UPDATE 5:11PM AZ Time – I added a list of frequent Follow Friday tweeters. You can find it after the jump/at the bottom of the post.

Yesterday a little birdie told me that Jeremiah Owyang of Forrester Research (@jowyang on Twitter) was looking for a way to figure out who gets recommended the most on Twitter for Follow Friday.

This seemed like a perfect way to use justSignal – we could set up a “collector” that would – using our ability to filter out specific contexts (subjects, topics, events) from everything else being said on Twitter – to grab all the Tweets about Follow Friday, cache them and do some data analysis later.

So yesterday at 9:57:47 AM Pacific time we began collecting the Tweets.

This morning I created a quick script to parse each tweet for Twitter user names (with the @ in front).

Here is what I found:

There were 32,342 recommendations (individual recommendations for a specific user).

There were 16,083 users recommended.

The most recommended user was @mayhemstudios with 127 recommendations.

Ironically the second most recommended user was @ – not sure what that means.

There were 10,684 users recommended one (and only one) time.

Obviously I could spend all day breaking down this data, but I think you’ve got the idea.

For your viewing pleasure I’ve included a table after the jump that contains every user who was recommended 10 or more times.

If anyone would like to work on a site that displays the weekly data (query by user, recommendation trends by user, etc) drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

By the way – the little birdie was @lahne – If you are looking for someone to follow that is who I recommend.

You can check out justSignal Trackers in action here:

Peter Himmelman’s Furious World

Sorry this isn’t formatted very neatly… will be better next week.

Twitter User | Number of Mentions | |

@mayhemstudios | 127 | |

@ | 101 | |

@AlexKaris | 81 | |

@zaibatsu | 80 | |

@AlohaArleen | 70 | |

@mashable | 62 | |

@dudeman718 | 56 | |

@JamesProps | 52 | |

@MikeWesely | 48 | |

@barefootexec | 48 | |

@denyseduhaime | 47 | |

@cheth | 46 | |

@adbert | 46 | |

@lotay | 46 | |

@unmarketing | 45 | |

@kimsherrell | 45 | |

@Minervity | 44 | |

@jamesbyers | 43 | |

@andysowards | 42 | |

@danlopez2012 | 39 | |

@guykawasaki | 37 | |

@wearethecure | 37 | |

@rossanneg | 36 | |

@iamkhayyam | 35 | |

@cameronolivier | 35 | |

@alydesigns | 35 | |

@BuzzEdition | 32 | |

@AgingBackwards | 31 | |

@bobgarrett | 31 | |

@lisajohnson | 31 | |

@linnetwoods | 30 | |

@DrJennifer | 29 | |

@imjustcreative | 29 | |

@AndrewWindham | 29 | |

@motivationmama | 28 | |

@coachdeb | 28 | |

@RicciNeer | 27 | |

@angellr | 27 | |

@yourimpact | 27 | |

@applemacbookpro | 26 | |

@chadengle | 26 | |

@damnpenguins | 26 | |

@dollars5 | 26 | |

@styletime | 25 | |

@garyvee | 25 | |

@jenciTN | 25 | |

@Pistachio | 25 | |

@CraigTeich | 24 | |

@AceConcierge | 24 | |

@rainnwilson | 24 | |

@peteplague | 24 | |

@mistygirlph | 23 | |

@mrrichardson | 23 | |

@sharonhayes | 23 | |

@mjnewham | 23 | |

@followfriday | 23 | |

@GeekMommy | 22 | |

@dannybrown | 22 | |

@KauaiMare | 22 | |

@tygerbaby | 22 | |

@Othella | 22 | |

@martindave | 21 | |

@WendyGYoung | 21 | |

@murnahan | 21 | |

@StaciJShelton | 21 | |

@dananner | 21 | |

@prsarahevans | 21 | |

@briancray | 20 | |

@lizstrauss | 20 | |

@jeanettejoy | 20 | |

@smalonedesign | 20 | |

@JenniferHilaryA | 20 | |

@chrisabraham | 20 | |

@SerendipityJane | 20 | |

@jasonmitchener | 20 | |

@goodlaura | 20 | |

@Romeothecat | 20 | |

@vloggingmoms | 20 | |

@markdavidson | 20 | |

@mikeconaty | 20 | |

@carltonf | 19 | |

@TheDailyBlonde | 19 | |

@shannonseek | 19 | |

@curiouslt | 19 | |

@chrisblake | 19 | |

@tommytrc | 19 | |

@modishplum | 19 | |

@sweetcherrypop | 19 | |

@RobertNelsoninc | 19 | |

@ginidietrich | 19 | |

@nicoleharrison | 19 | |

@billtamminga | 19 | |

@JessicaKnows | 19 | |

@MichDdot | 19 | |

@tomlovesyou | 19 | |

@adrielhampton | 19 | |

@DaveMalby | 18 | |

@fredamooncotch | 18 | |

@shellykramer | 18 | |

@ifeelgod | 18 | |

@knikkolette | 18 | |

@HEARTwork | 18 | |

@aplusk | 18 | |

@AdamUrbanski | 18 | |

@phaoloo | 18 | |

@tylertorment | 18 | |

@robinwalker | 18 | |

@SuzanneEvans | 18 | |

@OneLuvGurl | 18 | |

@richardwiles | 18 | |

@fishdogs | 18 | |

@rockingjude | 17 | |

@SumeetChawla | 17 | |

@MrStrider | 17 | |

@kellymccausey | 17 | |

@johnlusher | 17 | |

@sarahrobinson | 17 | |

@louiebaur | 17 | |

@Raven73 | 16 | |

@gracesmith | 16 | |

@BethHarte | 16 | |

@HawaiiRealty | 16 | |

@stephenkruiser | 16 | |

@wendilynnmakeup | 16 | |

@soultravelers3 | 16 | |

@AmberCadabra | 16 | |

@larrykevin | 16 | |

@holisticmamma | 16 | |

@RedHotCopy | 16 | |

@DawnAbraham | 16 | |

@MRHYPERPCS | 16 | |

@BeMeaningful | 16 | |

@AlissaFereday | 15 | |

@jowyang | 15 | |

15 | ||

@paulina1 | 15 | |

@armano | 15 | |

@hetty4Christ | 15 | |

@KRAPPS | 15 | |

@ninjen | 15 | |

@KrisColvin | 15 | |

@prosperitygal | 15 | |

@eMom | 15 | |

@getsmartwomen | 15 | |

@badbanana | 15 | |

@insaincain02 | 15 | |

@LogoMotives | 15 | |

@TheGrimWeeder | 15 | |

@webaddict | 15 | |

@allapparel | 15 | |

@andylevy | 15 | |

@smaha | 15 | |

@Zensunni | 15 | |

@jessenewhart | 15 | |

@katjapresnal | 15 | |

@chrispirillo | 15 | |

@ikepigott | 14 | |

@BertDecker | 14 | |

@cr8tivejen | 14 | |

@BreakingNewsOn | 14 | |

@wbaustin | 14 | |

@THEREALSHAQ | 14 | |

@AnnEvanston | 14 | |

@storykrafter | 14 | |

@sh3n3rd | 14 | |

@skovi | 14 | |

@rightgirl | 14 | |

@itsonlywords | 14 | |

@SpiritCoach | 14 | |

@chrisbrogan | 14 | |

@vardenrhode | 14 | |

@ShamanicShift | 14 | |

@jeffabel | 14 | |

@tkawai | 14 | |

@neilhimself | 14 | |

@drdlovespcs | 14 | |

@JonathanGunson | 14 | |

@Alonis | 13 | |

@micah | 13 | |

@JulieAbel | 13 | |

@MichaelMillman | 13 | |

@CreativeWisdom | 13 | |

@thebrandbuilder | 13 | |

@EFTPat | 13 | |

@FeliciaSlattery | 13 | |

@marismith | 13 | |

@kristofcreative | 13 | |

@RobMcNealy | 13 | |

@wiseways | 13 | |

@MamaRed | 13 | |

@alexlinebrink | 13 | |

@lauraduhaime | 13 | |

@joelcomm | 13 | |

@PixelScum | 13 | |

@charpolanosky | 13 | |

@jasonatennui | 13 | |

@LifeCoachMary | 13 | |

@naturcounselor | 13 | |

@alisejohnson | 13 | |

@Hypnosisjen | 13 | |

@eftmama | 13 | |

@amyvernon | 12 | |

@WalkingHorse | 12 | |

@greenmom | 12 | |

@LtGenPanda | 12 | |

@deakaz | 12 | |

@Fitzillo | 12 | |

@graywolf | 12 | |

@SandyGuerriere | 12 | |

@brenelz | 12 | |

@bennygreenberg | 12 | |

@kendallthiessen | 12 | |

@easy6k | 12 | |

@shonali | 12 | |

@naldzgraphics | 12 | |

@kwells2416 | 12 | |

@mjleonard | 12 | |

@RickSmith | 12 | |

@JanetHilts | 12 | |

@thesassymom | 12 | |

@ChristineRabel | 12 | |

@DCTH | 12 | |

@newmediajim | 12 | |

@tomtravel2 | 12 | |

@BradHoward | 12 | |

@EFTradio | 12 | |

@startupprincess | 12 | |

@KyNamDoan | 12 | |

@askbillmitchell | 12 | |

@greensmith | 12 | |

@loic | 11 | |

@navywings | 11 | |

@CCseed | 11 | |

@SashaKane | 11 | |

@govsocgradessex | 11 | |

@redrabbit | 11 | |

@portablegamer | 11 | |

@aureliom | 11 | |

@stephenfry | 11 | |

@mrskutcher | 11 | |

@wilw | 11 | |

@mia | 11 | |

@typemicah | 11 | |

@beckinoles | 11 | |

@DaivRawks | 11 | |

@lisahickey | 11 | |

@twitchhiker | 11 | |

@TheSCICoach | 11 | |

@MichaelHyatt | 11 | |

@flothecat | 11 | |

@successfool | 11 | |

@tkpleslie | 11 | |

@jawar | 11 | |

@MonkeyCat | 11 | |

@kibbe | 11 | |

@1080Group | 11 | |

@SenJohnMcCain | 11 | |

@btwendel | 11 | |

@FashionGrail | 11 | |

@absolutelytrue | 11 | |

@resourcefulmom | 11 | |

@breakingtweets | 11 | |

@zaneology | 11 | |

@NatePagel | 11 | |

@kurtismarsh | 11 | |

@CynthiaY29 | 11 | |

@chipeft | 11 | |

@0boy | 11 | |

@langley | 11 | |

@JoannaLord | 11 | |

@SuperAffil | 11 | |

@Sugarwilla | 11 | |

@BrianWelburn | 11 | |

@loadingreadyrun | 11 | |

@rosyblue | 11 | |

@typeamom | 11 | |

@ChrisRomer | 11 | |

@MrsWrite | 11 | |

@danschawbel | 11 | |

@joshmckague | 11 | |

@ScottWilliams | 11 | |

@sassymamas | 11 | |

@screamingeagle1 | 11 | |

@iPenginBrijhe | 11 | |

@lorenfogelman | 11 | |

@chiefcatalyst | 11 | |

@SEOAly | 10 | |

@musecrossing | 10 | |

@allatweeter | 10 | |

@Meroko | 10 | |

@julito77 | 10 | |

@skydiver | 10 | |

@LeoLaporte | 10 | |

@pinkelephantpun | 10 | |

@rachelakay | 10 | |

@thebloggess | 10 | |

@thethemeblog | 10 | |

@BackpackingDad | 10 | |

@rickbakas | 10 | |

@winebratsf | 10 | |

@nmallin | 10 | |

@levarburton | 10 | |

@cbedon | 10 | |

@KevinNations | 10 | |

@mattsingley | 10 | |

@Colorburned | 10 | |

@thinkgeek | 10 | |

@jjreich | 10 | |

@davidnwilson | 10 | |

@CindyLeavitt | 10 | |

@mdrisser | 10 | |

@brett | 10 | |

@antonea | 10 | |

@MrTweet | 10 | |

@aronado | 10 | |

@VAnetworking | 10 | |

@SeraphimChris | 10 | |

@ShaynePacker | 10 | |

@michaelianblack | 10 | |

@CarolAnnB | 10 | |

@robertbanh | 10 | |

@BigTRocks | 10 | |

@jeffherring | 10 | |

@RazorianFly | 10 | |

@ericahenao | 10 | |

@frankaustx | 10 | |

@DonnaAmos | 10 | |

@gotmelik | 10 | |

@jesseluna | 10 | |

@ijustine | 10 | |

@Sweetnote | 10 | |

@JoLoPe | 10 | |

@TheBeerWench | 10 | |

@guhmshoo | 10 | |

@ThomScott | 10 | |

@perrybelcher | 10 | |

@catttaylor | 10 | |

@kyleplacy | 10 | |

@modbird | 10 | |

@shoesmitten | 10 | |

@mrken777 | 10 | |

@r27 | 10 | |

@RachelFerrucci | 10 | |

@cattyson | 10 | |

@MaryMassey | 10 |

UPDATE: 02/28/2009 @ 5:11pm AZ Time

I decided to take a look at the most frequent tweeters on Follow Friday. Below is every Twitter user who Tweeted follow Friday 10 or more times.

Number of Tweets | Twitter User | |

302 | MrTweet_Alert | |

54 | dudeman718 | |

47 | denyseduhaime | |

46 | picciu | |

43 | wearethecure | |

41 | KauaiMare | |

39 | AlohaArleen | |

34 | lisajohnson | |

34 | johnlusher | |

32 | peteplague | |

29 | paulina1 | |

29 | carltonf | |

28 | AgingBackwards | |

28 | HEARTwork | |

27 | cattyson | |

27 | rossanneg | |

27 | Dawn_Abraham | |

26 | lotay | |

26 | RobertNelsoninc | |

25 | angellr | |

25 | smalonedesign | |

24 | riccineer | |

24 | mrjaredjames | |

24 | jamesbyers | |

24 | DrJennifer | |

24 | musecrossing | |

24 | accesssonora | |

23 | Raven73 | |

23 | PJ_Tweets | |

22 | yourimpact | |

22 | twendly | |

22 | vardenrhode | |

22 | adrielhampton | |

22 | goodlaura | |

21 | mayhemstudios | |

21 | SerendipityJane | |

21 | Chefmax | |

21 | JJReich | |

20 | naturcounselor | |

19 | daNanner | |

19 | damnpenguins | |

19 | jasonmitchener | |

19 | danlopez2012 | |

19 | shellykramer | |

19 | mike_wesely | |

19 | digitaldivide | |

18 | govsocgradessex | |

17 | david_n_wilson | |

17 | stacijshelton | |

17 | easy6k | |

16 | Hypnosisjen | |

16 | aureliom | |

16 | ChiefCatalyst | |

16 | martindave | |

16 | jenciTN | |

16 | thesassymom | |

16 | azwebdesign | |

16 | robinwalker | |

16 | msga | |

15 | seedoflife | |

15 | alydesigns | |

15 | rbucich | |

15 | modishplum | |

15 | Minervity | |

15 | kwells2416 | |

15 | JohnCannon | |

15 | ShaynePacker | |

15 | tweetpea | |

15 | PixelScum | |

14 | AndrewWindham | |

14 | JulieAbel | |

14 | kibbe | |

14 | kimsherrell | |

14 | mikeconaty | |

14 | MrStrider | |

14 | AlexKaris | |

14 | iPenginBrijhe | |

14 | mathheadinc | |

14 | GypsyOwl | |

13 | SandyGuerriere | |

13 | mollybermea | |

13 | angie1234p | |

13 | richardwiles | |

13 | JenniferHilaryA | |

13 | 1080Group | |

13 | ddgriffith | |

13 | aceconcierge | |

13 | applemacbookpro | |

13 | CrisRepoles | |

13 | cr8tivejen | |

12 | Tojosan | |

12 | AnnEvanston | |

12 | Zensunni | |

12 | deedeeedeeeee | |

12 | simasays | |

12 | BuzzEdition | |

12 | typemicah | |

12 | sweetcherrypop | |

12 | MRHYPERPCS | |

12 | wendyhuffman | |

12 | motivationmama | |

12 | SchofieldFan | |

12 | ergeekgoddess | |

11 | ifeelgod | |

11 | tayedrums | |

11 | andysowards | |

11 | pamperry | |

11 | cheth | |

11 | MatrixTycoon | |

11 | julianasardinha | |

11 | Sweetnote | |

11 | adbert | |

11 | thehulkster | |

11 | BillTamminga | |

11 | irenekoehler | |

11 | twitgeistr | |

11 | ApothecaryJeri | |

11 | smaha | |

10 | emusing | |

10 | LeBomba | |

10 | CelleCast | |

10 | Tweet2Day | |

10 | catttaylor | |

10 | tylertorment | |

10 | Catnboots | |

10 | DrewHood | |

10 | KurtSwann | |

10 | lorenfogelman | |

10 | Hetty4Christ | |

10 | ariherzog | |

10 | joshmckague | |

10 | shamanicshift | |

10 | craftygirl7 | |

10 | jeffabel | |

10 | tommytrc | |

10 | treypennington | |

10 | askbillmitchell | |

10 | rongraham1 | |

10 | empowermentdiva | |

10 | KidsAreHeroes | |

10 | LexiePixie | |

10 | jeaniemarshall | |

10 | maiyarose |

My guess would be that the solo @ is the result of people typing the @ then a space and then the name of the person they had intended to recommend e.g. @ name

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You'd be amazed at the variety of – lets call them “methods” – people used. The parsing for this will have to get much better/more refined as it is developed because people can (and do) type ANYTHING :)thanks!

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I found this list about recommendation through recommendation. How circular. :)Thanks for doing this analysis.

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We all need a little more meta in our meta. Thanks Mark.

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Hi Brian,This is a very interesting analysis. I've often wondered what kind of result are achieved through the #followfriday postings. The next level after this analysis would be to determine how many tweeple get followers as a result of followfriday tweets.Thanks for the work you did.@Jim_Turner

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Problem is now as word of this gets out, this will be the last time these results won't be skewed by people trying to get themselves on the list.

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Maybe this should be the list that creates the Twitters “Suggested Users” list?

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I completely agree. I almost didn't do this because once this is visible there will be those who spend all their time trying to game the system… If this is real and organic it is very, very valuable.

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Hey BrianThanks for the mention. I didn't know I was that popular. It's good to hear people like what I do.

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No problem… I'm just reporting the results.

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If #followfriday was anything less then a spectacle of recommendations, then I don't think I would find as many great people on Twitter. I have personally thanked many people for their great recommendations, and may many more Twitters get onto this list for me to follow and discover more about them!

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Thanks for this great research, Brian. I like #followfriday and try to use it to highlight recommendations for one to three of my favs at a time. That would account for my high number of tweets on the tag. I'm always thinking it would be more valuable as a rec tool if more were giving reasons, not just lists.

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You have really worked hard in this post and i think it’s difficult for me to manage this type of information. Nice post. And now i am waiting for your next post.

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