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Archives: May 2011

President Obama’s Autopen Tweets About Life As The AOTUS

If you’ followed the political brouhaha in the US last week, you’ll know that President Obama “signed” a four-year renewal of the PATRIOT act using a machine while he was out of the country. And now this machine, known as an autopen, has jumped on Twitter to enlighten us about what life is like as the AOTUS.
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Twitter Introduces The Follow Button Across The Web

Twitter has just unveiled a Follow Button which allows website visitors to instantly follow Twitter accounts directly from a participating website.
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What Stars Revealing Their New Haircuts Via Twitter Says About Them

Stars have a different relationship with Twitter than you and I. Their opinions and seemingly innocuous comments can be – and often are – published within moments of them posting something.

So it’s strange that they have used the platform to debut new haircuts. After all, there is little surprise left these days about their lives, you’d think they’d want to keep it to themselves and reveal it at their next appearance. Which is probably in 15 minutes anyway. Read more

There Is A Biological Limit To How Many Friends You Can Have On Twitter [Study]

Think the more followers you accumulate, the more people you’re engaging with on Twitter? Think again. A new study has been released that suggests that there is a biological limit to how many friends you can have on social networks, and it’s probably not as high as you think.
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When A Bio Isn’t Enough: Cool Visualization Shows You What People Tweet About

If you’ve been following our advice here on AllTwitter, you’ll have a nicely targeted, accurate and succinct bio attached to your Twitter profile. But for some, reading a potential follow’s bio doesn’t shed enough insight into what they actually tweet about, and thus whether they’re worth following or not. And so enters this funky visualization tool, that will show you via a word cluster exactly what anyone you’re interested in tweets about most.

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Twitter’s Next Acquisition Might Be AdGrok, But “It’s Complicated”

Rumors have been flying that Twitter is set to make another acquisition, this time in the “under $10 million” range. The company is eying San Francisco-based AdGrok, a platform that simplifies contextual keyword bidding within Google Adwords… but the deal is currently “complicated”.
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Bye Bye, Twitpic! Twitter To Release Own Photo-Sharing Service, Announcing This Week

Photo-sharing on Twitter has become big business, with popular sites such as Twitpic and Yfrog generating millions of visits and advertising impressions on a daily basis.

Now, in a move that will once again send a warning shot across the bows of would-be developers, Twitter is poised to launch its own photo-sharing service – and the announcement could come as early as tomorrow.

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Why Twitter Removed Favorites And Lists From The Twitter.com Sidebar (And Why Almost Nobody Cares)

On Friday Twitter made some design tweaks to Twitter.com, which included the removal of the Favorites and Lists links from the home page. Both of these used to sit in the right sidebar below the data about who you were following and who was following you. Not no more. They’ve been whacked.

Fear not – they’ve not been completely erased. You can still access your lists from the menu in your main panel, and all of the sidebar information is now housed on your profile page. Visit that and you get one-click access to favorites and lists, plus that all-important list tally at the top-right of the sidebar. And if you want to add a user to a list, simply visit their profile page – this option is now controlled by the same dropdown button that lets you block somebody.

But, here’s the thing: most people won’t have picked up on this change. Others won’t care. Which leads me to ask: in the bigger picture, is this decision by Twitter indicative of something more permanent?

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Revealed: The Very First Brand On Twitter

On his official (and, finally, verified) feed, executive chairman Jack Dorsey often shares nostalgic musings, photographs and memories from days of Twitter yore, notably about early-stage development, pioneering users and other instrumental moments.

In his latest publication, Dorsey has shed some light on another important Twitter milestone – namely, the very first brand to sign up to the network.

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Twitter Myths & Hacks, New Email Spam And 500 Employees: Top 10 Twitter Stories Of The Week

Need a little weekend reading? We’ve compiled our top ten stories of the week, which includes how to turn off Twitter’s annoying new email notifications, Twitter’s escalating status as an online brand, Twitter myths, hacks and shortcuts, how to find your place in Twitter’s history and news on the company’s fast-growing workforce, which is now more than 500 employees.

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