Over the past months, Twitter has experienced explosive growth in many countries of the world, attracting companies, politicians, celebrities and people from different backgrounds and age.
In El Salvador many people including media, journalists, companies and organizations have started to hear, talk and even join the conversation about Twitter, (hey my wife is already using her Twitter account!) so I thought it was time to research and write about the country’s State of the Twittersphere,
First I went around looking for Twitter data in the region and stumbled upon the most popular Twitter users By country in Central America according to Twittercounter.com (Ranked by followers count and refreshed up to July 4, 2009. (In no particular order)
@RichOsterude has been a member of Twitter since May 04, 2007 and has Tweeted 541 times since then. @RichOsterude follows 2303 people, I personally met Richard a few months ago and I can tell you he is a very nice, forward thinking person, very smart and humble always open to help a Tweep J
Costa Rica – Most followers in Central America
According to Tweepz.com the majority of Salvadoran Twitter users (about 79%) has Cero to One Hundred Followers and the Twitter elite that has more than 1,000 followers is less than 0.9% of the total twitter population
The oldest accounts I was able to find were @omaregan (March 18/07), @calero (March 22/07), @damejiar (March 24/07), @acajutla, @victor_j (March 26/07, @FerMarroquin, @Tarkus (March 28/07), @angelvsqz (April 06/2007), @icarlx, @premiumsam01 (April 12/07) (you can find more interesting data about this using Tweepz)
El Salvador has ranked ONCE in Twitter Trending Topics, this happened when El Salvador’s national football soccer team “La Selecta” simultaneously won a game against Mexico and shut down impertinent and disrespectful words from ESPN presenter David Faitelson,
You may say this is all about pure Salvadoran Pride, we won! The game and the argument and we clearly showed him and the world we existJ
Other interesting facts are that there are different places where you can see the presence of Salvadoran Twitter-ers to give a few examples, Newspapers like La prensa Grafica @laprensagrafica, radio stations like @102nueve and TV Channels like TCS @esmitv are encouraging the use of Twitter with their aundiences, global ranking sites register Salvadoran users: http://wefollow.com/twitter/elsalvador, http://twitter.grader.com where salvadoran Tweep @queith holds the throne with a ranking of 99.5, there is even a facebook group called: Twitter-ers SALVADOREÑOS that holds virtual and face-to-face meetings and events
In my opinion there is still much work to do, as pioneers in this Salvadoran Twitterverse we should do something to help others join Twitter, we all should know that we are the only country in Central America where Twitter is not ranked in the top 100 Alexa traffic by country, just compare to The USA where Twitter ranks #14 or Costa Rica where it ranks #51
I would like to appeal to our powerful Salvadoran pride, we have always been known as hard workers shinning our Guanaco values, let’s do something about this TODAY!
I wrote this post in English because I wanted to shout this first to the biggest Twitter audience in the world, please expect the Spanish version this week.
To discuss this report on Twitter, use the hashtag #elsalvadorTwitter or start the conversation @rokensa
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