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Way, way back in the heady days of April, 2013, spoken word poet and hip hop artist Scroobius Pip made a very bold promise on Twitter.
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We’ve compiled our top ten Twitter stories of the week, which includes a study that shows that Snapchat is now more popular than Twitter amongst the key 18-34 demographic, news that Twitter has removed the ability to translate tweets, a decision tree that will help you find out if your business is ready for social media, data that shows just how poorly women are represented in Silicon Valley tech jobs and why you should shut down your Twitter account if you’re not tweeting.
Not active on Twitter? Here’s why it’s better to shut down your account than to leave it dormant.
Twitter recently unveiled its latest diversity statistics, which revealed that the company has a 70-30 split of men to women, with that ratio moving to 50-50 in non-technical roles.
But what about tech jobs? Like at many other companies in Silicon Valley, women remain vastly underrepresented in this field, with just one in 10 occupying tech positions at Twitter.
Jason King has been a barista at the Embassy Suites Starbucks in Chicago for a little over a year, and says he likes working there because it’s a good place to meet interesting people.
“You never know who you’ll meet,” says Jason. “Former President Bill Clinton, Christian Slater and Mila Kunis have all come in here. I was just telling my mom the two people I really want to meet are David Bowie and Katy Perry.”
On Tuesday, August 12th, King was working his shift as normal when he say the name “Katheryn” on a cup. He looked up at the customer, smiled, then realised that she looked very familiar.
Twitter started verifying users back in 2009, largely to combat the problem of impostor accounts and to establish the authenticity of key individuals and brands on the platform. It’s a fairly simple system that (bar one or two hiccups) works: any account with a blue verified badge on their Twitter profile is a verified account.
This week Twitter launched two new features for verified users: notifications when another verified user follows them, plus the option to filter their followers so only verified users are visible on iOS.
With all the mommy blogger hype, you’d think that moms would be flocking to Twitter, Facebook and other social networks to do their back-to-school shopping. But a new study says otherwise.