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September 2, 2011 blog

Postby Michael D » Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:03 pm

One thing I’ve never heard comedians say about Twitter (send me links if I missed it) is its amazing utility to mathematically quantify joke-funniness. How many times did a one-liner get retweeted by your followers? Bingo, that’s exactly how funny it is.

I think the reason the Oprah joke got more RTs than the Surgeon General joke wasn't because it was funnier but because more people thought "my twitter followers will like this!". Maybe many of your followers think that their followers aren't edgy enough for the Surgeon General joke; everybody can relate to Oprah.

The Surgeon General joke did, however, prompt me to start following you on Twitter, so there's that.
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