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South Africans and Egyptians are Africa’s Twitter kings

13 March 2014, 06:59

Nairobi – A  strategic communications agency, Portland analysed geo-located tweets originating from Africa for the How Africa Tweets study in the last quarter of 2013 and found out that South Africans and Egyptians  carried out the most activities on Twitter.

The study revealed that Twitter activity on the continent during the last quarter of 2013 peaked on the day of Nelson Mandela’s death.

 Based on region, How Africa Tweets study showed that Nairobi is the most active city on Twitter in East Africa and the sixth most active on the continent, while in West Africa, Accra was the most active city and the eight most active on the continent.

 The three most popular lingua francas on the continent English, French and Arabic are unsurprisingly the  most common languages on Twitter in Africa, accounting for 75.5% of the total tweets analysed.

The most active Tweeting days are Tuesdays and Fridays, Friday is the beginning of the weekend activities which will most likely set Twitter alight, and the time for tweeting reaches its peak volumes around 9pm, when almost  everyone would have gotten home, according to the study.

Football is the most-discussed topic on Twitter in Africa,and was still discussed more than the death of Nelson Mandela.


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