Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

Twitter Science?

April 16, 2009

I came across the below while reading an @mashable tweet about how to retweet:

What we see here is that while the number of followers exposed to a Tweet does have a positive effect on the number of times that Tweet is ReTweeted, it is a weak correlation, meaning that other factors play a much larger role. By calculating a ReTweets-per-follower ratio for 20,000 users and graphing the distribution of that metric we see that while most users have a similar ratio, there does exist a class of users with a much higher ReTweets-to-follower number.

via The Science of ReTweets.

Check it out! Twitter science with proper stats and everything! I don’t know what this means for me, but I think maybe I should get onto graphing my metrics in the morning.

(I think what it actually means is that number of followers doesn’t have as big an impact as you might expect on how often something is retweeted.)


Twitter Cuts SMS Updates For UK

August 14, 2008
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Bad news if you use Twitter and live in the UK. The announcement was made yesterday on Twitter’s blog:


Changes for Some SMS Users—Good and Bad News (via Readburner)

Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t see much of a “good” side to this one. Bottom line: if you’re based in the UK, or anywhere other than the US, Canada or India, you won’t be able to receive updates from anyone you follow on Twitter. You can still send updates via SMS, but you won’t get anything back.

The reasoning is simple: Twitter released their SMS service without any deals in place, so they foot the bill for all update text messages. The blog post estimates a potential $1,000/user charge per year, which, if accurate, would be an astronomically huge hit for Twitter to take.

Talks with mobile operators in several European countries are “ongoing”, apparently. Chances are the deal will eventually be done with only a select few, just like Facebook which has a deal with O2 here in the UK.

Whatever the outcome, this is yet more bad press for Twitter. This is currently the top item at Techmeme, and it’s spawned a number of angry posts in the related Get Satisfaction thread. It seems the Australians are particularly upset that Twitter didn’t remember Oz wasn’t in Euroland… And The Social Media Duplication Problem

July 25, 2008

I just got a beta signup to, so I’ve been trying it out over the past half hour or so. Essentially it posts a message to all your microblogging/status update services at once from one place. Here’s my first post:

“hoping I’ve successfully added my account to”

And indeed I have! It’s easy to set up. Now it’s just a question of deciding (carefully) which services to use it for.

And herein lies the rub. Because my use of and other social media/web 2.0 services raises a related problem which could soon make signing up to any more services counterproductive: that is the problem of information duplication, also “noise“.

Every time I update, it sends that update to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr (at the moment). However, I’ve set up twitterfeed to post all my tumblr updates to Twitter, so that will repeat information on Twitter – not good. To make matters worse, Twitter and Tumblr posts also appear on my Friendfeed, leading to further reduplication of information.

And so on. It turns out – surprise, surprise – that the more social media/aggregation services you use, the more complicated it becomes to manage your online lifestream.

Happily, you can customise to a certain extent to ensure that only certain types of update are sent to certain services. So you can, for example, set to only sent status updates to Twitter, Facebook and, whereas microblogs and blogs are reserved for WordPress and Tumblr.

This is good to an extent, but it does mean you have to think carefully about the services you use if you’re into lifestreaming on Friendfeed etc. and you don’t want to piss off your followers.

How about you? Anyone else who compulsively signs up to new web 2.0 aggregation services and gets deluged by repeat info – leave a comment and let me know how you deal with information overload.

Facebook Mobile: The End For Twitter?

December 16, 2007

Facebook logoThis week, I started using Facebook’s excellent mobile service. It’s really simple to set up — just enter your mobile number on the website, then confirm with the code Facebook texts you.

Using Facebook mobile, you can write on any one of your friends’ walls, send a private message, or update your status wherever you are from your phone with simple text messages. You can also visit Facebook on your mobile for free until the end of 2007 at Best of all, the service is completely free besides the standard network charge for a text message. The downside is that it’s currently only available on the O2 network in the UK.

I wonder whether the massive (and rising) popularity of Facebook might unseat Twitter as the leading way to update friends on your status when you’re on the move… If Facebook mobile is to catch on, though, it will have to spread to other UK mobile phone networks.