Who won Davos today? By the looks of the stats, the only person people were talking about was Angela Merkel.
Total traffic has jumped from 6000 in the days leading up to Davos, to 40,902 by 8:15pm this evening. Still significantly less than an episode of xfactor, but that’s the fickle nature of celebrity for you. Traffic peaked at 215 tweets per minute at 09:47 this morning with a major sharing of this link from http://economia.uol.com.br.
All of the major spikes in traffic are caused by news stories being posted on websites. At 01:24 the BBC story at gets its share, at 04:45 Mashable gets its turn. at 09:47 the first Brazilian story gets its next outing. At 13:29 it’s the turn of R7, another Brazlilian site and then at 17:00 there are a few consecutive spikes on news articles discussing both Angela Merkel, and George Soros’ response as well as Paul Polmans statements on pensions. What does this tell us? Well, mostly that I need to filter out links to get to the heart of what people are saying about stories like these!
Overall, the days traffic was about Angela Merkel, although less obvious is what she actually spoke about. The big topic of the day seems to be driven by the opening statements on capitalism, and whether it is fit for purpose in its current form. The Eurozone and crisis are two words that almost go hand in hand today, and that’s as true on twitter as anywhere else.
One other thing that is clear, is that this is not something that’s watched only by the English speaking world. Spanish and Portugese both feature heavily in the languages used.
And the hashtags? Apart from #davos and #wef, the top hashtags were #wefbrainstorm, #merkel, #news, #business and #occupy.