2.2% of Twitter Users Account for 60% of All Activity [STATS]

Would you believe that 2 percent of all users produce the majority of content on Twitter? A billion tweets, analyzed by stats firm Sysomos, say that it’s true. For other interesting stats about Twitter in 2010, read on.

Sysomos’ Twitter stats are some of the most robust out there, and they speak about Twitter as an active community that saw immense growth this past year. The company examined over a billion tweets and over 20 million users through 2010.

Twitter Users: Flocking to Twitter in 2010

First, a look at Twitter users themselves.

The number of Twitter users who are willing to share personal information in their bios has nearly doubled compared to 2009. A full 69% of users have a completed bio now, compared to only 31% in 2009. Specifically, 82% provide a name, 73% divulge location information, and 45% include a link to a website.

What’s really interesting about Twitter users, though, is how many of them joined just this year.

From January 2010 to mid-August 2010, new users accounted for about 44% of all Twitter users. This means in just about eight months, the population of Twitter has nearly doubled.

And Sysomos reveals some comforting statistics if you think your follower count simply doesn’t stack up to the “big boys” on Twitter – only 2.12% of Twitter users have more than 1,000 followers, while nearly 96% has under 500.

What do Twitter users think of themselves?

Sysomos revealed just what Twitter users really think of themselves, by analyzing the words they use in their bios. Looking at one-word keywords, Sysomos found that “Love”, “Life”, “Music”, “Follow”, and “Twitter” were the five most popular descriptors, with profession-related descriptors “photographer”, “writer”, “marketing”, and “designer” making it into the top fifty.

Looking at two-word descriptors, we might be able to learn even more about what Twitter users think of themselves.  “Justin Bieber” made it into the top ten list of two-word descriptors.

Tweeting and Retweeting:

Likely due to the large chunk of Twitter users who are new to the service, only 2.7% have made more than 5,000 tweets, while over 80% have made under 500.

And it looks like there is a small group of hard-core Twitterati that make up the bulk of the conversation on Twitter. 2.2% of Twitter users make up just under 60% of all tweets, while 22.5% account for 90% of everything that goes on within the Twitter-verse.

Sysomos took a harder look at exactly who makes up this elite group of Twitter fanatics, and they found a surprising result: many of these “most active” Twitter accounts are actually automatic feed generators.

The number-one tweeter in 2010 was an account called Qanow with more than 366,000 tweets to its name. A quick glance at the account itself, however, shows that it’s not really a “person” – every tweet (coming in at 1 to 5 minute intervals throughout the day) includes a link to the Qanow website with a tracking number attached. We can’t imagine how its 7k+ followers stand that kind of tweet spam.