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Archives: December 2010

Perfect Tweets, The Twitter Below, Road House, TweetRank & Malcolm Gladwell (Best Of Twittercism 2010)

When I first started writing this article I had originally planned to list my ten favourite articles on Twittercism in 2010. As I started to put the post together I found that ten wasn’t enough. I know this statement has ‘monster ego’ written all over it, and to some extent that’s 100 per cent accurate, but if you’re a fellow blogger or a writer then you’ll know how it feels when you’re asked to edit or be selective about your own content, even if it’s an instruction from yourself. It’s hard.

Yes, I wrote all of these pieces. But they feel like my babies.

So, I compromised, and kept in everything I thought was pretty good, and separated all the posts into categories.

  • Get Better At Twitter
  • The Business Of Twitter
  • Twitter Etiquette
  • Your Twitter Identity
  • Followers & Following
  • Twitter Improvements (aka, Whinging & Moaning)
  • Twitter Security
  • Twitter Clients
  • Opinion (And Everything Else)

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Twitter Time Warp: Top 5 Presidential Ghosts on Twitter

Twitter is new — relatively speaking. At least, all Twitter users are new compared to legendary historical figures you read about. But history and Twitter are not incompatible; many creative social media types have found ways to make those important people who are no longer with us come alive again on the internet.

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Who is the Typical Twitter User? [Infographic]

The anatomy of a Twitter user is interesting stuff: he’s male, between 18 and 29, Hispanic, and lives in an urban area. At least, that’s according to the latest Twitter infographic from FlowTown.
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Twittercism: The 10 Most Popular Posts Of 2010

If there’s been one consistent theme that’s brought new people to Twittercism via Google in 2010, it’s been finding answers to why they have been blocked by others on Twitter. Or, after having blocked somebody themselves, why it doesn’t make all that much of a difference.

Here are the top 10 most popular posts on Twittercism as determined by pageviews in 2010.

  1. How To Tell If You’ve Been Blocked On Twitter
  2. A Block On Twitter Isn’t A Block At All
  3. Twitter 101
  4. Alan Davies And Stephen Fry: When Celebrities Fail At Twitter
  5. Are You Missing From Twitter Search?
  6. “I Wanted To Send You A Direct Message, But You’re Not Following Me…”
  7. Twitter Gets More Direct With Letting You Know When You’ve Been Blocked
  8. How To Write The Perfect Tweet
  9. HOWTO: Delete All (Or Lots) Of Your Direct Messages On Twitter… Including The Ones You’ve Sent
  10. HOWTO: Clean Up Your Twitter Feed By Removing Inactive Accounts

Note that not all of these articles were written in 2010 – it’s simply a list of the entries that received the most views throughout the year.

Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my personal favourite Twittercism posts of 2010.

Why Twitter Rocks at Making You a Better Newspaper Reader

Newspapers are dying. Ironically, it’s all over the news — but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a healthy dose of journalism anymore. Blogging and other forms of social media have replaced the hard copy newspapers we all used to pay for, but in many cases, these new media sources teach us more about what makes for quality content. Tweets aren’t just replacing newspapers; they’re making us better at reading the news.

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Four Celebrities Died This Week… But Only On Twitter

This holiday season was a big one for false celebrity death reports. Skiing accidents seemed to be the favorite way to see your favorite celebrity die on Twitter, but drug overdoses and mistaken identities were popular too. There have been at least four high-profile (but completely false) death reports on Twitter since Christmas, and we’ll take a look at these rumors below.
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Top 10 Twitter Infographics of 2010

Twitter revealed some pretty interesting information about its demographics, content, accounts and other features this year, and many intrepid designers decided to put these facts and figures into infographics. We take a look at the top 10 Twitter infographics of 2010 below, in no particular order.
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Twitter in 2011: The Year of Spam Accounts, Breaking News and Micro-Prayers

New Year’s Eve. A time for hope.  A time to start over.  A time to consume enough cups of good-cheer to make us wake up on New Years Day to a timeline of sloppy Tweets, telling our followers that we love them, …or hate them.  …or that we are IN love with them.
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New Twitter App Makes Following Fashion a Breeze

If you’re into fashion, you’ll want to check out this new app: ASOS Follows Fashion gives you 140-characters-at-a-time access to fashion’s most influential thinkers.
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“Twitter is basically an insignificance awareness engine” [VIDEO]

While some think that Twitter is a revolutionary new technology, others are less kind: YouTuber somegreybloke sees it as a slightly upgraded way to be ignored by celebrities.
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