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Today, Apple held a 90-minute event announcing their new iPhone and operating system upgrades. We tracked 319K tweets about the iPhone event, generating a reach of 40.3 million and 522 million impressions, from more than 175K different Twitter accounts.
Here’s a quick graph of tweet traffic during the iPhone event (graph times are in CDT). The first big spike hit 11,200 tweets per minute (tpm) at the announcement of iOS 5 coming to devices on October 12. The second major spike happened when the new iPhone 4S was officially announced, hitting 13,000 tweets per minute. During the 90-minute presentation, tweet volume was sustained well above 4,000 tpm. That’s pretty huge, if you’re wondering.
The most retweeted tweets were typically sarcastic comments about the new phone or detailed updates from the event. Here are the top two tweets in terms of retweets (with 845 and 786 retweets, respectively).
The TweetReach team attended the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas this week. SXSWi is a great big gathering of all kinds of interactive professionals – from social media folks to software developers and startup founders, to designers, researchers and basically anyone interested in the digital space. This year’s SXSWi conference attracted 19,364 attendees (nearly a 36% increase from 2010).
During the conference, we monitored tweets that mentioned SXSW. During the five days of the interactive conference, we tracked:
- 626,513 tweets from
- 172,432 contributors with a
- reach of 56,868,452 that generated
- 2.2 billion impressions.
The most retweeted tweet during the conference was from @SteveCase and received 1,523 retweets.
For months – even years – people have been speculating about when the iPhone would be available on Verizon. Today, we finally learned that the Verizon iPhone will officially go on sale in February.
We’ve been tracking tweets about the Verizon iPhone for a while. And it just so happens that we also tracked tweets about CES. So, how do these two events compare? Did the Verizon iPhone announcement really overshadow CES, at least as far as the tweets are concerned? Let’s see.
Here’s the tweet volume for January 11 (times displayed in PST):
Verizon iPhone tweets peaked at more than 56,000 in one hour. As a comparison, the highest number of tweets per hour about CES was 9,641. In one week, 136 thousand people tweeted 443 thousand times about CES. In less than one day, 114 thousand people tweeted 199 thousand times about the Verizon iPhone. Tweets about CES reached 42 million people in a week; tweets about Verizon iPhone reached 33 million people in a day.
Over the past few weeks, speculation about the Verizon iPhone really heated up. Many people thought the announcement would come at this year’s CES event. Others joked that Apple, who didn’t attend CES, was intentionally waiting to announce the partnership, in order to overshadow CES. And then last Friday, January 7, we learned of a Verizon press event scheduled for Tuesday, January 11, just two days after CES ended. The Wall Street Journal confirmed that the Verizon Apple partnership would be announced at this event. People got very excited. On that day alone, our TweetReach Tracker monitored more than 45,000 tweets about the Verizon iPhone, with a reach of 19.3 million unique Twitter accounts.
Given how many anticipatory tweets we tracked, we were very excited to see the tweets on the actual day of the official announcement from Verizon. The announcement was scheduled for 11 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT on January 11, 2011. During the announcement hour, tweets about the Verizon iPhone spiked, as people posted updates from the announcement and their opinions on the news. In just that one hour, we tracked 56,303 tweets from 39,275 different users, reaching 21,576,495 unique Twitter accounts.
Last week, we tracked tweets about CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, which ran from January 6 – January 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. More than 140,000 people from around the world attended this enormous technology and electronics event.
And when we say enormous, we really do mean enormous. We used the TweetReach Tracker to monitor tweets for one week around CES (the two days leading up to the event, the four days of the event, and the day after the event). And during that week, we tracked:
from 136,738 contributors
generating 1,112,409,883 impressions
reaching 42,200,045 people
That’s more than 1.1 billion impressions delivered to a potential unique audience of more than 42 million people. Nearly half a million tweets were posted about CES, from more than 135 thousand different Twitter accounts. That’s pretty enormous.
The number of tweets about CES reached a high point on January 7, the second day of the event, resulting in more than 130,000 tweets posted that day.
During the main hours of the event on January 7 (from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST), an average of 7,162 tweets were posted every hour, with a maximum of 8,429 between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. During the four days of the trade show, an average of 3,700 tweets were posted every hour, with generally higher volumes in the afternoons.
We expected to see a lot of tweets from – and retweets of – major tech and electronics brands. And while there were definitely plenty of tweets about CES from accounts like @BlackBerry (and @BlackBerryHelp), @SamsungTweets, @kodakCB, and @Sony, most high-impact tweets came from other sources. The most influential contributors in this Tracker were mostly mainstream media outlets, tech blogs, and geeky celebrities, with only a couple tech companies making a big impact. Here’s a list of the top 12 most influential contributors to the CES Tracker. These 12 accounts contributed the top 50 tweets by overall exposure (our impressions metric) and accounted for 148 million of those 1.1 billion total impressions.
This was definitely one of the biggest events we’ve ever tracked tweets about, especially in terms of overall impressions generated. We’re curious what will top it. Maybe the Academy Awards? Guess we’ll see next month.
PS – If you’re interested in how we calculate reach, exposure and our metrics, we explain it all here. Also, we’ve been tracking tweets about the Verizon iPhone and wrote up an analysis of those tweets here. If you think this CES data is impressive, check out the iPhone data.
This week’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference has been quite a show. In fact, since the conference started Monday in San Francisco, TechCrunch Disrupt has seen total audience exposure of nearly 50 million impressions on Twitter (more about how we calculate impressions here). It certainly helps when there’s rumor followed by significant acquisition news (signed on stage, no less) with a dose of Hammer Time thrown in. Tweets from MCHammer himself, Om Malik, Robert Scoble, and Steve Case don’t hurt either.
This data comes from a TweetReach Tracker. The TweetReach Tracker is a new, real-time analytics feature we’re rolling out to Pro subscribers. This is a sneak peak – expect a larger announcement soon.
Upon closer review, the numbers reveal people were incredibly engaged and conversive around TechCrunch Disrupt, and absolutely told their followers – tweeting, retweeting and @replying over and over again. The 50 million in total exposure came from 3,300 Twitter users who tweeted over 10,000 times about the conference. In fact, 42% of the audience saw TechCrunch Disrupt-related messages SEVEN times or more. Talk about Hammer Time. Just 18% saw a message once. Ultimately, since Monday, TechCrunch Disrupt has reached 5.7 million UNIQUE Twitter users.
By comparison, mid-September’s DEMO Conference saw total audience exposure of over 7 million with 1.1 million unique Twitter users were reached – all this from 3,700 tweets by 800 contributors. Yet TweetReach Tracker data shows the core DEMO audience was far less engaged or conversational: 58% of the audience saw a DemoCon tweet just once, while 20% saw a DEMO-related message more than seven times.
So what does this mean? While the TechCrunch Disrupt and DEMO ratios are roughly the same – and frankly, what you’d expect for these types of conferences – there seemed to be significantly more engagement by the TechCrunch Disrupt crowd. The same people saw tweets, retweets and @replies over and over again. But at some point, does this become annoying? If it’s a typical brand message, it probably does. If it’s a conference with breaking news and new technology being announced, perhaps not so much.
What do you think? Annoying or informative?