In a recent post I compared the Twitter habits of Shaquille O'Neal and Lance Armstrong. Both received high marks for their transparency and embracing of new technology. In the end I gave a slight edge to Shaq because he's less polished, relatively engaged with other Twitter users and is pretty amusing.
Round two is a hip-hop battle for the social media age. Q-Tip, the leader of A Tribe Called Quest versus Questlove (according to Wikipedia, also known as BROther, ?uestion, Brother Question and ?uestlove), drummer and producer extraordinaire from The Roots. Using the same criteria as Shaq v Lance ...
- Q-Tip has 7,568 followers and follows 3,127 [a ratio of 2.5:1]
- Questlove has 9,594 followers and follows 289 [a ratio of 33:1]
- In the week of Jan 18-25, Q-Tip Tweeted 51 times; Questlove ... well I stopped counting at 200 [the man is prolific and was clearly inspired by the inauguration]
- 32 of Questlove's last 60 Tweets have been @replies; versus 18/60 for Q-Tip.
Looking at the stats I have to give the edge to Questlove, mainly for his frequency and relatively high @reply ratio. Unlike my previous post I'm not going to get into the subjective stuff ... I'll leave that for you to decide.
But I must say that more often than not I breeze through Q-Tip's Tweets while I try to actually read most of Questlove's. Below are a few favorites that show a funny, conflicted, self-deprecating man ... not unlike many of us. As I said in my previous post, I really give both these guys credit for opening themselves up like this ... I suspect their fans truly appreciate it - I certainly do.