Osama Bin Laden, Twitter Buys TweetDeck And Ads For Alcohol: Top 10 Twitter Stories Of The Week

Need a little weekend reading? We’ve compiled our top ten stories of the week, which includes everything from Twitter’s reaction (and involvement) in the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death, Twitter’s alleged purchase of TweetDeck and the network’s 10 biggest tweeters, plus tips on using Twitter for customer feedback, improving your writing ability and how to create your own Twitter newspaper.

Here are our top 10 Twitter stories of the week:

1. Twitter Acquires TweetDeck For $40-50 Million, Says Source. Now, What Are They Gonna Do With It?

Rumour has it that Twitter has acquired TweetDeck for $40-50 million. If accurate, what does this mean for Twitter, and perhaps more importantly for its current users, what does this mean for TweetDeck?

2. Are You on Twitter? Then You’re a Writer. So Start Acting Like One

Everyone on Twitter is a writer. So is every blogger, everyone who updates their status on Facebook, and everyone who corresponds via email. All of our text-based communications means that we’re increasingly tied to a keyboard – so we might as well make the most of it.

3. Revealed: Twitter’s Top 10 Biggest Tweeters

Back in October 2009 we wrote an article that took a look at the top 10 most prolific tweeters on Twitter. At that time the runaway leader was @Market_JP, a news feed for stories related to the Japanese stock market, with a heady 1,560,818 tweets, over a million ahead of the rest of the field. But that was a long time ago. Who rules the roost now?

4. 5 Changes That Could Make Lists Twitter’s Most Powerful Feature

Lists have the potential to become one of the most powerful aspects of Twitter – but they’re just that: potential. As they are right now, Twitter lists are a weak, watered-down version of possibly the most effective way for people to organize their Twitter experience. Here are 5 things we’d like to see added to Twitter lists which would make them infinitely more useful.

5. Fox News ‘Obama Bin Laden Dead’ Typo Causes Twitter Backlash

When the world is buzzing with the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden, mistakes can easily be made as reporters look to rush out updates and exclusives. But when your headline mixes up the names of Osama Bin Laden with President Obama, and you’re Fox News, eyebrows are raised, tongues start to wag, and tweets start to fall.

6. 5 Ways to use Twitter for Customer Feedback

If you’ve struggled to sell Twitter as a way to increase conversions and sales, you’re not alone. And in fact, this isn’t Twitter’s strongest suit: instead, Twitter offers businesses the subtle ability to engage your customers and really draw out their opinions of you, your brand and your products or services so you can become more nimble and meet their needs. Here are 5 ways to use Twitter for customer feedback.

7. Once Banned, Alcohol Brands are now Buying Ads on Twitter

Before last month, you never would have seen a Promoted Tweet advertising an alcohol brand on Twitter. But now that its demographics have shifted to an older age bracket, ad space has been opened up to alcohol – and Jack Daniels, the famous Tennessee Whiskey, is the first to buy a Twitter ad.

8. Somebody Offended You On Twitter? Then You Are The Problem, And You Need To Get Over It

Welcome to Twitter. It’s a magical place. News, blog posts, websites, photos, video, music, thoughts, ideas, gossip and opinions are shared in their millions, in real-time, at the click of a button. Members are free to literally say whatever they want. And sometimes, the things they say will upset you, and you are going to get offended. Whatever are you going to do?

9. How The Death Of Osama Bin Laden Broke On Twitter

Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has been killed by US forces in Pakistan. He was attacked in a ground operation based on US intelligence from last August, and after “a firefight” his body was captured by the American military. As the news broke, Twitter played an important role in the exchange of information, both from mainstream sources and those right on the scene.

10. How To: Create a Twitter Newspaper with Paper.li

Paper.li is a web-based Twitter newspaper service that creates a daily broadsheet populated with stories from you, your Twitter followers, a hashtag, a list and more. Here’s a quick guide to Paper.li so you can create your own daily Twitter newspaper.

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