Archive for June, 2009
Twitter is a social medium. Like all social media, it empowers its users to influence those who follow one another.
The purist form of this influence is #FollowFriday, the weekly Twitter ritual where you share a link to someone “upstream” that you follow, so those “downstream” from you can get in on the action.
This week, I’m doing something different: Six Degrees of Separation
I’m exploring the line of influence, both up and down from my place in the line.
This is an exploration of who on Twitter are influencing the people who are influencing me.
To find my #6DegreesUp person, I click on someone I’m following, then click on someone THEY are following, then someone THEY are following, etc. until I get to the sixth person from me. I will then follow that person, cutting the five “middlemen” out of the influence chain.
This is an exploration of who on Twitter may be influenced by the people I may be influencing.
To find my #6DegreesDown person, I click on someone following me, then on someone following them, then someone following THEM, etc. until I get to the sixth person down. I will then follow that person and wait to see if they follow me back (cutting out the middlemen in that direction).