A study called ‘How Africa Tweets’, done by Portland Communication Agency places Johannesburg as the number one African country in twitter activity; this is between the months of October to December last year.
This activity increased on 5th December, the day former president of South Africa died. South Africa and Egypt appeared to be the most active cities on twitter.
This is the performance;
- Johannesburg – 344 215 tweets
- Ekurhuleni – 264 172 tweets
- Cairo – 227 509 tweets
- Durban – 163 019 tweets
- Alexandria (Egypt) – 159 534 tweets.
It was noted that English, French, and Arabic were the most common languages on Twitter in Africa, which accounted to 75.5 percent of the total tweets analyzed. Other common languages include Zulu, Swahili, Afrikaans, Xhosa, and Portuguese.
The study also noted that twitter activity was greater in the afternoon and evening (with peak volumes around 9pm) mostly on Tuesdays and Fridays.,
It also found that soccer was the most discussed topic on Twitter in Africa.
Allan Kamau, head of Portland Nairobi, said the African “twittersphere” was transforming the way that Africa communicated with itself and the rest of the world.