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by Adam Green on October 17, 2010

in Automated Tweets,Data Mining Tweets,Tweet Aggregation,User Ranking

There is an interesting thread on the Twitter development list about the need for a “good citizen” rank. This problem is approached in a literal engineering way, which says there are good and bad users. There are plenty of Twitter behaviors that could be seen as “bad,” but the beauty of Twitter is that it is totally opt-in. I only see the people I choose to follow. So the only meaningful criteria is whether I or my client wants to read an account’s tweets. Automating that selection must be made within the context of a specific area of interest. I believe that my mention algorithm is a good way of solving this problem.

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