Stats from Sysomos’ research on Twitter use show that New Zealand is the sixth most Twitterous (I made that word up) nation on Earth.

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According to some quick maths by Nate, that means there are 129,000 Twitter accounts registered in New Zealand. And judging by the numbers of new followers from New Zealand, that’s growing every day.

But, as Duncan’s question pointed out, how many of those users are active? We don’t know.

But if you’re looking for influential Twitterers, check out Twitter Grader’s Twitter elite. It’s interesting that while we have a lot of Twitterers, according to the Sysomos research above, our quality is only 18th on the list.

If you liked this post, you’ll probably enjoy other stats about social media in New Zealand (and these too). (You’re welcome!)

Update: these numbers may be wrong. Sheldon pointed out some links that suggest the number of NZ Twitterers is more like 57,500. See his comment below.

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  1. flyinglens (Marie Young) July 2, 2009 at 4:02 am

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  3. flyinglens (Marie Young) July 2, 2009 at 5:02 pm

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  5. natobasso (Nathaniel) July 2, 2009 at 4:04 am

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  6. natobasso (Nathaniel) July 2, 2009 at 4:04 am

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  7. natobasso (Nathaniel) July 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm

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  8. natobasso (Nathaniel) July 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm

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  9. jacquiseabourne (jacqui seabou July 2, 2009 at 4:29 am

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    RT @ijump New Zealand the sixth most Twitterous country in the world, 129k users | iJump.co.nz [link to post] (via @tweetmeme) – Posted using Chat Catcher

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  11. jacquiseabourne (jacqui seabourne) July 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm

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  12. jacquiseabourne (jacqui seabourne) July 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm

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  13. KiwiKim123 (Kimberly Jensen) July 2, 2009 at 5:03 am

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    RT @flyinglens New Zealand the sixth most Twitterous country in the world, 129k users [link to post] I think this may be the boom! – Posted using Chat Catcher

  14. KiwiKim123 (Kimberly Jensen) July 2, 2009 at 5:03 am

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    RT @flyinglens New Zealand the sixth most Twitterous country in the world, 129k users [link to post] I think this may be the boom! – Posted using Chat Catcher

  15. KiwiKim123 (Kimberly Jensen) July 2, 2009 at 6:03 pm

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    RT @flyinglens New Zealand the sixth most Twitterous country in the world, 129k users [link to post] I think this may be the boom!

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  16. KiwiKim123 (Kimberly Jensen) July 2, 2009 at 6:03 pm

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    RT @flyinglens New Zealand the sixth most Twitterous country in the world, 129k users [link to post] I think this may be the boom!

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  18. GeoffWigz (Geoff Wigglesworth) July 2, 2009 at 5:52 am

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  19. GeoffWigz (Geoff Wigglesworth) July 2, 2009 at 5:52 am

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  20. GeoffWigz (Geoff Wigglesworth) July 2, 2009 at 6:52 pm

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  21. GeoffWigz (Geoff Wigglesworth) July 2, 2009 at 6:52 pm

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  22. flyinglens (Marie Young) July 2, 2009 at 6:08 am

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    @ealvarezgibson lol i wish – Posted using Chat Catcher

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    RT @newintel RT @ijump New Zealand sixth most Twitterous country in the world! | iJump.co.nz [link to post] (via @tweetmeme) Go NZ go! – Posted using Chat Catcher

  24. TeeMonster (Tee Morris) July 2, 2009 at 10:04 am

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  28. vish_uk (Vishal Srivastava) July 2, 2009 at 2:48 pm

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  31. nicolaburroughs (Nicola Burrou July 2, 2009 at 11:18 pm

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    NZ 6th most Twitterist [link to post] via @addthis – Posted using Chat Catcher

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  34. Nathaniel Flick July 5, 2009 at 8:48 am

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    It’s “Tweeps”. Tweeps. Not Twits. 😀

  35. Nathaniel Flick July 5, 2009 at 9:48 pm

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    It’s “Tweeps”. Tweeps. Not Twits. 😀

  36. gtiadvisors (Greg George) July 5, 2009 at 2:24 pm

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    Grt fishing & golfing too RT @kaedron RT @flyinglens New Zealand the sixth most Twitterous country in the world1 29k users [link to post] – Posted using Chat Catcher

  37. gtiadvisors (Greg George) July 5, 2009 at 2:24 pm

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  38. gtiadvisors (Greg George) July 6, 2009 at 3:24 am

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  39. dave_enz (David Earle) July 5, 2009 at 9:49 pm

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    New Zealand the sixth most “Twitterous” country in the world [link to post] #yam – Posted using Chat Catcher

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  46. Sheldon (Marketing Consultant, July 24, 2009 at 7:49 am

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    Bullocks. Where is the data? 129,000 is a joke. I’ve been watching Tweets in Tauranga for the last 3 weeks very closely, there are about 30 of us out of a population of 100,000. That’s 0.0375% not 3%. Somebody put the decimal point in the wrong place.

    Furthermore, Mashable says that 60% of Twitters Quit in the first month.

    • Simon July 24, 2009 at 8:11 am

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      Data comes from http://www.sysomos.com/insidetwitter/, where they analysed over 11.5 million Twitter accounts. Perhaps Tauranga is only a tenth as Twitterous as the rest of New Zealand (given the demographics, I wouldn’t be surprised).

      129,000 is a round number, thanks to @natobasso who did the maths to figure out that’s 3% of the population of NZ according to Statistics NZ.

      And that stat is just a moment in time; as you say, 60% of Twitter users do quit in the first month. It is a dramatically underused service.

      Thanks for being part of the conversation, Sheldon.

  47. Sheldon (Marketing Consultant, July 24, 2009 at 7:49 am

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    Bullocks. Where is the data? 129,000 is a joke. I’ve been watching Tweets in Tauranga for the last 3 weeks very closely, there are about 30 of us out of a population of 100,000. That’s 0.0375% not 3%. Somebody put the decimal point in the wrong place.

    Furthermore, Mashable says that 60% of Twitters Quit in the first month.

    • Simon July 24, 2009 at 8:11 am

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      Data comes from http://www.sysomos.com/insidetwitter/, where they analysed over 11.5 million Twitter accounts. Perhaps Tauranga is only a tenth as Twitterous as the rest of New Zealand (given the demographics, I wouldn’t be surprised).

      129,000 is a round number, thanks to @natobasso who did the maths to figure out that’s 3% of the population of NZ according to Statistics NZ.

      And that stat is just a moment in time; as you say, 60% of Twitter users do quit in the first month. It is a dramatically underused service.

      Thanks for being part of the conversation, Sheldon.

  48. Bullocks. Where is the data? 129,000 is a joke. I’ve been watching Tweets in Tauranga for the last 3 weeks very closely, there are about 30 of us out of a population of 100,000. That’s 0.0375% not 3%. Somebody put the decimal point in the wrong place.

    Furthermore, Mashable says that 60% of Twitters Quit in the first month.

    • Simon July 24, 2009 at 9:11 pm

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      Data comes from http://www.sysomos.com/insidetwitter/, where they analysed over 11.5 million Twitter accounts. Perhaps Tauranga is only a tenth as Twitterous as the rest of New Zealand (given the demographics, I wouldn’t be surprised).

      129,000 is a round number, thanks to @natobasso who did the maths to figure out that’s 3% of the population of NZ according to Statistics NZ.

      And that stat is just a moment in time; as you say, 60% of Twitter users do quit in the first month. It is a dramatically underused service.

      Thanks for being part of the conversation, Sheldon.

  49. Bullocks. Where is the data? 129,000 is a joke. I’ve been watching Tweets in Tauranga for the last 3 weeks very closely, there are about 30 of us out of a population of 100,000. That’s 0.0375% not 3%. Somebody put the decimal point in the wrong place.

    Furthermore, Mashable says that 60% of Twitters Quit in the first month.

    • Simon July 24, 2009 at 9:11 pm

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      Data comes from http://www.sysomos.com/insidetwitter/, where they analysed over 11.5 million Twitter accounts. Perhaps Tauranga is only a tenth as Twitterous as the rest of New Zealand (given the demographics, I wouldn’t be surprised).

      129,000 is a round number, thanks to @natobasso who did the maths to figure out that’s 3% of the population of NZ according to Statistics NZ.

      And that stat is just a moment in time; as you say, 60% of Twitter users do quit in the first month. It is a dramatically underused service.

      Thanks for being part of the conversation, Sheldon.

  50. Sheldon (Marketing Consultant, July 24, 2009 at 8:56 am

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    Ah excellent thanks for the reference. But New Zealand isn’t on their list of the top 10 twitter countries: http://www.sysomos.com/insidetwitter/#countries.

    It looks like we are 16th with 0.5% of the worlds Tweeters: http://www.watblog.com/2009/07/21/twitter-stats-by-sysomos-an-analysis/

    I think a more realistic number is 11.5 Million (the number of Twitter accounts Sysomos analysed) x 0.5% = 57,500 members in NZ. Not 129,000.

    • Simon July 25, 2009 at 12:18 am

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      Thanks Sheldon, that’ll teach me to rely on the article about the original findings rather than digging into the original findings! Very odd that Ross Dawson (the blogger I linked to) didn’t seem to check the Sysomos list you linked to. Either that or he used different numbers and/or methodology. Thanks for pointing that out!

  51. Ah excellent thanks for the reference. But New Zealand isn’t on their list of the top 10 twitter countries: http://www.sysomos.com/insidetwitter/#countries.

    It looks like we are 16th with 0.5% of the worlds Tweeters: http://www.watblog.com/2009/07/21/twitter-stats-by-sysomos-an-analysis/

    I think a more realistic number is 11.5 Million (the number of Twitter accounts Sysomos analysed) x 0.5% = 57,500 members in NZ. Not 129,000.

    • Simon July 25, 2009 at 1:18 pm

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      Thanks Sheldon, that’ll teach me to rely on the article about the original findings rather than digging into the original findings! Very odd that Ross Dawson (the blogger I linked to) didn’t seem to check the Sysomos list you linked to. Either that or he used different numbers and/or methodology. Thanks for pointing that out!

  52. Ah excellent thanks for the reference. But New Zealand isn’t on their list of the top 10 twitter countries: http://www.sysomos.com/insidetwitter/#countries.

    It looks like we are 16th with 0.5% of the worlds Tweeters: http://www.watblog.com/2009/07/21/twitter-stats-by-sysomos-an-analysis/

    I think a more realistic number is 11.5 Million (the number of Twitter accounts Sysomos analysed) x 0.5% = 57,500 members in NZ. Not 129,000.

    • Simon July 25, 2009 at 1:18 pm

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      Thanks Sheldon, that’ll teach me to rely on the article about the original findings rather than digging into the original findings! Very odd that Ross Dawson (the blogger I linked to) didn’t seem to check the Sysomos list you linked to. Either that or he used different numbers and/or methodology. Thanks for pointing that out!

  53. Simon July 25, 2009 at 12:18 am

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    Thanks Sheldon, that’ll teach me to rely on the article about the original findings rather than digging into the original findings! Very odd that Ross Dawson (the blogger I linked to) didn’t seem to check the Sysomos list you linked to. Either that or he used different numbers and/or methodology. Thanks for pointing that out!

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