State of the Ottawa Twittersphere – March 2010

Welcome to the third State of the Ottawa Twittersphere, my look at the intersection of Twitter and Ottawa, ON. You can see last month’s stats here.

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

For March 2010:

# of local users: 10785 (an increase of 1419 from February)
# of tweets by local users: 539860
# of tweets by local users containing #ottawa/#yow: 4457 (0.8%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 189236 (35.1%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 153778 (28.4%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 29274 (5.4%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 16791 (3.1%)

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 51% of all local tweets were posted between 9 AM and 5 PM.
  • Local users posted roughly 12.1 tweets per minute in March (compared to 11.2 tweets per minute in February).
  • The day with the most local tweets posted was March 23 at 20898. On average, 17415 local tweets were posted each day (compared to 16150 in February).
  • Of the 189236 replies posted by local users this month, 58286 or 30.8% were to other local users.
  • A total of 1981 users posted 50 times or more in January. In comparison, 1710 users posted just once.

Here are the top ten most followed local users:

  1. pmharper
  2. campbed
  3. billbateswins
  4. Jason_OToole
  5. ErinBlaskie
  6. BlackBerryCool
  7. phdinparenting
  8. snookca
  9. knealemann
  10. Demi_LovatoFans

Here are the top ten most listed local users:

  1. snookca
  2. CharlesCrosbie
  3. pmharper
  4. BlackBerryCool
  5. Demi_LovatoFans
  6. michaelgeist
  7. surinderJsingh
  8. michelfortin
  9. plevy
  10. CloutMarketing

Here are the top ten most active local users:

  1. GAMING_LOUNGE
  2. ottawa_crime
  3. TopiaGreenStop
  4. DJNOODLES2
  5. MrsLoulou
  6. melissa_allstar
  7. bitofmomsense
  8. Favwa
  9. rebecera
  10. whoreformusic

Here are the top ten most replied to local users:

  1. all_caps
  2. bitofmomsense
  3. JenButson
  4. gordbot
  5. leslielscott
  6. justinvl
  7. MrsLoulou
  8. see_jane_sell
  9. snobiwan
  10. MissHelveticaB

Final Thoughts

First off, apologies for the late stats this month. I think the increased numbers in March reflect three more days in the month than we had in February, but also some steady growth (and perhaps some modifications I made to my code). More than 12,000 tweets were posted each day in March. The percentage of tagged tweets, while still small relative to other cities, did increase a little.

State of the Ottawa Twittersphere – February 2010

Welcome to the second State of the Ottawa Twittersphere, my look at the intersection of Twitter and Ottawa, ON. You can see last month’s stats here.

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

For February 2010:

# of local users: 9366 (an increase of 804 from January)
# of tweets by local users: 452190
# of tweets by local users containing #ottawa/#yow: 2719 (0.6%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 161654 (35.7%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 109478 (24.2%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 25947 (5.7%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 13205 (2.9%)

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 11.2 tweets per minute in February (compared to 9.6 tweets per minute in January).
  • The day with the most local tweets posted was February 28 at 23063. On average, 16150 local tweets were posted each day (compared to 13750 in January).
  • Of the 161654 replies posted by local users this month, 45323 or 28.0% were to other local users.
  • A total of 1732 users posted 50 times or more in January. In comparison, 1461 users posted just once.

Here are the top ten most followed local users:

  1. pmharper
  2. campbed
  3. billbateswins
  4. Jason_OToole
  5. ErinBlaskie
  6. BlackBerryCool
  7. snookca
  8. knealemann
  9. phdinparenting
  10. MattMossop

Here are the top ten most listed local users:

  1. CloutMarketing
  2. egs
  3. michaelgeist
  4. NHL_Sens
  5. knealemann
  6. OttawaCitizen
  7. stephen_taylor
  8. kady
  9. justinmenard
  10. iancapstick

Here are the top ten most active local users:

  1. whoreformusic
  2. CRAcorruption
  3. wickedcanadagal
  4. bitofmomsense
  5. michelleinglis
  6. kellidaisy
  7. ice89
  8. melissa_allstar
  9. davidpcurrie
  10. OttawaCitizen

Here are the top ten most replied to local users:

  1. all_caps
  2. gordbot
  3. bitofmomsense
  4. snobiwan
  5. kellidaisy
  6. refashionista
  7. JenButson
  8. fleur_de_lotus
  9. CandaceDx
  10. zchamu

Final Thoughts

As with the other Canadian cities, the busiest day in February in Ottawa was the 28th due to the gold medal hockey game. The second busiest was the 12th, the day of the opening ceremonies for the Olympics. The growth in the Ottawa twittersphere this month is similar to that of Calgary. Still a severe lack of tagged tweets though!

State of the Ottawa Twittersphere – January 2010

Welcome to the first State of the Ottawa Twittersphere, my look at the intersection of Twitter and Ottawa, ON.

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

For January 2010:

# of local users: 8562
# of tweets by local users: 426258
# of tweets by local users containing #ottawa/#yow: 2828 (0.7%)
# of tweets by local users that were replies: 150400 (35.3%)
# of tweets by local users containing links: 113889 (26.7%)
# of tweets by local users that were retweets: 40243 (9.4%)
# of tweets by local users that were twooshes: 18104 (4.2%)

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 52% of all local tweets were posted between 9 AM and 5 PM.
  • Local users posted roughly 9.6 tweets per minute in January.
  • The day with the most local tweets posted was January 27 at 17041. On average, 13750 local tweets were posted each day.
  • Of the 150400 replies posted by local users this month, 41710 or 27.7% were to other local users.
  • A total of 1618 users posted 50 times or more in January. In comparison, 1235 users posted just once.

Here are the top ten most followed local users:

  1. pmharper
  2. billbateswins
  3. campbed
  4. Jason_OToole
  5. ErinBlaskie
  6. BlackBerryCool
  7. snookca
  8. knealemann
  9. MattMossop
  10. AtifMirzaRemax

Here are the top ten most listed local users:

  1. CharlesCrosbie
  2. snookca
  3. pmharper
  4. BlackBerryCool
  5. michelfortin
  6. ErinBlaskie
  7. michaelgeist
  8. surinderJsingh
  9. CloutMarketing
  10. plevy

Here are the top ten most active local users:

  1. whoreformusic
  2. kareenaristide
  3. CRAcorruption
  4. ice89
  5. LorenaHeletea
  6. Mr_SaGz
  7. bitofmomsense
  8. wickedcanadagal
  9. all_caps
  10. Dr_Tania

Final Thoughts

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with the Winnipeg stats, so learning that they don’t use a local hashtag was interesting, not surprising. But it’s safe to say that I am surprised local hashtag usage in Ottawa is so low (unless they use one I’m not aware of): I counted just 112 tweets tagged with #yow, and just 2716 with #ottawa. As you can see above, that’s less than 1% of all tweets posted during the month. Maybe some of that is due to the federal/national focus that is natural for Canada’s capital city. Ottawa users do reply to one another more frequently than Winnipeggers do, however.

Another surprise: there are a lot of users in Ottawa and they post a lot! I’m looking forward to seeing if the numbers grow.