2013 was an incredible year for Twitter.
And it was AllTwitter’s biggest-ever year, too. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 most read and shared stories of the year, which included a complete social media size guide, social media user demographics, 100 amazing social media stats, facts and figures, a look at 15 of the most creative Twitter handles and the best times to post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
So, without further delay, here are the top 10 AllTwitter stories of the year!
It doesn’t matter if you’re brand new to social media or a savvy, seen-it-done-it-all veteran – when it comes to setting up a new Twitter Profile or Facebook Page, working out the heights and widths of all those images you positively need to make your channels look fantastic is a time-consuming and, unfortunately, regrettably forgettable business. This super-handy infographic from those nice folks at Tent Social contains, in their own words, ridiculously exhaustive social media design information (that’s image heights and widths to you and me) for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube, all in one fact-packed blueprint.
Those good people at the Pew Research Centre recently updated their annual look at who is using social media, discovering that 16 percent of U.S. internet users are now active on Twitter, with the social micro-blogging network continuing to be popular with black and hispanic users, adults aged 18-29 and folks who live in urban areas. But what about some of the other major social platforms? Aside from Twitter, who exactly is using Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr?
Did you know that there are more devices connected to the internet than there are people on the entire planet? This global pipeline of data keeps the world connected, and nowhere is its presence is felt more strongly than in social media. Every minute of the day thousands of photos are shared on Instagram, tens of thousands of tweets are exchanged on Twitter, hours of YouTube videos are uploaded and hundreds of thousands of pieces of content are posted to Facebook. And we’re only just scratching the surface.
Creating a unique social footprint is as critical these days as maintaining your credit score or keeping your criminal record clean. A major element of your digital identity is your Twitter handle. And one way some people are setting themselves apart is by creating memorable Twitter usernames. Here are 15 creative Twitter handles.
Social media mastery – if such a concept even exists – ultimately comes downs to many things, but one of the most important elements is time. That is, time in the sense of how much actual weeks, days, hours and minutes you invest in platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, but also in how effectively you figure out the best times you should be posting to and engaging with your fans and community to maximise ROI.
As Twitter has grown exponentially in terms of membership, usage and popularity, it’s increasingly interesting to look at facts and figures surrounding the micro-blogging platform. So we’ve put together 50 fun facts about Twitter for your reading enjoyment.
Online is playground for wiseasses. Twitter knows this (how could it not?) and now, by extension or osmosis or what have you, so does Vine. And the six-second video maker just released an update that demonstrates its complete ninja-like mastery of this knowledge. Yep, this feature is going to make you stop and try Vine right this second, if you haven’t already. Even savvy businesses will love this new ability because it just makes too much sense: The ability to shoot front-facing videos.
What’s your first memory of social media? Twitter, perhaps? Or maybe Facebook? If you’re of a certain age, you’ll likely remember when MySpace was very much numero uno amongst all social platforms. Roll the years back a little further, and you could have been one of the (relatively) few who were amongst the pioneers of modern social networking on Friendster.
Who is the average Twitter user? According to the latest social research, it’s an 18-29 year old minority woman who lives in an urban area. Overall, 16 percent of online Americans use Twitter, with the micro-blogging social network scoring favourably with women, Hispanics and African-American users.
Ever wonder why men sabotage each other in the work place? Or if men can really “have it all,” with fulfilling work AND home lives? No, of course not, those questions are ridiculous. And that’s the point of the #EdgyHeadlines hashtag on Twitter – to show just how misguided those questions (about women) really are.
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