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App.net User Data Analysis - Part 2

Posted on August 24, 2012

This is a follow up to my recent article on app.net users. In the last 10 days the number of users has grown from 2080 to about 11100. At the end of deadline there were 12303 people pleading $ 802.250. So nearly all of the initial supporters should have an account on alpha.app.net now.

Following

The mean of following users went up from 12 to 17. 50% of the users only followed 7 other users or less. Thats just a little more than 10 days ago. User kuhcoon has been topped by user boa in following the most other users (1975).

count    11082.000000
mean        17.063256
std         40.472733
min          0.000000
25%          1.000000
50%          7.000000
75%         19.000000
max       1975.000000


             following  followers
boa               1975        347
kuhcoon           1069        137
braynard          1037        140
carrie_kane        826        293
sheree             745        166
cameron            720        530
jeffio             623        122
icraigt            588        270
gyrofly            513         50
teawithcarl        460        273

Followers

What's more interesting is the number of followers each user has. The mean went up from 12 to 17 followers, but the 50% quorum stayed the same at 2 followers. That means half of the users on alpha.app.net have only 2 or less followers and even 75% have just 8 or less followers.

count    11082.000000
mean        17.077513
std        102.424883
min          0.000000
25%          1.000000
50%          2.000000
75%          8.000000
max       4465.000000

The founder of app.net @dalton has been topped by John Gruber (@gruber) with the most followers.

                following  followers
gruber                 74       4465
dalton                360       4450
marco                  65       3650
siracusa               46       3001
dan                    20       2014
stephenfry              4       1804
mattgemmell            81       1801
chockenberry           59       1570
jsnell                 68       1398
joshuatopolsky         17       1388

So even in this alpha phase there is a very uneven distribution of the following structure. There are 300 users with more than 100 followers. That's about 2.7%.

If I'll find the time I'll do some cliques analysis on the weekend. An other analysis I'd like to do is to measure the number of messages between the users. I'll hope to get some data soon. Until than you can have a look at the nice site appnetstats.com from user @clint.

The raw data is avaliable on github.com/hoffmann/appnetstats.