As you can see I’m using the @-syntax more often than the average Twitter user. A larger part of my twitter messages actually is a conversation with a small number of people: enpatagoniasur, gsellart, nancito, malinkaiva and nycrican2
This is the List of Twitter Users by Conversation Quotient. My Conversation Quotients are high, 80 %+ for @emapey2 and 70%+ for @emapey
The Conversation Quotient tells how many of your tweets are replies. People with a high CQ are using Twitter to have direct conversations with other users. People with a low CQ are using it more for broadcasting links or status messages.
Update – I usually remove from my Twitter network those who use Twitter MAINLY to broadcast links or status messages. I prefer to share links (bookmarks) via Delicious. I remove also those Twitter users who are following too many people. They won’t have enough time available for a useful conversation with me.
JR Farr blogged the best post I have found about the different types of Twitter users
My comment to the post The Bamboo Project Blog: Twitter Hating:
I usually only follow people I already know: from Delicious, blogs I read, Online Forums, Conferences, Courses. They are already my friends and contacts. People I would like to meet more easily online. Only then I will be interested to learn more about them and follow their professional and social lives in Twitter.