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Twitter research says: friends are more important than followers

An analysis by Taly Weiss (of Trendspotting) on Twitter user behavior examines the social saturation and the saturation of content, as well as the Reciprocity of exchanges between users. For anyone who is looking into using Twitter, this might be an interesting read.

Here are the main take-aways:

1. Twitter users have a very small number of friends compared to the number of followers and followees they declare. This implies the existence of two different networks: a very dense one made up of followers and followees, and a sparser and simpler network of actual friends. The latter proves to be a more influential network in driving Twitter usage since users with many actual friends tend to post more updates than users with few actual friends. On the other hand, users with many followers or followees post updates more infrequently than those with few followers or followees.

2. A link between any two people does not necessarily imply an interaction between them. In the case of Twitter, most of the links declared within Twitter were meaningless from an interaction point of view.

March 6, 2009 at 3:31 pm 3 comments

Network Value Test

As a form of promotion for its social networking platform, XING introduced the network value test, which gives you a number in Euros on what your network value (money you could make in the next 10 years based on your network) is. It also compares you to the average and top 10 percentile of network values other people have. It is an interesting idea to try to affix a numerical number to your networking behavior, size of network, frequency of exchange etc. However, it is not quite transparent (at first sight, anyway) of how this is calculated, or even what it actually means.

Also, what is really strange, is that you have to re-enter all the information, although it could be read right out of your Xing profile, which would limit the number of errors and increase accuracy. Also, changing just a few variables really does make a real difference, which leads you to wonder how accurate you entered your data, or how to understand the questions given. Try it out and see for yourself.


December 19, 2007 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

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