Does Twitter Matter?

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Twitter: 90 million new messages a day, 130 million searches this August, 160 million international users, and nearly three-quarters (71%) of all tweets go un-answered or without being retweeted.

That’s according to social media analysis tool maker Sysomos.The majority of all tweets are one-way “conversations” into the ether. Or are they?

Of 1.2 billion tweets posted over a two month period that Sysomos analyzed:

  • Only 6 percent of tweets garner a retweet.
  • 23 percent of tweet get an @ reply.
  • 96.9% of replies and 92.4% of retweets occur within an hour of the original post.

So it’s not you. It’s just everybody else: reading, and not retweeting your stuff.

If a Tweet Falls in the Forest…

Do tweets have value? Does tweeting have value. Does Twitter even matter?

So if 71% of all tweets go un retweeted or replied to, a lot of people are probably asking themselves right now, “what is the value of the tweet?”

One thing  I see missing in the study is data of user/followers consumptive behaviours and engagement sentiments; how are Twitter users disposing of the information itself (tweets), and what is their experience in engaging the information?

Asking users, “what are you doing with the information of those you follow?” and “how do you feel when you read a tweet?” would round out the data set to find value in: 1) how the information being used, and 2) how the act of engaging the information stream (tweets) is perceived (strictly informative, entertainment, comforting, etc). This user data may give a little more insight into the Sysomos dataset before drawing any conclusions on its relevance or importance of Twitter, tweeting, or the value of our tweets.

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2 Responses to “Does Twitter Matter?”


  1. 1 am September 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    how true, overboggling the imagination, gigabytes of conversation to what ends so many tales, a global murmur, the goblets rail;
    the happy hour, cocktail bitter, everpresently twit twitter

    • 2 amoswhite3 September 30, 2010 at 6:41 pm

      am, so true.

      rushing murmurs character by not stopping for hi just want you to know the flow RT by

      It is intriguing how we use and interact with tweets and our web enabled tools to the ends that they facilitate and influence solutions and happiness in our lives. As Eric Schmidt says, “make our lives better.”


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