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#119266 26-May-2013 17:10
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I use twitter quite a bit, and mainly use it for conversation.
I was wishing that there was a directory where people looking for conversation could go, and find like minded people.

My idea is to, when people get listed generated a score (from mention/reply ratio, statement/mention ratio, follower/followee ratio, tweets per day, days since last tweet)only show them to people visiting the directory if it is above a certain score.
People would also be removed if they didn't tweet for a set number of days or if their score dropped below a certain point for a certain number of days.

Any thoughts/comments/suggestions?




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  #825638 26-May-2013 18:23
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Services like this where people are graded depending on activity and then are labelled "experts" based on what they talk usually are not great. Klout for example, where there are high "klout" folks simply because they go around following each other in a big echo chamber (others would call it a circle jerk) and buying +K on Empire Avenue, etc...

At the end this will be played as a game by people who want to get to the top either to promote a brand, or promote their own pyramid schemes, or what else...





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  #825640 26-May-2013 18:29
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Klout did come to mind when I was thinking about scoring.
I wonder if there is a way to achieve what I want. I suppose it could be user driven.

The other thought I have is not revealing how the rating process works (or if it is manual/automatic) which would reduce the chance of it being gamed, especially if there are a number of factors.




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  #825642 26-May-2013 18:32
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For example Klout users were crazy on Empire Avenue a few months back asking for +K on topics related to Red Bull - because there's a "perk" going on for people with the highest scores for some topics.

People will play it to win, and the service will be useless after a while.




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  #825654 26-May-2013 18:46
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Yeah I'd say you have a point there, scoring/rating isn't the way to do it.
Another thought was referrals but people would find a way to get those even if they weren't trusted.

Yet another thought (Which was also my initial thought earlier today) is to limit it by follower count. Generally speaking (and yes I know it's not always true, but usually is) is a limit on the number of followers you can have to be listed. My big gripe with the big directories (wefollow, twellow) is that it's dominated by people with tens, hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers, and of course they don't interact with more than a few people.




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  #825659 26-May-2013 18:58
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They never interact, do they? They broadcast, but no interaction.




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  #825660 26-May-2013 19:00
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Great idea. Go for it. Implement terms and conditions of use, and heavy moderation for breaking terms. It works for geekzone. ; ).

If you want to use your service, you do not participate in promotional activities, simple.

In your case you are not going to moderate discussion - but you are going to moderate directory membership and position. No one wants to lose position or membership of a useful service.

You will not have time to monitor every member but easily the top n and responding to user reports will keep it on track for users who seek the benefit of the service.

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  #825661 26-May-2013 19:01
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or they only talk to 1-2 people a day.

What I want is people that will talk to me if I talk to them, or people that will see my tweets and reply.

Hence the thought of a limit (maybe 5k) or their follower/followee ratio




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  #825662 26-May-2013 19:04
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Twitter aggregates replies now, can you tap into that and put a number on it? That would be the key metric for interactivity.

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  #825663 26-May-2013 19:06
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That's a good question.
Are you meaning a certain users responses to tweets directed at them / tweets in general?

The amount of responses a certain person's tweets get isn't a good measure because the big people get hundreds of resposnes.




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  #825670 26-May-2013 19:17
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Kind of, I didn't put it very well. For example, if a big user responds to a little user there will be a conversation on the little user's page recording the interaction between the two. If there is n depth that would be a good indicator a one to one conversation has taken place.

Number of followers is more or less irrelevant to the number of conversations a user participates in.

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  #825681 26-May-2013 19:27
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ahh right. May be a way to find it. Seems a reasonable way to do it :)




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