In any social network setup, an individual’s contacts would most likely fall under these categories:
- An existing (real-world) friend or business contact
- A new friend or business contact found through the social network
- A celebrity
Granted, that with #3, a lot of celebrities on Twitter get their millions of followers not just because of the interactivity, but mostly because a lot of us starstruck fans are just so interested in what goes on with the lives of the A-listers.
And so this brings me to ask. What’s the proportion of these people on your followed list?
Starting out, you most probably follow only people you know. Someone from class, work, or a friend might have invited you through email to join and to add his profile. And so it begins–your network gains in number. But then you read @replies or @mentions citing other people, and you add them. Or you get notifications that @someone has started following you and you follow back. And then you find out that @bigcelebrity is twittering, and so you follow his tweets.
How many of these people actually comprise your “followed” pie? By my estimates, my own friend list probably has the following:
- 60% people I knew in the first place, whether online or offline
- 30% people I’ve met through Twitter
- 10% celebrities
Of course, this is just a rough guesstimate, but I like to think of my Twittering activities in these proportions. A bulk for personal interaction with people I know (friend, family, colleague, pet), almost the same level for interacting with potential clients, business contacts, and generally people who might not really know me, but whom I find interesting (I’m a reclusive introvert after all). And the small starstruck part in my tries to check out what celebs (Internet, film, TV) are up to.
What does your friend “pie” look like?