Top 10 Tweeters
The 10 most-active tweeters contributed 26,253 tweets to the chatter. That’s 3% of the 867,614 tweets. Most of that traffic rose and fell along with the rest of the chatter — just more so. Since January 16, the top 10 contributors have also quieted themselves. A look at traffic up to January 22 reveals some of the members of this group have nearly fallen silent.
While it may be easy to criticize the most active voices, particularly when considering the volume of traffic this particular group created, it’s important to remember that keeping an online movement going is not an easy task; particularly given the ADD nature of the web these days. It means making sure necessary information gets out, that notable contributions are highlighted, that members (particularly new supporters) are given a bit of a spotlight in the hopes of harnessing new energy, responding to perceived misinformation (and perceived disinformation), and selectively addressing criticism.
So, it’s generally good to have a small group of people who are willing to carry that effort. And, it’s good when conducting analysis of the volume of traffic to consider this as extreme data which can skew results in sentiment and actual volume of activity. This is why my sentiment analysis considers only participants who issue a small number of tweets as they are more likely to be members of the public rather than committed members of the movement.
Top 10 Tweets
There’s nothing like star power to help energize an online movement. Celebrities and figureheads definitely helped fan some of the online fire. Even those who didn’t retweet or ‘favorite’ tweets by names such as Naomi Klein, Nelly Furtado and Jian Ghomeshi were no doubt pleased to see their names among those tweeting about and even supporting the movement.
Counts of retweets (RTs) and ‘Favorites’ were collected January 23. The numbers reported to qualify the sequence of the Top 10 most popular tweets may have changed since this post was written which may result in a disconnect between the numbers reported and those appearing in the visual of the embedded tweet.
Number 1: @NaomiAKlein with 1,425 RTs and 321 Favorites
Was just offered Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from GG. I respectfully decline in solidarity with hunger strikers + #IdleNoMore
— Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) January 11, 2013
Number 2: @JustinTrudeau with 1,330 RTs and 271 Favorites
— Justin Trudeau, MP (@JustinTrudeau) December 26, 2012
Number 3: @JianGhomeshi with 1,098 RTs and 123 Favorites
Number 4: @JianGhomeshi with 975 RTs and 115 Favorites
Number 5: @NellyFurtado with 896 RTs and 396 Favorites
— Nelly Furtado (@NellyFurtado) January 9, 2013
Number 6: @NellyFurtado with 887 RTs and 377 Favorites
Very moving to see all the #IdleNoMore posters and first nations flags at Niagara Falls on New Year's Eve. 2013 will be a year to remember.
— Nelly Furtado (@NellyFurtado) January 6, 2013
Number 7: @CitizenRadio with 708 RTs and 4 Favorites
— Citizen Radio (@CitizenRadio) January 14, 2013
Number 8: @IdleNoMore4 with 518 RTs and 100 Favorites
— Idle No More (@IdleNoMore4) January 11, 2013
Number 9: @ThomasMulcair with 489 RTs and 94 Favorites
— Thomas Mulcair (@ThomasMulcair) December 19, 2012
Number 10: @Strombo with 331 RTs and 8 Favorites
— Stroumboulopoulos (@strombo) December 27, 2012
Index of my Idle No More at two months analysis series:
- Idle No More at two months: traffic analysis
- Idle No More at two months: evolution of a community
- Idle No More at two months: gender
- Idle No More at two months: public sentiment
- Idle No More at two months: geography
- Idle No More at two months: top 10