Social Media

Amit Bhatnagar on Quora.com on November 28, 2012

I agree with this!  When it comes to friendship, I have always been a “Quality over Quantity” guy. I have always had a few very close friends, and a lot of acquaintances, and even a guy like me has 800+ friends on Facebook! And that’s not a lot: the last I checked, 94 of my friends have 1000 or more friends!

1000 friends! Is it possible for someone to have 1000 real friends! Studies suggest that there is actually a limit to the number of social relationships one can maintain, and for most people, the number is somewhere between  100 and 230 (150 is the commonly used number) This is called Dunbar’s number named after British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who did some research on this topic. (Read more about this here: Dunbar’s number)

But Dunbar’s analysis is from pre-social media days. (His article was first published in 1992) Is it possible that with the advent of social media, the mankind has suddenly become more “social”? Apparently not! Read about this guy’s attempts to take on Dunbar, or may be try your own experiment. Either way, I am sure you will come up with similar results!
Dunbar’s Number Kicked My Ass in Facebook Friends Experiment | Underwire | Wired.com

The cartoon strip below is profound and funny at the same time, and sums up everything I have said above.

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Here is one of country’s finest violinists Joshua Bell playing for free at Washington DC two days after his show sold out at $100/seat in the same city. See what happens:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L…
Over 1000 people passed by, but just 7 stopped by to appreciate the music, and just one recognized him! Joshua Bell was doing exactly what makes him “Joshua Bell”. But without the name “Joshua Bell”, he was just an ordinary street performer. He didn’t get any real world “followers”!!  Thinking of some celebrities, Lady Gaga doesn’t sing on Twitter, Shaquille O’Neal certainly does not play basketball on Twitter, and Julia Roberts doesn’t act on Twitter.But still, each of them is a Twitter-celebrity too! In fact, Julia Roberts doesn’t even tweet on Twitter!! With 0 tweets, she has 300,000 + fans on Twitter!

My point here? Celebrities reach their celebrity status with a lot of
hard work, talent, and some luck, but once they attain that status,
people follow them mostly for their name, not necessarily for what they are
known for. Sometimes, it’s the desire to peek into celebrities’ life; sometimes, it’s the illusion of being connected to a superstar. But, in the end, it’s closely tied to their identity as a celebrity. Thus, to answer your question, most celebrities would drastically lose followers if their identities were hidden.

PS:
1) Please note I said “most celebrities”. There are definitely some celebrities and semi-celebrities, especially from literature and journalism fields, who do tweet good content, and they may continue to have decent following even if they consider writing under a pseudonym.
2) If you are interested in the Joshua Bell experiment, you can read full story here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp…

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amitbhatnagar on March 15, 2011

Contd.. from here… Okay! Now, let me put on my Product Manager’s hat! As a Product manager, I would certainly pay heed to the above feature requests. But I also need to think of the features that end-user will not normally think of, and also the ones that will make Facebook some money. I have one […]

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amitbhatnagar on March 15, 2011

Some time back, I had applied to a startup for a Strategy intern position, and as a part of application, I had to answer some interesting questions. One of them included what would I like to see in Facebook. I didn’t want to delay the application, and submitted whatever I could think of in 30-40 […]

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