Who’s “Most Tweeted” In The Irish Twitterverse?

The Irish Twitter users who received the most replies from other Irish users during the study.

A research project by John Conroy, a Masters student supervised by Josephine Griffith at NUI Galway, has gathered some interesting statistics on Twitter usage and the most tweeted users in Ireland (during February / March 2010).

The study acquired 307,168 tweets from a group of Irish Twitter users. These tweets yielded 93,022 resolvable replies (@someuser), and another 7,298 retweets. Therefore, a third of the tweets investigated contained either a reply to another user or a retweet. Of the 93,022 resolvable replies, the vast majority were directed at users external to the Irish group. 15,364 replies (16.5%) were directed at an Irish user, and 77,658 (83.5%) at a user outside of Ireland. (Just over 2,000 investigated tokens were spoiled, often due to typos or e-mail addresses being detected as replies.)

The most replied-to Irish account was @planetjedward (pop stars), followed by @thescript (a band), @Dublins98Dave (a radio presenter), @darraghdoyle (community manager at boards.ie), @rayfoleyshow (another radio presenter), and @damienmulley (an online PR consultant).

Of the total set of users that the Irish replied to, @addthis, a link sharing service, topped the list, followed by pop stars @MrPeterAndre and @mileycyrus, and the unclassifiable @stephenfry.

Who the Irish replied to most (including international Twitter users).

Retweets accounted for a much smaller portion: about 2.5% of the total set of tweets, or about 7.5% of tweets that referenced other users. The most retweeted Irish user was @marklittlenews (a journalist and former RTE presenter). @tweetmeme, a link tracking service for Twitter, was the most retweeted user by the Irish usergroup.

Who the Irish retweeted most (including international Twitter users).

(You can follow both John Conroy and Josephine Griffith on Twitter as well. I’ve saved some of the top user lists using Many Eyes.)

13 thoughts on “Who’s “Most Tweeted” In The Irish Twitterverse?

  1. I guess @johnconroy should answer – but I believe he began with the Location field and other geolocational metadata provided by the Twitter API, and refined some of this manually. John’s “Irish” criteria were:* from Ireland, live in Ireland* from Ireland, living anywhere* from anywhere, living in Ireland* Ireland == the island of Ireland


  2. Not far behind @marklittlenews on the retweets there, good job (probably a more “valuable” score than “replies”.)


  3. That’s still a positive action. It’s why retweeting is better than “Liking.” I’m disinclined to press Like on things I find interesting but that I don’t “like.” Retweeting is simply “this is interesting” wether you agree with it or not.


  4. Yeah — those criteria– pretty arbitrary, perhaps. I’ve a non-comprehensive list of c.23000 Irish users which I got by scraping wefollow and twellow search results and by sorta listening on the Twitter public timeline for Irish users (tweets contain location metadata… though close to half of users don’t give meaningful location data). Scraping Twellow/wefollow worked great… I’ve found no false-positives so far. And they presumably get their geolocation from user profiles. The fact that my list of Irish users is not comprehensive doesn’t affect this data at all– I just got the most-replied-to users in c.300,000 tweets by Irish users, and added them up, and put the top Irish users in a seperate list. I’ve got the long-tail of c.36000 most-replied-to users (at that time) by Irish users, in order in a .xls (similar for retweets) — anyone can get on to me about it @johnconroy.


  5. I have an estimate of c.76k for the number of total Irish users. It’s not a good estimate, for reasons which will become clear if you can be bothered reading this, but @dermotcasey asked how I got it. So here it is (sorry — its sounds technical when its written down 😦 )I had c23k users from methods outlined in my comment above. First thing was I checked to see how many twitter users, in general, offer resolvable locations. This turns out to be something like 45%. (I just got about a thousand random twitter users, printed out their locations, and checked by hand how many locations were read (eg Austin, Tx), and how many were nonsense (eg ‘Justin’s Heart <3’))Next thing I did was collect what I thought was a LARGE random sample of twitter users from the public timeline – about 30,000, I think.Next, for each of those 30000 random twitter users, I checked to see how many mentioned Ireland in their profile location. I also saved ambiguous terms (eg Dublin could mean Dublin, TX, or Dublin, IRE) and checked those by hand later (there weren’t many).Then, for each Irish user that I found in this random sample of Irish users, I checked to see if they were already on my original list of Irish users. It turned out that something like 70% were. So my estimate is built on this premise: Out of a random group of Irish users, 70% (or whatever) was already on my list. So my list was 70%-ish comprehensive. BUT remember, only half, or whatever, of twitter users give a real location. SO I doubled (or whatever) the figure I got.HOWEVER I only found something like 109 verified Irish users when I randomly trawled those 30k-odd random Twitter accounts(!). So I’m relying on a very small sample… and that’s why my estimate for the size of the Irish twittersphere is unreliable.(I shouldn’t say ‘I’ all the time: I should say me and my supervisor Josephine Griffith — though I was of course doing the monkey-work. Also, I used Python for all my scripting, which is brilliant, and dcclinton’s excellent twitter api wrapper for Python which is called python-twitter).


  6. Thanks for putting this together. Was also surprised as Derbhile on the retweet stats. Glad to see Bloggertone there though 🙂


  7. It’s refreshing to see @paulmwatson feature among the real power users of Irish Twitter space. And doubly good when you consider the tech tidbits that flow from Paul Watson.


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