Social networking without the numbers

April 16, 2014

…imagine if Twitter changed its service so that the number of followers one had was completely hidden from public view. So when you encountered a person on Twitter and looked at their profile, you’d have no idea if they had 5 or 50,000 followers. Would that change how you used Twitter?

He’s definitely on to something. However, with the current model of social media so ingrained in our society (and more importantly the advertising industry), I don’t see this thought experiment going very far in the real word.