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February 2012: Ottawa’s Twitter top 20

5 February 2012 3 Comments

After a brief absence (December and January) the Ottawa Twitter top 20 makes its return. I started doing these tables over a year ago to illustrate how being popular (Grader) on Twitter doesn’t necessarily mean you have influence (TweetLevel).   Over time many of the names have changed, established handles have slipped and new ones enter the fray. Both lists are always in a state of flux.

But do these tables tell the popular/influence story?  TweetLevel changed its algorithym a few months back; and it seems that Grader must have done so too.  In the early days of the Top 20, names on the left side often didn’t make it across to the right.  There were tweeters with huge numbers of followers who scored very low on the influence scale.  This is now the exception.

Perhaps people are just getting better at using Twitter to build influence?  More likely, it’s about how the two tools are now evaluating Twitter users.

Still, there are marked differences between the two rankings and lots of new entrants!  And such tables are just a bit of fun mixed with a little friendly competition.

Here’s how the Twitter top 20 is compiled:

  • Only real humans are included (no brands, no publishers etc).
  • Users must be listed on Grader to be included on either table.
  • All those on the Grader side of the table score a perfect 100.
  • Anyone who thinks they should be included in the Top 20 and has been missed out should leave a note in the comments to be considered for inclusion next month.
Twitter Popularity (Grader) Twitter Influence (TweetLevel)
@phdinparenting @phdinparenting 84.7
@snookca @lisalarter 83.8
@downgoesbrown @knealemann 83.8
@sustainablehero @mgeist 81.8
@jeffmontana @davidakin 81.8
@brianhurley @missfish 79.7
@knealemann @suzemuse 79.7
@nataliemaclean @bitofmomsense 78.7
@larkamiller @rbacal 78.7
@zaki_usman @charlescrosbie 78.7
@michelfortin @mikekujawski 78.7
@lisalarter @stephen_taylor 78.8
@mgeist @snookca 77.6
@stephen_taylor @iancapstick 77.6
@justinottawa @krusk 76.6
@david_hall @susandelacourt 76.6
@bambiblue @michelfortin 76.6
@susandelacourt @sherrilynne 74.4
@sungarrioch @david_hall 74.4
@rbacal @jeffmontana 73.4

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3 Comments »

  • Patrick Gant said:

    Glad to see this list is making its triumphant return, Sherrilynne. I like the amount of flux in the list, too. Flux is always a good thing in a smaller centre like Ottawa. Means it’s not the same people holding court on a good chunk of the conversations at any given time.

  • sherrilynne (author) said:

    Agreed. Ottawa’s Twitter community is active and growing and that’s what drives the change.

  • March 2012: Ottawa’s Twitter top 20 | Sherrilynne Starkie said:

    [...] February 2012: Ottawa’s Twitter top 20 [...]

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