Some stats on Australian media’s use of Twitter

With the Media140 conference coming up in Sydney next month, I thought it was time for a bit of local research on Twitter usage. I used Dave Earley’s comprehensive list of Australian journalists on twitter as a starting point for research on local media usage. I spent a painstaking few hours getting the details of 313 people from Earley’s list (plus a few others I though should be there). My list is not as exhaustive and I ran out of time to include the photographers, radio and some miscellaneous names.

But for the ones I did look at I simply captured the number of people they follow, the number of people that follow them and how many times they had tweeted (to Sunday 11 Oct 2009). I then sorted the results into various criteria.

Firstly, the data is sorted by how many people they follow. The higher numbers here are the people who are interested in everybody.

Frombecca leads the way following 24857 people on Twitter. After her comes Sarahprout who follows 22296 people. There is considerable distance to third place:

3. cameronreilly 10015
4. mumbrella 5749
5. mediahunter 4736
6. katekendall 4433
7. ccoaster2002 4351
8. earleyedition 3323
9. Joe_Hildebrand 3111
10. debsm 3105
11. landeryou 3060
12. firstdogonmoon 2865
13. tabloid terror 2678
14. JohnBirmingham 2576
15. grahamy 2556
16. renailemay 2429
17. PaulWiggins 2000
18. barrysaunders 1977
19. Warlach 1925
20. LeonGettler 1850

Looking at the data in a different way we look at the Top 20 judged by how many followers they have. These are the influencers, the people that everyone is reading. Once again the same top two is well out in front – Frombecca at 22864, about a hundred ahead of Sarahprout on 22754. Again there is a large distance to number 3. The rest of the top 20 is considerably different than the previous list (though there are overlaps). It has several well known people who tend not to follow many people themselves.

3. triplejdools 11540
4. MyfWarhurst 11477
5. doctorkarl 10968
6. miafreedman 9932
7. cameronreilly 9650
8. MariekeHardy 7358
9. mumbrella 6780
10. duncanriley 5958
11. adambspencer 5418
12. katekendall 4860
13. tabloid terror 4815
14. AnnabelCrabb 4746
15. mediahunter 4604
16. triplejtvdoctor 4058
17. LeighSales 3995
18. firstdogonmoon 3914
19. ccoaster2002 3906
20. Joe_Hildebrand 3592

Next is a look at who is doing all the Tweeting. This time a very different Top 20 emerges with Stilgherrian well out in front heading towards 30,000 tweets. Just 3 of the people in previous lists make this one. They line up as follows:

1. stilgherrian 29382
2. johnlacey 25347
3. cameronreilly 22669
4. Warlach 21145
5. djackmanson 15049
6. bronwen 14180
7. kateedwards 14072
8. frombecca 12865
9. bengrubb 12629
10. mediahunter 12470
11. duncanriley 12374
12. ssharwood 11599
13. barrysaunders 11270
14. tomatom 10837
15. firstdogonmoon 10367
16. renailemay 10133
17. jason_a_w 9593
18. earleyedition 8775
19. tabloid terror 8289
20. wolfie_rankin 7814

Next we look at the ratio of following to followers.

Here are the top 20 of those who follow a lot more people than follow them. Poppy Masselos leads the way following 2.193 times as many people as follow her. It could be argued that these people are the media listeners of Australian Twitter (though there are any number of other explanations). This list has very little overlap with any of the previous lists.

1. PoppyMasselos 2.193906
2. sam_ikin 2.149254
3. ebaral 1.946903
4. jodieobrien 1.918605
5. loopymedia 1.752525
6. nadine_lee 1.672065
7. UrsulaHeger 1.492877
8. PaulWiggins 1.456664
9. Ericdot 1.444444
10. tanwatt 1.442623
11. princessfluffy 1.422535
12. bjj4me 1.406926
13. claireorourke 1.402778
14. andrewjcrook 1.382653
15. SarahElks 1.378125
16. barrysaunders 1.329523
17. LeonGettler 1.3019
18. MWikramanayake 1.293839
19. rossprowd 1.280822

At the other end of the scale are the people whose followers vastly outnumber the amount of people they follow. These are the people who presumably are there to be heard but not necessarily to listen (but again many other interpretations are possible). Leading the way is the ABC’s Dr Karl who follows just three people but is followed by 10, 968 for a ratio of 0.000274. The top 20 is:

1. doctorkarl 0.000274
2. adambspencer 0.006645
3. MyfWarhurst 0.006709
4. cmrosemary 0.009901
5. triplejtheking 0.010442
6. MariekeHardy 0.012639
7. miafreedman 0.021043
8. AClennell 0.023256
9. paulajoye 0.023335
10. LeighSales 0.023529
11. therealrocky123 0.027778
12. newslab 0.027778
13. triplejtvdoctor 0.028093
14. Jeanti 0.040359
15. liamphillips 0.045455
16. jessmcguire 0.04797
17. triplejdools 0.05156
18. bernardkeane 0.051931
19. brandstand 0.05852
20. JoannaSavill 0.059499

Next we look at the ratio of followers to tweets. A high number here means that the user is not Tweeting much despite having a large audience. I’m not sure if this metric is in any way important though it is interesting that 7 out of the top 20 are from the ABC.

The ABC’s Misha Ketch leads the way with a following of 168 despite having tweeted just once. The data in this category needs to be divided into two segments. Firstly there are those like Ketch with a smaller amount of followers who essentially seem to use Twitter, if at all, to lurk. The second category is those who have a very large following but their Twitter posting is low in comparison. Adam Spencer is an example here with 5,418 followers but just 53 posts giving him roughly 102 followers per tweet.

The full top 20 of high followers to tweets (with category number in brackets) is:
1. mishaketch 168 (1)
2. adambspencer 102.2264 (2)
3. liamphillips 66 (1)
4. Djfcm 52.2 (1)
5. triplejtheking 28.5614 (2)
6. Heidi75 20.33333 (1)
7. Jeanti 20.27273 (1)
8. MyfWarhurst 16.87794 (2)
9. marshallheald 16.66667 (1)
10. tburton 13.44444 (1)
11. zarabee 12 (1)
12. Joe_Hildebrand 11.40317 (2)
13. ScottPape 10.89051 (2)
14. paulajoye 10.10266 (2)
15. valens quinn 9.6 (1)
16. GeorgiaWaters 9.380952 (1)
17. abcmarkscott 8.715909 (2)
18. heraldsunscoop 8.062201 (2)
19. triplejtvdoctor 7.84913 (2)
20. triplejdools 7.734584 (2)

At the other end of the scale are those who are generous with their tweets compared to the number of followers they attract.

John Lacey leads the way with his 1,451 followers enjoying over 25,000 tweets for a ratio of 0.057 followers per tweet. The top 20 is as follows:

1. johnlacey 0.057245
2. Ericdot 0.068381
3. wolfie_rankin 0.069235
4. s_bridges 0.081579
5. ssharwood 0.092508
6. djackmanson 0.093428
7. dellvink 0.098243
8. kateedwards 0.099204
9. jason_a_w 0.101115
10. stilgherrian 0.111735
11. ChrisRhyss 0.11488
12. mcjp 0.124486
13. cate3221 0.12573
14. sonya_gee 0.128358
15. alexkidman 0.129713
16. barrysaunders 0.131943
17. foraggio 0.133285
18. Warlach 0.138
19. bengrubb 0.141104
20. JenBennett 0.150236

There were no real surprising conclusions from the data apart from the two ladies Frombecca and Sarahprout that dominate the following/followers count. I don’t have a ready explanation why they are so far in front in both categories.

The next step I’d like to do is measure influence by Retweets over a week to see whether there are any insights from that data.

Any thoughts?

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