Take a hard look at this graph.
Do you see the peaks of my replies in contrast to the total tweets? Do you see how replies are drastically more prominent than retweets?
Regardless of how many times you tweet in a given month and despite current events you choose to participate in trending, curious how your Twitter statistics compare?
Thanks to a free service at TweetStats.com that enables anyone to view these (and other statistics) of anyone, here’s a graphical contrast of 11 Twitter users (in alphabetical order by last name) during the month of February 2011. You can click any graph to view the person on Twitter.
Looking at everyone’s peaks and valleys, frequency of tweets and days away from Twitter, and ratios of those three colors; it is clear there is no magic formula to tweet. Some people do it like me, beginning more tweets with an @ symbol to reply much more than broadcasting or retweeting. Others mix things up, by mentioning a Twitter user in the middle of a tweet so it’s neither a true reply nor a true retweet. But if you want to be influential on Twitter, and not merely tweet for the sake of tweeting, you owe it to yourself and your networks of followers to reduce the noise and be more social.
The takeaway to learn is to be respected.