Need a little weekend reading? We’ve compiled our top ten stories of the week, which includes the 5 stages of ‘getting’ Twitter, Twitter’s new image uploader tool (and your photo ownership rights clarified), using Twitter as an earthquake detector, a look at the latest Twitter demographics and confirmation of the very first brand on Twitter.
Here are our top 10 Twitter stories of the week:
Lots of people struggle with the idea of Twitter. At first, they can be indifferent and even hostile towards the platform, and it can take a monumental effort to convince them otherwise. Even if and when they finally sign up there is an inevitable cloudy period where they don’t really grasp the almost endless possibilities offered by the network. This process, which begins with denial and anger, and leads through to bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance, is a well-trodden path that many have followed, and you might see a little of yourself herein, as well as your friends.
On Friday Twitter made some design tweaks to Twitter.com, which included the removal of the Favorites and Lists links from the home page. Both of these used to sit in the right sidebar below the data about who you were following and who was following you. Not no more. They’ve been whacked. Most people won’t have picked up on this change. Others won’t care. Which leads me to ask: in the bigger picture, is this decision by Twitter indicative of something more permanent?
Photo-sharing on Twitter has become big business, with popular sites such as Twitpic and Yfrog generating millions of visits and advertising impressions on a daily basis. Earlier this week, in a move that sent yet another warning shot across the bows of would-be developers, Twitter has announced the launch of its own photo-sharing service, which is rolling out to users in the coming weeks.
In the wake of Twitter’s announcement that they are building their own photo sharing service, questions about who will actually own the photos uploaded to Twitter.com (via photobucket) started flying. And the short answer? You will own them, just like you own everything you tweet out onto Twitter.
Geologists in the US and Australia are using Twitter as an earthquake and natural disaster detector, following tweets to pinpoint the areas affected first by these events.
On his official (and, finally, verified) feed, executive chairman Jack Dorsey often shares nostalgic musings, photographs and memories from days of Twitter yore, notably about early-stage development, pioneering users and other instrumental moments. In his latest publication, Dorsey has shed some light on another important Twitter milestone – namely, the very first brand to sign up to the network.
Back in December of last year we reported on data from the Pew Research Center that provided a detailed breakdown of the impact that Twitter is making with the online adult population in the United States. Pew’s research in December suggested that 8% of online adults were using Twitter, female users were slightly more typical than male, and minority internet users were significantly more prevalent on the network. Six months later, what’s changed?
Earlier this week the official Twitter account unveiled the first photo using this new technology (which is hosted behind-the-scenes on Photobucket), and immediately a couple of things are made clear. One, it’s (as you would have expected) a picture of a bird, but two, and vitally, it doesn’t appear to come with a shortened URL. And with a service that has built a platform and reputation that demands the conservation of characters, that decision seems utterly, and unfathomably, ridiculous.
As a small or medium business, you’ve got to incorporate Twitter into your social media strategy. But there’s plenty more to Twitter than just tweeting out press releases. In the wake of the announcement that Twitter will launch its own photo sharing service, now’s a great time to review your Twitter photo sharing strategy, and learn the tips and tricks that will help you tweet multimedia with confidence.
Twitter announced this week that they were launching a brand new search, one that would show you not the most recent tweets about a given topic, but the most relevant. And along with this announcement, they revealed some pretty neat stats about just how popular Twitter search is.
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