Stowe Boyd over at /Message writes a nice post questioning some Twitter metrics and analysis being thrown around.
I have suggested for a longtime that to ‘get’ Twitter you need to follow 100 people at least, for several weeks. This cursory recitation of stats suggests that there are thousands of users out there happily communing with a handful of friends. I don’t buy it. I bet most of those accounts with small use, small links, and small time online represent a fringe of uninvolved people who aren’t getting much value from the service, if they login in at all. The sweet spot is far north of the center of some bell curve, I believe.
However, I don’t agree that Twitter users need over 100 following/followers for it to be compelling. Just as other communication tools are used in different ways, so I think it is with Twitter. I know that many people are following between 20-40 people and find the service useful. The question is not “how many”, but “who”. Who are the people you are following? Are they your best friends, or some folks you worked with 2 years ago. Different answers to this latter question result in different user scenarios.