There’s a lot of observation, interest and comments around the number of people you follow on Twitter… Almost as if it is you’re a part of your identity…
On the one side, the people you follow on Twitter is a reflection of many things – People you know, People you are interested in knowing, Topics that you are interested in. In reality, you can choose what and whom you wish to follow – whatever may be the reason.
I wonder how anyone can actually follow Thousands of Twitter handles? The underlying dissonance comes from the fact that is it humanly possible to actually read, understand and reflect on all the tweets from everyone you follow even if you are on Twitter for most of your time every day.
Simply because all tweets typically fall into 2 categories
1) A text tweet
2) A link tweet – To a blog, article, etc.
So let’s put some data here to bring things into perspective:
Average time it takes to read, understand and internalize for a human with average intelligence [Mins]
|A text tweet||1|
|A link tweet – To a blog, article, etc.||10|
Assuming a scenario with an probable distribution of each of these categories, in 1 hour you can probably humanly read, understand and internalize about 4 link tweets (40 minutes) and 20 text tweets (20 minutes).
And so in 5 hours, this translates to 20 link tweets and 200 text tweets….[ And I am discounting many things – like all the theories and research on how alert you are at different times of the day, How much you can possibly read at one stretch, what other things you do on a daily basis, etc, etc.] .
And so if you follow 1000 people, I wonder how and what you are really doing? Guess it all boils down to why you are on Twitter? [Refer my earlier post A Perspective on Twitter]
Would be interested in hearing and learning on your tips, tricks, learning’s, observations and insights…
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