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The Ornithology of Twitter

Okay, it’s been a full two weeks that I’ve been on Twitter and here’s my newbie take on the Twittering scene.

The Twitter community is as diverse as they come, but in my short time using the technology, I couldn’t helpEagle but notice a few emerging trends. Just like walking into a party, you can quickly tell the Alphas from the rest of the crew, Twitter isn’t much different. Using ornithology to help categorize my observations, below is a short list of my findings:

Eagles: The eagles fly high above the crowd. Their majestic tweets offer great information for their followers, but they never fly low enough to interact with their followers. This is not a put down, just an observation. I happen to like Eagles as their tweet are usually informative and right on time.

Peacocks: Peacocks are leaders in their field in the Twitter world. No matter what your Twitter style, you tend to gravitate to those who discuss topics you’re interested in. Each topic has an industry leader or two that proudly struts his/her stuff. When they tweet…people listen. They are different Swanfrom the Hawks in that they fly low enough interact with their followers.

Swans: There are those who are not quite industry leaders as yet, but they have a grace about their tweets. A nice mixture of curious information along with a soft promotion of their products, blog or website. They tend to help their followers more than they promote products (or so it seems to the untrained eye). Swans draw you into their tweets with their warm engaging personality. Once you begin following a swan, you will soon read, click on or purchase just about anything the swan recommends.

Humming Birds: Theses are the folks who seem to tweet incessantly. They share information non-stop from the time they wake up until the time they go to bed. It’s similar to an online journal of 140 character entries. Every once in a while the humming bird takes a break (I guess for a short nap or so), and then they come back rested and humming at a feverish pitch.

Vultures: These are the folks who start a new Twitter account, follow as many people as they can, in an attempt to get a reciprocal follows and then they come in for the kill. They promote their products relentlessly without any attempt to build a sense of community. You will often find that Vulture accounts are quickly suspended by the folks at Twitter.

Chickens: Everyone is a chicken at one time or the other. As a matter of fact, I’m struggling to get out of this category. The chickens are usually the new Twitter users. We’re excited about using the newChicken technology, or we feel that we must use the new technology or else we’ll be left in the dust, but we’re not quite sure how to go about it. The fact that your mistakes go live instantaneously might be one reason why we’re chickens.

There you have it, a newbie’s ornithological take on the Twitter scene. I’d be interested to hear which category best describes your Twitter habits. Don’t be limited by my short list above. Tell us what bird best represents your habits and why.

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  • Shannon December 8, 2008, 1:14 pm

    I’m something of a Purple Martin, with the occasional musical chirp, catching winged insects in flight.

    (If only I could fly to Aruba for the winter!)

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