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What Exactly Is An ‘Active’ Twitter User (And How Many Of Those Do They Have)?

Last week we looked at some research from Twitter account tracker Twopcharts, which stated that Twitter had passed the 300 million user mark.

Twopcharts made this calculation by observing that all Twitter profiles are registered sequentially, starting with the first way back in March 2006, and by monitoring registration dates from Twitter accounts and their IDs, the 300 million number seemed solid.

However, this clashes with user stats released from Twitter themselves, who pegged their network at 200 million profiles in February – a number they’re clinging on to in their business pages. 100 million new users in three months? Not bloody likely.

So, what gives? How many users does Twitter actually have, how many of those are actively using the service and, more importantly, what the heck is an active Twitter user, anyway?

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Twitter Passes 300 Million Users, Seeing 9.2 New Registrations Per Second. (Allegedly.)

Twitter has just passed 300 million users and is now seeing a heady 9.2 new profiles being registered each and every second, says Twitter account tracker Twopcharts, who calculated the data based on registered user IDs.

The important word you’re looking for? Allegedly.

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Twitter Can Be As Much About Letting Go As It Is About Connecting

Next Monday, March 8th, I’ll have been on Twitter for two years.

I’d love to be able to see my first tweet, lame as it inevitably was, but unfortunately Twitter limits back-searches of your tweets to the last 3,200, so that’s not possible. Still, if the mood takes you, you can see some of my stuff from about a year ago here.

(Check your own early tweets at MyTweet16. If you’ve made less than 3,200 updates, you should be able to see your very first submission.)

Recently I’ve been thinking back to my early days on Twitter, when my network size (follower and following) was less than 150 people. There was a core group of maybe thirty to forty contacts there, and, even beyond how everybody is permanently connected on the network, we were all interlinked, regularly sharing and discussing links, concepts and ideas.

I’m pleased to say that I’m still in close touch with many of these people, and still consider them the core of my network. Predominately, these aren’t business contacts, or clients, or associates. They’re friends, which I think is the critical component of any community. More importantly, they’re friends I’ve made through Twitter.

But there are others – many others, and I’m sure this is true for most of us – who for various reasons I have had to let go (or they have let go of me). Occasionally, I will be reminded of these individuals by a retweet of somebody who is still connected, or perhaps an old screen-capture on this website. For a moment, I’ll reminisce about what once was, or might have been. I’ll remember conversations that took place, and jokes that were shared.

I’ll wonder – who lost touch with whom? Did I stop engaging, or did they?

The thing is – knowing when you should unconnect from somebody on Twitter is as important as actually getting together in the first place. Certainly if you feel like you’re struggling to find a reason as to why you’re still following another person, it’s absolutely necessary for you to part ways. In fact, it’s essential.

There’s no obligation here. Sometimes, the most rewarding and intense relationship experiences can also be quite fleeting. None of us can be everything to everybody all of the time. If you’ve parted company from another individual, most of the time it was the right thing to do. The fact that you’ve done it at all is usually all the proof you’ll ever need.