It has been awhile since I have covered the changes at twitter.grader.com, and I know there was quite a bit of activity while I was aloof.
Shortly after my last post, I was contacted by several friends on twitter that their grades had shot up significantly (mine at one point was up to a 95.8 from a 90) and then shortly after, a quick decline. I speculated that this was all due to more algo updates, which was later confirmed by Dharmesh, the man behind the madness at Twitter Grader. So I decided to let things settle a bit before checking out the next round of updates.
Here are the charts:
So, pretty much across the board, scores have risen consistently with increases in follower counts, and ratios of followers to following. So if there has been all the constant updating but no changes, what gives? I think its all about the overall rank. This is something that up until this point, I haven’t talked about, but I have noticed that these scored seem to have leveled out quite a bit.
It used to be that there were multiple ties for positions (5 people could be #1) and the scoring didn’t make a whole lot of sense in this arena. But if you take a look at the twitter elite page, we see that there is now a neatly groomed list of the top 100 twitter users. (Quick shout out to recip followers @garyvee and @problogger who are on the list!)
The overall rankings also clearly distinguish the twitter users on my list as well. The duel between martinbowling and oilman is a mere .2 in twitter grade due to martinbowling’s close count of followers, but he is far outshadowed in overall rank with oilman’s overall rank of 615 to his 1,334. There are even significant gaps between users with identical grades, as in the case of chriswinfield vs. davesnyder — 449 to 777 (go buy a lotto ticket dave).
This overall rank is a good absolute system, in terms of an arbitrary twitter rank, although it still lacks in the department in that it only accounts for profiles that have been submitted to Twitter Grader. Which is why I think users are still going to Twitter “Grade” more. It is more self sufficient. But, I would still like to see some improvements made on this system. Possible things to consider? Retweets & mentions @ search.twitter.com. And for the overall rank, can you start crawling twitter?
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