fbpx
  1. Social Media

Would You Follow This Person on Twitter?

One of the great democratizing forces on Twitter is getting a concise look at the stats someone’s followers and who he or she is following. When you’re not sure who a person is immediately, there are some heuristics you can use to figure out if they’re worth following.

A dead giveaway is when someone’s following a ton of people and few are following back. It’s okay if there’s a decent disparity – a 2:1 follower:followed ratio is perfectly normal. Yet once you start getting into 3:1 or definitely 4:1 territory, something appears off.

Would you ever follow a Twitter user with these stats?:
Twitter_following_vs_followers

That’s 12.5:1 follower:followed. Sure enough, the messages reeked of twitter spam. Is there any scenario where you’ve followed someone with numbers like this?

An aside: I’m trying to get into Twitter more these days; follow me and (assuming you’re not a spammer, psychopath, or former governor) I’ll follow you back.

People reacted to this story.
Show comments Hide comments
Comments to: Would You Follow This Person on Twitter?
  • Avatar
    March 28, 2008

    Some interesting analysis here indeed. I also wonder where is the point of diminishing marginal returns on twitter following? How many people to follow is too many? or many how many tweets/day is too many?
    You could analyze it using the tool here
    http://www.litman.org/2008-01-02/twitter-stats-for-ericlitman-2007/

    Reply
  • Avatar
    March 30, 2008

    Interesting way to evaluate a Twitter user.
    Over the last few weeks I have seen some Twitters who I follow drop the number of people they follow. I think this has to do in part with the questions jer979 asked. Sometimes there is too much info or not enough good info to spend time following people.
    I am one of your twitter followers feel free to follow me if you want (http://twitter.com/directmaestro).

    Reply
  • Avatar
    April 2, 2008

    I was thinking the same thing the other day. I actually look at it first when someone follows me. It is fondly reminiscent of Myspace when someone would friend you with a ton of friends. I believe it was the decline of the social trust factor with the site and ultimately led to its steady decline in active users.
    Stephen

    Reply
  • Avatar
    April 6, 2008

    The first thing I look at when people follow me is their f/f’ers ratio and also if they’ve filled out their profile. I like the glimpse into who someone is and where we might have common ground.
    I had wanted to say hello last night at BS08, but things got crazy. Hope you had fun!

    Reply
  • Avatar
    March 17, 2009

    http://followontwitterlists.com/ is big a list of “follow on Twitter lists”.

    Reply

Write a response

Your email address will not be published.

Want to get all the updates in your inbox?

Want to get all the updates in your inbox?

Get the Serial Marketer Weekly​

Categories

Archives

Join our community that brings global marketers together!

Join our community that brings global marketers together!

Every month, dozens of others join and add to the success stories of professionals who find business partners, save time vetting technologies, meet inspiring people, and learn new ideas that help them further excel in their roles and careers.