Whenever I check out a Twitter user’s profile, I always pay attention to the number of accounts they follow vs. how many subscribers they have. This ratio often helps me decide if I will click the “Follow” button.
TFF Ratio is a useful tool in that regard. I use it to determine how spammy or “alive” an account may be.
TFF Ratio is very easy to use. Visit http://tffratio.com/, enter the username of your choice in the box, and click the “Get TFF Ratio” button.
On the results page, you will see the account’s information and how their follower and following counts has evolved over the last couple of years.
The follower-friend ratio is also there. The higher, the better:
A ratio of less than 1.0 indicates that you are seeking knowledge (and Twitter Friends), but not getting much Twitter Love in return. Check your pulse, you might be a bot.
A ratio of around 1.0 means you are respected among your peers. Many people think that a ratio of around 1.0 is the best – you’re listening and being listened to.
A ratio of 2.0 or above shows that you are a popular person and people want to hear what you have to say. You might be a thought leader in your community.
A TFF Ratio 10 or higher indicates that you’re either a Rock Star in your field or you are an elitist and you cannot be bothered by Twitter’s mindless chatter. You like to hear yourself talk. Luckily others like to hear you talk, too. You may be an ass.
(Source: TFF Ratio home page)
Of course, you can also use TFF Ratio to measure your own follower-friend ratio. Right now, mine is at 2.21, which puts me in the “thought leader” category. What about you?