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Bernd Wechner

Let us know how it goes. I predict (with some uncertainty) that the impact will be small to negligible.

Reason being, that research has clearly highlighted the ubiquity of the assymetry you observe. Meaning among other things, that most of the followers you have are probably pretty quiet by comparison and that you already follow explicitly or implicitly the most productive of them.

I'm not sure if course. Just a suspicion, And I'd love to hear how it goes.... following 😉.

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Bernd Wechner

I'm also reminded of the Friendship Paradox. A real study into this phenomenon.

My first experience with it was with AIDS studies in Africa. Where they found the effort to promote safe sex among the general population was mostly wasted and that the vast majority of transmission was down to a very very surprisingly so and worthy of reporting in research, minority of people.

And of course the modern internet world has a name for this phenomenon too: Influencers.