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This Week on #Twitter: 5 Surprising Twitter Stats, 10 Social Media Facts, 15 Retweet Tips

This Week on #Twitter: 5 Surprising Twitter Stats, 10 Social Media Facts, 15 Retweet Tips

Need a little weekend reading?

We’ve compiled our top ten Twitter stories of the week, which includes 5 surprising stats you need to know to improve your Twitter strategy, a look at what people are sharing on social networks, 10 surprising social media facts, 15 Twitter tips that get more retweets and what you can expect from Twitter’s new tweet activity dashboard.

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How to Stalk Your Competitors’ Customers on Twitter

Why You Should Stalk Your Competitor's Customers on Twitter

It might sound like strange advice, but a little Twitter stalking can go a long way.

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46% of Journalists Open to Using Twitter for Press Releases [STUDY]

46% of Journalists Open to Using Twitter for Press Releases [STUDY]

Journalists get a lot of email, and a ton of that is made up of press releases.

How much? A new survey has revealed that the average reporter’s inbox picks up 50 press releases each week, with one in five being sent more than 100 missives every seven days.

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Social Media Jobs: Brooklyn Magazine, AFAR Media, Avanquest

This week, Brooklyn Magazine is hiring a social media coordinator, while AFAR Media needs an associate editor for its social media and newsletter. Avanquest is seeking a social media manager, and the National Center for Learning Disabilities is on the hunt for a social media manager. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional social media jobs on Mediabistro.

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Find more great social media jobs on our job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented AllTwitter pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Progressive Legal Group Looks At One State’s Attempt To Prevent Foreclosures

According to the loan modification lawyers at Progressive Legal Group, the U.S. has come a long way since the housing crisis of 2007-2009, but predatory lending practices continue to plague homeowners. Fortunately, new bills in Colorado reveal how legislation can effectively prevent unfair ethics.

The Denver Post reports that in April, Colorado legislators passed House Bills 1295 and 1130, which will protect homeowners from paying more than necessary to save their home, while expanding their ability to negotiate for a loan modification. Thanks to the bills’ sponsors, Rep. Beth McCann, D-Denver and Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Westminster, homeowners are protected from “dual tracking” – an unethical lending strategy where the lender pursues foreclosure even as they negotiate with the borrower.
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A Day in the Life of Bitly [INFOGRAPHIC]

A Day in the Life of Bitly [INFOGRAPHIC]

Before Twitter added its own URL shortener, t.co, to the network, pretty much everybody who wanted to use shortened links to save that precious 140 character space used Bitly.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Social Selling [INFOGRAPHIC]

A Beginner's Guide to Social Selling [INFOGRAPHIC]

Here’s an interesting statistic: according to a recent survey, 78 percent of salespeople who use social media outsell their peers.

Almost three-quarters (73 percent) who implemented social sales techniques outperformed their competitors, and 66 percent achieved a greater quota attainment for sales reps by using these methods.

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Activist Groups Petition Twitter to Reveal Its Workplace Diversity

Activist Groups Petition Twitter To Reveal Its Workplace Diversity

Twitter is being pressured by several civil rights groups to reveal a report of its workplace diversity, following similar reports from companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and LinkedIn.

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5 Simple Tips for Brands Using Twitter [INFOGRAPHIC]

5 Simple Tips for Brands Using Twitter [INFOGRAPHIC]

The average U.S. brand sends 221 tweets each week, with every message an opportunity to connect, engage with and delight customers, both new and old. But brands that are too self-promotional risk losing touch with their audience – 61 percent of people say that they’d cut social ties with a business that doesn’t provide them with relevant content.

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Just 5 Percent of Doctors Use Twitter for Professional Purposes [STUDY]

Just 5 Percent of Doctors Use Twitter for Professional Purposes [STUDY]

If you’re getting worried about that rash that just won’t go away, it’s probably not worth tweeting your doctor about it, as a new study has revealed that just one in 20 U.S. physicians use Twitter for professional purposes, reports MedData Group.

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