Followers = Tweets?

Twitter is definitely a the hot topic these days.  I was interested in how strong the relationship (correlation) between the number tweets people are doing versus their number of followers and thought I’d share the results.


Before we move on it’s time for a quick primer on Correlation.  It’s a statistics term.  But before you tune out, it’s simply a calculation to determine how strong a relationship is between two things.  Basically the closer to 1, the stronger the relationship (i.e. if it was 1 then there’s a direct relationship between tweets and followers).  The closer to 0, the weaker the relationship between tweets and followers (i.e. if it was 0 then there’s no relationship between tweets and followers).  If you want some more detail, check out here.

The People I Follow

At the time I did this little experiment I was following 54 people.  It turned out that the correlation between the number of tweets and the number of followers those people had was 0.66.  So what does this tell us?  Well, it says that there’s a reasonably strong relationship between the number of tweets and the number of followers you’re likely to receive.

The Conclusion

I suppose it stands to reason that the more you tweet, the more you’re visible, which means the more followers you’ll receive.  What this little calculation doesn’t do is give a measure of the “quality” of the tweets.  This is subjective but I’m sure plays a part as well.  As does real-world notoriety.  I guess it’s not Rocket Science.  More time tweeting = More followers.