Text messaging was the next most popular client. Here are the top ten in graphic form (percentages are of the total number of tweets, 4.9 million):

The top ten clients accounted for 76.2% of all local tweets in 2010.

Final Thoughts

Twitter continued its impressive growth all around the world in 2010, and Edmonton was no exception. Though the number of people with Twitter accounts in Edmonton pales in comparison to the number of people with Facebook accounts, I don’t think that is necessarily the best comparison to make. You need a Facebook account to access most things on Facebook, you don’t on Twitter. Twitter reaches far beyond the 22,000+ local users with accounts.

There were lots of tweetups in 2010, but fewer and fewer focused just on Twitter. Because so many more people have joined, even non-Twitter events seem like tweetups! I thought that geolocation might play a bigger role in 2010, but it didn’t really. Just 3124 users have enabled geolocation (up from 270 in 2009). Perhaps 2011 will be the year that geotagged tweets take off? You need to enable it in your settings.

I hope you’ve found this look at the Edmonton Twittersphere in 2010 interesting and informative. Thanks for reading!

State of the Edmonton Twittersphere – December 2010

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

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

For December 2010:

# of local users: 10198 (an increase of 259 from November)
# of tweets by local users: 529387
# of tweets by local users containing #yeg: 37063 (7.0%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 191871 (36.2%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 141953 (26.8%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 34255 (6.5%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 22703 (4.3%)

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 50% of all local tweets were posted between 9 AM and 5 PM.
  • Local users posted roughly 11.6 tweets per minute in December (compared to 12.2 tweets per minute in November).
  • The day with the most local tweets posted was December 14 at 21297. On average, 17077 local tweets were posted each day (compared to 17527 in November).
  • Of the 191871 replies posted by local users this month, 78509 or 40.9% were to other local users.
  • A total of 1923 users posted 50 times or more in December. In comparison, 1667 users posted just once.

 

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

  1. PoisonLolita
  2. rootnl2k
  3. heyitsjam
  4. confessionality
  5. RyanPMG
  6. etownmelly
  7. CommonSenseSoc
  8. counterplot
  9. Jedimasterbator
  10. ZoomJer

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

  1. Edmontonsun
  2. edmontonjournal
  3. iNews880
  4. cbcedmonton
  5. DebraWard
  6. kerrzy
  7. ctvedmonton
  8. YEGFoodGuide
  9. k97
  10. mcmanus17

Here are the top ten most replied to local users:

  1. PoisonLolita
  2. heyitsjam
  3. confessionality
  4. CommonSenseSoc
  5. JenBanksYEG
  6. ZoomJer
  7. Wildsau
  8. RockstarJodie
  9. KikkiPlanet
  10. Rainyfool

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

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

Final Thoughts

Edmonton finally broke the 10,000 active user mark! Aside from that, however, it was definitely a holiday month. You can see a noticeable drop in the number of tweets posted around Christmas. Also fewer tagged tweets and more replies in December, which suggests to me less news being posted and more conversation taking place.

I should have my 2010 year-in-review up later this week. If you’re interested, stop by Twitter Talks on Thursday evening for even more twittersphere stats!

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.

State of the Edmonton Twittersphere – November 2010

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

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

For November 2010:

# of local users: 9939 (an increase of 318 from October)
# of tweets by local users: 525804
# of tweets by local users containing #yeg: 40905 (7.8%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 184033 (35.0%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 145767 (27.7%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 38958 (7.4%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 22722 (4.3%)

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 50% of all local tweets were posted between 9 AM and 5 PM.
  • Local users posted roughly 12.2 tweets per minute in November (compared to 12.0 tweets per minute in October).
  • The day with the most local tweets posted was November 23 at 20311. On average, 17527 local tweets were posted each day (compared to 17252 in October).
  • Of the 184033 replies posted by local users this month, 73837 or 40.1% were to other local users.
  • A total of 2030 users posted 50 times or more in November. In comparison, 1394 users posted just once.

 

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

  1. rootnl2k
  2. PoisonLolita
  3. etownmelly
  4. confessionality
  5. CommonSenseSoc
  6. counterplot
  7. ZoomJer
  8. RyanPMG
  9. brooke_bieber_
  10. ZamboniGuy69

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

  1. Edmontonsun
  2. edmontonjournal
  3. iNews880
  4. cbcedmonton
  5. ctvedmonton
  6. mastermaq
  7. k97
  8. TamaraStecyk
  9. DebraWard
  10. Sirthinks

Here are the top ten most replied to local users:

  1. confessionality
  2. PoisonLolita
  3. heyitsjam
  4. Wildsau
  5. ZoomJer
  6. CommonSenseSoc
  7. JenBanksYEG
  8. RockstarJodie
  9. photoswithash
  10. SaySandra

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

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

Final Thoughts

We got really close to 10,000 users in November! The number of tweets overall was slightly lower than in October, which is partially explained by the month having one less day and partially by the election that took place in October. The average number of tweets per day was almost exactly the same as in October, however.

I should have December 2010 and my 2010 year-in-review up later this week. Also, stop by Twitter Talks on Thursday evening for even more twittersphere stats!

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.

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
  5. DWsBITCH
  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.

State of the Edmonton Twittersphere – September 2010

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

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

For September 2010:

# of local users: 9188 (an increase of 700 from August)
# of tweets by local users: 503471
# of tweets by local users containing #yeg: 39862 (7.9%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 178519 (35.5%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 131229 (26.1%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 34503 (6.9%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 16028 (3.2%)

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 51% of all local tweets were posted between 9 AM and 5 PM.
  • Local users posted roughly 11.7 tweets per minute in September (compared to 10.8 tweets per minute in August).
  • The day with the most local tweets posted was September 23 at 21096. On average, 16783 local tweets were posted each day (compared to 15536 in August).
  • Of the 178519 replies posted by local users this month, 69081 or 38.7% were to other local users.
  • A total of 1904 users posted 50 times or more in September. In comparison, 1233 users posted just once.

 

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

  1. rootnl2k
  2. Lekordable
  3. DWsBITCH
  4. DJPh03NiX
  5. SaySandra
  6. confessionality
  7. TRENCHBABE
  8. ZoomJer
  9. CommonSenseSoc
  10. Tucktovich

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

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

Here are the top ten most replied to local users:

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

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

  1. edmontonjournal
  2. mastermaq
  3. TrafficEdmonton
  4. CityofEdmonton
  5. ctvedmonton
  6. dantencer
  7. NHL_Oilers
  8. bingofuel
  9. Paulatics
  10. iNews880

Final Thoughts

I’m not sure why there was a bit of a jump in users and in the number of tweets posted in September, except perhaps that people go from “summer” mode to “get down to business” mode. Interest in the upcoming election made have played a role as well.

As with the previous month, the number of retweets includes both new and old style, both with and without extra comments.

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.

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
  2. DWsBITCH
  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.

State of the Calgary Twittersphere – July 2010

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

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

For July 2010:

# of local users: 10501 (a decrease of 125 from June)
# of tweets by local users: 501941
# of tweets by local users containing #yyc: 22956 (4.6%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 153421 (30.6%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 148567 (29.6%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 21291 (4.2%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 16440 (3.3%)

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 50% of all local tweets were posted between 9 AM and 5 PM.
  • Local users posted roughly 11.3 tweets per minute in July (compared to 11.7 tweets per minute in June).
  • The day with the most local tweets posted was July 30 at 19863. On average, 16821 local tweets were posted each day (compared to 16821 in June).
  • Of the 153421 replies posted by local users this month, 47364 or 30.9% were to other local users.
  • A total of 1960 users posted 50 times or more in July. In comparison, 1587 users posted just once.

Here are the top ten most followed local users:

  1. douglasi
  2. calgrasley
  3. izzynobre
  4. NatbyNature
  5. SteveMesler
  6. WestJet
  7. MarkIsMusing
  8. ahhhgolf
  9. StaceZimmerman
  10. PLRNetMarketing

Here are the top ten most listed local users:

  1. biancaquijano
  2. douglasi
  3. NatbyNature
  4. WestJet
  5. VeerUpdate
  6. NHLFlames
  7. izzynobre
  8. CarlaYoung
  9. accruing
  10. uppercasemag

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

  1. izzynobre
  2. buckshot_yyc
  3. PLRNetMarketing
  4. VaughanBuilders
  5. Kristinnuendo
  6. Victorrious
  7. calgaryplumbers
  8. CarlaYoung
  9. that_angela
  10. Missitalyxox

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

  1. lonnietaylor
  2. ThankASoldier
  3. Hughes4MayorYYC
  4. C_DIG
  5. Reactive_Candy
  6. harperonside
  7. nenshi
  8. petrodude73
  9. QR77football
  10. MsJodyM

Here are the top ten most replied to local users:

  1. that_angela
  2. Kristinnuendo
  3. dantric
  4. nicolesaxton
  5. danellew
  6. yogicrystal
  7. Acdngirl
  8. Darren_Krause
  9. lonnietaylor
  10. twowheelgeek

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

  1. calgaryherald
  2. calgarystampede
  3. cityofcalgary
  4. CBCCalgary
  5. ChinookCentre
  6. nenshi
  7. 660News
  8. YYCLostPet
  9. AvenueMagazine
  10. that_angela

Final Thoughts

A small decrease in users in July, maybe because everyone was outside doing things! No surprise that the Calgary Stampede was among the most retweeted for the month. Chinook Centre celebrated its 50th birthday on August 1, and made a big push for followers during the month of July which likely explains why it was retweeted so much. With the Calgary election heating up, it’s interesting to see that mayoral candidate Naheed Nenshi was the 6th most retweeted user. I wonder if we’ll see more election-related stats as October 18 draws near.

State of the Calgary Twittersphere – June 2010

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

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

For June 2010:

# of local users: 10626 (an increase of 79 from May)
# of tweets by local users: 504633
# of tweets by local users containing #yyc: 22382 (4.4%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 156128 (30.9%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 148101 (29.3%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 22445 (4.4%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 17296 (3.4%)

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 50% of all local tweets were posted between 9 AM and 5 PM.
  • Local users posted roughly 11.7 tweets per minute in June (compared to 11.4 tweets per minute in May).
  • The day with the most local tweets posted was June 17 at 20079. On average, 16821 local tweets were posted each day (compared to 16355 in May).
  • Of the 156128 replies posted by local users this month, 49139 or 31.5% were to other local users.
  • A total of 1978 users posted 50 times or more in June. In comparison, 1600 users posted just once.

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

  1. izzynobre
  2. VaughanBuilders
  3. dantric
  4. Victorrious
  5. nscafe
  6. ThisMasterpiece
  7. that_angela
  8. a_picazo
  9. PLRNetMarketing
  10. Kristinnuendo

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

  1. calgaryherald
  2. C_DIG
  3. CalgaryBeacon
  4. Hughes4MayorYYC
  5. petrodude73
  6. jillianwalker
  7. CalgaryBeacon2
  8. harperonside
  9. nscafe
  10. that_angela

Here are the top ten most replied to local users:

  1. Kristinnuendo
  2. dantric
  3. that_angela
  4. nscafe
  5. Diegirl
  6. yogicrystal
  7. C_DIG
  8. nicolesaxton
  9. Acdngirl
  10. danellew

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

  1. calgaryherald
  2. CTVCalgary
  3. cbccalgary
  4. YYCLostPet
  5. cityofcalgary
  6. Calgarystampede
  7. AvenueMagazine
  8. mikesbloggity
  9. CTVdavidspence
  10. that_angela

Final Thoughts

First off, my apologies to those of you who have been waiting for a stats update! I’ve been a little behind this summer.

There was a slight increase in the number of users in June, and a slight decrease in the number of tweets posted. I think that decrease is due to two things: one less day than in May, and the large amount of downtime that Twitter experienced in June (it was their worst month since August 2009).

State of the Edmonton Twittersphere – July 2010

Welcome to the seventh 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 July 2010:

# of local users: 8227 (an increase of 49 from June)
# of tweets by local users: 446078
# of tweets by local users containing #yeg: 32290 (7.2%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 155793 (34.9%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 121874 (27.3%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 19864 (4.5%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 15646 (3.5%)

Here are the numbers above in graphic form:

Here are the top clients used by local users for posting updates – UberTwitter and Twitter for iPhone continue to duke it out.

Some other interesting stats for the month:

  • Just over 51% of all local tweets were posted between 9 AM and 5 PM.
  • Local users posted roughly 10.0 tweets per minute in July (compared to 9.8 tweets per minute in June).
  • The day with the most local tweets posted was July 30 at 19129. On average, 14390 local tweets were posted each day (compared to 14068 in June).
  • Of the 155793 replies posted by local users this month, 61444 or 39.4% were to other local users.
  • A total of 1658 users posted 50 times or more in July. In comparison, 1164 users posted just once.

Here are the top ten most followed local users:

  1. revtrev
  2. Pat_Lorna
  3. randyfritz
  4. biofeed
  5. dancinginlife
  6. masseffect2
  7. dragonage
  8. subunit1
  9. NHL_Oilers
  10. MathieuBisson

Here are the top ten most listed local users:

  1. biofeed
  2. randyfritz
  3. revtrev
  4. masseffect2
  5. paradepro
  6. dragonage
  7. NHL_Oilers
  8. redneckmommy
  9. Pat_Lorna
  10. DaBaby

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

  1. rootnl2k
  2. Lekordable
  3. DWsBITCH
  4. donutsmile
  5. fraygulrock
  6. gcouros
  7. ummmwhatO_o
  8. frostedbetty
  9. SGT_ZamboniGuy
  10. angelzilla

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

  1. edmontonjournal
  2. ctvedmonton
  3. iNews880
  4. livingsanctuary
  5. DebraWard
  6. twitinbythepool
  7. joshclassen
  8. Sirthinks
  9. gjmventures
  10. cbcedmonton

Here are the top ten most replied to local users:

  1. ZoomJer
  2. angelzilla
  3. PoisonLolita
  4. frostedbetty
  5. britl
  6. joshclassen
  7. RockstarJodie
  8. bingofuel
  9. Wildsau
  10. LauraSem

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

  1. ctvedmonton
  2. edmontonjournal
  3. joshclassen
  4. mastermaq
  5. EnvisionEdm
  6. iNews880
  7. CityofEdmonton
  8. dantencer
  9. bingofuel
  10. TrafficEdmonton

Final Thoughts

Even though July is one of the busiest months of the year here in Edmonton, local Twitter users were still pretty active! Not many new accounts, but there was a noticeable jump in the number of updates posted. The busiest day of the month, July 30, was the last Friday of Capital EX and Taste of Edmonton, and was also the day the Eskimos snapped a four-game losing streak to win their first game of the regular season.