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Archives: February 2011

Q: Is Quora Like Twitter? A: Not Really, But Tweets Sure Drive Traffic To It

You’ve likely seen friends posting links to Quora in their Twitter feeds and on Facebook by now and wondered what the latest fuss was about. You’ve probably even heard people call Quora the next Twitter. And while Quora may not be that, Twitter and Facebook have certainly played a large part in driving its growth.
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Think you’re a Movie Guru? Tweet your Oscar Predictions and see how you Stack Up

Are you always recommending movies to your friends that later become Oscar nominees? Do you find yourself scoffing at some of the Hollywood summer blockbusters, and instead opting to watch indie flicks? If you’ve got a nose for cinematic masterpieces, you can make your Oscar predictions public using the Tweet Your Predictions app – for bragging rights on Monday, of course.
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Raise Your Hand if you Fantasize about Making Money on Twitter!

I am sure many of you have watched the hours blow by, as you Tweet away; and you have stopped and thought, ‘I wish there was a way to make money on Twitter!’ I would like to propose a new feature that may allow Twitter users to make some decent coin while sharing their tweets (and never having to leave twitter.com). Read more

Rahm Emanuel’s Twitter Impostor Signs off, Disappears into a Time Vortex

Something had to break. We were expecting a showdown between Rahm Emanuel – now mayor of Chicago – and his Twitter impostor, @MayorEmanuel. The impostor had accumulated over four times as many followers as the real man himself, and Rahm had challenged his doppleganger to reveal their identity for charity. And yet… we didn’t see this coming: the immensely popular Rahm impostor has signed off Twitter, and has disappeared into a time vortex to save the world.
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Twitter Used by 16.4M US Internet Users, Will Growth to 27.7M by 2013 [STATS]

Twitter will reach over 20 million US adults by the end of the year, and will grow to reach over 27 million by the end of 2013. While these numbers aren’t quite as impressive as Facebook’s, they do paint a picture of a niche social information network that is growing steadily.
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Old News Just In – Twitter's Technical Support Stinks

Regular readers may recall an article I wrote earlier this month about the Twitter.co.uk domain, which after many years of belong to someone else appeared to have been acquired by Twitter.

Ahead of publishing this piece I reached out to Steve Crawford, the previous owner of Twitter.co.uk, and Twitter themselves for clarification. I emailed various contacts at Twitter, Twitter’s PR team, and Twitter support.

Crawford was courteous enough to come back almost straight away.
Twitter never responded at all. Until now.

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Three weeks. Three weeks to respond to a request for help – and then they send an automated response.

Okay, you could argue that the support team aren’t probably best placed to answer my query, but I was careful to pick the best subject for my enquiry and all somebody had to do was forward it on. Yes, I know they’re probably as far away from inbox zero as you could possibly be – so why not quit doing a lousy job, and just hire more people?

This isn’t an isolated incident – users complain about Twitter’s lousy support network pretty much constantly. Almost two years ago, a poll I conducted revealed that 81% of readers rated Twitter’s support as somewhere between below average and terrible. I’d be amazed if that number has come down at all.

And we wonder why the platform has such a high drop-out rate for newcomers?

Justin Bieber Cuts Hair, Loses 80,000 Twitter Followers

See the image to the right? Well, flippy Bieber bang-lovers, brace yourselves: Justin has cut his hair! And not only did this result in a loss of several inches from the top of his head, but apparently 80,000 Twitter followers as well.
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CNN’s Twitter World Cup Coverage Wins Prestigious UK Journalism Award

CNN has just won a prestigious UK journalism award for its innovative use of Twitter to cover the 2010 World Cup.
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HootSuite for Blackberry Gets a Big Update

HootSuite for Blackberry users, rejoice: the social media dashboard has been updated to deliver almost the same functionality as the robust web-based version. You can now manage multiple Twitter accounts, along with your LinkedIn profile, Facebook pages, and Foursquare presence using HootSuite on your Blackberry.
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6 More Hashtag Chats You Should be Following

Hashtag chats are one of the most useful and unique ways that the Twitter community has organized itself. By joining one, you can learn tips about online marketing, try out new recipes, get help with your blogging questions or center yourself spiritually – hashtag chats cover as many topics are there are interests on Twitter. Below the jump we’ve got 6 hashtag chats that you should be following, as well as more information about what exactly they are and how you can join one today.
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