The Pirate Movement on Facebook and Twitter – February 2013
During the month of February the Pirate movement grew by 9,994 followers on Facebook and 5,586 followers on twitter. This brings the total amount of people following a Pirate Party on Facebook or Twitter to 690,756 people. Germany has stopped hemorrhaging followers as their internal strife quiets down and the rest of the world sees solid growth, especially where The Pirate Bay controversy has bought the Parties to the attention of the press and the public. Although a lot of the potential for growth on the back of that story will be seen in the statistics for the month of March.
Sweden increased its lead in first place with nearly 3,000 new followers in the wake of the attack on the Party by the content industry a growth of 3.5%. Brazil, Tunisia and Morocco have seen increases of over 8% - solidly building on their spectacular growth in recent months. Only Romania saw a decline in numbers and reason for that is understandable was talked about in the last monthly summary.
Here the story is widespread steady growth. The large jump in the numbers for Norway are largely technical as we were tracking the wrong account.
*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.
Featured image: by SalFalko
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). I currently live in Mexico and work as a community manager. If you would like to chat I speak English, Swedish and Spanish. Find me on skype: josef.ohlsson.collentine