14 May 2009

Twitter Ratio - why?

Twitter Ratio calculates the ratio of the number of followers you have on Twitter to the number of people who follow you.

Yes, there's a web site to do division. (And Twitter reports the two numbers involved in the quotient, so it's not even like this web site is doing the counting.)

Apparently it also saves historical numbers, so it's not entirely worthless, but it still seems like an odd thing to base a site around.

8 comments:

michaeldcassidy said...

well no odder than Twitter; except for news reports i dont see any reason for twitter.

John said...

Cool, a web site to do division! Wish I'd thought of that. Maybe they can get a patent.

Joe said...

the ratio of the number of followers you have on Twitter to the number of people who follow you.Aren't those numbers the same?

Okay, facetious nit-picking aside, I think some people might use it just to get the quip it gives you based on your ratio. (e.g., "6.12: Popular Aren't I?") But yeah, you could just run calc.exe and do this. Or Google. Or anything else, really.

Dan Hounshell said...

Yeah, but Calc doesn't give you a cool badge that you can use on your blog to show people how Twitter cool you are!

The site really started out as kind of a joke. But then people started actually using it. So I went with the flow. Now with the history and some other updates people are using it more and more. ... and talking about it more - Thanks!

Anonymous said...

The value isn't so much in the ability to divide two numbers, but in having a link which documents this statistic. When you have a shiny website which documents your popularity, you can link to it (or even twitter about it, which they actively encourage you to do) and show off how incredibly awesome you are, which has social value.

jbdyer said...

If the ratio is too off (if you spam-add everyone on Twitter to hawk whatever wares you happen to have) you can get your account banned.

I presume the main use of Twitter Ratio is for that.

Steve said...

Am I the only paranoid one that thinks it's an ingenious way to gather twitter usernames and passwords?

Rebeca said...

Wow.. very helpful site. I didn't know about this site. Thanks for this great information.