This Week On Twitter: FIFA Says No To World Cup Avatars, Social Media Leads, #Selfie History

This Week On Twitter: FIFA Says No To World Cup Twitter Avatars, Social Media Leads, #Selfie History

Need a little weekend reading?

We’ve compiled our top ten Twitter stories of the week, which includes news that FIFA doesn’t want to see the World Cup in your Twitter avatar, tips on how to generate leads with social media, a brief history of the selfie (1839-2014), a four-year jail term for the @BurgerKing Twitter hacker and why your tweets probably aren’t being indexed by Google.

Here are our top 10 Twitter stories of the week.

1. FIFA Doesn’t Want To See The World Cup In Your Twitter Avatar

FIFA is cracking down on Twitter users who want to express their love of the World Cup by using its copyright logo or emblems as their avatar.

2. How To Generate Leads With Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that about one in four internet users spend most of their time online using social networks and reading blogs? That’s a huge opportunity for a business marketer, and they’re starting to take notice.

3. A Brief History Of The #Selfie (1839-2014) [INFOGRAPHIC]

Back in 1839, Robert Cornelius took a portrait of himself outside his family store. Wikipedia describes the photo as “an off center portrait of a man with crossed arms and tousled hair”, and the first-ever selfie was thus born.

4. Twitter @BurgerKing Hacker Given Four Year Jail Term

Remember back in February 2013 when the @BurgerKing Twitter profile was hacked? Sure you do. It was actually pretty funny – the exploiter changed Burger King’s Twitter header photo and avatar to the McDonald’s logo and made an announcement that BK had been acquired by Ronald and co. Well, federal prosecutors have finally caught up with the person behind the hack, and it’s only taken them 17 months.

5. Want Your Tweets Indexed On Google? You Better Be Really Popular On Twitter [STUDY]

Google has been indexing tweets for some time but a new study has revealed that only a percentage of tweets are actually captured by Google, and the vast majority of those are from users who are very popular on the social network.

6. Twitter Stays Silent During World Cup Penalty Kicks [DATA]

World Cup fans have reached fever pitch when cheering on their favorite teams these past few weeks, sending 16.4 million tweets during the Brazil vs. Chile game alone. But sometimes silence can be just as powerful, as new stats from Twitter show.

7. With 35.6 Million Tweets, Germany’s 7-1 #WorldCup Win Over Brazil Sets A New Twitter Record [STATS]

Yesterday, in a match that will be remembered for a long time and likely take the host nation (and its ardent fans) years to recover from, Germany humiliated a Sunday league-esque Brazil side 7-1 in the World Cup semi finals. Twitter, of course, soaked up a lot of the conversation around the game, a lot of which was and stunned reaction, mockery and sheer bemusement.

8. Facebook Outperforms Twitter, Google+ For Social Brand Interactions [STUDY]

Have you Liked a brand’s Facebook Page in the last four weeks? Or shared one of their photos with your friends? Now, how recently have you done this on Twitter?

9. The Science Of B2B Online Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that two in five business to business (B2B) companies have acquired a customer through Twitter?

10. How Much Online Business Is Done Every 30 Seconds? Incredible E-Commerce Statistics! [INFOGRAPHIC]

How much money does the world of e-commerce generate every 30 seconds? More than $1.2 million. Let’s think about that number for a second. One point two million dollars, every half a minute.

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