All this, and the unsuccessful search for an awesome Twitter client since I started using it in 2008 (I’m using the Tweetdeck Chrome App nowadays, but it’s a crutch) led me to analyze how I use social media by first looking at the supposedly most important part - the users I’m socializing with.
I am following about 130 accounts on twitter, give or take. It’s 127 now, I unfollowed 4 while creating this list and I am one off somewhere I think - so let’s keep 130. I filed them into categories:
- 29 colleagues and ex-colleages
- 23 people I’ve got to know/learnt about due to my involvement in PHP
- 14 people I got to know on IRC
- 11 people over whose websites I stumbled and that somehow got stuck
- 11 people from university (not necessarily graduating with me)
- 8 accounts that are hilarious to read or somehow entertain me
- 6 people doing clojure
- 4 companies/websites (usually small ones that I somehow have a relation with)
- 3 events/conferences/etc
- 3 bots stating facts or posting stuff
- 2 real life friends not in any other category
- 2 scala guys
- 2 devops
- 1 python guy
So one could say it’s mostly people I interact with in real life or via mail, irc, facebook anyway. There are roughly 10 accounts (10%) that are held by organisations or projects, the rest should be humans. Of the 90% supposed humans there might be 5 accounts max I have never interacted with on any medium. Of the 90% supposed humans there are about 25 accounts (20%) with whose owners I have never interacted in real life.
So, does that make me an atypical user? Am I supposed to follow some celebrities? At least there’s two programmers with wikipedia pages, I hope that satisfies my celebrity quota.
Next up, Facebook - 156 friends, of whom I’ve never met 7 in person.
- 79 colleagues and ex-colleages, that’s what you get for signing up because of work actually
- 12 people from uni
- 16 people from school
- 18 people mau
- 10 people from PHP (of whom I’ve never met 2 in person)
- 15 people from irc (of whom I’ve never met 4 in person)
- 5 misc, mostly friends made through other friends, if not included above already
- 1 relative, yay
The overlap is ~40 people that I got in both social networks.
Taking into account texting, jabber, irc and email the only reasonable conclusion I can draw: I’m communicating too much?