Are Your Twits Worthy of You? Find Out With Tweetworth.com

I’ve talked about Twitter in the past a couple of times. Have to admit that I don’t use it that much. Really only when I make a new post here. Occasionally I go looking for new post ideas there as well.

Anyway, it looks like what little Twittering I’ve done has provided some value. (Edit: Hey, I’m on page 6 of the highest ranking Twitters with worth.) A passing mention on the Digitalpoint forums let me know about Tweetworth.  The site lacks some polish (Actually, let’s be honest, it lacks a lot of polish.  For example the link in the footer to their own Twitter account doesn’t work and their about page lacks correct layout.) and there’s no mention on how the worth of a Twitter account is judged.  The site is still new and will hopefully become more filled out later on.

I actually prefer Twitter Grader myself.  They give you some description on how they judge the worth of an account and seem to do a better job of ranking folks.  They even break down rankings based on your location against other Twitter users.

Which tool do you like better?

TweepMe – Spam, Virus, or just a neat way to meet other Twitter users?

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Had this come my way over Twitter from a few folks.  It’s about a new service called TweepMe.  It’s being labeled as a fast way to accumulate followers on Twitter. Whenever a new member joins, every other member that’s already on the service automatically follows the new member while the new member follows them back. The process is gradual and happens over the course of weeks or months depending on the number of TweepMe members and how quickly you have the service set up to do all that following.  (The default is 50 an hour which seems very high to me.  I just lowered mine to 10 to be on the safe side.)

Right now, the service is free to the first 5,000 users who create an account over there.  As of this writing, there’s about a thousand slots left open.  After those first lucky few, rumor is it’ll run $9 a month for the service.

Some folks are calling this a Twitter virus.  Others are calling it nothing but spam or a complete waste of time getting followers who will quickly leave.  Giving a service your username and password is a concern as well.

So which is it?  Some points come to mind:

  • They’ve admitted to using the HummingBird Twitter application which got their old account banned.
  • You do have to turn over your username and password which we should know by now isn’t a good idea.
  • They raise a good point that if Twitter really had an issue with all this, they would have their API access shut down.
  • All messages sent are opt-in as we’ve signed up for the service knowing what to expect.
  • Folks who have signed up for the service are free to leave at any time.  They can even change their Twitter password to opt back out of the service.
  • The Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, is a member of the service.
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So what do you think?  I’ll admit that I signed up for the service just to see what all the hype is about.  If I get new followers and/ or find someone new and interesting to follow, it’s a plus.  Get my Twitter account hacked from it all?  It’s a Twitter account after all, not a server.

What’s your opinion?

edit: After writing this, I was pointed to a post about a user studying the TweepMe data to see if there are real people signing up or just spammers. It’s an interesting read.

Trying Twitter Yet Again

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I’ve tried Twitter in the past.  I have to admit that I was scratching my head over some of “features” that didn’t seem to work for me.  And I grew very tired very quickly with the spammers over there.

But I’m going to give it yet another try.  Feel free to follow me:

Twitter Dr. Mike

edit: I probably should add something to the site as well.  I’m due a redesign one of these days.

reedit: Maybe we can get Jen to update once in a while.  I see Andrea needs no encouragement.

First you create, then we’ll talk about money

“Hi. We need to hire someone to install a payroll system for us. After that, we’ll talk about salary.”

At least they’re honest.

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One of the problems with most Open Source communities is that it seems like a lot of endusers expect that they can get everything for free.  A lot of places that I try to help out with have folks who feel that I should be willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice and spend tens or hundreds of hours coding, testing, etc, do it all for free, and can’t understand why I and others  have a problem with that.