The Pirate Movement on Facebook and Twitter – April 2013

The Pirate Movement on Facebook and Twitter – April 2013

During the month of March the Pirate movement grew by 7,011 followers on Facebook and 4,725 followers on Twitter. This brings the total amount of people following a Pirate Party on Facebook or Twitter to 712,480 people. From a request from last month I tried changing the format of the table for the statistics this month. These stats where taken almost a week into May which might skew the results since it’s counting almost five weeks.

Facebook

The three top accounts all dropped followers. As explained last month this is due to continued problems inside of the German PP (hopefully some of them were solved at their recent GA). Sweden upset some people after TPB moved away from their servers and probably scared away some others with too much discussion from their recent GA. Romania (ACTA) group keeps losing relevance with ACTA gone and thus followers.

Brazil keeps growing strongly and seems to have a positive effect on their neighbors in Colombia. In Africa both Tunisia and Morocco increases their numbers greatly. Icelandic elections boosted their followers with a massive 2000 and now that they’re elected into their parliament this rise will hopefully keep increasing. Croatia had recent EU elections which gave them a much needed boost for their local elections. Also Denmark sees a massive boost (probably after their recent GA) and Poland after them recently forming their political party officially.

FACEBOOK 7011 419642
Country Name Place +/- Change 8-May
Sweden 1 0 -381 81873
Germany 2 0 -691 77138
Romania (ACTA) 3 0 -300 48758
Czech Republic 4 0 111 33317
Tunisia 2 5 0 729 19463
Spain (Catalunya) 6 0 -10 15298
Brazil 7 0 586 9884
United Kingdom 8 0 64 8480
Slovakia 9 0 -23 7896
Serbia 1 10 0 12 7182
Morocco 2 11 2 744 6381
Canada 12 -1 64 6244
Slovenia 13 -1 3 6171
Italy 14 0 105 4984
Spain 15 0 60 4936
Iceland 16 11 2053 4846
Croatia 17 5 925 4799
France 18 0 223 4744
Austria 19 -3 73 4603
Finland 20 -3 7 4531
Pirate Parties International 21 -2 287 4526
Russia 22 -2 26 3919
Netherlands 23 -2 32 3914
Belgium 24 -1 11 3739
Australia 25 -1 70 3260
Colombia 26 0 191 3106
Greece 27 -2 58 3060
Mexico 28 0 44 2748
Switzerland 29 0 12 2390
United States 30 0 99 2364
Hungary 31 0 114 2264
Norway 32 0 230 2025
Portugal 33 0 103 1879
Luxembourg 34 0 -3 1586
Poland 35 3 300 1561
Denmark 36 4 464 1558
Turkey 37 -2 74 1548
New Zealand 38 -2 33 1346
Romania 39 -2 4 1306
Argentina 40 -1 63 1166
Kazakhstan 41 0 7 989
Tunisia 1 42 0 74 969
Bosnia & Herzegovina 43 1 168 944
israel 2 44 -1 23 908
Montenegro 45 0 12 582
Estonia 46 0 22 582
Latvia 47 0 -1 443
Ukraine 48 0 10 441
Serbia 2 49 1 25 380
India 50 -1 15 373
Spain (Galicia) 51 0 10 338
Uruguay 52 0 17 290
Lithuania 53 0 -1 254
Lebanon 54 0 7 235
Japan 55 0 10 181
Malaysia 56 0 9 179
Guatemala 57 1 19 146
Albania 58 -1 0 128
South Korea 59 0 4 128
Ireland 60 0 7 108
Venezuela 61 0 2 90
Cyprus 62 0 2 90
Chile 63 0 4 71
Belarus 64
Bulgaria 65
China 66

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Twitter

On Twitter we see increasing numbers for everyone. Iceland gets a massive election boost almost doubling their followers but over-all there’s not so much to say about these numbers. Do you see any other significant changes?

TWITTER 4725 292838
Country Place +/- Change May-8
Germany 1 0 69 115669
France 2 0 401 24274
Pirate Parties International 3 0 159 17930
United Kingdom 4 0 139 12264
Spain 5 0 150 9180
Sweden 6 0 385 8305
Tunisia 2 7 1 256 7460
Brazil 8 -1 71 7303
Spain (Catalunya) 9 0 50 6602
Switzerland (ger) 10 2 243 5179
Netherlands 11 -1 22 5172
Greece 12 -1 71 5151
Australia 13 1 122 4800
Canada 14 -1 66 4795
Russia 15 0 257 4201
Finland 16 0 201 3795
Serbia 2 17 0 75 3609
Italy 18 1 132 3208
Austria 19 -1 55 3174
Argentina 20 0 151 2999
Portugal 21 1 38 2336
Belgium 22 -1 25 2328
Norway 23 1 147 2231
New Zealand 24 -1 38 2186
China 25 0 47 2114
Luxembourg 26 0 46 2084
Colombia 27 0 39 1891
United States 28 2 182 1868
Mexico 29 -1 -11 1815
Czech Republic 30 -1 42 1739
Switzerland (fre) 31 0 36 1479
Kazakhstan 32 0 30 1425
Japan 33 0 27 1257
Turkey 34 0 73 1255
Slovenia 35 0 35 1177
Tunisia 1 36 0 50 1103
Estonia 37 0 49 1048
Bulgaria 38 0 13 924
Romania 39 0 4 869
Uruguay 40 0 21 802
Iceland 41 2 298 786
Poland 42 -1 13 709
Spain (Galicia) 43 -1 22 516
Croatia 44 1 123 487
India 45 -1 4 424
Venezuela 46 1 107 394
Serbia 1 47 -1 24 350
Latvia 48 0 -2 269
Slovakia 49 0 26 244
Lebanon 50 0 9 194
Chile 51 0 4 176
South Korea 52 0 11 167
Cyprus 53 0 18 161
Bosnia & Herzegovina 54 1 19 150
Israel 55 -1 -2 140
Malaysia 56 0 15 137
Ireland 57 0 5 123
Albania 58 0 5 94
Hungary 59 0 10 81
Ukraine 60 0 1 69
Montenegro 61 0 5 65
Morocco 2 62 0 4 52
Switzerland (ita) 63 0 1 40
Guatemala 64 0 -1 9
Belarus 65
Denmark 66
Lithuania 67

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FAQ

*Why no more information about the countries?
You can find more info about each country on the Pirate Parties Worldwide page.

*Why only Facebook and Twitter? Why not Google+, vk.com or others? – Mostly because it’s hard to know what other social networks to include. Only doing Facebook and Twitter takes a lot of time, even though there are scripts to update followers. The same reasoning goes for federated services such as status.net as well since it’s hard to gather useful statistics for them.

*Can I have access to the .csv file you used for these stats? – Right now only if you have a very good reason and a specific purpose for them. I am working on updating contact information for different Pirate Parties. The plan is to make everything accessible in a good format with continuous updates. Giving out the information freely at this stage would only result in several versions of the document being in circulation where some are badly updated and faulty.

*Why is country X not included? – Probably because I didn’t know about it or considered their activity as dead. Send me a message or comment on this post and it will be included for next month.

*Why is there “Countryname 1” and “Countryname 2” for some countries? – Because of internal struggles in that country with two pirate parties both claiming to be the official one. I would rather not waste my time on determining which is legitimate and which not and therefore I add both statistics until it is cleared up.

*Isn’t the follower/population very biased? – As all statistics numbers are biased in some way. Just measuring number of followers are biased to bigger countries. The follower/population obviously gives the initial country (Sweden) a bonus as well as countries sharing the same language. This is still an important alternative measurement since it shows relative impact of the social media account.

*Why did you not include local party X who is bigger than some countries here? – This is supposed to measure international impact. The reason Catalonia and Galicia are measured separately is that they are quasi-autonomous regions, independent from Spain.

Josef Ohlsson Collentine

About Josef Ohlsson Collentine

I'm a dual citizen (American/Swede) and try to integrate my reflections from a more global perspective if possible. I'm the organizational leader for Pirate Times and work actively to strengthen the pirate movement through this work as well as being the international contact for Piratpartiet (PPSE). Elected board member of PPSE for 2015-2018. If you would like to ask me something I speak English, Swedish and Spanish. Find me on the links below

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