Need a little weekend reading? We’ve compiled our top ten Twitter stories of the week, which includes a look at who gets asked the most questions on Twitter, how burglars use social media to select victims, Twitter’s prominence on prime-time television, how small businesses are using social media and the most popular brands on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
Here are our top 10 Twitter stories of the week:
Twitter is a curious place. I’m not sure what came first, the questions from fans or the famous faces to answer them, but Twitter is the perfect venue for some high profile Q&A. Among the rich and famous on Twitter, who is charged with answering the most questions? The folks at Inboxq set out to get their answers, and the number one most-asked Tweeter might surprise you.
An eye-opening 78 percent of burglars have said that social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare are being used to select properties. 54 percent also said that placing their status and whereabouts on social networking sites was a common mistake made by homeowners.
Twitter beats out all other brands, save one, when it comes to visibility on primetime broadcast TV shows. In fact, Twitter was more visible than all paid product placements on TV in August. And the company didn’t have to drop a dime.
Social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook are providing new opportunities for brands and organizations of all sizes, but small business in particular can take advantage of these platforms to amplify their voice and presence, increase visibility and drive awareness, leads and sales. This infographic from Crowdspring looks at the ways that small business is using social media.
Socialbakers, the social media analytics company, announced a $2 million funding round yesterday, and have celebrated this event with the launch of a new infographic which measures the popularity of the top users and brands across Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
How many times have you tweeted about a trending topic or a hot commodity like the iPhone and received a spammy response from a total stranger? If this has ever happened to you, you now have the option to get back at the spammers, while making Twitter a better place and earning points. A recipe for success if we’ve ever seen one.
Can you guess how many of the top 10 Twitter users have been hacked? Or what the most common password was before Twitter had to ban it for security reasons? On the internet, privacy and security are major concerns, and this telling infographic depicts just how rampant hacking – whether as a result of malicious software or human error – is on Twitter.
Social media continues to enjoy booming growth around the world, with seemingly no area of the planet free from its all-consuming expansion. Facebook and its 800 million users dwarfs the other social networks by sheer size, but what about on a per-country basis – is Facebook numero uno everywhere?
Women have always represented strongly in social media, and now it appears that they’re pioneers in the use of these technologies to connect with their friends. A new study has revealed that women like to use Twitter, Facebook and other social channels to stay in touch with friends and family, and even co-workers, while men still favour the phone.
Kim Kardashian (@kimkardashian) has become the latest Twitter user to reach 10 million followers – she passed the total shortly before midday today (EST, September 26). Kardashian joins Katy Perry, President Barack Obama, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga as the fifth member of Twitter’s 10 million club.
Also this week:
- Dublin is confirmed as Twitter’s new international headquarters
- So you want to work in social media?
- Twitter mobile use is booming
- Is social the future of airline loyalty programs?
- If you use Twitter at work for personal reasons, you might be putting your company’s security at risk
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