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)