Market research specialists Lab42 surveyed 500 Twitter users over the age of 18 to find out how they use the network – specifically, why they decided to start using Twitter, how often they access it (and from where), how often they tweet, how they find people to follow (and how they are) and how they interact with brands.
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In past columns we’ve looked at several different ways to use the Twitter API to search, post tweets and various other Twitter related functions. The console at http://dev.twitter.com/console is another useful way to access Twitter functionality. The console provides access to basically all of the API functions. It can be used to research functionality and Twitter data, debug issues in API calls for your own applications or even design calls for those apps. This powerful and easy to use tool is made by Apigee. They have a version posted on their own site along with an informative getting started video outlining the major features.
Over the past week or so I’ve seen a picture of a dead baby, witnessed some full frontal nudity, and seen a snapshot of a mom feeding her baby while (**clears throat awkwardly**) giving her man “oral pleasure”. But the biggest surprise of all is that I didn’t find these pictures on some snuff or pornography site. I stumbled across them inadvertently while checking out the Trending Topics on Twitter.
Over on the official Twitter blog there’s a post about an expansion on the local trends feature on Twitter.com, which has added 70 new countries and cities to the resource.
We first launched Trends as a useful way for people to find out what topics are being talked about around the world, right now. Early last year, we added Local Trends to make it easier to find more locally relevant topics in specific countries and metropolitan locations. Today, we’re adding Trends for more than 70 new cities and countries – bringing the total number of locations to more than 100.
2010 saw massive growth for Twitter, as well as the introduction of an advertising platform and more mainstream attention. While these and other changes over the past year were big news for Twitter, we think 2011 will bring even more change to the microblogging service.
Twitter has released the top 10 trends of the past year in its second installment of its Year in Review. Before you take a look at the list of the top trending topics of 2010, take 30 seconds and come up with your own list to see how close you get to the real deal. Daily Twitter users might get quite a few, but we think some will surprise even the most tweet-obsessed.
I don’t know who Justin Bieber is. So I looked him up. Now, I know who Justin Bieber is, but I still don’t care. He might be a great guy, and he might be super-popular, but he’s of zero interest to me and seeing him featured permanently in trending topics is not only irrelevant, but increasingly irritating.
I want to roll my mouse over to trending topics, and see a little X appear next to Justin’s name. And when I click on it, I want Twitter to say, “Okay, Justin Bieber will no longer appear in trending topics for you.”
I want to, but I can’t. Really, Twitter, is that too much to ask?