[New Data] Tweets Between 100 and 115 Characters are More Likely to be ReTweeted

Tweet-length, in characters and it’s relationship to ReTweets

More new ReTweet data! In the past few weeks, I’ve looked at quotes and hashtags and images.

This time I decided to look at Tweet-length, in characters and it’s relationship to ReTweets. The data set is up to 1.4 million randomly selected Tweets, from 1.2 million different accounts.

I found that Tweets between 100 and 115 characters were 34% more likely to be ReTweeted than Tweets outside of that range, with a 99.9% confidence interval. A big drop off in ReTweet probability occurs once Tweets get beyond about 120 characters, but up to that point, the longer the Tweet, the better.

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[New Data] Use “Quotes” and #Hashtags to Get More ReTweets

A look at non-alphanumerical characters and their relationship to ReTweets

Continuing my new research into ReTweeting behavior, I also looked at non-alphanumerical characters and their relationship to new-school, native, ReTweets.

Using a dataset now more than 1.2 million Tweets strong, I found two particularly impactful characters, which when present in Tweets tend to correlate with those Tweets being more likely to be ReTweeted: quotes and hashtags.

Tweets that contain one or more hashtags were 55% more likely to be ReTweeted than Tweets that did not. Thanks to the large dataset, there is a 99.9% confidence interval that Tweets with hashtags get more ReTweets than those without.

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Use Images on Twitter to Get More ReTweets

A comparison of the 4 of the most popular ways to send images to Twitter

I collected a dataset of more than 400,000 randomly selected Tweets and the number of times each tweet received a “new school” (native) ReTweet. I then compared 4 of the most popular ways to send images to Twitter: Facebook image links (images hosted on Facebook’s CDN, fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net), Instagram, Twitpic and Twitter’s own, native image uploading service (shown in Tweets as pic.Twitter.com).

Tweets with images uploaded to pic.Twitter.com were nearly twice as likely to be retweeted while the use of Twitpic increased the odds by just over 60%. On the other hand Tweets that used Facebook or Instagram links were less likely to be retweeted. In all four of cases, I found a 99% confidence interval assuring us of the reliability of these results.

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