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Twitter: The Best Of The Week (May 23-29, 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.

Twitter Trips on Its Rapid Growth

So says the Wall Street Journal. Twitter’s user-base has jumped from around 1.6 million to an estimated 32.1 million in a year, but the company still boasts less than 50 employees. “For the entire [three-year] history of the company, most of the resources have gone to managing growth and that is still the case,” says co-founder Evan Williams.

Paper Tweets

Fun projects like this always seem to spring up around social media. They rarely last, but still: fun. Twitter on Paper is a free service that allows you to request a handwritten, one-of-a-kind paper edition of a tweet that is mailed to your home. Why? Well, there’s the question.

Topsy

Topsy is a search-engine that is powered entirely by tweets. Here’s what it has to say about me. As you can see, amongst other things, Topsy rates a given user’s influence on Twitter, using re-tweets as a kind of virtual currency.

Google Twave

Google Wave generated enormous buzz this week, and if it’s as good as it looks we could well be seeing the beginning of the end for Facebook and Twitter as well. Meantime, check out Twave, an extension for Google Wave that allows you to manage tweets in unique ways.

New York Times Appoints First Social Media Editor

This story isn’t about Twitter per se, but it’s definitely related as Jennifer Preston has been appointed the first Social Media Editor of the New York Times. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Location, Location, Location

This week, Twitter announced that they may soon be adding comments and ‘likes’ as new functionality on the network – the latter of which I detest and wrote about here – as well as attaching controversial geo-referencing metadata to each tweet.

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Twitter: The Best Of The Week (May 16-22, 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.

Twitter Surges Past Digg, LinkedIn, The NY Times And Bebo

Twitter had some 32 million visitors in April, 2009, up from 19 million in March. That’s an incredible jump – can it maintain the pace in May? We’ll have to wait and see, but April’s stats were enough to put it above some big sites on the interwebs, including Digg. People keep talking about how Twitter may be a threat to RSS, but you have to think the folks in real trouble are Kevin Rose, and competitors like Reddit and Delicious.

I use a lot of social bookmarking sites to find great content to share, which effectively cuts out the middleman for a lot of my network. If I had a button for all the times I’ve been told that the @Sheamus account is ‘like a mini-Digg’, I’d have enough for a duffle-coat.

Kitty Twitter

@Sockington becomes the first cat – nay, the first animal, if you don’t count Ryan Seacrest – to amass half a million followers on Twitter. Yeah, I don’t get it either. Meantime, eleven accounts on Twitter can now boast more than one million followers – @TheEllenShow has moved past @cnnbrk to the #2 spot, while Oprah, at #11, got there faster than anybody else.

As for @Sockington, there is only one solution.

Why I Unfollowed 45,000 People On Twitter

Explains Seth Simonds, and while his actions are perhaps a little extreme, his reasons are fairly valid. It’s important to optimise your network, and to make sure it stays relevant, and I think that’s going to become a big focus for a lot of users towards the end of this year. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: better to have 500 people who care about what you say, than 50,000 who couldn’t care less.

Twitter Tees

I’m huge on Twitter. Well, that’s what the t-shirt says, so it must be true.

http://twitter.threadless.com/These pretty cool tees are made by Threadless, who just might be doing some business with Twitter.

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Twitter: The Best Of The Week (May 9-15, 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.

The Twitter @Replies Fiasco

Earlier this week, in a “small settings update“, Twitter removed the facility for users to tweak the options that determine how they see replies on the network. Previously there were three settings available to members – all @ replies, @ replies to the people I’m following, or no replies at all. Twitter adjusted this so that only the second option was available as an unchangeable default.

Well, that was the plan. Even though only 2-3 per cent of all users liked the ‘all replies’ feature, the wave of protest was so strong that the Twitter founders were forced to respond and address the issue. Well, in part, at least. Some good may come out of it yet, but in just 48 hours Twitter’s PR and approval rating took a major nosedive.

Related stories: Ajax Blog, Mashable, TechCrunch.

Celebrity Twitter Overkill

From the folks who bought you “Twouble With Twitters”, comes “Celebrity Twitter Overkill“, which like its predecessor is uncomfortably on the money.

Codename: Squirrel

This week, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey announced his latest venture, which is code-named Squirrel. What is it? Uh, some kind of iPhone payments system. Can’t wait.

Twitter Trends

Twitter Trends is an oldish feature that only recently has made its way to everybody’s home page on the network. Essentially, it tracks the ten most popular themes or ‘trends’ on the platform at any given time.

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Twitter: The Best Of The Week (May 2-8, 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.

“I Don’t Get Twitter”

You’re not alone, as this URL, which forwards to a Twitter search, will testify.

(Incidentally, if you’re one of these folk, and you know somebody who doesn’t get Twitter, please check out my Twitter 101 section.)

Everybody Is Buying Twitter

All sorts of rumours about how Twitter was ‘definitely’ being sold to X, Y and Z this week, including Apple. Others suggested Microsoft not only should buy Twitter, but must. Problem is, according to co-founder Biz Stone, they’re not for sale.

Tweeting To The Converted

We’ll never know, but that hasn’t stopped a pastor in Jackson, Michigan, from bringing Twitter to church.

Twitter Is The New RSS

More than that, some are saying that RSS is already in the process of dying. Others disagree.

100 Of The Best Authors On Twitter

A little while ago I made the observation that there didn’t seem to be any world-famous, best-selling novelists on Twitter – folk like Stephen King, Stephanie Myer, Tom Clancy, Dean Koontz and J.K. Rowling.

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Twitter: The Best Of The Week (April 25-May 1, 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.

When Did You Join Twitter?

Now you can easily find out. Me? March 8, 2008.

Real-Life Twitter

CollegeHumour.com is the very definition of hit and miss, but this parody is worth a moment of your time, if only to illustrate how many people still don’t get that it’s not (just) about inane status updates. That said, a lot of folk still use Twitter as an extension to Facebook, and this might be a little too close to home.

You Can Catch Swine Flu On Twitter

Actually, you can’t, but the stream’s reaction to the Swine Flu ‘pandemic’ this week was nicely spoofed by xkcd.

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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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Twitter: The Best Of The Week (April 11-17, 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.

Twitter Gets Hacked By A Worm (And His Name Was Michael Mooney)

This past week was really all about one thing: worms. Twitter got hit hard and fast last Easter weekend, and for a little while things looked pretty bleak. I did my part by helping out folk with the cure, but is this just the beginning, and what can you do to protect yourself?

Twitter Goes Pay-Per-Tweet, And Big Business Is Buying

Magpie is a new pay-per-tweet service on Twitter. It’s got many up-in-arms, but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Apple, Skype and others signing up. What exactly is going on?

How Fast Can You Tweet?

Not sure? Check out Fast140.com and find out. (Note: some people are clearly cheating.)

Every Time You Tweet, A Kitten Is Killed

The Daily Mail did its usual bit for humanitarianism by claming that Twitter can make you immoral, after scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) made vague suggestions that the rapid updates on Twitter could lead to some folk never fully experiencing “emotions about other people’s psychological states and that would have implications for your morality.”

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Twitter: The Best Of The Week (April 4-April 10, 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.

Flutter: The New Twitter?

An Explosion In Twitter Traffic

Twitter reached an estimated 14 million users in the USA alone this week. ComScore and others had a look at the traffic, and the average Twitter user is older than you might think.

Create Your Own Twitter Giveaway With Twiveaway.com

Giveaways and competitions on blogs are an easy and proven way to raise traffic and subscribers. Does it work on Twitter? I haven’t tested the service myself, but Twiveaway claims to make it easy.

URL Shorteners

Which URL shortening service should you use, and are they useful?

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Twitter: The Best Of The Week (March 28-April 3, 2009)

This is a new weekly feature. Check out previous Twitter highlights here and here.

The Growth of Twitter

Twistimage.com has some fantastically-detailed stats looking at the growth of Twitter (which includes an incredible 1,382% year-over-year growth).

Twitter tweaks replies…

Replies on Twitter are now ‘mentions‘, with the system now tracking any reference to your username (i.e., @sheamus), made at any point within a tweet, and not just at the beginning as previously. This is a positive and logical step-forward, and you can read my thoughts here.

… and hire’s ex-Google designer

Twitter hires Doug Bowman, former Visual Design Lead at Google, as their Creative Director.

Is Guy Kawasaki Single-Handedly Ruining Twitter?

If Kawasaki’s recommended approach to using the network becomes the norm, quite possibly, so says Traffic.com.

April Fool’s Day

Twitter was hit hard by japesters for almost the entire day; technically the cut-off point for April Fool’s jokes didn’t come to pass until midday in Hawaii. Here’s some of the best:

Twitter Unveils The ‘Discovery Engine’

Which basically means they’ve added the real-time search box to the homepage for some users (it’s slowly being phased in for the rest).

Is Google Buying Twitter?

Rumours that Google were in the latter stages of an attempt to purchase Twitter (for a rumoured $250-500m) proved unfounded, but got a lot of folk twitching, with some speculating Twitter wouldn’t sell even for a cool $1 billion.

Twitter: The Best Of The Week (March 21-27, 2009)

These are the best Twitter stories of the past seven days. Did you see all this cool stuff?

(This is a new weekly feature. Click here for last week.)

Happy Birthday Twitter!

Twitter turned three years old on Saturday, 21 March, and much celebration was to be had. The party was great, wasn’t it? All that free beer and food, the dancing girls were amazing, and that preview of Iron Man 2 was unreal.

What? Oh. Ah. Awkward. Maybe your invite ended up in your spam folder?

The 14 Types of Twitter Personalities

Allegedly, there are fourteen different kinds of personality on Twitter. Which one are you? Click here to find out.

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