I still think Twitter’s interesting; it informs me and pleases me in ways no other service comes near. Also, it lets me talk to the world, and when you do that, you find yourself asking “is anyone listening?” Fortunately, Twitter will tell you. The numbers are big enough that the stats might be of general interest. Of course, Social Media Professionals all have known all this stuff for years, but most of us aren’t those.

Where the stats are · On Twitter I’m @timbray, so my stats are at ads.twitter.com/user/timbray/tweets (you can’t see that, you’ll need to plug in your own handle).

My Twitter Analytics

My analytics in mid-December 2015.

It’s well-put-together; words whose meaning aren’t instantly obvious are nicely linked to explanations. I’m not sure I would have tracked precisely the same selection of data, but it’s not obviously crazy.

Also, you can click on any individual tweet and get the real poop on its interaction with the world; see below.

Stats on a single tweet

The picture on that tweet is massively cool, BTW.

Where I stand · As I write this I have 32,870 followers. If this were still 2013, that would be top-0.1% territory. I honestly don’t have deep ideas as to why, but suspect starting early, having interesting employers, trying to amuse, and flaming soft targets like Apple and Oracle all help.

Big take-aways · I have two:

  • On average, anything I write here appears on a number of screens which is about 1% of my nominal “follower count”.

  • My follower count changed hardly at all in the last three years.

That last one could imply that Twitter’s not growing very fast. Or that it is, but that I’m becoming less interesting at an almost exactly equal rate. Or something else.

So, what gives a tweet impact? I could speculate at length but I honestly don’t feel very wise on this subject, so I’ll just reproduce the numbers for a few days’ tweets and let you draw your own conclusions. Haven’t put too much work into the table formatting, and the timezone is wrong; sorry.

When

Tweet text

impressions

engagements

retweets

replies

likes

2015-12-15 00:59

For Ingress players: Whatever you think of the Middle East situation, this is stylish: t.co

2210

171

0

2

1

2015-12-14 06:42

Trump and el-Baghdadi peddle similar fantasies to ordinary people living in diminished and stressed conditions - t.co

3741

55

5

0

8

2015-12-14 03:08

The NFL has been really lame these last 2 weekends, not a single really good game since Dec 3rd.

3726

9

0

0

0

2015-12-13 23:52

When you’re driving home with a Christmas tree on the roof, everyone smiles at you.

4311

29

4

4

11

2015-12-13 04:38

@tekgrrl I suspect it’s highly regional; better on the West Coast, 2nd best on the east, poor in the middle.

97

2

0

1

0

2015-12-12 23:54

The Pacific Northwest at its worst: 5°C, raining hard, brisk wind. Find a cave, build a fire.

4488

40

5

4

9

2015-12-12 06:40

[Verifying my OpenPGP key: openpgp4fpr:c32a9e14128d8468fadb2f21bf396453f4cad9af]

3854

25

1

1

0

2015-12-12 05:35

@KeybaseIO Verifying myself: I am timbray on Keybase.io. Puix67J0VLXBCNRadpp-J8oGoQGLtLls-5ii / t.co

368

3

0

0

0

2015-12-12 05:34

Verifying: I am timbray on Keybase.io. Puix67J0VLXBCNRadpp-J8oGoQGLtLls-5ii / t.co [had to replace my Yubikey]

3976

31

0

1

2

2015-12-12 04:29

@nelson Yeah, but what’s that cert *for*, I wanna know…

276

11

0

2

1

2015-12-12 04:26

Thinking Michael Lewis should consider writing about the Google/Symantec drama; there’s a story in there: t.co

5397

277

7

1

10

2015-12-11 07:39

Canada welcomes refugees: t.co

3866

53

5

0

6

2015-12-11 07:05

Muse live: Polished, good songs, good sound, good lights, good energy. A little light on soul & spontaneity & brains. Kids loved it

3693

21

1

1

4

2015-12-11 03:57

Taking the whole family - 9 and 16 year olds included - to see Muse. Let's see how this works out.

4057

27

0

5

12

2015-12-10 03:19

@bodil We greybeards do retain some scraps of imagination amongst the wreckage and decay.

283

11

0

1

0

2015-12-10 02:30

451 on Reddit: t.co

4589

32

2

1

6

2015-12-10 02:14

@hananc Wow, thanks for the pointer

886

2

0

0

0

2015-12-09 17:24

Took me a few days to capture thoughts on my 1st year at AWS. “Screw the shiny new.” t.co

3959

217

5

1

19

2015-12-09 05:05

@carlmalamud @pmarca Nah, a “certain people” T-shirt. Or rather, “A certain person.”

466

3

0

1

0

2015-12-09 03:01

A year in the cloud, working for Amazon. “Screw the shiny new.” t.co

7371

1014

25

3

45

2015-12-09 02:51

The fossil-fuel biz may be hurting, but I bet gas stations are rolling in dough. My fill-up has *not* fallen by a factor of 2½.

4364

26

2

8

4

2015-12-08 16:29

Donald Trump is a walking, talking Overton Window.

3753

21

3

0

7

2015-12-08 16:08

Twitter suggests that people and the world are interesting, but visiting the “Moments” tab quickly dispels that impression.

6108

52

10

0

16

2015-12-06 04:44

@koush Slack is so 2014

377

12

0

0

4

2015-12-05 16:19

Deep, powerful piece on guilt responsibility, terror, and guns: t.co

13772

369

38

2

42

2015-12-05 01:30

How it all works. t.co

4923

467

2

2

12

2015-12-04 17:53

The Hugging Will Continue Until Morale Improves t.co

3882

137

4

0

7

2015-12-03 21:31

@brentsimmons @SlackHQ Problem is, it seems to be working for them. I also would very much like an intermediate tier.

327

7

0

0

1

2015-12-03 19:46

Many noting Swift now open-source without adding the essential words “Apache 2”. Would’ve preferred GPL+ClassPath, but still OK.

3851

57

2

2

3

2015-12-03 05:12

Pretties for you. t.co

3945

78

0

0

0

2015-12-03 04:34

Heading south for Spring Break. Next March in Melbourne!

3768

11

0

2

1

2015-12-03 03:44

Check out the Signal Desktop beta from @whispersystems: t.co

4490

101

3

0

6

2015-12-02 23:25

That feeling when you open a new class in your IDE, and its name is “State”

3954

37

4

3

10

2015-12-02 23:18

@ftrain Atlas Shrugged is the one you want, it’s so thick, burns forever to keep you warm on a December day.

443

12

0

1

3

2015-12-02 04:34

Astonishing that it’s so different even across the highly-porous US-Canadian border.

3916

22

0

1

0

2015-12-02 04:33

Being a middle-aged white American is hazardous to your health; remarkable statistics: t.co

4824

150

7

2

1

2015-12-02 04:26

Link for previous sneer at Bloomberg: t.co

4540

72

1

1

0

2015-12-02 04:26

Bloomberg idiotically praises Apple for R&D spend of “only” 3.5%. Uh, look at the denominator?

3877

45

2

1

8

2015-12-01 16:55

Hey, it’s my one-year Amazon anniversary. Hm, I should write something insightful but I’m kinda busy with this cloud stuff.

3779

52

2

1

6

2015-12-01 16:43

@benadida Whatever I said was right. Unless it was wrong.

169

3

0

0

2

2015-12-01 16:42

Super-interesting piece on lambda & stream performance in Java8: t.co

4021

175

7

3

19

2015-11-30 23:56

@sogrady @girltuesday Relevant to your new interests: t.co [I don’t think it’s changed since 2006.]

312

14

0

0

3

2015-11-30 03:29

A preview portrait of the globally-warmed future: t.co

4629

82

2

0

2

2015-11-29 23:04

Hunger Games flicks, in descending order of quality: 2, 3, 1, 4. Right?

4257

63

0

7

1

2015-11-29 22:53

Game of Thrones and Vancouver Real Estate: t.co t.co

4977

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4

0

5

2015-11-29 19:02

Accidentally stumbled into the 25%-or-so of the Internet filled with Game of Thrones fan culture. OMG.

3955

31

0

1

5

2015-11-29 17:31

So apparently the EPO (Euro Patent Office) is run by fascist assclowns - t.co

6694

278

10

2

11

2015-11-29 05:32

Mockingjay 2: Meh.

3747

25

0

2

1

2015-11-28 21:46

@bradfitz The past is unevenly distributed.

348

10

0

0

0

2015-11-27 22:56

Decent deal on Nexus 5x Google. But not for us Canadians. Dear Google: Not feeling thankful.

4411

57

3

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8

2015-11-27 18:05

I suppose the handwriting-analysis profession has fallen on hard times.

3700

25

3

1

2

2015-11-26 16:29

Those of us working for big US tech companies but not in America are getting lots done today.

5232

70

10

3

17

2015-11-26 16:27

Best seasonal piece this year BY FAR: t.co

38328

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2015-11-26 03:02

How will we recognize the GOP Establishment when it shows up to stop Trump? Do they have special uniforms?

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