Twitter can sometimes seem like an endless universe where messages and conversations burn brightly for a short while and then float off into oblivion.
Leave it to the Pew Research Center to find meaning in the madness.
In a recent graphic, the research giant illustrates that, despite Twitter’s vastness, there are really just six types of conversations that occur on the platform. Here’s a brief description of each:
1. Divided: This conversation type references different groups of Twitter users who discuss polarizing topics. Users in one group rarely talk with users in an opposing group. Think politics.
2. Unified: Unified conversations occur within close communities, like those formed around hobbies, professional organizations or conference attendees. Users connect with each other to swap information and ideas.
3. Fragmented: The conversations around products and celebrities are fragmented-the people who follow these topics are large and very different from each other.