Mastodon tooters also tweet

How many people in your Mastodon feed also tweeted today? The answer can be found using my favorite kind of Steampipe query.

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I lasted tweeted on Dec 22. (It was, unsurprisingly, a link to a blog post about Mastodon.) Today I wondered what percentage of the people who appear in my Mastodon timeline today also appeared on Twitter today.

To start, I wrote this query, which tries to match Twitter and Mastodon usernames. When it finds a match, it reports the day on which that person last tweeted.

with mastodon as (
  select
    substring(username from 1 for 15) as username, -- twitter names are max 15 chars
    'from:' || substring(username from 1 for 15) as query -- we will query twitter using, e.g., 'from:judell'
  from
    mastodon_toot
  where
    timeline = 'home'
  limit
    500
)
select
  m.username as mastodon_person,
  t.author->>'username' as twitter_person,
  max(to_char(t.created_at, 'YYYY-MM-DD')) as last_tweet_day
from 
  mastodon m
left join
  twitter_search_recent t -- see https://hub.steampipe.io/plugins/turbot/twitter/tables/twitter_search_recent
on
  t.query = m.query
group by
  mastodon_person,
  twitter_person
order by
  last_tweet_day desc

This is my favorite kind of Steampipe query: two different APIs, each represented as a Postgres table, combined with a SQL JOIN.

The result looks like this, with nulls for failed matches.

+-----------------+-----------------+----------------+
| mastodon_person | twitter_person  | last_tweet_day |
+-----------------+-----------------+----------------+
| AlanSill        | null            | null           |
| Colarusso       | null            | null           |
| ...                                                |
| williamgunn     | null            | null           |
| xian            | null            | null           |
| ...                                                |
| futurebird      | futurebird      | 2022-12-29     |
| glynmoody       | glynmoody       | 2022-12-29     |
| ...                                                |
| khinsen         | khinsen         | 2022-12-23     |
| blaine          | blaine          | 2022-12-23     |
+-----------------+-----------------+----------------+

Next I created a table from the above query.

create table public.mastdon_twitter as 
  -- sql as above

And then ran this query.

select
  last_tweet_day,
  count(*)
from
  mastodon_twitter
where
  last_tweet_day is not null
group by
  last_tweet_day
order by
  last_tweet_day desc

Here’s the result.

+----------------+-------+
| last_tweet_day | count |
+----------------+-------+
| 2022-12-29     | 36    |
| 2022-12-28     | 6     |
| 2022-12-27     | 1     |
| 2022-12-26     | 1     |
| 2022-12-25     | 2     |
| 2022-12-23     | 2     |
+----------------+-------+

The 500 toots represented here were created by 93 people who tooted today.

select count(*) from mastodon_twitter

+-------+
| count |
+-------+
| 93    |
+-------+

Of those 93 people, 48 have matching usernames.

select count(*) from mastodon_twitter where last_tweet_day is not null

+-------+
| count |
+-------+
| 48    |
+-------+

Of the 48 with matching usernames, 36 also tweeted today.

So there’s my answer: 75% of the people who appeared in my Mastodon home timeline (when I sampled it just now) also appeared on Twitter today.

See also:

  1. Hope for the fediverse
  2. Build a Mastodon dashboard with Steampipe
  3. Browsing the fediverse
  4. A Bloomberg terminal for Mastodon
  5. Create your own Mastodon UX
  6. Lists and people on Mastodon
  7. Mastodon tooters also tweet
  8. Instance-qualified Mastodon URLs

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