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Why I’m Giving Twitter Grader’s “State of the Twittersphere” a B+

Thanks to the high number of people that use HubSpot’s Twitter Grader tool, the company is able to provide us with the first "State of the Twittersphere" report.

Analyzing 600,000 Twitter profiles should provide enough valuable data on how we use Twitter–although keep reading for my concern on this–and the main findings include:

  • Twitter is dominated by newer users – 70% of Twitter users joined in 2008
  • An estimated 5-10 thousand new accounts are opened per day
  • 35% of Twitter users have 10 or fewer followers
  • 9% of Twitter users follow no one at all
  • There is a strong correlation between the number of followers you have and the number of people you follow

OK, here is my concern. What if these numbers are heavily skewed by the type of Twitter user that uses Twitter Grader? Most of the people that I observe getting obsessed over their "Twitter Grade" tend to be newer to the service anyway–evidenced by the fact that as you use Twitter, you realize it’s not a numbers game.

Don’t get me wrong, you should read this report–it’s packed with some interesting stats–but I’m holding out for Twitter itself to release some numbers.


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