Twitter is tricky sometimes, especially when you have a bunch of people added into the stream. It’s something that I will blog about tomorrow at greater length, but I wanted to just jot something, almost as a note to myself, but that might bear some consideration. Twitter, I believe, is two different things depending on how many folks you’re following, and I believe it should be viewed as completely different apps, or at least uses, depending on which way you’ve got it set up. What follows are some facts and information that will be part of a backstory for an upcoming post. You might find it interesting, just to see what Twitter looks like through a different lens. I wonder what Robert Scoble‘s take on this is. He’s got a lot of followers, and I know he reads a lot of his threads, too. (No, not searchbaiting you, Robert, but I bet your complementary post would be equally revealing).
Some Quick Facts
- I follow 2,548 people (as of Dec 26th)
- I am followed by 3,059 people (thank you!)
- 1 page of tweets on the webpage, when following that many, equals just under 1 minute of time.
- 48 pages back equals 1 hour
- A typical page of @replies to me equals 1 hour.
What This Means
- I can’t always respond to everyone’s @reply, but I read them all.
- I don’t read every tweet you send. No matter who you are. I don’t read every tweet I send.
- I use Twittersearch and Terraminds extensively, and even then, I miss some of what you’re trying to tell me.
- Twitter has some bugs that occasionally make you THINK you’ve followed someone, but might not notice that it didn’t go through (It took me 4 weeks to add @judell). Sometimes, that’s why I haven’t added you back.
- Even if I don’t see your every tweet, you’re probably still a good person.
- Even if I might not have added you back, what you say is still valuable.
Where This Will Go Tomorrow
Tomorrow, Clarence and I will talk a bit more about the “niceties” of social networks, and how these come back to bite us in some ways. We’ll discuss some of the things that people do in the name of being polite, some of what people do to “lunchbox,” and some of what people do to try and stay on top of it all. It will be a complex post, and Clarence and I both have different ways we approach this. I think it’ll be worth checking out.
But for now, I just wanted to blog the background of what it is to read Twitter at velocity. My way is DEFINITELY not right, nor recommended. It’s just what I do. Your mileage WILL vary.