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Where do tweets come from? We break down the sources of Twitter updates

We’ve already written a few posts about Twitter. But the other day, I had an idea: why not find out where those tweets are coming from? Third party Twitter apps are commonplace (like TweetDeck and Twitterific), and there are also services that automatically tweet posts in RSS feeds (like Twitterfeed).

We looked at 101 random tweets from the public timeline, and discovered that only about half of all tweets come from users on the Twitter homepage itself.

(I know, we’re saying “tweet” and “Twitter” way too much.)

Here are the results:

  1. Web / mobile web: 48 tweets
  2. TweetDeck: 11 tweets
  3. UberTwitter: 7 tweets
  4. Twitterfeed: 4 tweets
  5. By Text message: 3 tweets
  6. By API: 3 tweets
  7. HootSuite: 3 tweets
  8. Tweetie: 3 tweets
  9. Twitterfox: 2 tweets
  10. Twitterfon: 2 tweets
  11. Other, with one tweet each: 15 tweets

In case your wondering the services used on one tweet or less were MovaTwitter, Twitterific, ShareThis.com, Twittelator, WP to Twitter, Twibble, TwitPic, Twicli, Polyvore, Tumblr, Twhirl, Snaptu, TwitterBerry, Tween, and TwitterRide.

Results represented as a graph:


How do you tweet?

Categories: Social Networking
  1. Beier
    August 26, 2009 at 12:57 am

    There is a website that publishes this stats in case you are interested: http://twitstat.com/twitterclientusers.html

    • Spen B
      August 26, 2009 at 11:42 am

      Thanks! Those results were different, but they most likely went more in depth than we did. I’m thinking about conducting this test again, but with many more tweets analyzed.

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