This Week On Twitter: Q&A Twitter Superstars, How Burglars Are Using Twitter & Twitter The TV Brand

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:

1. Who Gets Asked The Most Questions On Twitter? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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.

2. 4 Out Of 5 Burglars Use Twitter And Facebook To Select Victims, Says Survey

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.

3. Twitter Is Second-Most Visible Brand On Prime-Time TV, And It Doesn’t Pay For Any Placement

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.

4. How Small Business Uses Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

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.

5. The Most Popular People And Brands On Twitter, Facebook And Google+ [INFOGRAPHIC]

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.

6. Twitter Vigilantes Now Get Points For Reporting Spam Accounts

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.

7. How Hackers Are Targeting Your Twitter Account [INFOGRAPHIC]

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.

8. How The World Uses Social Networks [INFOGRAPHIC]

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?

9. Women Use Social Networks To Stay In Touch, Men Still Prefer The Phone [STUDY]

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.

10. Kim Kardashian Becomes Fifth Twitter User To Reach 10 Million Followers

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.

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