Who Are Your Twitterfriends?
Posted by Sharon Hurley Hall on April 11th, 2009
I’m always looking for new ways to get more from Twitter. One of the tools I’ve been playing with recently is called Twitterfriends. Twitterfriends promises to:
- find your hidden network of relevant Twitter contacts
- visualize your Twitter network
- see some stats about your Twitter account, as well some of the most active people on Twitter
- see which of your friends are online
Would it deliver? I set out to find out.
Getting Started With Twitterfriends
To get started, just input your Twitter username (no password required) and the site starts crunching your data. This can sometimes take a while, especially if you have a lot of friends and followers. Once it has finished, it takes to to a statistics page which shows:
- the ten people you have replied to most
- the ten people who have replied to most
- your account by numbers (I’ll delve into this more in a moment)
- your Twitgraph (a graph of your network and incoming and outgoing tweets)
The ‘by numbers’ section is interesting as it shows the size of your relevant network which is much less than the number of followers you have. It shows your Twitter rank (I’m somewhere in the top one sixth whatever that means); the ratio of outgoing to incoming contacts; and the number of tweets and replies sent per day. You can also see how conversational you are compared with the average user, how many retweets and links you post and more.
One of the cool features is a heatmap of the people you get most tweets from and those you send most tweets to. It makes it really easy to see who you are really interacting with. You can also use the conversations tab to track your conversation with another user, and this is a potentially useful feature if you only talk to one or two people and need to remind yourself what was said.
There’s a visualization tab which gives you two colorful ways of looking at your network, using either dots or bar charts. I found the bar charts easier to understand. Similarly, the net tab links your network together and you can click on different names to change the perspective. I didn’t understand this at all, but it looks good. If you’re looking to find influential Twitter users, then the top tab shows these.
Login For More Features
You can get access to all the above stats without a login, but to use the last two tabs you will need to login to your Twitter account. Then you can see which of the people you follow are inactive (in case you want to unfollow them) and which of your friends are online now (only four when I checked). This improves the chances for meaningful conversation with members of your network.
I think Twitterfriends has a lot to offer and it’s certainly a tool I will use again. For me the most interesting features are the stats on my meaningful network and the ability to see who’s really active.
Sharon Hurley Hall
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