A community of 1000 and growing / Une communauté de 1000 membres… en croissance

1000 followers – it’s not a record but Twitter is an important part of connecting to a broader community of knowledge practitioners.

1000 abonnés – Il ne s’agit pas d’un reccord, mais Twitter représente une voie privilégiée pour rejoindre la communauté élargie des “praticiens du savoir”.

Lady Gaga has 7,941,444 twitter followers. Oprah has 5,549,842. CNN has 1,889,096. Charlie Sheen has 3,531,943. Sometime between 11:00 am and 11:45 am on March 26, 2011, @ResearchImpact hit 1000 followers. It took us 22 months to get there.

It’s not a competition and followers are only one measure of the impact of a twitter presence. Charlie Sheen might have 3,500 times the followers of ResearchImpact but I hope that in the world of knowledge mobilization we’re having more of an impact than he is. Impact is an interesting thing on twitter. There are a few services that allow you to measure your impact on twitter.

Klout: we score 52 out of 100

ResearchImpact is a Specialist
You may not be a celebrity, but within your area of expertise your opinion is second to none. Your content is likely focused around a specific topic or industry with a focused, highly-engaged audience.

TwitterGrader: we score 97.4 out of 100 and we rank 233,333 out of 9,157,539

Twitalyzer: we score 1.1 out of 100 which puts us in the 62nd percentile.

I have no idea what any of this means. Scores range from 1.1 to 97.4 out of 100. At the end of the day are we getting re-tweets, comments and mentions by our followers? Yes. And that’s what matters to me.

Thanks for following @ResearchImpact and to the 228 people we follow thanks for the content you post. We have run into literature (like the case we described in a previous blog) and ideas we would never have known otherwise. Twitter has helped us to connect to a body of evidence that we use to inform our knowledge mobilization practice. In this way we are part of a twitter supported knowledge mobilization community of practice.

On April 5, we celebrated with a 1000 follower party and were joined by some of our community members: @cc_rai, @cbern_ca, @mobilizemichael, @atomickitty, @asedoff, @KMbeing and @YUResearch.

Thanks for being part of our community!

(l-r) Michael Windle (CBERN), Hilary Martin (CBERN), Stewart Dutfield (CCRAI), Andrei Sedoff (KMb Unit, YorkU)

(l-r) Andrei Sedoff (KMb Unit, YorkU), Gary Myers (KMb Unit, YorkU), Elizabeth Monier-Williams (VPRI, YorkU), David Phipps (KMb Unit, YorkU), Krista Jensen (KMb Unit, YorkU), Michael Johnny (KMb Unit, YorkU)

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