Follow-up: Topic [Twitter]
A crafty fellow named Tom Scott saw a lot of stupidity on Twitter, and he decided to do something about it:
So, for example, let’s say you want to know who has stupider Twitter followers: Fox News pundit Glenn Beck (@glennbeck, 216,000 followers) or conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh (@limbaugh, 60,000 followers). You just plug the Twitter account of both of these pundits in, and voila! You’ll find that, according to the site, @glennbeck’s fans are stupider.
The software uses an algorithm that analyzes followers for 20 different indicators of “stupidity”, and then generates a score. The scores are compared to determine relative stupidity.
I’m happy to say that my own Twitter followers are the picture of intelligence (I rank a perfect score on the algorithm, probably because I have so few followers right now). My childhood musical icon, “Weird” Al Yankovic, sadly, had a rather high stupidity index score of 465 (out of 800). I win that battle.
But Al just barely edges out Conan O’Brien, who in turn has followers who look like geniuses compared to Kim Kardashian’s.
Finally, a good use for Twitter! But somehow, I can’t help thinking that we’re all losers in the end…