TwitterFriends – A Useful Twitter Metrics Tool

Over the last couple of days I’ve been playing around with a great Twitter statistics tool called Twitter Friends.

It’s a tool that gives you a stack of interesting information on your use of Twitter (or any Twitter user for that matter.

Here are a few statistics that it gives on my use of Twitter. This one shows who I reply to and who replies to me.

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There are also ‘tag cloud’ like stats of who you reply to and who replies to you like this:

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This one breaks down a lot of different stats:

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As you can see the stats go beyond the basics that many Twitter statistics packages show. It gives information on how many people you interact with (and interact with you), the ’stickiness’ of your friends (how many reply to you more than once), how many links you share and a lot more.

Stats are given for both you and the average over other Twitter Apps users.

They put together what they call your ‘conversation quotient’ (an attempt to measure how relational you are on Twitter) and ‘link quotient’ (all about how many links you tweet).

There’s also a great visualization tool of your network that changes when you click on different members in your network:

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All of the above information can be accessed without having to give your own Twitter username and id so it’s secure. There is an option to use your login details to get more stats but I think you’ll find even the freely accessible stats are pretty useful.

TwitterFriends is in beta so don’t expect too much of it too early but do have a play around – you might just notice something about the way you use Twitter that could help you improve your Tweeting.

Thanks to Jason who put me onto TwitterFriends – he’s written up his reflections of it (including a video) here.

Comments

  • January 9, 2009

    I think it has just experience “TwiTip effect” :) Whatever I try to do, I get Error 500.

  • January 9, 2009

    Another way to measure everything I do online. I have the feeling this is going to make me that much more unproductive each day haha.

    But I can also see the great advantages of this especially if you receive large amounts of messages each day.

  • January 9, 2009

    Love the idea and great picture you posted above, but link you posted is not working.

    Translating from german language means 403 – Forbidden material . Or the url you gave isn’t correct I noticed it had dash in between.

    Can’t check that url from where I am from all twitter like sites r blocked :( lol…yep I work 4 someone …

    Great post. Ill check on it when I get home…

  • January 9, 2009

    The “Statistics” page is particularly interesting to me because it provides tangible (numerical) insights into the strength and size of the social networks that are created on Twitter. The ability of Twitter to foster true multi-dimensional social networks is often not obvious when one stares (often blurry-eyed) at the one-dimensional stream of tweets on the main page.

    Thanks for sharing such a fascinating tool, Darren.

  • January 9, 2009

    I love the idea but your tweet graph isn’t working. I can’t seem to enter anything to get my stats.

  • January 9, 2009

    I’m a glutton for statistics and this website, TwitterFriends, is the best I’ve found so far. Much fun and very informative. Thank you for the pointer.

  • January 9, 2009

    I can’t wait to see how people start taking advantage of this tool and become better twitter users. By comparing my stats to other users, I have found ways to be a better twitter user.

    I recommend following Darren @problogger and compare your stats to his, as well as a few other users. That way you can get a better idea of what your doing or not doing.

  • January 9, 2009

    Seems really complex. Anyway to create a dummy version for the rest of us??

  • January 9, 2009

    This is the best collection of stats I’ve ever seen for twitter… Site must be getting hammered with all the 500 errors me and friends are getting but loving it so far… can’t wait to digg deeper!

  • January 9, 2009

    Very cool program. As you said, it’s still in beta, but it looks like fun and something that could prove useful as well.

  • January 9, 2009

    Just tried Twitter Friends and really found it quite interesting. The information is pretty handy and tells me about the areas that I need to improve upon(and there is a lot of them!). Thanks for the awesome post. Got a thumbs up on StumbleUpon. :-)

    Best Wishes,
    Shinil.

  • January 9, 2009

    Wow. Any links to training classes for this twittanalytics?

  • January 9, 2009

    I agree with jared, will be really good if you receive a lot of messages a day.

    Hopefully it’ll be a tool you can use to make twitter a more effective networking tool, otherwise it’ll just waste time screwing around figuring out how many twitter followers you have

  • January 9, 2009

    I feel honored, #1 :D

  • January 9, 2009

    no offence meant but this tool would have been ideal if there was a tag cloud for those of us who never get replied to by you. :P .

    (writing this because I sent a photography related question several times ur way and never got a response for it) :)

  • January 9, 2009

    Twilight Fairy – really sorry that I didn’t see your tweet questions – I get a few hundred replies a day (mainly while I’m asleep as I live in Australia) so it can be hard to reply (or even see) them all. Happy for you to shoot me an email though using my contact form on any of my blogs and will try help.

  • January 9, 2009

    I use this tool as well. If you log in you also can see which people have a break on twitter for months.

  • January 10, 2009

    Oh boy. When ever I see a post about finding Twitter stats I get depressed. It just makes me realize that I am so tiny in the world of Twitter!

    This is a great website; I am sure I will be checking this one as I try to grow my Twitter presence.

    PS – Does anyone know of a website where you can keep track of the number of followers you have? I thought I saw it once before but I can’t find it. Please @joshfinnie me if you know where I can find this!

  • January 10, 2009

    Very cool; being somewhat new to the Twitterverse, tools like this are really helpful. I’d be curious to hear (in follow-up posts, perhaps?) which stats you feel are worth really watching, and how to better them.

    I know everyone’s got varying opinions as to what matters—# following, # of followers—but I think it’d be a worthwhile effort.

    Thanks!

  • January 10, 2009

    Wow – TwitterFriends is really, really cool. Thank you for sharing this tool. The visual graphs and charts are stunning, and really easy to follow. Great, useful information for any avid Twitter user.

  • January 10, 2009

    Cool Daren its really cool am train it out.

  • January 10, 2009

    Darren, thanks for the response. I did make it a point to write when I saw you replying to others, just to be sure you are up and about in your timezone :) , but I guess it got missed. No worries, I’ll write you the question in email.

  • January 10, 2009

    Tested this tool :) – realy great thing for people who are adicted to statistic tools..
    Great thing on research how to behave on twitter :)

  • January 14, 2009

    I’ve yet to be impressed by lots of the Twitter tools out there but TwitterFriends rocks. All that data for free. Very cool.

  • January 18, 2009

    Thanks for your positive feedback and your ideas to improve TwitterFriends.

    @Ted “Any links to training classes for this twittanalytics?” If you have questions about measuring Twitter or the metrics TwitterFriends uses, just send me a Tweet (@furukama) or a Email: benedikt@twitter-friends.com Thanks!

  • April 24, 2009
    Kristine

    Hi – I am looking for some help. I have been trying to join Twitter, but the sign up page won’t show me a “submit” or “join now” button. I am on a MacBookPro and am wondering if there is any problem with that? I am a freelance writer of 30 years and have had great success finding work, but I want to join a few social sites. Can you help me? I have tried to contact Twitter, but they don’t respond. Thank you!

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