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Live Free or Tweet Hard

Seven thousand tweets in 12 months.

Well, 7093 tweets, to be precise. Over the last 12 months, from , through , I've posted 7093 updates to Twitter.

(Side note: when Twitter finally released their "download your archive" feature, I discovered my first tweet was actually in March of 2010, not April, so continuing from my two previous "twelve months of Twitter" posts didn't make sense. July seems like a good opportunity to post an update, halfway into the year.)

Graph of all tweets from March 2010 to June 2013, by month
Graph of all tweets from July 2012 to June 2013, by month

Seven thousand tweets sounds like a lot, but it actually represents a pretty significant decrease in my Twitter usage –it's just barely half the total of 14055 tweets from the previous 12-month period (July 2011 to June 2012). February 2013 saw the lowest number of tweets since July 2010, when I'd first started really getting into Twitter, with January and June close behind.

That drop reflects an effort to improve my signal-to-noise ratio on Twitter. I'd been tweeting excessively and needed to restrain myself – not every fleeting thought that bounces into my skull needs to be shared. A number-crunching analysis doesn't give me the means to judge whether my subjective quality has improved, but I'd like to think it has. You tell me.

What and Who

Pie chart of tweet types - original, replies or retweets

The ratio of "original" tweets (by me, not replies or retweets) shifted a bit higher than the previous 12-month period, but not much. About 12% of my "original" tweets included a link – I've been trying to focus more on sharing interesting content instead of the Twitter norm of telling everyone what you had for breakfast.

The percentage of conversational replies has stayed above 50%, so it's not just me yapping into the void. There are actual people I'm talking with.


Speaking of conversations... the graph makes it pretty clear who I talk to the most. It's worth noting that @sawaboof has risen from a "runner-up" in my 2011 data to the top of the list; that'll happen when you start dating someone you met via Twitter. As with last year's report, all but one of these people live within 100 miles of me, even if we've not (yet) met face-to-face.

When and How

Graph of tweets by hour

One thing that hasn't really changed much since last year's analysis is when I tweet. The bulk of my activity is still from late morning to early evening.

Animated graph of tweets by hour for each day It's somewhat more interesting to see how the pattern changes from day to day througout the week. This GIF shows the aggregate tweets for each day (so, for example: all tweets from the last 12 months that were on Mondays, by hour), and the shift from weekends to weekdays is notable.


You can also see a clear shift in my preference of Twitter client. I used to rely heavily on Tweetdeck, which was a pretty solid desktop client and had a decent Chrome version. It did a great job of displaying the main timeline alongside your mentions, DMs, lists, and so on, so you had a good at-a-glance overview. Unfortunately it started having issues (I suspect this was related to its acquisition by Twitter), and Chrome started randomly causing my work computer to freeze, so in February I started using the Twitter.com web interface from Firefox as my primary client during the day. Usage of Tweetbot (which I highly recommend if you have an iPhone) has been pretty consistent.

(This graph excludes any client that didn't have at least a 1% share. Flickr was used for 0.3% of my tweets, as did the mobile Twitter website; only 0.2% of my tweets were texted in.)

I didn't run the data to check, but I would imagine there's a clear trend showing which clients get used the most over the course of the day. My guess: Tweetbot shows strongly during the early morning, giving way to Twitter.com during the workday, then shifting back to Tweetbot as night sets in.

What Have We Learned?

Overall, it feels like I'm doing better at producing less noise for people to filter out, and connecting with people more than talking at them. It's interesting just how much Twitter has taken over our lives, though maybe I'm just speaking for myself here. It feels weird to deliberately take a few days off of Twitter, to consciously refrain from posting at all, though I still feel compelled to at least check in to see what others are saying. It's like anything else – moderation is key, and that's something I'm still working on.

I’m in your Twitterz, terrorizing your timeline

tl;dr: I tweet too much. There's proof of this.

As of the writing of this post, I have a grand total of 22,853 tweets, using about 2.2 million characters.

In the last 12 months

There were two ways of doing this. One was to look at it purely by calendar year, January through December. The other was to do it based only on data since my previous Twitter analysis. To reduce the impact of duplicate data, that's the way this is organized – all numbers and stats are on data from April 22, 2011 to today.

So. In the last 12 months, I've posted about 14,300 total tweets, using about 1.3 million characters – 653 of those tweets used the full 140-character allotment. Since the last analysis, about 300 new people have started following me (though I still have no idea why), and I started following about 100 new accounts. Not too bad.

You start to see some trends when it's graphed out like this. The dark green at the bottom shows original tweets, the lighter green in the middle shows replies to others, and the lightest strip at the top shows retweets. My average proportion of "broadcast" tweets has stayed pretty consistent at about 38% compared to replies at 46%, though some days it still feels like I'm tipping the signal-to-noise ratio the wrong way. Still need to work on conversing versus broadcasting.

The when

If the previous graph didn't make it clear enough, this one will: I tweeted a lot more over the last year than the one prior. The orange section in the center of this graph represents tweets from April 2010 through April 2011 when I did the last analysis. The green is everything since then. The significantly higher volume of tweets is hard to miss. Overall, though, I remain a creature of habit; nothing in the wee hours from midnight to 6AM, and relatively even distribution the rest of the time.

The what

PeerIndex now lists my notable topics as "privacy", "science fiction", "technology", and "internet and web", among others, which seems about right. Interestingly, it points out just how much I've moved away from a focus on technology and media to business and life, which reflects the shift in my career as of last year when I moved into a web content manager role from my previous position as a front-end developer.

Klout, on the other hand, lists "technology", "Milwaukee", "Movies", and "Pizza". o/ (And, since Klout allows others to add topics to your profile, I'm also considered influential in "Sheep and Goats (Goat Farms) (Industry)". So there's that.) While I don't put a lot of stock – or any, really – in Klout as a serious measure of anything, it's also interesting to note that it recently added "Amazon Kindle" and "Books" to my list of topics, which is awesome; I've tweeted a lot about ebooks and reading since buying my Kindle Touch in January. (Side note: I absolutely love my Kindle. It's amazing. Highly recommended.)

Hot topics in terms of hashtags: #DoctorWho, #Bond, #sttos, #kindle, and #hulksmash. A pretty accurate roundup of my life, I should say. The first three reflect my marathon of TV shows courtesy of Netflix – I caught up on five seasons of Doctor Who, watched all 22 official James Bond films, and am currently working my way through Star Trek: The Original Series.

The who

Top offenders interactions, based on mentions of their usernames, in order: @sawaboof and @ashedryden way out in front of everyone (with 800+ mentions each), @desjardins, @senvara, @brennanMKE, @ejbenjamin, @personalgenius and @joshdean (tied), @bananza and @gesa (tied), @mathiasx and @thebestsophist. I've met all but four of these lovely people in person, whereas two years ago I knew none of them. All but @personalgenius are in or around southeastern Wisconsin, so apparently my online socialization radius pretty closely mirrors the real world.

The so what

So what? So nothing. There wasn't any point to be made here, other than the realization that I tweet too much and should probably scale back before I have an aneurysm or something. That said, Twitter's been an amazingly valuable resource for finding information, soliciting opinions, sharing ideas, having a laugh, and supporting others. That's the point, if there is one.

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Round-up: Accessibility References for Non-Tech People

Elizabeth Galle tweeted a request today for accessibility references that a team of not-necessarily tech savvy people would get some use out of. Twitter responded with some great links almost immediately, and I wanted to collect those replies here in one place to serve as a starting point for any others with similar needs.

The tweet that started it off:

@Tawreh makes an excellent point that web accessibility can be likened to a book, and that you should give your readers a sense of “I know where things are” immediately rather than trying to reinvent the wheel and inevitably confusing them (or frustrating them to the point that they just give up).

Others presented links to basic guidelines from the W3C and WebAIM groups, the authoritative sources for web usability and accessibility. Continue reading “Round-up: Accessibility References for Non-Tech People” »

Why “Social Media Gurus” Are Ridiculous

This morning, the Twitter account of one Mark Davidson started getting lots of attention. Supposedly, Mr. Davidson employs several ghostwriters to manage his social media presence (rather than doing it himself), and then fired one of them. The apparently newly unemployed individual then proceed to post several “drunk and angry” tweets explaining how the good Mr. Davidson can “barely type social media much less know what it is.”

If this is real and not some publicity stunt – which would be one of the worst publicity stunts ever – then it’s just one more reason not to trust anything that comes out of the mouth of anyone who proclaims themselves a “social media guru” (oh right, I’m sorry, an “Internet sales & marketing professional”).

Who, by the way, is “following” over 37,000 people. I’m sure he’s engaging with each and every one of them and maximizing the value everyone is getting out of those relationships.

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