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Twitter’s New Welcome Page Spotlights Where the Money’s at: Mobile (VentureBeat)
With the Twitter IPO all lined up, the company updated its welcome page this weekend to better represent the company’s focus for the near future: the mobile space. The new Web page design centers on mobile devices, with prominent links to the iOS and Android Twitter apps. Mashable The new look includes welcome text that reads, “Start a conversation, explore your interests, and be in the know.” The updated login page also lost the large graphic image of a sunrise — or was it a sunset? — and now features smartphones displaying Twitter’s mobile app. AllThingsD Twitter considers itself suited to mobile above other platforms, a strength for any Internet company in a time where audiences are moving en masse to phones from desktops. But the language changes, while minor, are important.
Fighting Over the TV: Facebook Provides Data to 10 Overseas Networks; Twitter Provides Data to Nielsen (AllFacebook)
Facebook and Twitter dug in their heels Monday in their attempts to establish beachheads in the world of television, with Facebook announcing plans to release data on actions (likes, comments, and shares) related to TV shows to 10 networks in eight overseas countries, while Twitter announced that it will provide data to ratings powerhouse Nielsen on the number of tweets about TV shows and those tweets’ total audiences. The Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog reported that Facebook will extend the initiative it announced last week — to detail the number of actions generated by specific episodes, as well as how many Facebook users were responsible for those actions, in weekly reports to the “Big Four” television networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC) — to 10 networks in eight countries, including TF1 in France, Channel 4 in the U.K., ARD in Germany, Esporte Interativo in Brazil, and the Star networks in India.
12 Ways to Make, and Keep, Your Blog Awesome (SocialTimes)
Christina Hitchcock, who writes recipe blog It’s a Keeper and is a field editor for Taste of Home magazine among other roles, and Jaime Karpovich, host and writer of Save the Kales!, a blog-turned-television show about vegan cooking, provided 12 tips to make – and keep – your blogs awesome, at NEPA BlogCon, a social media and blogging conference in northeast Pennsylvania, on Oct. 5.
Times Square Hotel Employees Share Their Worst Tourist Encounters (The Daily Dot)
Most New Yorkers know to cut the tourists some slack: Especially for a first-timer, the city can be overwhelming. But there’s no conceivable excuse for some of the outlandish requests and expectations hotel concierges deal with every day, as collected in a scathing and hilarious new Tumblr. “How May We Hate You” is run by Anna Drezen and Todd Briscoe, both authentic Times Square hotel concierges with access to a seemingly bottomless well of mind-melting customer service conversations.
5 Quick and Easy Twitter Tips to Get More Retweets (AllTwitter)
It’s the same old question everybody has been asking since way back: how do you get more retweets on Twitter? Answer: you have to make an effort.
Those Giant Fox News Touchscreens are Microsoft Perceptive Pixel Displays Running Windows 8 (TechCrunch)
Huge iPads or tiny journalists? That’s the question that many are asking after Fox News released a video detailing a new set that includes a number of analysts sat before massive touch interfaces. The screens measure 55 inches, run Windows 8 (soon: Windows 8.1, presumably) and look damned futuristic.
Twitter IPO S-1 Takeaways for the Social TV Industry (LostRemote)
Twitter’s S-1 paperwork for their highly anticipated IPO was revealed. Social TV expert James Neufeld wrote a detailed analysis of takeaways for the social TV industry.
Snapchat CEO Would Prefer You Not Ask Him Any Tough Questions, Thanks (BetaBeat)
Seems like Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snapchat, is tired of answering questions about pics and lawsuits. Romenesko points out the disclosure at the bottom of this lengthy, cozy interview with Mr. Spiegel by the Palisadian-Post, a local outlet down the way from Snapchat’s HQ in Venice Beach.
Fotolia Instant Lets You Sell Your Smartphone Photos as Stock (AppNewser)
Do you like taking photos with your smartphone? Now you can sell them through stock photo site Fotolia.