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7 Of The 10 Most Popular Users On Twitter Are Women

Popularity on Twitter has always been a slightly controversial topic. Most studies (and critics) agree that large follower counts aren’t necessarily indicative of anything, certainly influence, and it’s very easy to game Twitter to artificially increase your numbers (superficial as those networks always, always are).

But: people love lists, and people love winners, so lists of who is winning on Twitter – inasmuch as popularity has always been a commonly-applied measure of success in all mediums – go down as smoothly as a five-dollar milkshake.

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Amanda Palmer Sings a Song of Tweets at the Shorty Awards

Monday night’s Shorty Awards was a Twitter star-studded event, and one of the highlights was Amanda Palmer, formerly of the Dresden Dolls, performing a song made up entirely of tweets. The lyrics are absolutely hilarious when set to Palmer’s catchy riffs. Video and commentary are below.
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The House That Looks Like Hitler Goes Viral On Twitter

A man in his 70s who owns a owns a house in Port Tenant, Swansea (in Wales), has been left bewildered as hundreds of thousands of people have shared an image of his property on Twitter.

Why? Because it bears a striking resemblance to Adolf Hitler.

Judge for yourself.

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Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey Talk Twitter on Piers Morgan Tonight

Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey appeared on last night’s Piers Morgan Tonight to talk about Twitter’s massive growth, its creative users, and more. They were joined by Twittering celebs Martha Stewart and Alyssa Milano who spoke about their own love of the service.
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Avoid Embarrassing Mis-Tweets with HootSuite’s New Secure Profile Tools

There has been a spate of Twitter misfires lately, with large organizations tweeting things meant for the personal accounts of their social media managers. In response to all of this embarrassing attention, HootSuite has unveiled its latest feature, Secure Profiles, to help those managing multiple social media accounts avoid a Twitter catastrophe.
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Evan Williams: I’m Not Leaving Twitter, But I Do Have A Secret Side Project Underway

Yesterday I wrote about Jack Dorsey’s return to Twitter as Executive Chairman, and proposed that this new appointment (amongst other developments at Twitter) didn’t leave a lot of room for Evan Williams, who I speculated might be on his way out.

Tuesday evening, Williams addressed some of these issues in his personal blog, but although he remains bullish on Twitter’s future, I’m still not convinced it’s something in which he is going to be playing a major role.

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If Jack Dorsey Is Twitter’s Future, Is Evan Williams Its Past?

The Wall Street Journal writes about Jack Dorsey’s return to the company he co-founded, his plans for the future, and what this means for users and developers.

More importantly, what does this mean for Evan Williams, and his future at Twitter?

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Demonstrators March On Twitter HQ

San Franciscans picked up picket signs emblazoned with “Shame on You!” and converged on Twitter HQ at 795 Folsom Street Tuesday morning to voice their displeasure at proposed tax breaks for the company. The company had asked for local tax exemptions to stay in San Francisco, and signed a letter of intent to do so earlier this month when the incentives were promised. The 50 or so protesters, according to reports, were not from any one group, but comprised a broad coalition of (hyper) local activists.
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The 140 Best Twitter Feeds According to TIME Readers

TIME has chosen 140 Twitter accounts across 14 different categories to highlight some of the most creative, most interesting and just plain awesome Twitter users out there. Voting is underway to distill this list down to the absolute best Twitter user out there.
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Conan, MythBusters, The Dark Lord Among Shorty Award Winners

We had a blast covering the Shorty Awards last night. Hosted by Aasif Mandvi and featuring award presenters Keifer Sutherland, Jim Gaffigan, Jerry Stiller and more, it was a night to remember. Twitter aficionados, celebrities and newbies alike gathered to recognize the best 140 character content creators out there. We’ll take a look at some of the winners of this year’s Shorty Awards, and give you the highlights of the night.
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