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    Stranded Wind

    There's a lot of talk about how to measure that in twitterland, along with "influence" and such. That a person's followers and following lists can be used to construct a social graph which can be analyzed mathematically gives rise to the illusion that reputation can be objectively calculated somehow. That really doesn't pan out. Many twitter spammers have figured out how to amass thousands of followers even though they clearly have nothing to say other than their sales pitch. Many people technically follow thousands, but clearly devote varying amounts of attention to any given one. Tools such as Tweetdeck allow you to filter follow lists into different groups (VIP, news, ignore, etc.).

    Small world theory (degrees of separation) is of little utility, because of many--call them promiscuous--nodes. For example, @barackobama has a half million followers and is in turn following a half million, thanks to auto-follow. Thus, a half million people have two degrees of separation from a half million people they have never had communication with, nor likely ever will. The communication rather goes from @barackobama to them, and the bidirectionality of the social graph is just an artifact.

    In the end, reputation boils down to nebulous considerations that really can't be extracted from the twitter social graph.

    •  many, many things like this (0+ / 0-)

      There are many systems and Twitter is just one of the more popular ones. What you say is true, but there is more detail to be gleaned in looking at those relationships, and if you start adding Twitter signal to other sites like Facebook, examining DKos comments, etc, then you've got something.

       But that's a programming project for another day.

      "Not dead ... yet. Still have ... things to do." -Liet Kynes

      by Stranded Wind on Tue Mar 24, 2009 at 04:16:24 PM PDT

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