Twitter wants to bring back intimacy – could replace follower count with new metric

Twitter has lost its intimacy and it’s not their fault. The site has grown beyond everyone’s expectations becoming a place for Middle East Revolution and celebrity obsession. For chatting with your favorite company and following the best news sources. But all this growth lost the warmth of having a quality groups of friends to Tweet.

The company has plans to change this, as Buzzfeed reports, “follower counts may soon become the second most important number to users.” Twitter Board Member, Ev Williams, hinted that the new metric may be something more personal. Like measuring your reach through favorites, retweets, and views. “The dream metric,” he said, “is how many people saw your tweet.”

This could be an interesting change for the company. They cannot diminish the value of followers for big brands since they are making a truckload of money off it. But for regular people followers don’t mean much, they want quality interactions and interesting people.

This could be a big move for Twitter and a necessary one because Facebook is already doing it.

 

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Largest ever growth in carbon emissions and some unscientific reporting

The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated, a sign of how feeble the world’s efforts are at slowing man-made global warming.

The world pumped about 564 million more tons (512 million metric tons) of carbon into the air in 2010 than it did in 2009. That’s an increase of 6 percent. That amount of extra pollution eclipses the individual emissions of all but three countries — China, the United States and India, the world’s top producers of greenhouse gases.

Source: Associated Press on Google News

A classic case of unscientific reporting. Counting carbon emission by country doesn’t represent an accurate picture. Comparing the states of the U.S. and to the single country of Germany is wrong.

A little research on the site that created the map above shows that Europe combined has over 1,500 million metric tons, with Western Europe producing 700+. Add in Germany and you’re at over 900 million metric tons.

India doesn’t seem so bad now at 564.

Further, if you start comparing land mass or GDP the story changes even more. For example, here are the countries by land mass:

  • Japan – 820.2 (metric tons/sq km)
  • Germany – 582.6
  • China – 233.2
  • India – 171.6
  • US – 152.4
Of course, the important story here is the rapid growth in emissions, but it’s also important to get our facts straight. Education will play just as big a role as technological advances in solving this global crisis. It’s time to move the discussion forward to a more mature understanding of the situation.