Tonight I was talking in DM with a twitter friend and the subject came to tweets with zero or few stars. I had one tweet last night that had zero stars. Granted, it wasn’t a joke tweet, but usually anything I say seems to get at least one star (not counting @ replies, although I get stars on those sometimes).
I devised a little experiment. I would tweet the time and see if people starred it.
So at 9:28pm tonight, I sent the following tweet:
This tweet is just a test. It is 9:28pm.
A few minutes later, I went to favstar and checked on it. Four stars.
In the first hour after I tweeted the time, 11 people clicked the “favorite” button underneath it.
At 10:30, I sent out the following tweet:
I now know that if I tweet something that gets less than 11 stars in an hour, it’s not as funny as what time it is.
I included a link to the original tweet on favstar so people could see the stars for themselves.
After I announced the experiment, three more people starred the 9:28 tweet within minutes. In the same amount of time it took 9:28 to get four stars, the results of the test got one star. Maybe the results got less stars because some people had gone to bed, but I don’t know.
Why was an announcement of the time considered worthy? Did people star it because they like me as a person? Did they star it thinking it was a joke that was over their heads, and didn’t want to look like they didn’t get it? Did they star it as an ironic statement on the nature of favstar? Did they just want star-backs?
So what do we take from this? Not a damn thing. It was just a fun little experiment and I wanted to write a little more about the story behind it.
After all, it’s your twitter. Use it how you want to.