State of the Edmonton Twittersphere 2011 – Users & Clients

This is the second part in my State of the Edmonton Twittersphere for 2011 – you can read the overview post here. As we saw in that entry, more than 46,000 local users posted at least one tweet in 2011, and more than 23,000 were active in December. Let’s take a closer look at users and the tools they used to post tweets.

In my experience the creation date for a user is not always populated, but assuming it is incorrect or missing equally across the year, this chart gives us an indication of when local users signed up for accounts in 2011:

As you can see only March seems to stand out – the number of users created is otherwise fairly evenly distributed across the year.

On to the lists!

Here are the 25 most followed users:

  1. hallsy04
  2. bioware
  3. NHL_Oilers
  4. revtrev
  5. Pat_Lorna
  6. ebs_14
  7. masseffect
  8. dragonage
  9. randyfritz
  10. MilesSTEREOS
  11. askandimagine
  12. darklarke
  13. jayrahime
  14. DavidPapp
  15. AskMartyMisner
  16. DancinginLife
  17. mps_91
  18. TheMaddigans
  19. CityofEdmonton
  20. subunit1
  21. edmontonjournal
  22. redneckmommy
  23. ctvedmonton
  24. GenePrincipe
  25. ThisBirdsDay

The average local user has 138 followers (compared to 120 last year). A total of 918 users have 1000 followers or more (compared to 420 users last year).

Here are the 25 most listed users:

  1. bioware
  2. revtrev
  3. NHL_Oilers
  4. masseffect
  5. dragonage
  6. hallsy04
  7. redneckmommy
  8. rootnl2k
  9. randyfritz
  10. paradepro
  11. Pat_Lorna
  12. gcouros
  13. edmontonjournal
  14. gsiemens
  15. DancinginLife
  16. ebs_14
  17. da_buzz
  18. ctvedmonton
  19. CityofEdmonton
  20. dantencer
  21. CBCEdmonton
  22. mastermaq
  23. britl
  24. askandimagine
  25. GlobalEdmonton

The average local user has been listed 4 times (compared to 5 times last year).

Here are the 25 most active users:

  1. rootnl2k
  2. etownmelly
  3. theleanover
  4. JoThrillzPromo
  5. auryanna
  6. CommonSenseSoc
  7. KikkiPlanet
  8. RyanPMG
  9. Leask
  10. BikiniOrBust
  11. LiarAllDay
  12. ZoomJer
  13. fraygulrock
  14. counterplot
  15. JovanHeer
  16. PoisonLolita (now @Shannanicorn)
  17. SaySandra
  18. Jenn_Etown
  19. sarahbartlett (now @sarahesinfield)
  20. DV1NE
  21. gcouros
  22. AskMartyMisner
  23. andrew_leach
  24. TrevorBoller
  25. habanerogal

Here are the 5 most active bots:

  1. WCIJobs
  2. EdmontonBizcaf
  3. MadMissee
  4. yegtraffic
  5. LocalEdmonton

Combined those were the top 30 most active users, and they accounted for 8.3% of all local tweets. The top 100 most active users accounted for 16.0% of all local tweets (compared to 18.5% last year).

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

  1. iNews880
  2. ctvedmonton
  3. edmontonjournal
  4. CBCEdmonton
  5. TamaraStecyk
  6. MacsTheWord
  7. Edmontonsun
  8. Paulatics
  9. DebraWard
  10. JBH8
  11. k97
  12. mastermaq
  13. Sirthinks
  14. SimonOstler
  15. KikkiPlanet
  16. CommonSenseSoc
  17. metroedmonton
  18. britl
  19. lindork
  20. thepolishviking
  21. Slummer90
  22. Macgyyver
  23. CityofEdmonton
  24. GigcityYEG
  25. craigpilgrim

Here are 5 most active bots using #yeg:

  1. yegsphere
  2. EdmCa
  3. yegwx
  4. yegtraffic
  5. Oilogosphere

The top 100 most active users using #yeg and related tags accounted for 30.3% of all #yeg-tagged tweets, down from 51.8% last year. That suggests that more users are using #yeg! A total of 14,238 users posted at least one tweet tagged with #yeg or a related tag in 2011.

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

  1. KikkiPlanet
  2. JasonGregor
  3. confessionality
  4. ZoomJer
  5. JenBanksYEG
  6. Wildsau
  7. britl
  8. Pokerclack
  9. CommonSenseSoc
  10. dantencer
  11. SaySandra
  12. RockstarJodie
  13. TamaraStecyk
  14. Rainyfool
  15. Leask
  16. NoPantsAsh
  17. lindork
  18. Luzzara
  19. NHL_Oilers
  20. FeliciaDewar
  21. habanerogal
  22. TrevorBoller
  23. nielson1260
  24. Sirthinks
  25. MeghanDarker

Those 25 users accounted for 11.2% of all local replies. The top 100 most replied to local users accounted for 24.5% of all local replies (compared to 32.8% last year).

Here are the 25 most retweeted users (by other local users):

  1. edmontonjournal
  2. NHL_Oilers
  3. ctvedmonton
  4. dantencer
  5. CityofEdmonton
  6. mastermaq
  7. metroedmonton
  8. cbcedmonton
  9. Paulatics
  10. GlobalEdmonton
  11. SimonOstler
  12. yegtraffic
  13. JasonGregor
  14. britl
  15. KikkiPlanet
  16. edmontonsun
  17. sunterryjones
  18. EdmontonHumane
  19. GenePrincipe
  20. hallsy04
  21. iNews880
  22. joshclassen
  23. bingofuel
  24. Wildsau
  25. davecournoyer

If you ever needed proof that Edmonton is a hockey town, look no further than that list! A total of 38 users were retweeted by other local users 1000 times or more. Just the top 6 users were retweeted more than 4000 times, and just @edmontonjournal was retweeted more than 10,000 times.

I like to say that the “most retweeted” is the most important of all the lists in this post, because the retweet is the social currency of Twitter. If someone retweets you, that means that whatever you posted was important/clever/funny/inspiring/etc enough to share with others.

Clients

More than 3100 different applications and services were used to post tweets in 2011, up from more than 2000 last year. Here are the top ten:

  1. web
  2. Twitter for iPhone
  3. Twitter for BlackBerry®
  4. TweetDeck
  5. HootSuite
  6. Echofon
  7. twitterfeed
  8. Twitter for Android
  9. txt
  10. Tweet Button

The top ten clients accounted for 76.8% of all local tweets in 2011 (compared to 76.2% last year).

Coming Up

This year I have broken the report into sections:

  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 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!

Twitter statistics for City Council’s vote on the financial framework for the downtown arena

After a long public hearing on Tuesday, City Council yesterday debated the proposed financial framework and ultimately whether or not they wanted to proceed with the downtown arena project. They voted 10-3 in favor of the framework, and also voted to spend $30 million to complete the design to 60%. Here’s my analysis of the the arena-related tweets posted by Edmonton users between 9:30am and 9:30pm.

By graphing the tweets per minute, you can very clearly see the time the vote took place (~3:03pm):

I was curious to know if the things people were tweeting before and after that moment were different. Here’s a word cloud of the tweets prior to the vote:

Caterina was mentioned a lot, which makes sense considering he turned out to be the surprise dealmaker of the day. The other Councillors were mentioned quite frequently too, as myself and others tweeted their comments.

Here’s a word cloud of the tweets posted after the vote:

It’s very interesting that “Edmonton” was tweeted so often after the vote passed. There were a lot of tweets similar to “Edmonton will get a new arena” that were retweeted after the vote. You can also see that “Iveson” was fairly prominent after the vote, reflecting the large number of tweets about his final remarks on the deal.

Other stats:

  • It was another busy day for tweets in Edmonton with more than 42,000 posted by Edmontonians. That works out to an average of about 30 per minute.
  • More than 880 users posted at least one arena-related tweet.
  • On average, 5.0 arena-related tweets were posted per minute between 9:30am and 9:30pm. The peak was 43.
  • Roughly 14% of the tweets were replies to other users.
  • Roughly 29% of the tweets were retweets.

Here are the top 20 most active local users (most tweets to least):

Here are the top 20 most retweeted local users (by other local users, most retweeted to least):

I gave Paula a run for her money, but she remained the most retweeted user on the arena issue!

UPDATE: I’m always looking for better ways to analyze tweets. Finding a good, reliable way to do sentiment analysis (are tweets positive or negative) is a challenge, partially because tweets are so short and because they usually include weird entities like hashtags (weird from a natural language processing point-of-view). To analyze the arena-related tweets, I used uClassify’s Sentiment Classifier. Here are the results:

tweet sentiment

I would say this is pretty much as expected. Tweets before the vote probably expressed less emotion one way or the other. Most people tweeting after the vote seemed happy with the decision Council made.

Twitter statistics for today’s public hearing on the proposed arena deal

I think it’s fair to say that the public hearing on the proposed arena deal was the talk of Twitter in Edmonton today. Here’s my quick analysis of all arena-related tweets posted by Edmonton users today between 9:30am and 9:30pm.

A word cloud of the 4500+ tweets:

Here’s a breakdown of tweets per minute (you can clearly see the lunch and dinner breaks):

Other stats:

  • Thanks largely to the arena-related tweets, more than 44,000 tweets were posted by Edmontonians today. That works out to an average of about 31 tweets per minute.
  • More than 800 different users posted at least one arena-related tweet.
  • On average, 6.3 arena-related tweets were posted per minute between 9:30am and 9:30pm. The peak was 24.
  • Roughly 17% of the tweets were replies to other users.
  • Roughly 25% of the tweets were retweets.

Here are the top 20 most active local users (most tweets to least):

  1. Paulatics
  2. iNews880
  3. scott_lilwall
  4. KikkiPlanet
  5. ctvedmonton
  6. rjmackinnon
  7. Sirthinks
  8. jfranceska
  9. SunMichelleT
  10. JennaBCityTV
  11. canadianglen
  12. dstaples
  13. edmontoncritic
  14. Edmontonsun
  15. Darren_Krause
  16. journalistjeff
  17. SeanCollins11
  18. DennisMichael_1
  19. smoonie
  20. ScottFralick

Here are the top 20 most retweeted local users (by other local users, most retweeted to least):

  1. Paulatics
  2. ctvedmonton
  3. KikkiPlanet
  4. rjmackinnon
  5. iNews880
  6. sunterryjones
  7. scott_lilwall
  8. SunMichelleT
  9. mastermaq
  10. dstaples
  11. davecournoyer
  12. el_cormier
  13. yegmotto
  14. smah1
  15. frostiblack
  16. dantencer
  17. Edmontonsun
  18. dirklancer
  19. journalistjeff
  20. tedgbauer & alexabboud

Council voted to deal with the issue at 9:30am tomorrow (Wednesday). You can watch or listen live here.

Edmonton Twittersphere: One Week, Three Big Events

There certainly has been a lot to talk about over the last seven days! The royal wedding, the death of Osama bin Laden, and the 41st Canadian federal election have all been in the news around the world. They’ve been the hot topics on Twitter as of late too. I decided to take a closer look at Edmonton’s tweeting of the three events.

First, here is the number of tweets about each topic, plotted per hour over the last week. From the chart, we can see that the Bin Laden and election news was spikier than the royal wedding (think: people tweeting as soon as they heard about Bin Laden versus people tweeting over the three or four hours the wedding took).

For the data labeled #RoyalWedding I took any tweet that contained “wedding”, “middleton”, “cambridge”, “william”, or “kate”. For the data labeled Bin Laden, I took any tweet that contained “bin laden”, “binladen”, “osama”, or “obama”. For the data labeled “#elxn41” I took any tweet that contained “elxn41” or “yegfed”. This definition applies to the rest of the data in this post as well.

Here’s a closer look at the royal wedding tweets:

Obviously one of the more interesting aspects of the royal wedding was that it took place in the middle of the night for us here in Edmonton. This chart gives you a sense of that. The orange line is the number of tweets posted per hour on April 29th, and you can see there were quite a few more tweets posted in the middle of the night than either the day before or after (the blue lines).

Here’s a word cloud that shows all of the local tweets posted on April 29th (29,625). You can see the wedding definitely stands out:

The most consistently talked about topic of the three has definitely been the election. We set a new record for the number of tweets posted in a single day on election day (May 2) at 37,664. That’s fitting, considering our record day last year was also an election day. This chart compares the two:

Obviously more tweets were posted overall on May 2, because there are more local users on Twitter now. What’s interesting to me is that the number of election-specific tweets is about the same for both!

Here’s a word cloud for election day:

Though more people tweeted about the election over the week, it was the Bin Laden news that got everyone tweeting at the same time. I think it’s the new local record holder for peak tweets per hour:

This chart is imperfect, of course – it changes depending on the search keywords you use. But I think it still illustrates the point. For Crosby’s goal, I used “canada”, “crosby”, “goal”, and “score”.

Finally, here’s a word cloud for May 1, the day the Osama bin Laden news broke:

Even though the news came out very late in the day, you can see that it was the most talked about topic of the day.

I wonder what the next big event on Twitter in Edmonton will be!

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.