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Sina Weibo Now Available In Singapore And Indonesia

China’s Twitter, Sina Weibo, recently valued at $6 billion, isn’t slowing down.

The network has expanded to Singapore and Indonesia.

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Facebook’s Head Of Consumer And Mobile Marketing Jumps Ship For Twitter

Twitter has hired Facebook’s consumer and mobile marketing head Kate Jhaveri, who will take on the role of senior director of consumer marketing.

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Introducing Twitter University, A Hub For Engineers Fueled By Acquisition Marakana

In a two-pronged move, Twitter acquired open source training company Marakana and introduced Twitter University, a world-class technical training initiative for Twitter engineers.

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Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, Valued At $6 Billion

Most mainstream social media networks – Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and YouTube – are banned in China, leaving Chinese social media users to log onto Sina Weibo (China’s Twitter), Renren (China’s Facebook), Tencent Weibo (China’s Tumblr) and Tudou (China’s YouTube) instead. And they’re doing so with incredible quantity.

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Twitter Drives More Traffic To The Guardian Than Any Other Social Media Platform

Speaking at the recent #TweetsFromTheTop Twitter event for chief executives, Guardian News & Media CEO Andrew Miller announced that Twitter drives more referral traffic for key breaking news stories to The Guardian than any other social media platform.

10% of the newspaper’s online traffic currently comes from social media, and Twitter plays an integral role.

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Twitter For Small Business: Stats, Facts & Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why should your small business be on Twitter?

How about this for a reason: one third of people on Twitter follow at least one brand. Still not convinced? What if I told you that studies have shown that the vast majority (67 percent) of Twitter users are more likely to buy from the brands that they follow on Twitter, that almost four in five (79 percent) recommend those same brands and 69 percent go to follow other brands based of the recommendations of others.

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What Can Social Media Do For Your Small Business? [INFOGRAPHIC]

In less than a decade social media has revolutionised marketing, lead generation and sales for brands of all shapes and sizes across almost every industry. And this includes small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), too – indeed, the financially low entry point of platforms such as Twitter and Facebook make than an equal opportunity option for all brands… including yours.

It’s not too late to get onboard. Four out of five SMBs now use social media to engage with customers, with Facebook (85 percent), LinkedIn and Twitter (59 percent each) leading the way, and just 4 percent of SMBs say that they are not likely to use social media at all in the next year.

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Twitter Canada Is Officially Open For Business

Twitter’s Canadian office has officially opened its doors, with managing director Kirstine Stewart at its helm.

After a month of behind-the-scenes media action and 10 new employee hires, Twitter Canada is ready to roll.

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Dataminr Secures $30 Million For Its Twitter-Mining Data Technology

New York-based startup Dataminr has secured $30 million in private funding from venture capital firms to continue its work mining Twitter for tradable news.

The fundraising round is Dataminr’s third since its founding in 2009 by former Yale University classmates Ted Bailey, Jeff Kinsey and Sam Hendel.

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Twitter Approves 11 More Certified Products, Bringing The Total To 33

Twitter launched its Certified Products program last August with the goal of bringing “some of the most innovative products and services from Twitter developers to businesses and organizations that need them most.”

The certified badge is basically a stamp of approval from Twitter for an app or platform that symbolizes compliance with Twitter guidelines.

With a recent approval of 11 additional products, the total of Twitter Certified Products now comes to 33. Read on for the full list.

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