This week, Edelman released TweetLevel, the latest web-based tool designed to measure one’s “importance” on Twitter.
Twitter’s founders had a pretty basic, yet novel idea. They wanted to create a platform where users could connect with each other online to answer one simple question, “What are you doing?”
I’ll admit that when I first joined (@almacy), I just didn’t get it. Besides a few close family members and friends, I remember thinking, “Who really cares what I’m doing?” In fact, my first tweet isn’t exactly going to assist in solving global strife.
Regardless, I pressed on and started to “follow” a few folks that I was interested in hearing from including those engaged in politics, public relations, press, social media and technology. Pretty soon, I started to build a bit of a community. I soon realized that I was learning a lot from them and hoped others found value in my contributions, as well.
As far as what I tweet, I try to strike a 30/30/30/10 balanced philosophy for tweets, retweets (RT) and tweet buzz (HT, via):
- 30% Politics: White House, Congress, government, E-Gov, campaigns, issues, advocacy
- 30% Communications: Internet, media, social networks, public relations, marketing, advertising, technology, tips, tricks, trends, insights
- 30% Personal: life, family, work, travel, hobbies, blog
- 10% Miscellaneous: User engagement and whatever doesn’t fall in the categories listed above i.e. humor, wit, random thoughts, etc.
However, I often wonder whether any of it makes a bit of difference. So, I gave TweetLevel a try and scored 61. Not too bad.
TweetLevel then provided some uselful insights on how to improve my score which is based on four primary “result metrics” including influence, popularity, engagement and trust. The site also offers some sound advice regarding Twitter best practices and influence tips.
That’s why I really like this tool. Unlike previous attempts by other sites to measure a user’s level of influence based on pure number of followers or amount of tweets, Edelman developed a complex evaluation formula for TweetLevel in order to arrive at a more thoughtful conclusion:
Twitter itself is also rapidly evolving with the addition of periodic new features and functionality – and who knows where all this is going.
According to a recent Pew study in October 2009, Twitter’s future looks bright. Though the median user age is currently 31, the site’s popularity continues to grow, especially among younger audiences.
In addition to learning new things and meeting new people via Twitter, it can be fulfilling to know that the information you are “putting out there” has the potential to positively affect someone else.
Whether for an individual, company, brand, product or issue, TweetLevel results could be quite helpful in gaining a better understanding of one’s effectiveness in leveraging the Twitter platform and, thus… increasing influence.
Full disclosure: Edelman is my employer, but opinions expressed are my own.