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Archives: July 2013

Chrome’s TweetDeck Extension Notifications Take A Hit Thanks To New API Guidelines

Chrome’s TweetDeck extension just got a horrible update.

Evidently, when the all-powerful World Wide Web Consortium introduced the web notifications API, they originally specified both plain text notifications and richer HTML-based ones, but the latter have now been removed.

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Fortune 500 Companies Are Bullish On Social Media (And Twitter Most Of All) [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that more than three-quarters (77 percent) of Fortune 500 companies have an active Twitter account, and that the most-followed Fortune 500 corporate profile on Twitter is, uh, @Facebook?

Conversely, 70 percent of Fortune 500 organisations use Facebook, 69 percent are on YouTube and one-in-three (35 percent) have a Google+ page.

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Visualizing Vine – Key Stats, Facts & Figures For Twitter’s Video App [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that 5 Vines are tweeted every second?

What if I told you that weekends are the most popular times for Vine shares, that 10-11am is the hour of the day that most Vines are sent or that a record 19,667 Vines were recorded and shared on the day of the Boston Marathon tragedy?

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Twitter Drives More Traffic To The Guardian Than Any Other Social Media Platform

Speaking at the recent #TweetsFromTheTop Twitter event for chief executives, Guardian News & Media CEO Andrew Miller announced that Twitter drives more referral traffic for key breaking news stories to The Guardian than any other social media platform.

10% of the newspaper’s online traffic currently comes from social media, and Twitter plays an integral role.

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NFL Player Tarell Brown Loses $2 Million, Fires Agent — All Because Of A Tweet

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown got some bad news recently, but not from his coach or agent – from Twitter.

The NFL player learned via a tweet from Brian McIntyre, a Yahoo! Sports NFL writer, that he was out $2 million.

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Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest – Social Media Photo Facts [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that tweets that contain a photo get more than twice the engagement of text-only posts on Twitter?

What if I told you that Facebook’s Timeline overhaul increased photo and video engagement by 65 percent, that 80 percent of pins on Pinterest are repins and blog articles with images get 94 percent more views than those without?

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Twitter Sensation “Sharknado” Coming To Movie Theaters For One Day Only

Ask and you shall receive, Twitterers.

Syfy network’s social media sensation Sharknado, a ridiculous made-for-TV movie about a tornado of sharks that rains on Los Angeles, is making the leap from small screen to big.

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Petition Calling On Twitter To Add “Report Abuse” Button Has 60K Signatures, And Counting

After feminist campaigner Caroline Criado Perez was subjected to a sustained barrage of threatening tweets over the past three days, Twitter is facing calls to take faster, and stronger, action against online abuse.

Here are the details of what’s been happening.

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Pope Beats Obama As Most Influential World Leader On Twitter, Says Study [INFOGRAPHIC]

Who’s the most influential world leader? It’s a debatable point, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more influential than U.S. president Barack Obama. Obama, of course, is on Twitter – and has been for some time – so by definition he must be the most influential head of state on there, too, right?

Wrong. At least according to one new study, which suggests that it’s Pope Francis who is actually Twitter’s most influential world leader. Pretty good going, when you consider that “he” has only been tweeting since last December.

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What’s The Future Of Twitter? More Like TV As Users Start Posting Less, Say Scholars [STUDY]

What’s the future of Twitter?

It’s a weighty, expansive question that’s proved increasingly problematic to answer in the few years since Twitter first opened its doors to an unsuspecting public back in July 2006. Partly this is because what Twitter is now shifts continuously, making it very difficult to guess where and what it will be in just a few months time.

And partly it’s because you always have the feeling that Twitter themselves don’t really know what Twitter is, which doesn’t really help.

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