Tag Archives: twitter

Curating Flipboard content: two varieties of personalization

The killer app
A few weeks ago, Flipboard (often referenced to as the iPad killer app”) was finally launched for the iPhone. And what the developers did to transport the flowing way of navigating your streams and news sources to the much smaller screen of the iPhone is more than convincing. Flipboard has very quickly become [...]

Almost 5000 tweets per minute during Obama’s inauguration

It is no big surprise that Obama’s inauguration generated a lot of buzz on Twitter. The hashtag #inaug09 quickly became one of the most frequently typed Twitter tag. But exactly how often did people tweet about Obama’s inauguration? We have quite detailed data about this day on Facebook:

Since this morning more than 1.5 million status [...]

TwitterFriends: Overlapping networks

One of the new features of TwitterFriends is a visualization of your incoming and outgoing networks. Remember: Your incoming network includes all Twitter users that replied or referred to you on Twitter the last 30 days at least twice. And the outgoing network - your relevant net - includes all Twitter users you referred or [...]

How efficient is your Twitter network?

Valdis Krebs just wrote a great blog post about his strategy of maximizing his Twitter network efficiency. We all know, the more people you are following on Twitter, the more difficult it gets to keep in touch with all of them. Most often you are reducing your network size by selectively reading about and replying [...]

Visualizing Twitter networks

Now, I’ve finally rolled out the network visualization mode for TwitterFriends. It does not show the entire network of Twitter contacts (followees and followers) because it would simply be too large and confusing. Also, it would be not very meaningful, since contacts are easier added than removed. Therefore, only the “relevant network” of contacts, a [...]

Measuring relevant networks

See our friends,
see the sights,
feel alright
(Supergrass)
Relevant net
I’ve already mentioned the paper by¬†Bernardo A. Huberman, Daniel M. Romero and Fang Wu about Twitter’s social networks (pdf). The point that interested me most was the distinction between contacts and friends. Especially for people with a liberal following policy (i.e. that follow back once someone follows them on [...]

Networks that matter on Twitter: the @-Crowd

Finally I found a research paper that analyzes Twitter from a network analytical perspective. The main message of the paper “Social networks that matter: Twitter under the microscope” by Huberman, Romero and Wu (see also Jeremiah Owyang’s summary) is: the number of people you follow on Twitter is not the whole truth. It’s more interesting [...]

Whalewatching - Fail whale sightings from June to October

After I saw the fail whale on Twitter again after a long whale-free period, I thought it was time to actualize my timeline of whale sightings. The first fail whale had been spotted last June. And after five months this meme is still going strong.
Some users feared that they would not be able to [...]

Twittering the Oktoberfest

No time to go to the Oktoberfest in Munich? Well, I just finished a small Twitter aggregator that allows to read what your fellow Twitterati are reporting from the world’s largest fair. And, this has been quite a surprise for me, there always is at least one person around twittering from the Wiesn.

Prost!

3.5-4.5 mio Twitter users worldwide?

When it comes to the total number of Twitter users, nobody I know had ever been able to get some information out of Biz & Co. So we are left with informed guesses. I fine method of guessing the total number compares different location based subgroups of Twitter users on TwitDir and Twitter. Because location [...]