There has been some buzz in the Twitterverse today about a new feature on Twitterholic that filters their stats service by location. This link, for example, lists the top Twitter users in Minneapolis by followers.*
I thought it would be fun to try to measure the interestingness of our local Twitter users. The assumption I’m using here is that people who manage to build a following over time are likely more interesting Twitterers to the general public than those who do not. Of course, this assumes that people WANT to build an audience over time, which certainly isn’t always the case. Many people use the service to stay in touch with a close group of friends and have no interest in the service beyond that.
That being said, here is a list of Minneapolis Twitter users who’s tweeted at least 100 time ranked by the number of followers they have over the number of tweets they’ve sent (followers / updates = F/U). If you’re looking for some interesting local people to follow on Twitter, this may be a good place to start:
At the top of the list are people who have more followers than tweets sent. That’s impressive. At the bottom of the list is The Current’s playlist twitter-bot that has sent out 57,690 tweets to a measly 80 followers. In fact, The Current’s account is currently suspended for “Suspicious Activity.”
Based on F/U rate, it looks like MinnPost is ~80x more interesting than the StarTribune. In this case, it looks like the StarTribune is pumping out automatic tweets on everything hitting their website. People don’t seem to enjoy subscribing to fire hoses. MinnPost’s account is hand-edited, showing that some editing can pay off when it comes to picking Twitter-worthy news.
* It’s worth noting that there are certainly local Twitter users missing from this list. This is based on people who used the term “Minneapolis” within the location field of their Twitter account.