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Calgary Twitterverse more active but less ‘close-knit’ than Edmonton’s

Calgarians out-tweeted their counterparts in Edmonton but tweeted less frequently to one another, according to an analysis of 2012 Twitter traffic.

“People in Edmonton seem to be way more tight-knit around talking to one another,” said Mack Male, an Alberta blogger who keeps a close eye on media issues.

Male mined a year’s worth of Twitter data and found that more than 105,000 users in Calgary and the immediate area tweeted in 2012, combining for more than 19 million tweets between them.

That compares to about 16.5 million total tweets from Edmonton users.

About 14 per cent of Edmontonians’ tweets, however, were in reply to other tweets from Edmonton, Male said. The “local reply” ratio in Calgary, by contrast, was about 10 per cent.

Regular Calgary tweeter James Callsen wasn’t surprised by the disparities between Edmonton and Calgary. He figured it’s related to “fundamental differences” between the cities’ cultures.

“In Calgary I think there’s lot more people sitting in an office somewhere, hammering away on their phone when they take a few minutes to themselves,” he said.

By the numbers:

  • October saw the most tweets from Calgary users last year, with 1.86 million for the month. Frequent Calgary tweeter James Callsen guessed that had to do with the lead-up to the U.S. presidential election.
  • Wednesday was the most popular day of the week to use Twitter, recording 3.1 million tweets for the year. Callsen thought that had to do with people being burned out at work and looking for a distraction.
  • An average month in 2012 saw roughly 50,000 Calgary-area users post at least one tweet, Mack Male said, up from about 10,500 in July 2010.
  • Male said more data on retweets and hashtags will be published Thursday and Friday at

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