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.
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.
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|Bosnia & Herzegovina||43||1||168||944|
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?
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|Bosnia & Herzegovina||54||1||19||150|
*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.