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My Twitter Karma

Have you measured your Twitter Karma?

I found out about Twitter Karma from a blog post titled “Top 10 Twitter Hacks” from Strategic Public Relations. It’s a Twitter mashup that combines all of the people you’re following with all of the people following you, allowing you to see which relationships are mutual and which aren’t.

So it turns out I have a Twitter Karma of 59/63/62

twitter karma

I was shocked to find a nearly perfect three-way split between the three categories: friends, mutual friends and followers. I discovered that some people I love to follow aren’t following me, and oddly it hurt my feelings. Even though these are people who don’t know me in the real world, I reply to their tweets and try to engage with them, but they’re probably not even noticing.

As for the 50% of my followers who I’m not following back, I felt remorse. Here are people that care enough about little-old me, nobody me!, to follow my tweets, and yet I’m not reciprocating. In some instances these are companies or websites, but the majority are actual people. Some people tweet so often that it creates too much noise in my Friends Timeline, while others tweet about things that are completely irrelevant to me. But then I realize that I must be tweeting about things that are completely irrelevant to some people, but they’re still nice enough to follow me.

The great thing about Twitter Karma is that you can select a whole bunch of people and follow them with one click. Life is short, and I could use all the good karma I can get. I’m gonna go be a good Twitizen and hike up my Following count.

In the meantime, what’s your Twitter Karma?

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  • http://www.efortiz.com Eduardo

    18 only friends, 19 mutual friends and 1 follower (but the follower is a t-spammer) – even’steven

  • http://www.publicrelationsinsider.com Jason Whitmen

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Jason Whitmen

  • http://mcwflint.blogspot.com mcwflint

    I’ve been toying with the idea of multiple Tweet IDs to reflect multiple interests as a way of limiting noise for those who don’t care how I am or about social media or about journalism.

    I am also trying different tools – programs that search for posts with certain words, for instance.

    Not all I follow need follow me. It does hurt a bit when someone drops me without a bye or why as it could be a chance to improve/learn (or not).

  • http://www.whitneyhess.com/blog whitney

    Jason, thanks so much for the add. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    mcwflint, I’ve definitely heard of people who keep multiple Twitter accounts. It makes sense to me from a personal brand perspective, but it seems like an awful lot of upkeep.

    To your point about feedback, perhaps Twitter could add a textbox to the Unfollow flow that lets the user explain themselves. It would need to be optional, of course ;)

  • http://mcwflint.blogspot.com mcwflint

    It could be too much upkeep for multiple accounts. But diverse uses/audiences can make it more desirable. The social media-era don’t want to know about quilt find

    I’d settle for a dropped notice from twitte. Them I would know it was a real drop and not a mistake