Hugh's Law and Twitter

Mar 26, 2008 19:52 · 169 words · 1 minute read

Richard Stacey of the Social Media revolution (in 15 minutes per week) points to a sudden jump in the number of his Twitter followers and wonders if that’s start of Hugh’s Law coming into play.

I’m not sure that’s the case. Hugh’s Law certainly applies to a lot of social networks - I more-or-less gave up on Facebook a while ago because the signal-to-noise ratio fell below acceptable levels amidst the welter of zombie biting and groups campaigning for Richard Hammond to plait his nasal hair (OK, that last one might be a slight exaggeration, but only a slight one).

But the key point about Twitter is that the follower/following mechanism gives a very clear and unambiguous signal about a potential follower’s intentions. If their ratio of following to followers is canted to following, it implies that they’re either a bot or they’re trophy hunters. And in either case, the solution is a simple ‘block’ action, which leaves you largely immune from their attempts at connection.

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