BTME 2019 on Twitter

With so many delegates to BTME—the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition—using Twitter to communicate about the event, I thought it would be interesting to look at some statistics related to the #BTME2019 hashtag.

I first saw this type of conference analysis done by Neil Saunders, and I have largely used his code to do this analysis.

Please note that I looked just at tweets sent (London time) from January 18 to January 26 that included the #BTME2019 hashtag. I know some people were tweeting with #BTME19 or #BTME or mentioning @BIGGA_BTME or @BIGGALtd or were tweeting about BTME without any tags at all. This analysis doesn’t look at those.

There were 1,202 tweets (including retweets) with that “official” #BTME2019 hashtag on those dates.

During the Continue to Learn days and then at BTME itself, these were the number of tweets per hour.

Of those accounts using the #BTME2019 hashtag, these are the top tweeters, those sending 5 or more tweets with that tag from January 18 to 26.

There were some conversations about #BTME2019 too. This network graph shows the accounts that were replying to each other about #BTME2019.

Lots of people were tweeting from iPhones.

These were the top 10 tweets as ranked by their favorite count as of this morning.

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SeanPower747Great weather to end the week. Now looking forward to harrogate next week #BTME2019 #greenkeeping https://t.co/Gr69GmWkG6100
Tracey_MaddisonSuper proud to be part of the @BIGGALtd #BTME2019 team. I loved every minute, thought the new halls & layout were vibrant, gave a feeling of a ‘new’ show. Big 👏 to all exhibitors, stands looked amazing but bigger 👏👏 to all our 1,000’s of visitors. Here’s to 2020! #TeamBIGGA https://t.co/g3jtDdAsTe83
BIGGA_BTMEWinner of the #BTME2019 Outstanding Contribution of the Year award, sponsored by @JacobsenTurf, is @JackPercival99 of @ChipsteadGreens. https://t.co/tdYsOHRlN856
ArkansasTurfWhich “Yank” is pulling off the British look better? @CGCGreenkeeper or @ArkansasTurf ? I realize Matthew is way more handsome than me but my head is bigger!! @BIGGALtd @BIGGA_BTME #BTME2019 https://t.co/iZFMyxzupC56
BIGGA_BTMEThe turnout today has been fantastic once again here at #BTME2019. Are you here? Having a good time? What's been your highlight? #TweetUs https://t.co/U1IpBoUnRL48
BIGGA_BTMECongratulations to @stevehirons7 of @GreenkeepersKGC, winner of the #BTME2019 18 holes of golf! https://t.co/d3CnAaZriA48
BIGGALtdThank you to everyone who attended #BTME2019 and helped to make it such a fantastic success. Let’s get cracking with #BTME2020! https://t.co/3PzW8UEWid46
Aitkens_turfReally pleased to win best medium stand @BIGGA_BTME thanks to all who voted and attended the show. It was a great success #btme #BTME19 #BTME2019 https://t.co/fmAmiVU9MG44
BIGGA_BTME#BTME2019's Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year, sponsored by @rigbytaylor, goes to Craig Earnshaw (@Harleyfordgreen) & team. https://t.co/CBtFLZn1IX43
cammymac23If you want find out more about #PCdrainage and our #Ventrac services come meet us at #BTME2019 in Green Zone 322 #DJUKE looking forward to another productive week in Harrogate. https://t.co/d47hQERNNo42

These were the top 10 tweets ranked by number of retweets as of this morning.

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BIGGA_BTME"It's okay to talk." One of a number charities in attendance, @andysmanclubuk have been spreading their message at #BTME2019. https://t.co/H9V3hHStTi14
BIGGA_BTME#BTME2019's Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year, sponsored by @rigbytaylor, goes to Craig Earnshaw (@Harleyfordgreen) & team. https://t.co/CBtFLZn1IX14
GkErwanDesperate call, if anyone at the #BTME2019 found a NASA cap, please please DM me! I’ve lost mine, and I really like it 😞 @BIGGALtd @BIGGA_BTME https://t.co/dfbrzK5DcR12
BarenbrugUK@BarenbrugUK are at @BIGGA_BTME 2019! Come and see us tomorrow on Stand 330, where we will be showcasing our industry-leading products. 1 day to go! ⛳️🏌⚽️ #BTME2019 #GrassExperts https://t.co/q4kyVSTPs812
BIGGA_BTMEWinner of the #BTME2019 Outstanding Contribution of the Year award, sponsored by @JacobsenTurf, is @JackPercival99 of @ChipsteadGreens. https://t.co/tdYsOHRlN812
AdamButler833rd Lorry loaded With @baronessuk, ready for @BIGGA_BTME #BTME19 #BTME2019, Just 3 vans to go 😊 Come and say hello in Red Zone Stand 200. https://t.co/GWoEyQ7BCX11
weldonmowersVisit the John Deere stand at BTME 2019 and check out the new HD200 GPS Precison Sprayer, revolutionising spraying operations in turf maintenance. See you there ! https://t.co/KO1BsnLvJc @BIGGA_BTME #BTME2019 https://t.co/3IBOVbGIoC10
CampeyTurfCareAll set up.on the #CampeyTurfCare stand for #BTME2019 @BIGGALtd come & see one of the biggest stands at the show filled with the latest #innovaticr #sportsrturf machinery #grenkeepers #groundsmen red zone of #BTME2019 is where you need to be! https://t.co/sMdtltImPU10
BIGGALtdChat to other BIGGA Members a lot on social media but never actually met them in person? Come along to our #BTME2019 #TweetUp hosted by @Gkbmachinesltd on stand 406 in the Purple Zone at 2pm on Wednesday and finally put a face to that Twitter handle! #socialmedia https://t.co/1Uhrbo8KKO9
Aitkens_turfReally pleased to win best medium stand @BIGGA_BTME thanks to all who voted and attended the show. It was a great success #btme #BTME19 #BTME2019 https://t.co/fmAmiVU9MG9

There were a lot of tweets with “media”—photos or videos—shared during BTME. This was the media tweet with the most favorites:

What were people tweeting about? I looked at all the words used in the 1,202 tweets, excluding some common stop words and excluding BTME and excluding Harrogate.

Here’s a word cloud of the words that remained.

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