What are people saying about ICCB2017 on Twitter?

July 24, 2017
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(This article was first published on Bluecology blog, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

What are people saying about International Congress for Conservation Biology 2017 on Twitter?

Here’s a brief analysis of tweets from the International Congress for Conservation Biology to date. The conference started on the starting 23rd July I was curious to see what people are talking about there and who is doing the talking on twitter.

As of 25th July I could access 6978 tweets and retweets from the conference, starting on 2017-07-15.

If you are wondering how these stats compare to other conferences, check out my post from ICRS last year.

Who is talking

There have been about 1500 users on #ICCB2017 so far.

Clearly, the people talking on twitter are a biased selection of people at ICCB2017 and may also include people not there (like me). As usual, a lot people only tweet once or twice.

The users doing the most tweeting are (in order of most to least with number of tweets):

@IbuAnggrek 528, @ICCB2017 310, @AzurigenMCS 199, @WhySharksMatter 179, @rebecca_jarvis 172,
@CarlaWildlife 146, @WILDLABSNET 93, @Society4ConBio 84, @FancyScientist 80,
@davila_federico 79

Here is a table of the most popular tweets, by their RT count:

Rank Name text Retweet count
1 WhySharksMatter Angler gives up chance at world record, releases huge blacktip shark alive. #ICCB2017 #SharkWeek (from 2014) https://t.co/dwmiAeSXQW https://t.co/74SyQ6Uhfk 96
2 eguerreroforero @Brigittelgb en #ICCB2017: A los países megadiversos nos llaman ‘megadispersos’ porq no hemos logrado posicionar políticamente biodiversidad https://t.co/u43dVvcjHO 65
3 HugePossum Australia’s proposed marine parks have never been science based – bad planning for nature and people #ICCB2017 https://t.co/rZXAueuod6 64
4 ICCB2017 #ICCB2017 attendees – there are sloths in El Parque Centenario near the convention center! #UrbanWildlife https://t.co/81YktjU4Mu 59
5 Seasaver UN Patron of Oceans calls for ban on tournaments which kill threatened sharks https://t.co/P5KmUxBte3 #ICCB2017 @TheIGFA #sportfishing 40

I like that sloths are right up there at number 4 at the moment. Marine science topics are also pretty popular.

What people are saying

Textual analysis is a bit of a dark art, but here are some of the most popular words appearing in tweets (with the number of tweets they appear in ):

Term Number of tweets
iccb 6965
conserv 1064
amp 691
colombia 477
talk 467
biodivers 411
cartagena 380
work 362
will 323
whysharksmatter 315
societyconbio 304
open 303
great 298
can 293
come 292
use 289
conservation 287
join 285
need 248
world 244

At this stage the location is an imporant talking point. Also predictably ‘conservation’ and ‘biodiversity’ are also up there. It is interesting that ‘need’ features in a lot of tweets. Perhaps a lot of people saying we ‘need’ to do this or that?

Time of tweets

Finally, it can be illustrative to look at the timing of tweets. This graph is made with times for the time zone local to Cartagena.

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