In just a few years Twitter has evolved at a steady, and sometimes furious pace, and now, post IPO, and looking ahead to the future, it’s still not definitive exactly what Twitter is today, circa 2013, or what it is going to be become.
As I’ve always said, Twitter can and always has been a million different things to a million different people, and that may never change. But for organisations, certainly those in the business of media, such as TV, music, sports, news and government agencies, Twitter’s role is perhaps clearer. But even then, it’s good to know where to start.
Twitter rolled out an app update for iOS and Android this week with new search filters and increased focus on conversations surrounding TV.
Below, a walkthrough of the new Twitter app features.
This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s public assassination, and History is commemorating the tragic event by tweeting the President’s final days leading up to the shooting.
In a move that’s typically Twitter, the company has removed the option for users to receive a direct message (DM) from any of their followers without needing to follow them back – just one month after enabling it.
Twitter’s initial public offering (IPO) was, by all accounts, a huge success. The company sold millions of shares at its asking price of $26 dollar a piece and, at the time of writing, has a market capitalisation of $23.96 billion.
Of course, Twitter is still, relatively, a small company, and with that amount of cash being pumped into the firm, a lot of people did rather well. Indeed, by one estimate, some 1,600 Twitter employees are now millionaires or better. That’s the good news. The bad? Collectively, they owe more than two billion dollars in tax.
Q&As on Twitter, where users ask questions and receive answers from popular profiles, have become an effective way for celebrities, brands and persons of interest to raise awareness of themselves, plus (of course) their products and services.
Usually, the Twitter Q&A goes down pretty well. But it doesn’t work for everybody, as JPMorgan found out to their cost yesterday.