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Should Twitter Own The “Pull To Refresh” Patent?

Twitter has filed a patent application to own the “pull to refresh” functionality, which is increasingly popular on a whole slew of mobile apps, including Facebook and Google+. But should Twitter really be able to own something as basic as pulling the screen down to refresh it?
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How Twitter Could Stick It to Facebook

We’ve seen how Facebook adapts and responds to competitor threats, like when it changed its privacy settings and implemented ‘everything Timeline’ in response to Google+. Or when it began offering a “subscribe” option, allowing users to follow folks they weren’t friends with, and solidly stomping on Twitter’s turf.

Well, Facebook is coming after Twitter pretty aggressively with its latest creation, “Interest Lists,” and it makes one wonder how this will all play out for the little blue bird.

But what if Twitter turned the tables?
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Why It Isn’t Totally Lame To Like Klout

jumping high fiveTry as it might to give us a more accurate and transparent scoring algorithm, most of us find Klout’s model inherently flawed – mainly because we know “that guy’s score doesn’t make any sense.” It doesn’t matter ‘which guy’ or which girl for that matter, but what does matter is the fact that we’ve all seen this phenomenon one too many times to think Klout is an accurate way to measure influence.

But don’t give up on it yet! Klout’s +K’s have been around for a while, but these virtual high fives could possibly lead us down the right path . . . or at least make those of use receiving them feel good.
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Linguistics Professor Finds Average Word Length In A Tweet Is Longer Than In Shakespeare

There has been a lot of discussion both here at AllTwitter and in the Twitter-sphere in general about how Twitter is affecting language.

The latest round of the debate was sparked by some rather incendiary comments made by actor Ralph Fiennes, who claims that Twitter is dumbing down the English language (even though he doesn’t actually have a Twitter account himself to verify this claim).

But those on the other side have a more experienced, if less famous, champion to back their protests up: a linguistic professor has stepped into the fray to pour water on the theory that Twitter is destroying language.
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Stumbleupon Referrals Drive More Traffic, Last Longer Than Facebook And Twitter [INFOGRAPHIC]

The social media revolution that we’ve experienced over the past five years or so has made it easy to overlook other proven methods of driving traffic online – often at our cost.

Sure, platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have become hugely important for brands and marketers, allowing them to easily move huge amounts of eyeballs to their websites (and products), but this is still a relatively new concept. Links shared via email are still the largest source of traffic for most businesses. And while it’s true that some social bookmarking sites have fallen by the wayside, others, such as Stumbleupon and Reddit, have gone from strength-to-strength.

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What Was The First #OccupyWallStreet Tweet?

The Occupy Wall Street protests are getting increasingly more media exposure, but it’s the social media that’s really fueling their organization. And Twitter is once again in the spotlight as the social network of choice for protesters.

But how did Twitter become such an integral part of the protests? iCrossing did a thorough timeline of the Occupy Wall Street protests on Twitter, and we’ll highlight some of the milestone below.
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How Does Twitter’s 100 Million Active Users Compare To Facebook And LinkedIn? [CHART]

Yesterday Twitter proudly announced that it has 100 million active users on the network. This is a pretty healthy statistic, and certainly a lot higher than the touted 21 million active users that was doing the rounds earlier this year.

Twitter, like its peers in the social space, defines an active user as somebody who logs on just once per month. But what about all users, including those who are less active than this? A couple of weeks back I estimated that Twitter’s total membership tally (all registered profiles) should be around the 254 million mark. From this we can deduce that approximately 40 percent of Twitter’s total users are active.

So how does that compare to the other major social networks?

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Links Shared On Twitter Last Half As Long As YouTube

The folks at bit.ly, the popular URL shortener service, asked themselves just how long a link shared on a social network “lives”. And they found out that links shared on Twitter lasted only half as long as links shared on YouTube.
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Are Arrests And Terrorism Charges For Misleading Twitter Posts Too Harsh?

In the past week, authorities have arrested two Mexicans for tweeting false rumors of shootouts at local schools and charged them with terrorism, a man has been brought to court by the FBI for cyberstalking and harassment of a Buddhist leader on Twitter, and a college student in Des Moines was arrested for a fake Twitter bomb threat on his school.

There’s a battle going on right now between free speech advocate and the authorities over what constitutes terrorism, harassment and defamation on Twitter. In a spate of recent cases across the world, Twitter is being put to the test – is it a vehicle for private thought? Or a public forum which can be manipulated?
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Why Was Twitter So Obsessed With #Earthquake East? [STATS]

The earthquake that hit the East Coast just before 2pm ET on August 23 might have caused little damage, but it kicked up quite the storm on Twitter.

Within one minute of the earthquake hitting Virginia, Twitter saw 40,000 earthquake-related tweets, and at their peak earthquake tweets reached 5,000 tweets-per-second – more than Osama bin Laden’s death and on par with the earthquake in Japan.

So with all of the mind-boggling stats coming out of this relatively harmless geological event, one question remains: why were Twitter users so obsessed with this particular earthquake?
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