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June 02 2011


You can only really follow 150 people on Twitter? Yes, if you "listen" to the newsstream

Time :: A team of researchers at Indiana University took a look at over 380 million tweets to find patterns in user behavior, the researchers concluded that there was a finite limit to the number of other Twitter users we could follow before becoming overwhelmed: somewhere between 100 and 200.

Does that makes sense? - Seems that even Facebook recently adopted similar findings, limiting your newsfeed to a more manageable 250 friends.

"You can only really follow 150 people on Twitter" - I disagree to some degree. It is possible to follow a much higher number of people if you use Twitter as a newsstream and not for point-to-point communication. For sure it is not possible to maintain quality relationships with all of them (and all my followers as well). But the more fascinating idea for me and the Liquid Newsroom research is, how we can filter the information stream to find the most relevant. I'm searching for a "breaking news" pattern, an identification signal long before a tweet is recognized as breaking by mainstream media. I call it "weak signals" theory.

Continue to read Chris Gayomali, techland.time.com

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