I recently discovered the fact that, I was one of the top 50 power users of twitter in India. However, the service showed me as power users isn’t active anymore and then I checked Twitter Grader from HubSpot and fell in love with it. One of my popular post, Top 10 female twitter users in the world was also based on the ranking of Twitter Grader. Twitter grader allows you to see your ranking against other twitter users and I am yet again fortunate enough to be part of the top 50 power users of twitter in india.

In my last post (the female twitter user one), Dhoomketu left the following comment-

Lo_0L! I Should Just laugh this list off. On what basis you have judged or shortlisted this list about? just they were listed on hubspot top 100 or something?? dont you think its really doesnt make any sense….

I thought a little about it and then I realized that he has a valid point, as Twitter Grader is not a service from Twitter and there is no official way of finding out the true rankings of the users. Another point is that, does it really matter that what ranking do we have?

There are always negatives and positives about these kinds of services and lets just try to find out if these kind of tools can be believed or trusted or not.

Twitter Grader is not official.

I completely agree that Twitter Grader is not official, however a company like Hubspot will surely put some time and efforts to create a tool like that to ensure that it works in best possible and fair way. Although, I completely agree to the fact that it’ll be really cool if they could tell us a little about the algorithm or share it with the world as to how it rates the users (not completely but a little). Probably, Dharmesh Shah will be in a position to do that or will be in a position to comment about the same.

Does it really matter?

I want to clarify this that I’m not being paid by Hubspot and I’m definitely not their advocate either. However, I would say that its a wonderful tool and we should respect the developers for putting up something like that. Apart from that, we also believe in something (Compete) and we used to believe in something (Alexa), when it comes to Site analytics and rankings, then why not believe Twitter Grader?

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  1. Thanks for your candid commentary on Twitter Grader. Clearly, there are a number of important points here:

    1. Does ranking of users have value at all? Does it mean anything? I think, for certain purposes, yes. Just like the authority of a website means something (if you're trying to marketing a product or service), the authority of a person in social media means something too.

    2. Should these rankings come from the "source" (in this case Twitter). Ideally, yes. But, twitter has made it clear that they are focused on providing the critical functionality that their users need. As such, hundreds of third-party applications have emerged — and Twitter Grader is one of them.

    3. How should one go about measuring power and influence on Twitter? We approach this in a variety of ways. We look at things like the number of followers, the power of those followers, the number of friends, volume of tweets, degree of engagement with other users.

  2. Such sites have less authenticity, I start my own twittermarksheet and grade people on what i think is my basis of evaluation, does not make sense.

    • Well, I understand that most of the people feel that way however, I find the tool really useful and till the time lots of people are fine with its rating or till the time Twitter doesn\\'t come up with some thing like this, I\\'m all fine with Twitter grader. Do try it and probably you\\'ll change your views

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