Dunbar Numbers, Myers Briggs Type Indicators and Social Media

I am conducting a bit of an informal survey here. I won’t reveal my position on the matter at hand, so as to avoid undue skewing of the results. However, I am using both the Dunbar Number theory and Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) of personalities to gather some data on Twitter for my survey and impending companion blog post. Please put your answers in the comments before January 5th, 2009. I’ll then post the results of my survey and a post about my theory that inspired the survey and how well they supported my theory (or didn’t).

Never heard of the Dunbar Number theory? Click here.

Don’t know your MBTI personality type (mine is ENTP, as is Triston)? Click here to use the MyType application on FaceBook (my personal favorite), or click here if you don’t have FaceBook.

(Yes, I started this on a survery site and found that it did not correlate the data correctly for me, so I am scrapping that early data. Please play again via the comments here. I will put the first comment so you see the information I need. Enter your MBTI and your follower count as of today. Thank you!)

  • Had trouble with my survey tool, so starting my survey over using my blog comments to extrapolate the data. Curious? http://is.gd/cYaz

  • My survey on correlation between MBTI, Dunabr #, Follower count. Please take survey and then RT it for data mass! http://is.gd/cYaz

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  • My MBTI is: ENTP

    My follower count is: 2260

    My following count is: 2228

    My Twitter handle is geechee_girl

  • My MBTI is: ENTP

    My follower count is: 2260

    My following count is: 2228

    My Twitter handle is geechee_girl

  • Leslie,
    My MBTI is: ENFP
    My follower counts are:
    248 (@meetdimdim)
    274 (@kevinmic)

    Fascinated to see where this goes. 🙂

    -k
    Kevin Micalizzi, Community Manager
    Dimdim Web Conferencing / http://www.dimdim.com
    e: kevin@dimdim.com / twitter: @meetdimdim
    On Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/dimdim-facebook

    Kevin Micalizzi, Community Mgr, Dimdim Web Conferencings last blog post..Dimdim: Excellent Free Web Conferencing Solution

  • Leslie,
    My MBTI is: ENFP
    My follower counts are:
    248 (@meetdimdim)
    274 (@kevinmic)

    Fascinated to see where this goes. 🙂

    -k
    Kevin Micalizzi, Community Manager
    Dimdim Web Conferencing / http://www.dimdim.com
    e: kevin@dimdim.com / twitter: @meetdimdim
    On Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/dimdim-facebook

    Kevin Micalizzi, Community Mgr, Dimdim Web Conferencings last blog post..Dimdim: Excellent Free Web Conferencing Solution

  • Anonymous

    My MBTI is: ENTJ

    My follower count is: 1737

    My Twitter handle is digiphile

  • My MBTI is: ENTJ

    My follower count is: 1737

    My Twitter handle is digiphile

  • My MBTI is ESTJ

    My follower count is 950

    My Twitter handle is girlgamy

    Amy Greenlaws last blog post..Icestorm08 and media withdrawals

  • My MBTI is ESTJ

    My follower count is 950

    My Twitter handle is girlgamy

    Amy Greenlaws last blog post..Icestorm08 and media withdrawals

  • INTP according to the Facebook app. And I have 131 followers on Twitter

  • INTP according to the Facebook app. And I have 131 followers on Twitter

  • For what it’s worth, I don’t see the value of Dunbar’s number in Twitter; more organic networks like Facebook and LinkedIn make more sense to me.

    I took that HumanMetrics test and I’m an ENFP.

    I currently have 2,409 followers at http://twitter.com/ariherzog.

    Ari Herzogs last blog post..Guest Interview with Dave Ruller: How Blogging Facilitates Civic Engagement

  • Hey there. I remain an ENTJ. Current follower count is 550 even.

  • Hey there. I remain an ENTJ. Current follower count is 550 even.

  • INTJ – 652

    @gruen

    Michael E. Gruens last blog post..Death of the Time-Capsule

  • INTJ – 652

    @gruen

    Michael E. Gruens last blog post..Death of the Time-Capsule

  • Mike Langford

    I am an ENTJ with 837 followers.

    I can’t wait to see how many “I” types are must more “E” on Twitter. People are different when the veil of the screen is in front of them.

  • INTP / 244 / @robynmcintyre

  • INTP / 244 / @robynmcintyre

  • ez

    My MBTI is: INTP

    My follower count is: 82

    My Twitter handle is @ezrasf

    ezs last blog post..Brainwashed

  • ez

    My MBTI is: INTP

    My follower count is: 82

    My Twitter handle is @ezrasf

    ezs last blog post..Brainwashed

  • Patricia Devine

    ENFJ
    46 followers
    pat_devine

  • Patricia Devine

    ENFJ
    46 followers
    pat_devine

  • INFJ / 271

    I prune my followers weekly to weed out spammers, scammers & marketing people. I unfollow the merely uninteresting and block anyone who’s using Twitter as an overt marketing tool.

    MBTI per HumanMetrics.com

  • INFJ / 271

    I prune my followers weekly to weed out spammers, scammers & marketing people. I unfollow the merely uninteresting and block anyone who’s using Twitter as an overt marketing tool.

    MBTI per HumanMetrics.com

  • Sorry – forgot to mention my Twitter ID: @macartisan

    Will Parkers last blog post..macartisan: @JasonCalacanis Rent storage in unused swimming pools?

  • Sorry – forgot to mention my Twitter ID: @macartisan

    Will Parkers last blog post..macartisan: @JasonCalacanis Rent storage in unused swimming pools?

  • Marian Cutler

    INFJ
    124
    @mariancutler

  • Marian Cutler

    INFJ
    124
    @mariancutler

  • For what it’s worth, I don’t see the value of Dunbar’s number in Twitter; more organic networks like Facebook and LinkedIn make more sense to me.

    I took that HumanMetrics test and I’m an ENFP.

    I currently have 2,409 followers at http://twitter.com/ariherzog.

    Ari Herzogs last blog post..Guest Interview with Dave Ruller: How Blogging Facilitates Civic Engagement

  • ESFJ
    514
    @BenGrossman

  • ESFJ
    514
    @BenGrossman

  • Mike Langford

    I am an ENTJ with 837 followers.

    I can’t wait to see how many “I” types are must more “E” on Twitter. People are different when the veil of the screen is in front of them.

  • ESTJ
    about 70 followers on Twitter… I’m not really actively seeking fame and fortune there, though. I try not to post more than once or twice a day so I don’t bug anyone! 🙂

    @jkl2 (because my preferred “jkl” was taken… by someone who doesn’t even post Pbffft.)

    Jennifers last blog post..jkl2: @geechee_girl – right now it’s so cold outside we can’t even GET the heat above 62, so we are totally doing the fleecewear thing indoors.

  • ESTJ
    about 70 followers on Twitter… I’m not really actively seeking fame and fortune there, though. I try not to post more than once or twice a day so I don’t bug anyone! 🙂

    @jkl2 (because my preferred “jkl” was taken… by someone who doesn’t even post Pbffft.)

    Jennifers last blog post..jkl2: @geechee_girl – right now it’s so cold outside we can’t even GET the heat above 62, so we are totally doing the fleecewear thing indoors.

  • Meg

    ENFJ

    @megfowler with 3100 followers presently.

    Megs last blog post..the 10 easiest things to get into.

  • Meg

    ENFJ

    @megfowler with 3100 followers presently.

    Megs last blog post..the 10 easiest things to get into.

  • INTJ

    295 following / 296 followers (not sure which you mean as my “follower count” – shouldn’t it be people I follow? – but in any case they’ve been balanced for some time.)

    @vlb

    Vickis last blog post..vlb: Sharing the recipe for Sand Tarts, the Xmas cookies we always had when I was growing up. Roll thin! http://tinyurl.com/7b6fwp #cookierecipe

  • INTJ

    295 following / 296 followers (not sure which you mean as my “follower count” – shouldn’t it be people I follow? – but in any case they’ve been balanced for some time.)

    @vlb

    Vickis last blog post..vlb: Sharing the recipe for Sand Tarts, the Xmas cookies we always had when I was growing up. Roll thin! http://tinyurl.com/7b6fwp #cookierecipe

  • Have you taken my Dunbar #, MBTI, Follower count survey yet? It goes until 1/5: http://is.gd/cYaz

  • INTP / 9 followers

    I guess I should start being more interesting, huh?

  • INTP / 9 followers

    I guess I should start being more interesting, huh?

  • Y’know, it occurs to me that your poll results are going to be strongly skewed toward people who like taking tests & comparing the results. Once you think you have a handle on your theory, you’re going to have to find a way to re-test against a much larger random sample.

    You need to test the assumptions you make from this preliminary study by starting with an individual’s follower count and attempting to predict their Myer-Briggs type.

  • Y’know, it occurs to me that your poll results are going to be strongly skewed toward people who like taking tests & comparing the results. Once you think you have a handle on your theory, you’re going to have to find a way to re-test against a much larger random sample.

    You need to test the assumptions you make from this preliminary study by starting with an individual’s follower count and attempting to predict their Myer-Briggs type.

  • ENFP
    360
    @sandymcmullen

    Are you at all curious about how long people have been on Twitter?

    Sandy McMullens last blog post..Leadership that impacts culture for 5 star results

  • ENFP
    360
    @sandymcmullen

    Are you at all curious about how long people have been on Twitter?

    Sandy McMullens last blog post..Leadership that impacts culture for 5 star results

  • @sandy not really. I’ve found that the length of time you are on Twitter doesn’t change how many people you are comfortable following and having follow you. That’s more an aspect of personality I believe.

  • @sandy not really. I’ve found that the length of time you are on Twitter doesn’t change how many people you are comfortable following and having follow you. That’s more an aspect of personality I believe.

  • @will actually this survey is to answer a specific theory I am keeping under my hat to make sure the answers are straightforward. I’ll reveal it in the post.

    Then, based on how that goes, I have a part two and a part three survey in mind to carry the data out further, both beyond twitter to other networks and into issues like demographics.

    This is all very informal right now, but I’m hoping it leads to some very useful data I can share with everyone.

  • @will actually this survey is to answer a specific theory I am keeping under my hat to make sure the answers are straightforward. I’ll reveal it in the post.

    Then, based on how that goes, I have a part two and a part three survey in mind to carry the data out further, both beyond twitter to other networks and into issues like demographics.

    This is all very informal right now, but I’m hoping it leads to some very useful data I can share with everyone.

  • I’m an ENFP, and today have 473 followers.

  • I’m an ENFP, and today have 473 followers.

  • Getting lots of good responses to the survey – keep em coming! http://bit.ly/JNHx

  • @mknell I’m doing a bit of a survey to answer a very similar question, and need more data 🙂 http://is.gd/cYaz

  • Still a few more days in the Twitter/Dunbar#/MBTI survey! I’m hoping for a bigger data sample, so come on over and play http://is.gd/cYaz

  • RT @geechee_girl: in the Twitter/Dunbar#/MBTI survey! she’s hoping for a bigger data sample, so come on over and play http://is.gd/cYaz

  • Happy New Year, all!

    MBTI = ENFP

    Follower count = 864

    Following count = 759

    Twitter handle = BostonWriter

  • Happy New Year, all!

    MBTI = ENFP

    Follower count = 864

    Following count = 759

    Twitter handle = BostonWriter

  • My Twitter handle is: pprlisa

    I am an ESTJ

    Followers: 3634
    Following: 2779

    Leslie – my Master’s is in Counseling and I miss doing studies like this – lemme know what you come up with or you need any help.

    pprlisas last blog post..Thanks for a Great Year at PerkettPR

  • My Twitter handle is: pprlisa

    I am an ESTJ

    Followers: 3634
    Following: 2779

    Leslie – my Master’s is in Counseling and I miss doing studies like this – lemme know what you come up with or you need any help.

    pprlisas last blog post..Thanks for a Great Year at PerkettPR

  • v64

    Twitter nick: v64
    Type: INTP
    Followers: 18
    Following: 17
    (lol I don’t know that many people)

    v64s last blog post..Stuff about geometric combinatorics

  • ENTP (too!)
    Followers: 1132
    Woudn’t you want to know following? 1123

    Pam Rollins last blog post..pamfr: @petermello My twin sister has 3 girls: INTP, ESFJ, and TBD 🙂 Amazing how pink-colored sugary items captivate all.

  • ENTP (too!)
    Followers: 1132
    Woudn’t you want to know following? 1123

    Pam Rollins last blog post..pamfr: @petermello My twin sister has 3 girls: INTP, ESFJ, and TBD 🙂 Amazing how pink-colored sugary items captivate all.

  • v64

    Twitter nick: v64
    Type: INTP
    Followers: 18
    Following: 17
    (lol I don’t know that many people)

    v64s last blog post..Stuff about geometric combinatorics

  • Twitter name: ninthspace
    Type: INFJ
    Followers: 92
    Following: 62

  • Twitter name: ninthspace
    Type: INFJ
    Followers: 92
    Following: 62

  • Still a few more days in the Twitter/Dunbar#/MBTI survey! I’m hoping for a bigger data sample, so come on over and play http://is.gd/cYaz

  • RT @ariherzog @geechee_girl Curious about the relationship between Twitter followers and Myers-Briggs typologies? Visit http://is.gd/cYaz

  • RT @ariherzog: Curious about the relationship between Twitter followers and Myers-Briggs typologies? Visit http://is.gd/cYaz

  • INTJ with 409 followers.

  • INTJ with 409 followers.

  • My MBTI is: INTJ

    My follower count is: 96

    My following count is: 124

    My Twitter handle is smbrown_girl

    Sean M. Browns last blog post..2008 The year in numbers

  • My MBTI is: INTJ

    My follower count is: 96

    My following count is: 124

    My Twitter handle is smbrown_girl

    Sean M. Browns last blog post..2008 The year in numbers

  • I’m an ENFP and my follower count is 735 and growing by about 12-15 people a day. My twitter ID is http://twitter.com/shanegibson .

    The only challenge with this is of course I have used other profiling tools that I feel are more consistent and accurate than Myers Briggs / Disc. I wonder if we did the Strengths Finder assessment from Marcus Buckingham if it would tell us more.

    Also what about Social Intelligence / Emotional Intelligence levels? You would think that those that don’t understand social norms / ettiquette may do worse? Conversely they may also attract a bunch of people with the same lack of social intelligence?

    Regarding the Dunbar theory I think we also have to realize that people define relationships differently. I’m not sure about the 150 number, especially with so many technology tools at our disposal to manage multiple relationships.

    Shane Gibsons last blog post..Top 10 Twitter Tips and Sales and Business Gurus

  • Vox

    @VoxAZ

    INTJ

    Followers: 370

    Following: 348

    Voxs last blog post..AZ Blogger Meet-up/Shoot ’em Up

  • I’m an ENFP and my follower count is 735 and growing by about 12-15 people a day. My twitter ID is http://twitter.com/shanegibson .

    The only challenge with this is of course I have used other profiling tools that I feel are more consistent and accurate than Myers Briggs / Disc. I wonder if we did the Strengths Finder assessment from Marcus Buckingham if it would tell us more.

    Also what about Social Intelligence / Emotional Intelligence levels? You would think that those that don’t understand social norms / ettiquette may do worse? Conversely they may also attract a bunch of people with the same lack of social intelligence?

    Regarding the Dunbar theory I think we also have to realize that people define relationships differently. I’m not sure about the 150 number, especially with so many technology tools at our disposal to manage multiple relationships.

    Shane Gibsons last blog post..Top 10 Twitter Tips and Sales and Business Gurus

  • Vox

    @VoxAZ

    INTJ

    Followers: 370

    Following: 348

    Voxs last blog post..AZ Blogger Meet-up/Shoot ’em Up

  • Sarah Bourne

    INFJ / 107

  • Sarah Bourne

    INFJ / 107

  • Jennifer Kane

    INTJ
    Followers: 338
    Following: 385

  • ariherzog (Ari Herzog)

    Curious about the relationship between Twitter followers and Myers-Briggs typologies? Visit http://is.gd/cYaz – via @geechee_girl

  • twitter: stales
    MBTI: ISTJ
    Followers: 1355

  • twitter: stales
    MBTI: ISTJ
    Followers: 1355

  • Jennifer Kane

    INTJ
    Followers: 338
    Following: 385

  • Janiece Meek

    My MBTI is – ENTJ

    My follower count is – 97

    My following count is – 82

    My Twitter handle is – @janiecemeek

    Signed on to Twitter – November 24, 2008
    Started engaging in earnes – mid-December

  • Janiece Meek

    My MBTI is – ENTJ

    My follower count is – 97

    My following count is – 82

    My Twitter handle is – @janiecemeek

    Signed on to Twitter – November 24, 2008
    Started engaging in earnes – mid-December

  • Poll on MBTI/Dunbar #s/Follower Count levels ends tomorrow night. Have you weighed in yet? http://is.gd/cYaz

  • Just commented: RT @geeche_girl Poll on MBTI/Dunbar #s/Follower Count levels ends tomorrow night.Have you weighed in yet? http://is.gd/cYaz

  • For the record, I LOVE MBTI. Great indicator as long as you remember it reveals *preferences* and not rigid personality types.

    I am an ENFP (last time I checked)

    I signed up for Twitter six months ago, but really started to engage (tweet every day) around Thanksgiving.

    Following: 276
    Followers: 284

    I think it might be interesting to look at the ratios between following/followers rather than the actual numbers themselves – as you’ll probably have problems controlling for time spent on Twitter. Finding a way to measure the way in which people use Twitter in relation to their personality type might also be interesting, though is obviously harder to quantify.

    Andrew Kneales last blog post..andrewkneale: @TanyaBrothen good luck. And remember: nobody does anything their first week of a new job.

  • For the record, I LOVE MBTI. Great indicator as long as you remember it reveals *preferences* and not rigid personality types.

    I am an ENFP (last time I checked)

    I signed up for Twitter six months ago, but really started to engage (tweet every day) around Thanksgiving.

    Following: 276
    Followers: 284

    I think it might be interesting to look at the ratios between following/followers rather than the actual numbers themselves – as you’ll probably have problems controlling for time spent on Twitter. Finding a way to measure the way in which people use Twitter in relation to their personality type might also be interesting, though is obviously harder to quantify.

    Andrew Kneales last blog post..andrewkneale: @TanyaBrothen good luck. And remember: nobody does anything their first week of a new job.

  • I’m a INTJ – but totally off the charts on N – and the rest are on the middle .. I didn’t use your online survey .. that’s from getting the test directly from MB – from a nonprofit management online leadership institute that I was the facilitator for about 15 years ago. I should test myself again because your type can change as you go through different life changes.

    I have 6300 followers @kanter

    I wrote a paper about 15 years ago using the Myers Briggs and Gardner’s Intelligence theory as the basis for online community participation and designing online technical support programs. I can’t find it — I didn’t have a large sample, I administered tests to sample of 100 online participants and conducted depth interviews. There were definitely some patterns as to who lurks who doesn’t, who asks for help, how the help needs to strutured, and implications for online moderators. I’ll be curious to see what you come up with.

    Beth Kanters last blog post..A Bold Experiment in Micro Donations: $2 from 12, 500 Twitter Users To Fund Clean Water

  • I’m a INTJ – but totally off the charts on N – and the rest are on the middle .. I didn’t use your online survey .. that’s from getting the test directly from MB – from a nonprofit management online leadership institute that I was the facilitator for about 15 years ago. I should test myself again because your type can change as you go through different life changes.

    I have 6300 followers @kanter

    I wrote a paper about 15 years ago using the Myers Briggs and Gardner’s Intelligence theory as the basis for online community participation and designing online technical support programs. I can’t find it — I didn’t have a large sample, I administered tests to sample of 100 online participants and conducted depth interviews. There were definitely some patterns as to who lurks who doesn’t, who asks for help, how the help needs to strutured, and implications for online moderators. I’ll be curious to see what you come up with.

    Beth Kanters last blog post..A Bold Experiment in Micro Donations: $2 from 12, 500 Twitter Users To Fund Clean Water

  • @sandymcmullen Welcome to Tweetworks. Be sure to say hi to @geechee_girl. You’ll like her MBTI analysis http://is.gd/cYaz http://is.gd/ezKr

  • Your last day to weigh in on my MBTI/Dunbar#/Follower/Following count survey is today! Don’t miss out http://is.gd/cYaz

  • Your last day to weigh in on my MBTI/Dunbar#/Follower/Following count survey is today! Don’t miss out http://is.gd/cYaz

  • @geechee_girl i finally weighed in on your MBTI/Dunbar#/Follower/Following count survey! Interesting stuff. http://is.gd/cYaz

  • @geechee_girl i finally weighed in on your MBTI/Dunbar#/Follower/Following count survey! Interesting stuff. http://is.gd/cYaz

  • My MBTI is: ISTJ

    My follower count is: 282

    My following count is: 304

    My Twitter handle is ecc1977

    I used the online, non-FB test. Interesting stuff.

    ecc1977s last blog post..Top 25 Most Played Songs in 2008

  • My MBTI is: ISTJ

    My follower count is: 282

    My following count is: 304

    My Twitter handle is ecc1977

    I used the online, non-FB test. Interesting stuff.

    ecc1977s last blog post..Top 25 Most Played Songs in 2008

  • Dave_L

    Leslie,

    Interesting survey

    HumanMetrics site: INTJ
    @boonyboy on Twitter
    Followers:110
    Following: 162

  • Dave_L

    Leslie,

    Interesting survey

    HumanMetrics site: INTJ
    @boonyboy on Twitter
    Followers:110
    Following: 162

  • Don’t forget, comments stop counting toward the survey at 3AM Eastern time (midnight Pacific) based on the time stamp I see on ma blawg

  • Don’t forget, comments stop counting toward the survey at 3AM Eastern time (midnight Pacific) based on the time stamp I see on ma blawg

  • INFP / 174 Followers

  • INFP / 174 Followers

  • Thank you for adding my blog under Advice. I do appreciate it and will add links to your related posts as I have time.

    My MBTI is: INTP

    My follower count is: 4268

    My following count is: 4630

    My Twitter handle is @growmap

  • InternetStrategist

    Thank you for adding my blog under Advice. I do appreciate it and will add links to your related posts as I have time.

    My MBTI is: INTP

    My follower count is: 4268

    My following count is: 4630

    My Twitter handle is @growmap

  • Thank you for adding my blog under Advice. I do appreciate it and will add links to your related posts as I have time.

    My MBTI is: INTP

    My follower count is: 4268

    My following count is: 4630

    My Twitter handle is @growmap