I've been back in the Twittersphere for a couple of months now after trying and aborting it initially. I have to admit that the experience has been much more pleasant this time around. Why? First of all, I was (and have remained) pretty selective about who I'm following. More on that in a moment. Secondly, the Twhirl client I've been using on my laptop (thanks, Steve!) is far better than just doing everything from twitter.com, which is what I used during that first experiment with Twitter. That said, I keep hearing a lot of good things about Tweetdeck, so I'll probably give that a shot in the next couple of days. Twitterffic on the iPhone is a great portable client too, btw (thanks Laurie!).
My initial disappointment with Twitter had to do with the poor signal to noise ratio. I was seeing far too much junk and I gave up. That's not the case this time because, as I mentioned before, I've been very selective with who I follow. I'm currently only following 40 other feeds and I can't imagine letting that go above 100, for example.
Given that last point, I'd like to make an observation: There seems to be a strong correlation between the quality of a feed and the number of other feeds that person is following. As the latter goes up, the former seems to go down. The best (highest quality) feeds I follow are generally written by people who follow less than 500 other feeds, and most are less than 100.
I chuckle when I see someone is following 1,000, 2,000 feeds or more. Really? How do you find the time?! I can't help but think these same Twitterers are just clicking the "Follow" button as much as they can in the hopes of reciprocation. "I'll follow you if you'll follow me", that sort of thing. Because those high-follower feeds tend to be the weakest, I find myself reconsidering (and canceling some of) my feeds pretty regularly, much more so than I do with RSS feeds.
So am I wrong or is there a variant of Moore's Law happening here that looks something like this: "The quality of a tweet is reduced by half for every 500 feeds the author is following above a base of 500." IOW, if someone is following 400 others, their tweets have a quality level of 1.0. If someone is following 700 others, it drops to .5. 1200? The quality level gets cut in half again to .25.
What's your experience been? Have you found any great Twitterers who follow more than 500 others?