The number of twitter followers for possible future Prime Ministers of Canada:
As of 12 March 2011: @M_Ignatieff 61,415; @pmharper 98,164; @jacklayton 57,824; @gillesduceppe 44,550; @elizabethmay 11,447.
As of 30 March 2011: @M_Ignatieff 74,988; @pmharper 113,192; @jacklayton 68,622; @gillesduceppe 49,637; @elizabethmay 15,390.
Elizabeth May has experienced the largest percentage increase in the number of followers, 34 percent, followed by Michael Ignatieff at 22 percent. However in terms of the absolute number of followers, May has experienced the smallest increase, just 3,943 more followers.
Stephen Harper has had the largest absolute increase in numbers, at 15,028, though his percentage increase, 15 percent, is below that of all the other leaders except Ignatieff. Michael Ignatieff saw his number of twitter followers increase by 13,573 in absolute terms.
(For a more extensive analysis, go to http://politwitter.ca/page/statistics which shows a dramatic increase in the amount of Conservative tweeting.)
What does this mean?
That 99.97 percent of Canadians would rather listen to Rebecca Black's Friday (slowcore Brian Eno sound-alike here) or watch epic meals on youtube than follow @pmharper on twitter.