Ellen DeGeneres’s Twitter Breakdown

Ellen DeGeneres’s Twitter Breakdown

We looked at the habits and tweets of Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) by analyzing the data looking for trends and insights. In total we examined the last 600 tweets between October 12 and December 14. All times in this article are in Pacific Daylight Time.

The account dates all the way back to August 2008.

Most Liked and most retweeted Tweet

The Hours

Ellen DeGeneres’s top day to tweet is Wednesday and her most active hour is 1 p.m. For the period we examined, the busiest date was Dec 12, with a total of 25 tweets.

Weekday/hourly Twitter habits of @TheEllenShow
Weekday/hourly Twitter habits of @TheEllenShow

Day of week chart for @TheEllenShow
Day of week chart for @TheEllenShow

Analyzing all 600 tweets, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted on average every 2.53 hours, impressive by any measure. Sunday saw five percent or less of the action.

Looking back 30 days from the most recent tweet (sent Dec 14), we can generate a chart showing her recent tweet frequency.

@TheEllenShow%27s Tweet Frequency
@TheEllenShow’s Tweet Frequency

Most retweeted Tweet

Followers and Favorites

Ellen DeGeneres follows 5000 other users, “so many friends, so little time”. . The most retweeted user was @SplittingUpABC (2 times).

retweets by @TheEllenShow
retweets by @TheEllenShow


Top tags used by Ellen DeGeneres were #ThanksSponsor (used 40 times), #GameOfGames (used 32 times) and #SplittingUpTogether which was detected 18 times.

@TheEllenShow%27s hashtag usage
@TheEllenShow’s hashtag usage

Pure Speculation

This is where we surrender to speculation about Ellen DeGeneres. Because we can.

  • Most tweets were sent during the workdays (92 percent), Monday to Friday, and just 8.33 percent on weekends. This is probably a work account.
  • If we assume each tweet takes 30 seconds to type and send on average, then we can calculate the time spent tweeting over a one-month period is 2 hours, 22 minutes (30 seconds times 30 days times 9.50 tweets per day). If we furthermore assume that before the actual tweet takes place, two minutes of thought are spent in thoughtful deliberation about how to phrase it and possibly finding an image, then the total amount of time per month spent tweeting and thinking about tweeting is 11 hours, 52 minutes.
  • 5.26 percent of the 95 tags had a number of upper and lowercase inconsistencies. This indicates that @TheEllenShow is mostly consistent, but perhaps sometimes in too much of a hurry to enter the tags correctly.
  • Only missing 2 days over the past month, @TheEllenShow is using twitter almost daily.