A new study shows just how popular the 140-character network is Down Under.
The study, by Queensland University of Technology’s Social Media Research Group, explores the entire global Twitter population in order to determine which accounts are Australian.
Using Twitter’s API, the research team retrieved public profile information from over 750 million accounts in existence up to late 2013. They then filtered by terminology related to Australia, such as 50 of the largest population areas in the country and the eight Australian timezones. And the team worked to eliminate any false positives like Brisbane, California or fictional Australian locations.
Here are some of the most interesting findings from the study:
- 2.8 million of 750 million accounts are Australian
- 2009 was a banner year for new Australian accounts, with over 100,000 new accounts created in March and April of that year
- The average number of new signups per month is between 40,000 to 50,000
The researcher only explores accounts that are still in existence as of September 2013, so the team cautions that there could have been more signups during the years prior, as many users may have since deleted their accounts.
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