Thursday, 29 October 2009

Another Power Law: Twitter this time

Another Power Law for 'the collection' mentioned in a previous post. This is not surprising but, again, both remembering this pattern for anything to do with connectivity. Impossible to ignore when referring to organisations. 'The Power Law inside' is obvious and so relevant to Viral Change (TM). But this is the summary of the study:

"Specifically, the top 10% of prolific Twitter users accounted for over 90% of tweets. On a typical online social network, the top 10% of users account for 30% of all production. To put Twitter in perspective, consider an unlikely analogue - Wikipedia. There, the top 15% of the most prolific editors account for 90% of Wikipedia's edits ii. In other words, the pattern of contributions on Twitter is more concentrated among the few top users than is the case on Wikipedia, even though Wikipedia is clearly not a communications tool."

1 comment:

Luis F. Solis said...

Just this week in Boston, Crowdsourcing guru/author Jeff Howe dubbed this the 1-10-89 phenom: in virtually all crowd/mob driven scenarios, 1% review ideas/opine...10% provide virtually all content....and 89% are pretty much there for the ride. Query: what might change these patterns? what determines the 1%...authority...know-how...will power...or other?? Luis in Boulder