How to Determine How Often a Tweeter Tweets on Twitter?

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Jan 4, 2011
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Have you ever followed someone on Twitter, but then they hardly tweet at all?  Or found out that they tweet way too much – and had to un-follow?

Now you can determine how often a they tweet before you decide to follow them.

By going to and entering their Twitter name, it will tell you the average number of tweets per day and the amount of @replies.

For fun, it will tell you the number of Tweets in terms of milliscobles, a term that FollowCost came up with that is defined as “1/1000th of the average daily Twitter status updates by Robert Scoble as of 10:09 CST September 25, 2008.” [source]

Robert Scoble is a tech blogger at and tweets a lot.  On that day, he averaged 21.21 tweets per day.  Hence, a milliscoble is 0.02121 tweets per day.  But it is easier to think of one scroble as being about 21 tweets per day.  So if you are following someone with 1000 milliscrobles, you are going to get about 21 tweets per day.  That is a lot.  Afterall, there are only 24 hours in a day.  Someone doing 21 tweets per day must be tweeting more than once per hour (assuming he doesn’t tweet in his sleep).

At the time of this writing (Jan 2011) when I input “scobleizer” into FollowCost, Robert Scoble has a recent milliscobles of over 6000.  He must be tweeting a lot lately.

FollowCost uses the Twitter API and JQuery and was implemented by Luke Francl and Barry Hess.

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