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Oprah’s Tweet Lands Her In Hot Water With Nielsen

She might be known for her ridiculous generosity on her former talk show, but Oprah Winfrey has landed herself in hot water with Nielsen by asking her fans on Twitter to give her something: their ratings.
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25 Twitter Accounts Now Have More Than One Million Followers

Only ten weeks have passed since considerable fanfare was attributed to Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) becoming the first Twitter account to surpass one million followers, beating CNN (@cnnbrk) in the process, which hit the magic number shortly afterwards.

Since then, another twenty-three accounts on the network have moved beyond seven digits; fittingly, @Google is the latest, and they celebrated the occasion earlier today with this tweet.

25 Twitter Accounts Now Have More Than One Million Followers

Moreover, four Twitter users now have more than two million followers – Kutcher, Ellen Degeneres (@TheEllenShow), Britney Spears (@BritneySpears) and CNN. Kutcher is quite a ways in front – some 300,000 on Ellen – and @Oprah should join this group in a couple of weeks.

At the back of the pack, @NPRPolitics should be the next account to breach one million, with @Mashable and @MCHammer duking it out for the #27 spot.

I’ve discussed the benefits of breaching the one million mark – it’s a big deal for anybody with something to promote, like a brand or a blog. Even if we assume the relevancy and interests within these networks is quite small, such as 10-20 per cent, that’s still a huge number of people who will click on your links, certainly over the course of a month. Despite what many think, it does matter, and as these numbers build to 10, 20 million, and more, over the next year or two, the people at the top of this hill are going to have enormous power and influence, if only in all the websites they break with a single re-tweet.

Hey, Twitter – I’m A Real Person. Are You Going To Verify My Account, Too?

Yesterday, Twitter started to roll out the verification of accounts, a process they first mentioned on June 6, on the official blog.

The experiment will begin with public officials, public agencies, famous artists, athletes, and other well known individuals at risk of impersonation. We hope to verify more accounts in the future but due to the resources required, verification will begin only with a small set.

Please note that this doesn’t mean accounts without a verification seal are fake–the vast majority of Twitter accounts are not impersonators. Another way to determine authenticity is to check the official web site of the person for a link back to their Twitter account.

Already, a lot of celebrities have been given the seal of approval, including Ashton Kutcher, Shaquille O’Neal, Marvel’s @Agent_M, MC Hammer, Oprah Winfrey and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

@aplusk

Some businesses, brands and organisations have also been given the early nod, including The Whitehouse. It’s clearly a work in progress, as a lot of names you’d expect to have been verified very quickly – like, say Al Gore – have not, while a few surprising ones have made the early cut.

Curiously, @mashable has been verified, while @Techcrunch has not. Somewhere, Mike Arrington is seriously pissed.

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Twitter: The Best Of The Week (April 18-24, 2009)

This is a weekly series that looks at the best Twitter-related stories, news and articles within the Twittersphere over the last seven days. You can read previous entries in our archives.

Oprah

Oprah finally submitted her first tweet to the Twittersphere, and quickly received a lesson in social media from Shaquille O’Neal. It wasn’t long before she had an army of followers some half-a-million strong, giving a massive boost to the entire Twitter network. At the time of writing she is following 10 people, most of which are celebrities.

Here Before Oprah?

Were you on Twitter before Oprah joined? What about Ashton? Does it matter?

Researchers Turn Thoughts Into Tweets

The University of Wisconsin’s Neural Interfaces lab has built something that’s not far short of a miracle – a software system that reads brain patterns and converts those signals into Twitter updates.

Five Ways To Get Your Questions Answered On Twitter

Five sites that scan Twitter’s hive mind for the solutions to your problems, courtesy of Mashable. (Also from Mashable: “The Seven Ways To Approach Twitter“.)

Twitter Changes The Rules

As of April 20, Twitter has changed the number of accounts that a single user can follow in a day to 1000. It seems wise, but unless those people follow you back, what exactly can you do with that? Hard to spam somebody who isn’t following you.

Ignore Twitter At Your Peril

It’s been a big week for scandal. Amazon, Dominos and CNN all had some damage repair to take care of, thanks to events that broke and had legs on Twitter.

Twitter Personality Test

Have your Twitter personality tested with Twanalyst. Seems everybody who does more than a handful of submissions a day is a spammer.

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