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You Said What To Whom!? Track Twitter Conversations With Bettween.com

Track Twitter Conversations With Bettween.comThis is actually pretty cool, and it’s one of those things that really should come built right into Twitter.

Bettween.com lets you track conversations between any two Twitter users. Simply punch in their names (or click on one of the pre-selected pairings on the front page) and away you go.

Track Twitter Conversations With Bettween.com

Alternatively, if you enter just one name in the first search box (yours, for example), the site will track down every person you’ve ever have a conversation with, and you can then read those marvellous discussions at your leisure.

Track Twitter Conversations With Bettween.com

Track Twitter Conversations With Bettween.com

Using the magic of Twitter’s API, it even goes back further than the seven-day limitations imposed by Twitter’s (fairly rubbish, at least in this aspect) search function.

It can take a few minutes to find all your tweets the first time you use it, but once pre-loaded, Bettween.com promises to be a lot faster next time.

The site is still in beta, and I’m sure there are one or two bugs waiting to spring on the unsuspecting, but this is a handy tool, and while I’ve seen other Twitter conversation trackers before, they haven’t felt quite as natural as this.

I like it. Have a play around and see what you think.

(Check out the press release here.)

Would You Like To Work At Twitter? Good News: They're Hiring

Twitter currently has 27 job vacancies.

In what, you ask? Pretty much everything, including administration, analytics, business development, media, engineering, internationalization, IT & website operations, API, research, design and search.

Twitter Is Hiring

You can basically take your pick. It’s all part of the big expansion towards profitability that Biz Stone talked about back in November.

And if you want to know why you might like to work at Twitter, you can read the pitch here.

(Thanks to @Hulkster1970 for the scoop.)

Twitter Traffic +1.45% For December 2009, Facebook +2.95%, Tweetmeme +6.89%, Friendfeed -12.46%

This is a monthly series that looks at visitor data for all the major social networks as calculated by Compete.com. Compete is USA-biased, and certainly in the case of Twitter the visitor numbers are distorted by the openness of Twitter’s API and the numerous Twitter software clients, but on a like-for-like basis the numerics have value and warrant investigation. Please refer to previous installments in this series for a more detailed overview.

After several months of flat to negative growth, social media saw something of a rebound in December, according to figures released by Compete.com.

Twitter posted a +1.45% gain on unique visitors, to 22,808,321, and 133,636,767 visits overall. This was the first uptick for Twitter since August of this year, and that month remains the network’s peak.

Twitter Traffic +1.45% For December, Facebook +2.95%, Tweetmeme +6.89%, LinkedIn +2.84%, Friendfeed -12.46%

Facebook also saw gains, adding +2.95%, or 132,130,132 unique visits, and 2,712,334,571 overall. This is a new all-time high for Facebook, and followed a dip of almost half a percent in November.

Twitter Traffic +1.45% For December, Facebook +2.95%, Tweetmeme +6.89%, LinkedIn +2.84%, Friendfeed -12.46%

Twitter link aggregator Tweetmeme continued it’s incredible growth, adding +6.89% in December, to 1,268,501 unique visitors, and 3,503,804 overall.

Twitter Traffic +1.45% For December, Facebook +2.95%, Tweetmeme +6.89%, LinkedIn +2.84%, Friendfeed -12.46%

LinkedIn had the best net gain month-to-month, adding +2.84% to 14,879,386 uniques, and 51,215,574 overall, and now closes in on the October highs.

MySpace enjoyed a modest rebound, adding +1.53% uniques to 49,326,638, and a still-impressive 554,221,540 overall.

Even Plurk saw decent growth in December, grabbing back +10.90% of unique visitors, to 224,160, and 824,941 overall.

Meanwhile, Friendfeed lost a sizeable -12.46% of visitors, registering only 483,329 uniques in December, and just over one million overall. Friendfeed has now lost more than half of all visitor traffic since the August 2009 highs, and unless new owners Facebook make a bold attempt to re-energise the flagging aggregator, it seems probable that it won’t be around this time next year.

It’s too early to say if this modest rebound on social media traffic is the start of something more significant, or simply a dead cat bounce. Moreover, as mentioned Compete.com data has a large USA-bias, and does not include usage of Twitter in external clients, such as TweetDeck and Seesmic Desktop.

Indeed, globally Twitter appears to be zooming in on the peaks seen earlier in the year, and it will be interesting to see if 2010 means the start of another huge uptrend in social media traffic, similar to that witnessed throughout most of 2009.

Five Predictions For Twitter In 2010

Twitter has come a long, long way in 2009, maturing from a simple status updating service to a fully-fledged news broadcasting system that is as pivotal and informative to the global media as it is to the general public. The social network is now arguably the hottest thing on the internet as we move into the heady days of 2010.

As any network grows, it’s forced to change and adapt. Here are five predictions I’m making that we will see on Twitter in 2010.

Twitter Will Start To Become Profitable

Twitter Will Start To Become Profitable In 2010Twitter’s deals with Microsoft and Google in 2009 mean that a good chunk of money is finally hitting their bank accounts. Other features they’ll add in 2010, including premium accounts for businesses (see below), improved metrics and a deeper (and billable) integration into television and other mainstream media, will ensure the pot never runs dry.

It won’t be huge in 2010, but I would expect $150-250m in profit by the end of the year.

(If they’re not making at least $100m in clear profit, my gut tells me they’ll be bought.)

The Difference Between Media And Social Media Will Continue To Blur

The Difference Between Media And Social Media Will Continue To BlurI’ve written about this in some detail before, and we already saw significant evidence of this in 2009, but as the newspaper industry is forced to adapt a ‘live or die’ attitude to survive the difference between old and social media will blur to a point of invisibility. Already many major newspapers (The Telepgraph, New York Times, The Guardian and, yes, amazingly, The Daily Mail) are seeing and capitalising on the value of internet-appealing editorials and reportage, be that in the form of using Twitter (and other networks) to break and share news first, or through good old-fashioned link bait.

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What Do Twitter Lists Say About YOU?

An interesting diversion: MustExist, a “MustExist, a “Silicon Valley start-up developing cool apps for the Real Time Web”, have put together a neat little tool that allows you to quickly and easily see how you’re perceived within Twitter.

Simply enter your username in the box (no password necessary), click submit, and the site will scan every list to which you’ve been added and generate a list of all the tags that people have used to classify you. As is standard, the bigger and bolder the font used to display a given tag, the more weight it has.

For example, here’s me:

What Do Twitter Lists Say About YOU?

No real surprises there: most people add me to lists that concern Twitter, social media and technology, likely because I tweet about all of these things on a (very) regular basis.

The tool throws up some curios, too. I’ve also been tagged under sex, lighthouse, politics, pranksters and, uh, murder. Further investigation reveals that these are not as left-field as it might seem, but still… it gives one pause.

What do Twitter lists say about you? Visit MustExist to find out, and then let me know your top tags, as well as the most bizarre, in the comments.

Happy New Year To All Twittercism Readers

So, 2010 is finally upon us, and I’m still not sure how I’m meant to be pronouncing it. Two thousand ten? Two thousand and ten? Twenty ten? Two-oh-one-oh?

(Probably not that last one.)

This is just a quick post to wish all of my readers a happy new year. I hope you get everything that you want, and more.

In 2010, I have big plans for Twittercism. Over the last few months I think I’ve began to really find my feet on this blog, and have worked out the types of content and kinds of posts that people like to see and read.

I also plan to a do a bit of a redesign in the near term (I really, really want a logo), and may make this a competition of sorts. So, if you’re a a designer, and can come up with a fantastic logo for Twittercism, I want to hear from you!

I also have plans to start at least one more social media blog in 2010, and will of course notify Twittercism readers of this in due course (you guys are the first ones to hear about this, and likely will be the very first to see it.)

I’d also like to see more guest posts on Twittercism in 2010. If you have an idea for a Twitter-related article that fits in with the theme of this blog, give me a shout.

Thanks again to all my readers. Happy new year! :)

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