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Wikileaks followers, a thousand data-points later

Wikileaks followers, a thousand data-points later

Posted by Ricardo Bánffy at Dec 18, 2010 03:05 PM |
Filed under: liberdade wikileaks

A couple days back, I measured how the Twitter @wikileaks account was gaining followers. I suspected my dataset was biased, since it was captured on a Saturday night (here, GMT-2) and that I would see different values according to time of day. I decided it was a nice idea to focus my analysis tool on the account and keep it capturing data for a longer time. To my surprise, it's still a more or less straight line. I still think they'll cross the million follower mark in early-to-mid February. This could indicate Wikileaks is gaining followers around the globe (or, at least, evenly distributed according to time-zone) or that the people who follow @wikileaks don't follow conventional sleep cycles.

Wikileaks still gaining followers

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Wikileaks and its followers (1 every 8 seconds)

Posted by Ricardo Bánffy at Dec 11, 2010 09:10 PM |
Filed under: wikileaks liberdade

After playing a little with the Twitter API, I built a small tool that helps me keep an eye on some indicators. Today, I turned its sights on the @wikileaks account on Twitter and got this:

Wikileaks gaining followers

I may be wrong (it's late and I am tired and I don't trust my math at those times), but it seems like @wikileaks is gaining about 1 follower every 8 seconds or so.

To give you an idea of what these numbers mean (and, being measured on a Saturday night in most of the Western world, I would consider them to be very conservative), keeping this rate, they will cross the million follower threshold in early-February. I will measure the growth rate again during the week and for a longer period to get better numbers, perhaps getting a nice curve. I also expect the media circus around Assange to get larger as he fights extradition and as Wikileaks releases more leaked documents. My gut feeling tells me they will cross the million follower mark in early to mid-January.

For something so many people want to silence, that's quite impressive.

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