Am I being twitterstalked?

A while back, I wondered why every Twitter user seemed to have more people who follow him than people he follows. Amazingly enough, I am now in this situation; right now I have 8 followers, while I am following 6 people.

When I went to look at the profile of the latest person to follow me, I found that he is following 15,890 people while 93 people are following him. I may have a twitterstalker on my hands (though it is good to know that the odds are at least 15,890 to 1 against finding him at my front door.)

My friends are so 20th century…

I finally found another (real as opposed to virtual) friend on Facebook, about three weeks after I added my last “real” friend. (I still don’t have any actual friends on Twitter.) I guess when you’re old and decrepit (my best friend’s younger brother has a son graduating from high school…)  you don’t go for these things. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to stick to my virtual friends…

How can everybody have more Twitter followers than “followees”?

I noticed that most people on Twitter seem to have more followers than “followees.” (Yes, I know this observation has no scientific validity.) So I decided to do some not-exactly random sampling.

  1. On the Twitter website, I searched for “Davis, CA” and looked at the profiles for the first 15 people who had activity within the last month. 12 of them had more followers than followees (for a total of 135 followees and 210 followers.)
  2. I checked the profile for Robert Scoble, who now follows 21,124 people and has 26,374 followers. I did a random sampling of the first two pages of his followers list, checked their profiles, and found that all of them had a follower:followee ratio of at least 6 to 1 (and some at least 10 to 1.)

How do these people, most of whom seem to be not famous (judging by their profiles and their blogs/websites), get such a large follower:followee ratio? Obviously they are very good at social networking, but shouldn’t they be following more people?

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I obviously have the wrong types of friends…

When I signed up for Facebook several months ago, I discovered that none of my (actual) friends have an account. Basically, I’ve added relatives and classmates, so I can still count the number of Facebook friends on the fingers of my two hands.

I decided to sign up for Twitter today, and none of my email contacts are on there either.

I clearly need more Web 2.0 savvy friends…

(Update 5/18: One of my friends just joined Facebook, so I actually have a real friend on Facebook.)

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