Oprah comes, Oprah goes: Who cares?

Oprah comes, Oprah goes: Who cares?

Summary: As a tool, Twitter has its advantages and disadvantages, but does it really matter if Oprah Winfrey decides to keep up with her account or not? Apparently the Silicon Alley Insider finds it fascinating, even tracking the number of people following her and the rate of new followers compared to other popular folks on Twitter.

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As a tool, Twitter has its advantages and disadvantages, but does it really matter if Oprah Winfrey decides to keep up with her account or not? Apparently the Silicon Alley Insider finds it fascinating, even tracking the number of people following her and the rate of new followers compared to other popular folks on Twitter.

I don't pay a lot of attention to entertainment news, but since Winfrey's activity on Twitter is making the news I thought it'd be good to point out that this is a pretty poor metric for the success or failure of an online community. Whether Winfrey (or a ghost twitterer) is hitting Twitter to tell us all about her shopping sprees or lunches with other celebrities.

Likewise, how many followers a single person can attract is a pretty lousy metric for community health. Having Oprah on Twitter may have driven a lot of people to the service initially, but it's whether they talk to one another -- not Oprah -- that matters.

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  • Nope you're wrong

    How many followers you attract on Twitter show how popular you are. This means that Twitter is nothing more than a tool to expand the "Popularity Contest" past the traditional High School environment. Silly, stupid and meaningless stuff is what people NOW use Twitter for (and LOVE it!).

    This is analogous to when AOL hit the internet. Overnight the level of discourse in NeWS groups sunk from thought provoking to flames and "Me Toos". Think of adults swimming in a pool and then letting in 100 kids. First adopters create a community, then it gets ruined by the "general public".
    Roger Ramjet
    • it's not ruined

      Twitter is a great tool if you limit it to a certain aspect. Following a certain small subset of a subject you are involved in makes Twitter invaluable - instead of surfing and looking for topics, the people you trust are notifying you when they produce.

      If you're going to follow Oprah and Ashton Kutcher, it's worthless.

      But those two communities never meet, unless you want them to.
      coffeeshark
  • RE: Oprah comes, Oprah goes: Who cares?

    She's a political tool. The liberals care!!
    partman1969@...