To Tweet or Not to Tweet : that is the question

So you have a witty set of 140 characters with a shortened URL linked to some brilliant content.  What’s next?  Well, you’re in your favorite app or web site and you tweet it of course.  What are the chances that the tweet will go through?  How long will it take?  We collected data from real user probes over the course of the year to answer these questions.

(The following data set consisted of nearly 700,000 summary data points with the originally collected data points numbering over 150 billion. It’s big data.)

1) Over a year after Twitter moved to its own data center, has the new Twitter-managed data center improved network availability and latency from the perspective of real users worldwide?  The trend looks good, but there’s certainly room for improvement.

2)  Across the G20 countries, a comparison of  Twitter availability and connect time to the other social media powerhouse, Facebook, represents another interesting data slice.  If you wanted to make a status update, which would you choose? It’s a toss up.

Twitter is usually more available (threshold for green is set low at 90%) but connect time is consistently longer.  The longer the bar, the longer the wait.  The redder the bar, the higher the chances that your tweet or status update won’t even get through.


Finally, if I were running the Twitter or Facebook engineering teams, I’d use the data above to improve the experience for users in G20 and beyond… @cedexis is just a simple tweet away!