Everyone uses Twitter differently. Some people use it to do nothing but post updates from their web site. Others use it to converse with friends. There’s nothing wrong with using it for different reasons. It’s sometimes difficult to tell what kind of user someone is, though. There’s a group of people who have developed Twitalyzer to help us figure out who is who – and what they’re doing.
Twitalyzer is a unique tool to evaluate the activity of any Twitter user and report on relative influence, signal-to-noise ratio, generosity, velocity, clout, and other useful measures of success in social media. On Twitalyzer, you input a username, and it will return a set of statistics. Apparently, my influence has been increasing recently! My generosity is extremely low, though. I very seldom @ someone, and that is why that number is low. I don’t like to flood my feed with other people’s stuff. Also, well… I just don’t want someone to feel left out, or that I don’t care about what they are doing.
There is no “wrong” way to use Twitter. The service gives you whatever you want from it. You can stalk your favorite celebrities, learn about social media from the best experts on the planet, find the hottest new places to visit in any location or simply talk about what’s going on in your own life. You can learn anything online – and everything can be found right on Twitter.
The type of people you follow tend to be those you feel you will gain something from. Perhaps you’re following your local television news personalities: they’re giving you the most up-to-the-minute stories right in your Twitter stream. If you’re following all of the A-list bloggers, you’re likely a blogger looking for more inspiration and like-minded conversation. The way you interact with all of these different people varies depending on what you are looking for from your connection with them.
Have you checked out your own statistics? Are you influential on Twitter? How much clout do you have on Twitter amongst your followers, and within all of Twitter-land? What kind of user are you?
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