The first time I heard about Guy Kawasaki, the former chief evangelist at Apple, was back when I was a software product manager. At the office, two of his books, Rules for Revolutionaries, and Selling the Dream, were required reading. Also, I remember hearing his motto about learning and spreading knowledge, “eat like a bird, poop like an elephant”, more than once in a meeting. Since then, Kawasaki has continued to do very well. He started a venture capital fund that invested in Pandora, and The Motley Fool. More recently, he joined Google’s Motorola division as an advisor to the CEO.
In a perfect world, I would filter Kawasaki’s posts and only follow his most popular tweets. However, I didn’t find a good way to do so. In response, I am creating a model that will predict how many retweets each of Kawasaki’s tweets will ultimately receive. Using the model, I will identify and share only Kawasaki’s top tweets. This blog is meant to share the process of creating the model, and some of the information I learn in the process.
* This isn’t completely true. Looking through Kawasaki’s tweets, I found that he deletes some of his posts. So, my timeline was filled with less than 96 tweets per day. I will talk more about these disappearing tweets in future posts.