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Archives: May 2012

Chat Live And Win Tickets To Team USA Exhibition Game In England

You can chat live tonight with Chauncey Billups, Guard for the LA Clippers during halftime of the San Antonio #Spurs versus the Oklahoma City #Thunder. It’s a big game for both sides: A ‘must win’ for the Thunder and a chance to continue a ridiculous winning streak (20 games so far) for the Spurs.

The live chat is part of a video series from American Express, called Inside the Dream, focusing on Team USA and highlighting extraordinary moments in USA Basketball.

And joining him for the chat is popular actor, director and comedian Micheal Rapaport.
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Tweet Your ‘Best Hero’ Vote For MTV Movie Awards

This Sunday, June 3, Russel Brand will be hosting MTV’s 2012 Movie Awards. It’s sure to be full of hilarious hijinks – or completely annoying depending on what kind of comedy you like.

One thing that’s new and will be interesting to watch, is the Twitter voting segment that MTV seems to be testing out. While monitoring buzz on social networks is certainly nothing new, picking an award winner purely on Twitter votes is fairly cutting edge . . . and little whacky.
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If Customers Can’t Find You Online, Will They Find Your Competitor Instead?

Even though we know that many customers reach out to brands via social media channels like Twitter and Facebook, many brands blatantly ignore these customers for some ill-advised reason. And if you’ve spent any amount of time online, you’ve probably also seen brands that do something even worse – respond rudely or act like the customer is ridiculous and wasting the company’s time with the inquiry.

Well, “the world’s leading independent IT management software company,” CA Technologies, commissioned renowned humorist Dave Blazek to explore the reality, and often the insanity, of this trend.
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Who Uses Twitter? 15% Of Online Adults, 18-29 Year Olds, Smartphone Owners, Minorities [STUDY]

Pew have updated their annual look at who is using Twitter – you may recall that in their 2011 report it was revealed that some 13 percent of online adults were using the micro-blogging platform (up from 8 percent in 2010), and that the typical user skewed towards an 18-29 year-old non-white male.

Fast-forward another year, and what has changed?

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How Twitter Can Help You Quit Smoking

Today is World “No Tobacco” Day, a World Health Organization initiative to get people to stop smoking and understand how the tobacco industry works.

Pfizer (@pfizer_news) and the Irish Heart Foundation (@Irishheart_ie)are capitalizing on the day by encouraging smokers to turn to Twitter and Facebook for help quitting, using the social support they have to help them kick the habit.
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Only 44% Of Customer Questions On Twitter Are Answered Within 24 Hours [STUDY]

Got a question about that phone you just bought? You might want to take the old-school approach and wade through option after option on the company’s customer service phone line if this new study is any indicator.

Of the customer service questions sent to the top 25 online retailers on Twitter, only 44 percent were answered within 24 hours, and only two companies are guaranteed to actually get back to you.
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80% Of Companies Use Social Media To Track Competitors [STUDY]

A new study has revealed that almost eight out of ten companies (79.2 percent) use social media sites to monitor and extract information relating to their competitors.

The survey, conducted by competitive intelligence software providers Digimind, noted that some 62.5 percent of firms use Twitter to perform this very legal yet highly beneficial corporate espionage, which was second only to LinkedIn (69.4 percent), but far ahead of Facebook (47.2 percent) and Google+ (35.2 percent).

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New Milestone For Twitter As @LadyGaga Becomes First User To Reach 25 Million Followers

Music megastar Lady Gaga has become the first Twitter user to reach 25 million followers on the network, passing the total late yesterday (Wednesday, May 30th).

Gaga was also the first Twitter user to reach 10, 15 and 20 million followers, and accumulated her latest million, whom she refers to as her Little Monsters, in 20 days.

All-told, it took Gaga just 88 days to move from 20 to 25 million followers.

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Politicians’ Deleted Tweets Are No Longer Safe Thanks To Politwoops

The Internet was never a private place, particularly not for politicians – but now they can’t even delete their tweets. It’s kind of sad really and one could feel bad for them, if this whole thing didn’t promise to be entirely hilarious.

Sure, anyone can delete a tweet, it’s not like politicians’ delete key won’t work anymore. And yes, anyone who moves fast enough can grab a screenshot before they get the tweet deleted – that’s nothing new. But the folks at Sunlight Foundation just created a handy little script that grabs only those tweets that politicians delete – and posts them. Tee hee.
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Trending Today On Twitter: Bacon And Weddings

We know that what is trending on Twitter rightthismoment will not be trending the next, and some days the stuff that’s trending just isn’t worth mentioning or paying attention to.

But some days, like today, there are some items that catch our eye. You’ll be able to find these posts, highlighting trending topics worthy of your attention, under the “Trending Today On Twitter” category (categories are right above the headline and you can find them via our search section to the right).

Without further ado, we bring you two items that are trending today on twitter, covering two topics everyone will be able to relate to in some way: bacon and weddings.
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