Monday, October 12, 2009

More thoughts on my Twitter list

Last night I published a set of lists that attempted to measure how Australian media people use Twitter. I'm pleased that most feedback has been that it made for fascinating reading. But I should point out the data has a fundamentally flawed methodology that undermines attempts to draw too much meaning from it.

Dave Earley’s original list was never meant to be a conclusive directory and I did not include everyone from it. But it is the best of its kind I know of. At the bottom of this page is a list of all the people I did include in yesterday's survey. Though it is skewered towards people involved in media (both old and new), the list is an artificial distinction. Because in Twitter, everyone is a publisher and therefore a defacto media person.

My data set was limited to a Brisbane-based slant of a cross-section of media occupations that often only awkwardly relate to journalism. Without buying into the larger question of what is a journalist, there are many people now on the list that probably should not be there plus there are many more not on the list that probably should be there. So the data cannot be used to draw any conclusions based on occupation.

Nor can it be used to support any assumptions across time. The data was only valid at late Sunday and early Monday this week. Numbers of followings, followers and tweets change all the time and probably not at a constant rate. A tool to take the hardness out of measuring would be useful to see how that varies over time.

Given the limitations of the data I had, my only other observation tonight is that the best way to get extremely number of followers (should you so desire) would appear to be follow a similarly large number yourself.

I should also note I have not used any data that was not already in the public domain. My data spreadsheet as of Sunday night is available on request.

Here is the list of 311 people in my survey sorted in alphabetical order by Twitter id. Btw - it is not 313 as I reported yesterday – there were two duplicates. I have also included real names if not obvious from Twitter id but is listed elsewhere in the person's profile.

_leo_s Leo Shanahan
_tors tory maguire
aapbrisbane Angela Harper
abcmarkscott Mark Scott
AClennell Andrew Clennell
adamandjones adam jones
adambspencer
AdamJoseph1 Adam Joseph
AdrianMusolino
agitated Chris Agiasotis
Ajdicko
ajwight
AlHaigh Alistair Haigh
alexkidman
alisonsandy
amstrad Darren Burden
AndrewFenton
andrewjcrook
AnnabelCrabb
annacaldwell Anna Caldwell
Annacico Anna Cicognani
Aramadge Andrew Ramadge
arjun_aus Arjun Ramachandran
ArlieDouglas Arlie Douglas
Artsjourno Nicholas Pickard
AsherMoses
askbossy Kate de Brito
Awrd Andrew Davies
Aysha Aysha Leo
barrysaunders
Bartman6 Chris Bartlett
Bengrubb
benhourigan
bernardkeane
BHaverty Brian Haverty
bigtruck Daniel Sankey
bjj4me Rinaldo De Paolis
brandstand Julian Lee
brizbands Candice Bridger
brontegirl Kimberley Porteous
bronwen Bronwen Clune
bruceyeah Bruce Collier
Bruff Nick Broughall
Bryceives Bryce Ives
buck_ers Brian Buchanan
c41 Pete Ottery
CalebCluff
cameronreilly
cankles Brendon Chase
carlosmonteiro
cate3221 cate swannell
ccoaster2002 ccoaster2002
cecilialindgren
charispalmer
chelsea_mes
chesterrod
chris_deal chris deal
Chris_Griffith
ChrisBerg
ChrisRhyss Chris Rhyss Edwards
claireorourke claireorourke
cmrosemary rosemary odgers
Colgo paul colgan
colvinius Mark Colvin
coogeecoup Alison Godfrey
cowspanker David Higgins
csimps0n Campbell Simpson
curious_scribe glenda kwek
DailePepper
DaleMcCarthy
Danwalsh
danwarne
david_heath
Debritz Brett Debritz
Debsm Debs Majumdar
dellvink Amanda Dell
derekbarry me!
diversionary Simon Wright
djackmanson David Jackmanson
djfcm David Fagan
dlelkind Debbie Elkind
Dnazaroff diane nazaroff
dobes Chris Duckett
doctorkarl Karl Kruzeniski
dr_nic Nic Healey
dt_downunder Daniel Taylor
duncanriley
Dwabriz Dennis Atkins
dylanmcevoy
earleyedition Dave Earley
Ebaral Edward Baral
edmundtadros
Eliotfish
emilyeverywhere Emily Jade O'Keeffe
engalvo Nick Galvin
engochick Suzanne Tindal
Ericdot Eric Auld
Faldo david field
farlster Edwina Farley
FelicityH FelicityHetherington
FelicityMoore Felicity Moore
firstdogonmoon
Foodiegirl Wendy Hall
Foraggio Toby Forage
franmolloy
frombecca Rebecca Varidel
geerob andrew hornery
Genrobey
GeorgiaWaters
Gogaino
grahamcairns
Grahamy Graham Young
greenj Jonathan Green
gusworldau Angus Kidman
guymosel
harleyd arley Dennett
Heidi75 Heidi Hewkins
heraldsunscoop Megan Miller
hornery andrew hornery
Hughjm Hugh Martin
Huntzie Andrew Hunter
idrinktang Daniel Tang
IMacri Irena Macri
imtimhanlon tim hanlon
Ironsider robin ironside
jason_a_w Jason Wilson
Jcmc Jessica Crouch
Jeanti Jeanti St Clair
JenBennett
jendudley Jen Dudley
jenniferest
jensent Tony Jensen
jessmcguire
jg_rat John Grey
JoannaSavill
jodieobrien jodie o'brien
Joe_Hildebrand
JoelGibson
JohnBirmingham
johnlacey
johnstonec craig johnstone
jonty98 Jonathan Este
julie_posetti
justiniannews Richard Ackland
jvdouglas
kalgoorliekid Nick Rynne
KarlSikora
kateedwards
katekendall
katherinefeeney
Katrinafox
kerryfinch
kerryn_manifold
kingleonard Leonard King
korenhelbig
Landeryou Andrew Landeryou
landunn Ann Lund
LeighSales
LeonGettler
letterstoharry Charlie Brewer
liamphillips liamphillips
lilhack melissa singer
LincolnArcher
LisaYallamas Lisa Yallamas
loopymedia Lucy Robertson
LucasNg
lucethoughts Lucy Carter
LucyjK Lucy Kippist
LukeRoyes Luke Royes
lyndalcairns Lyndal Cairns
madeinmelbourne
marcfennell
margaretsimons
MariekeHardy
markhjones
marshallheald
matthew_hall
MattPinkney
Mcjp Matthew JC. Powell
MClayfield Matthew Clayfield
meadea amanda meade
mediahaze Rachael Bolton
mediahunter Craig Wilson
melbris Melanie Christiansen
Melinashanks Melina Cruickshank
mfantini
mgawenda Michael Gawenda
MGorey Michael Gorey
miafreedman
MichaelLund
michaelturtle
MickWray11 Mick Wray
MiguelDSouza
mikedobbie
mikeh101 Mike Hanley
Mikerism101 mike bennie
miketomalaris Michael Tomalaris
mishaketch Misha Ketchell
mumbrella Tim Burrowes
musojourno Denis Semchenko
MWikramanayake Marisa Wikramanayake
MyfWarhurst
MylesWearring
nadine_lee
nataschamirosch
natecochrane
natgregg Natalie Gregg
newsbee Lanai Vasek
newsed Simon Holt
newsian Chris Rhyss Edwards
newslab Charles brewer
NicMacBean
nicolehaddow
Nikjiljn Nikhil Jain
nocreditbob Mike Robson
osbornep Paul Osborne
Overingtonc Caroline Overington
Owenjay Owen Jacques
ozy1962 Mike Osborne
patricklion
paulajoye
paulhansford
paulverhoeven
PaulWiggins
paulzucker
penbo David Penberthy
Peter_F_Ryan
PeteWallis
philliprsmith
pocketmojo Anthony Caruana
pollytics Possum
PoppyMasselos
princessfluffy Nikki Bradley
rachelhills
randolphramsay
Rbbrown Ruth Brown
Readfearn Graham Readfearn
renailemay
Renbarau Renee Barnes
rgcooke Richard Cooke
riskybusiness Patrick Gray
rod3000 Rod McGuinness
RodPeno
rodsavage
RonErdos
RosieFantail
Rosieryan
rossprowd
roulla Roulla Yiacoumi
Rynobi Ryan Egan
s_bridges Scott Bridges
sally_jackson
sam_ikin
SarahElks
sarahprout
Sclepj simon jones
scottjmcasey Scott Casey
ScottPape
screelman Sarah Creelman
seamus seamus byrne
secretshq Michelle Matthews
Sethyates
Shalailah Shalailah Medhora
Shopblog Paddy Hintz
SimonThomsen
snoozen susan hetherington
sonya_gee
sophblack Sophie Black
sraquinn Stephen Quinn
ssharwood simon sharwood
stephenmayne stephenmayne
stilgherrian
suegcb ate swannell
SuzanneCarbone
swandives Georgina Swan
sydfilmfestival Charlie Brewer
tabloidterror ros reines
Tanwatt Majella Watt
tara_g Tara Grimshaw
taylordane75 Lee Taylor
tburton
TerryO'Connor
The_Enthusiast
theburgerman John Bergin
thejobblog
themediapod Ross Monaghan
therealrocky123 Neale Maynard
thetowncrier Jason Whittaker
tim_coronel tim_coronel
timdunlop
tobiasziegler
tomatom ed charles
tonyblackie
tonywalker
trentenda james harris
triplejdools Scott Dooley
triplejtheking Richard Kingsmill
triplejtvdoctor Lindsay McDougall
troy_martinAU Troy Martin
UrsulaHeger
Valentine702 James Valentine
valeriekhoo
valerioveo
Vidiva Vida Redoblado
VijayKhurana
Viralagent John O'Brien
vquinn valens quinn
Warlach
wendy_hogan
wolfie_rankin
zarabee Zara Broomhead

3 comments:

~PakKaramu~ said...

Pak Karamu visiting your blog

Wolfie! said...

Almost last, I would have to be called something starting with "W" ;)

Wolfie!

David J said...

For serious digging into your own Twitter influence I suggest Twinfluence and Twitter Friends - they both dig deeper than raw follower count, like you've started to do here.

The first time I used these services I got a real insight into why raw follower numbers are not very useful.

Far more relevant are statistics like:
1) The number of different people you chat with

2) The number of people who comment on or retweet your posts

3) The number of people visiting your links from Twitter(you can find this out if you create a bit.ly account and shorten the links by hand)

For instance, I have around 1300 followers* I think, but I actually have between maybe 20-50 people who will follow at least a few of the links post, even if it's not a big story. That sort of base is where your everyday influence comes from.

*I'm very strict about culling Twitter spam as well, so my followers list isn't very inflated.