Twitter Rank has taken the Twitterverse by storm, but what does it measure? what is it? These and other questions have been answered by Twitter Rank's engineer, and those answers can be found on this FAQ.
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Frackin' Anticipated Questions PageRank was useful, but what the hell is Twitterank useful for? Useful? I'm just the guy who built it. You decide whether or not it's useful, and tell me what you come up with. Well, fine... but tell me how it works. Never mind that that's not a question, because even if it were, I wouldn't answer. The Twitterank algorithm is vewy vewy secwet. Besides, I'll probably tweak it over time, and so anything I tell you now would be outdated anyway. Why some stupid secret algorithm instead of follower counts? Ah, glad you asked. I asked. Whatever. That's a little bit like asking, "Why didn't Google just count the number of inbound links?" The short answer is, "there are many other signals." Someone who has a lot of followers might be famous and interesting, or they might be sitting at home all night creating fake accounts in their parents' basement. So, Twitterank currently doesn't use your follower count or list at all, and uses other signals. This is an experiment to see whether or not those "other signals" actually tell us anything non‐obvious. And if I told you what those "other signals" are, then you might fuck with my experiment, and then where would we be? Is my Twitterank good or bad? Unlike usual rankings, with Twitterank, higher is better. I named it Twitterank in homage to PageRank, which it's loosely inspired by. PageRank was an algorithm developed by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and was the secret sauce that made their search engine significantly better than the competition at the time. (Disclaimer: I work at Google, but this project is not associated with my employer in any way.) So now you have my Twitter user name and password... Actually, I don't. Well, not your password at least. I store your user name along with your Twitterank. ...well, you still briefly have my password. What do you do with it? I use it to call some APIs Twitter offers. If you check the checkbox, I will also post a tweet with your Twitterank along with a link back to this site. I currently don't store any of your data, except your user name and Twitterank score (as previously mentioned). Why is the site ugly? I want whales. And birds and shit. Look. I was sitting in a hotel room one night, was slightly bored, and this idea popped into my head. It's now past 4am and I want to go to bed. If you think I should lose sleep making stuff look purty, well, maybe you can do it for me. So instead you're writing a stupid FAQ? Well, at 4am, it's a lot easier to talk to yourself than you might imagine. Or maybe that's just me. Are we done yet? Yeah. I think so. Wait! I just checked my Twitterank again, but it hasn't changed! Your score is stored and only updates if it's been more than 24 hours since the last time it was calculated. Future plans? Well, I'd probably like to get married, have some kids... Oh, you mean, with Twitterank? Two things I know I want to do are: • A badge so you can proudly show your Twitterank on your blog, website, etc. • APIs so you can get people's Twitteranks • A way to see your friends' Twitteranks