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27 Apr 2009 08:31

My weekend project involved some Twitter datamining and link analysis (i.e. links that people tweet about). The results we gathered during the weekend were… at least surprising.

By looking at popular Twitter link aggregators like Tweetmeme.com or twitt(url)y you might get the impression that Twitter is full of useful news, links to interesting stuff, a truly user-driven next-level communication.

Below is the result of one-day data analysis, and it lists top links people were tweeting about on Friday:

  1. Entrepreneurs Wanted: http://oneyearplan.net/tmiller/?site=MyOwn2&t=AutoTwitter
  2. Mark McCulloch, The Network Marketing Expert: http://www.secretsofwealth.info/
  3. Success University, Mark McCulloch.Com, Home Business, Home based business success coach: http://www.coachofsuccess.com/
  4. monetize: http://monetizeyourdream.com/
  5. Malaria No More - Donate Bed Nets: https://give.malarianomore.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=382
  6. XXX BlackBook: (adult content, sorry, no link)
  7. Generate Hot New Leads Using Ebay!: http://www.getmegaleads.com/
  8. andy dick test on USTREAM: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/andy-dick-test
  9. The Twitter Tag Project - Mr. Milestone!: http://thetwittertagproject.com/milestone.php
  10. Shocking Report' Finally Reveals How To Earn A REAL Six Figure Income Without Building A Huge Downline…: http://www.forestmarie.com/DefeatMLM/at.html
  11. Proactol | Official Proactol Store :: The Best Natural Slimming Pill: http://www.proactol.com/
  12. Introducing MetaMorph: http://www.unemploymentkiller.com/
  13. 7 Chakras: http://www.astral-projection.org/7chakras.htm
  14. Entrepreneurs Wanted: http://oneyearplan.net/tmiller/?site=MyOwn5&t=100tweet
  15. http://twitpic.com/3wzdm
  16. Wideo Twisted Helena (autor: Labor) - MySpace Wideo: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=56342462
  17. http://twitpic.com/3xs5n
  18. arthquake Tracking Maps - WebPartner Channel: http://webpartner.com/?wp=chroom&chid=jH6xAICdoU91za44hD
  19. PTWITTYTV on USTREAM: PTWITTY TV IS LIVE!!! twitter.com/iamdiddy. R&B/Soul:
  20. World-mall: http://world-mall.org/free_targeted_traffic

The list goes and goes. What is shocking is the popularity of "Twitter-based marketing" (a combination of spam, sales, marketing, ebooks).

If you have never seen any of those links before, this is probably because you stick to your friends' timelines, and this is what most people do. But the increasing number of users trying to actually earn money by moving the well-know internet-based sales schemes to Twitter is at least surprising.

The top links from above easily get thousands of tweets per day, leaving organically-created links far behind.


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