Need a little weekend reading? We’ve compiled our top ten Twitter stories of the week, which includes the official name of the Twitter bird, big changes at Twitter.com (and how to roll some of them back), advice on changing your Twitter username and how to tweet from Gmail.
Here are our top 10 Twitter stories of the week:
The Twitter bird icon is starting to make appearances pretty much everywhere. Websites, blogs, newspapers, posters, TV shows, movies, commercials… he certainly gets around. Most of us probably feel like we know him pretty well. But, when you think about it, we don’t even know his name. We don’t even know if he has a name. Heck, we don’t even know if he is a he. Well, he is. And his name is…
Over the next few weeks, Twitter is rolling out a completely revamped interface. And your @mentions folder is getting bulldozed in the process. While many are looking forward to the changes – which will see the addition of two new folders, the @Username folder and the Activity folder – others are concerned that they won’t have a single place to view all of their @mentions. Well rest assured, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to hold on to your @mentions (and even find some that your old @mentions folder was missing).
Yesterday Twitter started to roll out a couple of (very) big changes to Twitter.com which have meant a significant revamp of the user interface, including the loss of both the @Mentions and Retweets folders, and the introduction of a new, slicker and more fluid way to help you keep up with exactly ‘what’s happening?’.
Did you know that you can change your Twitter username any time that you like? And that it won’t have any negative impact on your Twitter profile? You won’t lose any of your tweets, followers or anything else – the only thing that will be different is your handle. In this article, we give you four reasons why you should change your Twitter username right now.
There are countless Twitter apps out there to make your tweeting experience easier, but until now there hasn’t been an easy way to send your 140 character thoughts from within Gmail or other Google properties. This new app, however, brings tweeting functionality to your Gmail account, so you can tweet while you email. Check it out in action below.
How do you decide if someone is follow-worthy? When you get that friendly email, “So-and-so is now following you on Twitter”, how do you decide whether or not to follow “so-and-so” back? It can often be hard to make a snap-judgment, based on the minimal details you’ve got readily available—the user’s avatar, description and the last 15-or so tweets. That’s where twtrland comes in.
For the absolute newcomer Twitter can be a pretty daunting place. The learning curve is a little steep and when you first register and gaze at that blank, tweet-free feed, it can feel a little like you’re staring into the abyss. And it doesn’t even have the decency to stare back. How is anyone supposed to ‘get it’, when you have no idea exactly what it is that you’re meant to get?
This infographic from GOOD and Column Five Media uses data from the last batch of research by Pew Internet (which we covered here, here, here and here), and takes a closer look at how adults are using social networking sites. The visual maintains that sites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn not only help to build connections, but also trust, community and social engagement.
Twitter has made a subtle but important change to user profile pages on Twitter.com, adding a ‘tweet to’ box that allows you to quickly send a message to that user. The feature is rolling out and hasn’t yet reached all pages, but it will be coming your profile soon, and it just might encourage other people to get in touch with you. Assuming, that is, you have less than 10,000 followers. Read on for more about this.
Klout is the influence measurement for Twitter, and they’re pretty influential themselves. Each week they host the hashtag chat #KloutChat, offering tips and information about the company and how to improve your Klout score. Megan Berry, the company’s marketing manager, spoke withRagan.com about six best practices for hosting your own successful Twitter hashtag chat.
Also this week:
- Twitter saw an all-time traffic spike in the UK during the London riots
- Want to increase your engagement on Twitter? Try mixing up your tweets
- Learn how to identify and fight Twitter trolls
- Why has the founder of Twitpic launched a bizarre Twitter clone?
- Are you allowed to use Twitter at work?
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