I’ve been doing some these top ten lists for Isle of Man tweeps for the past several months. I started them in February to show that because someone is popular on Twitter doesn’t necessarily mean they are influential. I use two tools to come up with my lists. Twitter Grader looks at popularity; TweetLevel looks at influence.
I thought it might be fun to do a list for Ottawa, seeing as I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in my hometown of late, and I’ve met quite a few tweeps there. However, the exercise is not as straightforward in this urban capital city as it is on a small island in the Irish sea. First of all, there’s tons more folks on Twitter. Secondly, every single person on the Grader Top 50 for Ottawa (used as the basis for my lists) scores a perfect 100.
So while it was easy enough to come up with the popularity list; ranking the top influencers has proven to be more difficult. It would be folly to assume that only tweeps from from the top of the Grader list would make up the cream of the TweetLevel list; there could be hundreds of people on Twitter that rank higher in influence than those shown on my list.
I’ve gone ahead and used Grader as the basis of my lists for now, but I ask you, dear Ottawa readers, to please help me get it right. Is your TweetLevel score above 52? Then please get yourself listed on Grader and let me know your TweetLevel score by leaving a comment beow. And, in a couple of weeks, I’ll revise the list. My hope is that, with the wisdom of the crowd, it won’t take long to get a more accurate TweetLevel list. Remember, I only reference profiles that are attached to a human’s name. No brands, corporate nor company names are included. This levels the playing field somewhat.
Ottawa’s Twitter top 20 (October 2010)
|Twitter Popularity (Grader)
||Twitter Influence (TweetLevel)
Let’s not forget that the cool thing about Twitter is that it can be exactly what you want it to be for you. So whether you just read the feeds from the mainstream media to get your news fix or chat exclusively to old school friends, it’s all good. You don’t need to have thousands of followers or friends to find value in Twitter. Make it what you want.