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.

dates of BTME2019 tweets

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

btme 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.

btme top tweeters

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

replies btme2019

Lots of people were tweeting from iPhones.

device or source

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

screen_nametextfavorite_count
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.

screen_nametextretweet_count
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.

word cloud btme

Micah Woods
Micah Woods

Scientist, author, consultant, and founder of the Asian Turfgrass Center

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