I joined wefollow a long time ago when the service was only tracking members on Twitter and assigning them a ranking by prominence, based on the interests they indicated in their profile.
The founders started its Twitter directory in 2009 and, wefollow has since grown into a community of over 1.3 million users.
Wefollow Prominence Scores
When I recently checked in I learned that wefollow is also using data gathered from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin to objectively measure a member’s prominence.
So, if you’re trying to decide who to follow and connect with on social networks, wefollow can be a useful place to start. Also, you increase your chances of being discovered for your interests if you become a member.
You can search for people by interest and sort them by what wefollow calls their Prominence Score. I went to my Profile and discovered that my account was only linked to Twitter because that’s the only network they tracked when I joined. I quickly linked to the other social networks.
Of course, I wanted to know how prominent I am, so I searched one of my interests – I did this before adding the networks. I typed in businesswriting. Oh my gosh! I ranked #1 with 88%! No kidding. I just checked again and – yes! – I’m still #1.
I’m confident in my abilities but am I that prominent? Could this be a mistake? I decided to check socialmedia and found that Pete Cashmore, founder of Mashable, is ranked #1 at 100%. Hard to quibble with that.
Then I searched blogging and there was Darren Rowse at #1, Again, no surprise. But where was I? Well, folks, I had go through a lot of pages to find myself ranked at a measly 39%. There are tons of people who list one of their interests as blogging.
All right, so I’m ranked #1 for businesswriting. But, guess what, only 17 people listed that as an interest. Should I still be proud I ranked first? I guess so. Every little bit of PR helps.
But here’s the thing. You can only earn a Prominence Score if you join wefollow, so we’re a self-selected group. The lesson is to not take ranking services like wefollow and even Alexa all that seriously. They are not a true measure of our success. Only we can define what success means to us.
But, heck, I still liked topping that list!