I am in no way, shape or form a Tech Geek, but I am a Data Freak. My brain is highly analytical and is constantly evaluating and crunching out the statistics around me. So for kicks this morning, I decided to take a look at my Twiter Lists to see if any interesting information could be gleaned there. What are Twitter Lists you ask??
Twitter Lists debuted in the fall of 2009 and are a way to group tweeters into categories to make it easier to keep tabs on the stream of information emanating from the particular subject matter. The Mashable Blog states that: “Lists aren’t just static listings of users, but rather curated Twitter () streams of the latest tweets from a specified set of users.” Read the full post here.
Tweetdeck has given users the ability to group tweeters into columns for a while now, so Twitter Lists are just a move in that direction but with the public ability for others to see and follow the created list. Makes sense to me. The real power in a Twitter account has switched from the number of followers a tweeter has to the number of lists the account has been added to AND how many people find the list itself important enough to follow.
What I find highly interesting from a behavioral stand point (you did know that I have a Psych degree, right??!!) is just who ends up on which list. Let’s say you think you are one of the top bean counters in Cincinnati and a well known twittizen creates a “Bean Counters of Cincy” list and you are NOT on it. What does that mean? How do you feel? What do you do about it, if anything? Even generic lists like “Cincinnati Tweeters” are not even remotely all encompassing. The list only exists within the mind and world of the person creating it. Kinda like that quote: “Cogito, ergo sum- I think, therefore I am.” I am only going to create a list of people that are known to me. Only the true researchers with lots of time on their hands are going to go the extra mile to determine a full list of tweeters for that category. Even then, the list would be in a continual state of evolution.
So….here is what I found:
Personal Twitter Acct @michellebeckham has many more people following it than my biz account and shows up on more than double the lists.
Have to say that I started this one in 2/09 which was a couple of months prior to @C3CreateConnect; but the difference has a lot to do with the strategy for each account and the fact that I am much more personal and highly conversational on @michellebeckham. @C3CreateConnect focuses primarily on social media information.
Top Lists for @michellebeckham:
@jackbergstrom/writers 503 accounts listed, 69 following list
@levitanl/social-media-part-2 486 accounts listed. 32 following list
@CincyRecruiters/cincinnati-twitterati 434 accounts listed, 46 following list
Of 69 lists, the top list names for my account were: Cincinnati, Social Media & Mkt/PR/Adv
The Coolest list names: Peas-and-carrots & Women-to-follow