Tom Tops in Twits Two

November 20, 2009 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

Some interesting feedback and comments on our first Birmingham’s Biggest Tweeters post. Pete Ashton makes, as ever, an interesting contribution to the debate around Twitter and influence, picking up on Joanna Geary’s earlier comments prompted by remarks from @stephenfry. @SimonHeath separately pointed out this tool remarking Twitter doesn’t create influence, but reveals it.

We’re fascinated about influence and engagement through any form of communication. What’s really interesting, though, is not popularity as measured simply by number of followers, but the level of trust placed in a tweet and the tweeter. TweetLevel at least attempts to discover this to some degree with Trust one of its four metrics. With more trust, the more potential to influence. What’s then really difficult to know is if that leads to any opinion/attitude change or specific actions.

Thankfully, for all the attempted analysis and genuine interest in understanding the power (as well as joy) that Twitter can facilitate, most observers have recognised this is principally just a bit of fun.

We’ll try to unpick a bit more next week. We’ve added a few more @usernames to our list and are currently researching a whole lot more – but we welcome @username suggestions, either your own or others.

One week on, we’ve run our 150+ @usernames through TweetLevel again. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the top ten (002 Top 10 League Table ) remains largely the same but for a brand new entry into the league, @pigsonthewing, who makes it straight in at 6. Otherwise, just a few movements within the ten, notably @tom_watson taking top spot (he’s an honorary Brummie for the purposes this list!) and @daveharte dropping out to 11 (I know it will be a big blow, Dave!).

Outside the ten, Birmingham Post editor @marcreeves has climbed 39 places and is just three places from making the business end of the table. He’s only second in the Risers chart though – former West Midlands’ minister @LiamByrneMP climbs a whopping 82 places.

In other even less important news, we (@urbancomms) move up 30 places whilst our good friend @MattHeadline can only manage a climb of seven places. Better luck next time Matt – try shaving something else off or cracking more jokes.

Here’s the top ten in full:

  1. @tom_watson
  2. @paulbradshaw
  3. @podnosh
  4. @bounder
  5. @peteashton
  6. @pigsonthewing
  7. @stef
  8. @getgood
  9. @edjames1
  10. @siwhitehouse

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