Kenyatweets.com concerns itself with keeping track of the state of the Kenyan twittersphere and aggregating Kenyan and Kenya-related twitter updates. They have gone on to produce Kenya’s first twitter report which highlights the current state of the twittersphere and reveals some interesting trends in how Kenyans have taken to and adapted to twitter. We review some of the highlights in the report which you can get here. This first report is mostly taking a look at the ‘demography’ of the Kenyan twittersphere – registrations, geographic distribution of tweeps, gender distribution and so on
The report is based on some 3 months automated analysis during which Kenyatweets tracked close to 10,000 twitter. accounts.
It appears that Kenya generally was fairly slow in adopting twitter. Registrations rose sharply at some point in 2009 and particularly the first half of that year. Interestingly, the trend then takes a mostly downward trend after that and then starts somewhat stagnating at about 200 new registrations per month from December 2009 to October 2010.
Within the country the report indicates that most #KenyansOnTwitter are within Nairobi, which is generally not so surprising given that technology generally is very centralized around the capital city. The city commands at least about 5700 of the total accounts tracked. Mombasa comes in second.
From the diaspora: Canada, South Africa and India command the most Kenyans on twitter.
Distribution by Profession
The results of this survey are a bit of a shocker here. Typically, general perception within the country is that most people on twitter are ‘techies’, software people or bloggers. Amazingly the top 3 professions according to the report are: artists, PAs and musicians. Designers come in at 6th, journalists 9th and bloggers 10th.
A few more take outs:
- There’s a correlation between the length of bios and number of followers. Tweeps with longer bios tend to have more followers – probably something to do with establishing some kind of trust by offering more information about yourself
- Users with longer bios also tend to tweet more
- People who tweet more ‘meaningful’ information tend to attract more followers – We assume ‘meaningful’ here refers to relevance of information
- Some Kenyans are using twitter as a dating service!
- There’s a growing number of inactive accounts i.e. those that have not been updated in at least two months – This could point to the fact that most Kenyans (by general perception) don’t really get twitter as compared to Facebook. So they may tend to open an account to try it out but do not take to it as much as to Facebook (actually we’d love to see a report on ‘Kenyans on Facebook’
- Generally, Kenyans ‘follow more than they are followed’
- @YESUmob is the most popular tweep in Kenya with over 54,000 followers
- 70% of Kenyans tweet on twitter.com as opposed to using a client application
Find out more on the Kenyans on twitter report.
Source: WMWoria, Afrinnovator