ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

How many Bhutanese tweeples are out there?

According to a rough sampling exercise that I conducted, there are currently around 3,000 to 4,000 Bhutanese Twitter accounts. Abi Narayan (Twitter handle: @abixalmon) opened one of the first (if not the first) Twitter account in Bhutan: Abi's account was created on March 18, 2007, more than five years ago.
The number of accounts crossed 100 sometime in 2009, and 1000 accounts were available at the end of 2010. The rate of joining Twitter accelerated dramatically in mid-2011. Check out the chart below (it might take a few seconds to load, so be patient!).