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Posts Tagged ‘Share’

All Links 20 Characters Or More Are Now Being Shortened With Twitter’s “t.co”

Like Bit.ly? Unfortunately, it might be going the way of Twitpic and the dinosaurs soon, if Twitter has anything to do with it.

Today officially marks the day that all links on Twitter which are greater than or equal to 20 characters will be automatically shortened using t.co, Twitter’s own URL shortener. And by automatic, we do mean automatic – you don’t have a say in this whatsoever.
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10 Awesome Twitter Tools for Musicians (And Music-Lovers, Too!)

Twitter is a great way to share content, and what better content is there than your favorite band or some tracks you’ve put together yourself? We’ve compiled a list of 10 great Twitter tools for musicians and music-lovers to share what they love with their followers. So crack out those headphones, get your toes ready for tapping, and check out these tools!

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When Should You Thank Someone for a Retweet?

The short answer is: never. But, as with anything social media-related, this rule can be bent and broken with a little know-how. Thanking someone for their retweet is a sticky issue on Twitter, but we’ve got some advice if you want to acknowledge those loyal followers who consistently share your stuff.
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Private Trading Increases Twitter’s Valuation to $7.7 Billion

Private investors have pushed Twitter’s valuation up to $7.7 billion, which is more than twice its valuation just three months ago.
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Find Out What’s Being Shared on Twitter with Twittersphere

If you love Twitter because of its simplicity and the cool links that get passed around, prepare to be amazed: Twittersphere is one of the simplest, but most addictive, Twitter tools out there. It shows you the most-talked about stories on Twitter right now, so you can get into the conversation.
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Twitter Doesn't Need 'Like'. Friendfeed's Like Is Dumb. Twitter Needs 'Share'

Twitter’s API Lead Alex Payne has been speaking at the Twitter 140 Conference and I’ve already written today about his announcement that Twitter might be adding geo-referencing data to all tweets – you can vote on my poll about this here.

Alex also mentioned that Twitter will add a new feature similar to the ‘like’ option on Friendfeed and Facebook, which lets users vote up a submission. Twitter already has a ‘favourite’ feature which allows us to save any tweets we desire (I keep all my ‘links of the day’ in mine) but it’s not heavily-used by members, possibly because it isn’t heavily profiled. There’s been a lot of talk on Friendfeed about how good their ‘like’ feature is to Twitter’s ‘favourites’, and as Robert Scoble, arguably the single-greatest Friendfeed advocate on the planet, took the interview with Alex Payne, one has to wonder who did most of the pitching. ;)

(Alex also stated that Twitter might be adding comments to tweets, which is also a feature on Friendfeed and Facebook, as well as Plurk. I’m fine with this, although I’d very much prefer if it came in threaded messaging format, with a reply link on each comment, as on Friendfeed in particular long runs of responses can be a real pain to follow.)

Here’s my concern, though: the ‘like’ feature is dumb. Really dumb.

It’s dumb on Friendfeed, and it’s even dumber on Facebook, where users regularly ‘like’ things like plane crashes, bomb explosions, the death of Mike Tyson’s daughter and many other tragedies. Depeche Mode fans seem to like the cancellation of concerts, and I also regularly see people liking things that are about them, or that they have written and others have then submitted. Keep that ego in check, won’t you?

It’s not really their fault, as the ‘like’ is essentially the only option they have. But grammatically, and in any reasonable measure of decency when it concerns traumatic events, like is a major fail.

Twitter doesn’t need a like. What it needs is a share.

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