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Businesses, Listen Up: Twitter Users Expect You To Hear (And Respond To) Their Complaints [STUDY]

A new study should serve as a bright red warning light for any business with a dormant or lazy Twitter presence: your customers are tweeting, and they expect you to hear them.
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Sponsored Tweets Worth $63 To $134 On Average [SURVEY]

You know those tweets from celebrities, bloggers, and other influencers that seem to be hocking some product or another? Well, that’s exactly what they’re doing – and it has the potential to become big business.

Sponsored tweets are part of a fast-growing trend in social media. Increasingly, advertisers are teaming up with publishers to get the word out about their product or brand, with 62.8 percent of publishers reportedly receiving some sort of payment for a post on social media in 2011. Read more about the state of social media sponsorship below.
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Two Of Three Twitter Users Say Retailer Tweets Influence Purchase

If you’re a merchant and you’re not on Twitter, now’s the time to set up your account. Two of three Twitter users say they have made a purchase which was influenced by Twitter.
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Grandma’s Tweeting, And She Loves It

In a recent survey, grandparents were asked whether they had a social media presence, and which one(s) they used. One fifth, a surprisingly high proportion, of those surveyed had at least one social media account, and a third of those with an account used Twitter.
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Twitter Is Less Uncivil Than Fox News, Music Industry And The General Media [POLL]

Apparently, Americans think Twitter is a pretty civil network. Or at least, it’s not uncivil… and yes, there is a difference.

A recent poll suggests that Twitter is less uncivil than the mainstream media, Fox News, the music industry and professional sports. But Americans weren’t too sure about its actual level of civility, either, and rated it pretty low on the scale. So what gives? Is Twitter still such a big mystery to so many uninitiated?
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POLL: 160 Million Users Now Have #newTwitter… But What Do YOU Think Of It?

New Twitter is now available to 100% of all users – or 160 million if you’re counting – says the official Twitter blog.

As of today, everyone who uses Twitter now has access to the new Twitter. Whether you’re just signing up today or you’ve been a user for years, this new experience is finally real for everyone – all 160 million of you – and in six languages to boot.

So while we still (and will always) have plenty of work to do, we’re pleased with the positive reaction so far. People are telling us that they love that we’ve kept the timeline simple while also providing a richer experience through the details pane. You can now dive deeper into a Tweet and see more details, like recent replies, the bios of other accounts mentioned in it, and photos and videos from media partners like Flickr, YouTube, USTREAM and yfrog.

I like it, and find myself going to Twitter.com at least twice as much as before. I’m not ready to abandon HootSuite, but it’s a definite improvement over the original design. It still needs some work, but I’m hopeful they’ll expedite improvements now they have a better interface to work with.

What about you?

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POLL: Which Kind Of Retweet Do You Do?

When Twitter’s internal retweet system (code-named Project Retweet) launched late last year I was one of a number of people who was resistant to the development. I’d grown accustomed to the original retweet (RT @ or via) and being unable to edit messages to add your own flavour was a major drawback of the new mechanism.

Things change. Over time I found myself using the new system, first on a very occasional basis but later with increased frequency. I’ve also noticed that other users appear to be retweeting my stuff more and more using the new-style RT – veterans and newcomers alike.

Sometimes, a tweet is so good that all you need to do is hold it up for other people to see. Twitter’s retweet button works perfectly here.

For certain occasions I still prefer the original RT, or more commonly via, which had always been my share method of choice. I don’t think I’ll ever go completely over to the dark side until Twitter gives us at least some edit options, even if it’s just for the free characters in the tweet.

But what about you? Are you sticking hard-and-fast to the old school retweet, or did you move straight over to Twitter’s method? Perhaps, like me, you do a bit of both? Or maybe you don’t retweet at all.

Whatever your answer, please vote in the poll below, and hit the comments to share your thoughts with me.

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POLL: Which Twitter Client(s) Do You Use?

I’m interested in all the ways that you interact with Twitter, including Twitter.com and everything else.

There’s not a lot of really good data on Twitter client usage and it would be nice if we could get a lot of votes here – my goal is to see at least a 1000 responses on this page.

Please share this poll with your friends and colleagues – click here to retweet this post and help me out. Thanks!

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If you can’t see the poll, please go here to vote.

(If you selected ‘other’, please expand on this in the comments. Thank you.)

POLL: Have You Ever Bought Anything Through Twitter?

Pretty simple question – have you ever clicked on a link in Twitter and gone on to make a direct purchase because of that click?

It’s a basic yes/no, but I’d like you to really think about it before answering. Certainly don’t dismiss this out of hand without some consideration.

Remember, this can be anything that resulted in a sale being made to you because of an interaction on Twitter – for example, a link that went to a book on Amazon that you bought. Or a t-shirt. Or a video game. Or a DVD.

Or it might even be participation in an affiliate program, or maybe somebody linked an eBay auction to Twitter, and you ended up clicking on the ‘buy it now’ button.

Anything. The only important part is the process began on Twitter, and ended with a sale.

(Note that I’m not asking if you’ve ever bought anything from Twitter. Those opportunities are yet to come.)

Hit the comments to expand on what it is that you purchased. I’m genuinely curious and would love to know the role that Twitter played in that sale.

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How Important Is Twitter To YOU?

It’s been a huge year for Twitter. Huge.

Twelve months ago it was an evolving but fairly low-key social network where the most popular user had about sixty thousand followers.

Now, it’s an internet giant that has forced Facebook and Google to continually revise and re-evaluate their mission statements, and been embraced by the global media and general populace at an unprecedented level. And 220 users now have more than one million followers.

But what I want to know is: how important is Twitter to YOU?

I’d like you to consider this from the perspective of how you would feel if Twitter suddenly disappeared tomorrow. How would that make you feel? How would it impact your day-to-day life?

Please choose your answer in the poll below, and I encourage you to follow this up in the comments section.

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