How smart are your Twitter followers? How do your followers stack up against the followers of other Twitter users out there? Fret and worry no longer, for now you can learn the answers to these important questions, using Stupid Fight. Stupid Fight is a website that allows you to input two Twitter usernames, and compare the "intelligence" of the followers of those users.
If you haven’t noticed already, my tongue is firmly in cheek while writing this post. Stupid Fight is a real site, though, so read on to learn a bit more about it, and how it measures the intelligence of a Twitter follower.
The user interface of Stupid Fight is about as simple as it gets. Input a Twitter username in each of the two boxes, click the "Battle" button, and then wait for the results. As shown in the above screenshot, the further to the left on the spectrum (and lower the number), the "smarter" the followers.
Of course, Stupid Fight isn’t really measuring intelligence. Stupid Fight instead uses what it calls "stupid indicators." As the site explains, "stupid indicators" are largely based on formal grammar. "Are they using twenty exclamation marks in a row? Do they endlessly use the abbreviation ‘OMG’? Do they seem incapable of working out where their Shift key is? These indicators have a strong correlation with the message, and its sender, being stupid." The site also only counts the last 100 people to send an @reply to the Twitter user. Some might argue, with good reason, that Stupid Fight leans towards the stodgy, and ignores the manner in which many people communicate today.
As the above screenshot indicates, I’m thrilled to report that we have a pretty "smart" bunch of followers here at 40Tech, or we at least have a group of followers who by and large use proper grammar. We all know how high the grammar standards are on Twitter, with the ample 140 character limit, after all.
Head on over to Stupid Fight, and let us know how smart your Twitter followers are. And, while you’re at it, let us know what you think of grammar on Twitter. Is Internet slang just fine, or does it bug you?