If nothing else, Twitter sure generates a lot of user data. As to the accuracy of the data there is no way to tell what’s what. When the data comes from Twitter directly, however, do you trust it more or less?
As reported in the Guardian, Evan Weaver, the lead engineer on the Twitter services team gave a little insight into the inner workings of the service but also told the audience at the QCon 2009 some tidbits like
- The average Twitter user has 126 followers (no mention as to how many are spam)
- Only 20% of the Twitter traffic comes through the website. Third party software on smart phones and computers contribute the rest.