You say Potato Follow Twitterers based on their real authority with Twittorati

Posted by maggie.hunsucker July 9, 2009

Part of building your Twitter network is knowing who the movers and shakers are in your circle.

That’s where Twittorati comes in. It’s a new service from Technorati and not to be confused with AllTop’s TwittErati.

What’s the difference (other than a vowel)? Twitterati ranks popularity; Twittorati ranks authority. It does this by using parent site, Technorati’s, blog ranking system. So instead of Miley Cyrus or Ashton Kutcher taking the top spot (both have Twitter followers in the millions), Twittorati pulls the Twitter streams of the bloggers in its own Top 100 (Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Seth Godin, etc).

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On the Twittorati homepage, you can view these tweets in a real-time stream or by authority.  You can also filter the stream by specific blog or trending topic (either Technorati tags or Twitter hashtags).  For those who want a more intimate look at what their favorite bloggers are sharing, there’s a “Latest Photos” and “Top Links”  feature.  Given that Twitter has positioned itself as a breaking news source, the latter may prove to be useful as a tool for industry news and rumblings.

We really like where Twittorati is heading.  Sure, there are other Twitter ranking sites out there, but most quantify users and neglect to qualify their real authority.  If I’m seeking meaningful Twitter connections based on my industry or interests, the number of links someone has (the backbone of Technorati’s ranking system) could be more important than the number of followers they’ve amassed.

Twittorati is powered by Muck Rack, a site that streams the Twitter tweets of top journalists (ABC News, Associated Press, Business Week, etc).

When you consider how difficult it is to get a link back or shout out from the top blogs and how accessible Twitter has made industry leaders and celebrities, it's no wonder why this platform has taken off.

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  1. Oh my gosh, twittorati is slow!! And I don't understand why they have a search function at the top right? I searched for 2 blogs and nothing changed. What gives?! Only blogs like Engadget and Mashable have any hope of making it to the top of the list, as far as I can tell. marci posted on

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