Speed Tweeting (reports, stats, videos and more) – 24 December 2008

There has been lots of good Twitter news, reports and ideas around this week:

The State of the Twittersphere [REPORT]

Hubspot has produced their State of the Twittersphere report. A few stats from it:

  • 35% of Twitter users have 10 or fewer followers
  • The average number of followers is 70
  • The average number of people that Twitter users follow is 69
  • Top locations on Twitter include London, San Francisco, New York and Chicago

Here it is in full:

State of the Twittersphere – Get more Information Technology

ReadWriteWeb takes the stats in the report projects forwards – concluding that Twitter would take 36 years to catch Facebook.

Facebook, Twitter and Traffic [STATS]

Also on the topic of Facebook and Twitter – Jacob Cass reports that he gets more traffic from Facebook than Twitter despite having fewer Facebook friends than Twitter followers and shows some stats from his metrics package.

I tweeted this link earlier today and had a heap of people tell me that their own results are quite the opposite. I decided to check my own and mine are completely different to Jacob. To my ProBlogger blog I had 11,500 visitors come from Twitter.com over the last 30 days and only 1500 come from Facebook. My links to new posts go up on both as Jacob describes.

Here on TwiTip the stats are even more one sided towards Twitter – although that’s skewed because this blog is about Twitter of course.

I don’t dispute Jacobs results – but would argue that it is always going to vary from site to site and topic to topic.

ReWeeting [ANALYSIS]

Pistachio Consulting has a good analytical post this week on the Phenomenon of Retweeting

Twitter for Business [VIDEO]

Laura from Pistachio also has a great presentation on the topic of Twitter for Business. It is well worth the look.

Check out her powerpoint deck here.

Twitter and Legal Ramifications [LAW]

Law.com has an article up talking about how tweets could get employers in legal trouble. Sounds like a whole lot of articles we saw a few years back on the dangers of blogging to companies.

Round Follow Buttons! [DESIGN]

And the news of the week – Twitterrati notes that follow buttons went from square to round!


  • December 24, 2008

    Thank you.

  • December 24, 2008

    Interesting report on Twitter. Thanks for the hint to this report.

  • December 24, 2008

    I just recently sang a duet with my followers “Baby It’s Cold Outside” It was fun, just wanted to mention that.

  • December 24, 2008

    Great information!

  • December 24, 2008

    These are helpful statistics.

    Does anyone here know how to get an accurate read of current active Twitter users? The estimates range wildly, as @Jimconnolly pointed out this week.

    With a 10 fold range of estimates, does anyone have a handle on how many Twitter users may have actually used the service within the past two or three weeks?



  • December 24, 2008

    I am surprised that people do not follow a lot of other people. It is likely that if you follow more people more people will follow you. Twitter does allow Internet celebrities to follow more people than the average person. Twitter is very unfair on a lot of things.

  • December 24, 2008

    @blog Expert aka franklinbishop. what unfair things are you talking about on twitter. There are more than enough quality people to follow that just following people for no apparent reason. I had a conversation with a fellow tweeter about RT. I thought it was awesome that more and more tweeters are willing to put information out there for people.

    It helps both parties b/c the more you help and are willing to give information the more people will come to you with questions.

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