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Twitter Goes Down — and There’s No Place Now for the Internet to Freak Out (VentureBeat)
Tuesday morning, Twitter went down, initially without explanation and later “for maintenance.” Features like Twitter cards were still having trouble at 11:41 a.m. Pacific. The outage also affected sites and services that hook in to the social network. The Huffington Post Twitter@Support later tweeted: “Most users were impacted by a service outage when accessing Twitter via web and mobile apps. Service is restored. Thanks for your patience!” Reuters The outage occurred just as Twitter co-founder Biz Stone took the stage in Austin, Texas, to speak at the South by Southwest Interactive festival, the annual gathering of tech enthusiasts that helped propel Twitter to national fame in 2007. re/code Twitter has apparently replaced the whale with a cutesy caterpillar and an ice cream cone. Oh, and shares of Twitter were slightly up in trading on Tuesday, at $54.67. Mashable One of the last major Twitter outages occurred back in September of 2013. However, Twitter’s own status page confirms that an outage occurred as recently as March 2.
Biz Stone on Monetizing Jelly: ‘People Can Only Give Us Money If They’re Helping People’ (The Next Web)
At SXSW on Tuesday, Biz Stone took to the stage for a conversation with writer and broadcaster Steven Johnson. When asked about monetization of Jelly, Stone said it was “cart before the horse to start working on the business model when you have eight people,” but he had ideas for allowing paid-for product recommendations in the app.
Six Tips for Financial Service Companies on Social Media (SocialTimes)
The challenge for financial institutions is figuring out a way to operate within the current regulatory framework, while also transforming their social media operations into a weapon for efficient customer service, brand management and crisis mitigation (rather than a ticking time bomb of liability). Just because you have one hand tied behind your back doesn’t mean you can’t do some damage, right?
Amazon Said to Be Adding a Music-Streaming Service (CNET)
Amazon is said to be looking to create its own version of Apple’s popular iTunes Radio. According to The Wall Street Journal, the e-commerce giant has reportedly been in talks with major record labels to create its own music-streaming service.
Twice as Quick, Half as Large: Instagram Updates Android App (AllFacebook)
Android updates are in fashion Tuesday at Facebook-owned companies, as Instagram joined WhatsApp in updating its Android application, saying that the app now loads twice as quickly and takes up half the space. Android users: Have you updated your Instagram apps yet?
Surveys Show Social Media is the Hip New Lenten Sacrifice (BetaBeat)
It’s that time of year again: the forty days between Mardi Gras and Easter when Christians forego a favorite vice to remind Jesus they’re cool with him. And this year, millions are giving up Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
Juan Pablo Won’t Profess Love on ‘Bachelor’ Finale, Social Professes Hate (LostRemote)
We’ve all had some squirmish moments in our dating lives we’d love to forget, but “The Bachelor” finale post-show might have just topped them all, causing a social media frenzy toward one Juan Pablo Galavis. Bachelor Juan Pablo chose Nikki Ferrell in the finale, but opted not to propose in the finale like similar Bachelors before him (social media might have rebelled against the bachelor, but viewers didn’t: 11 million tuned into the “After The Final Rose” post-show).
Yes, Facebook Ads Can Be More Effective Than TV. In France. (Ad Age)
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg recently made a bold claim in a Wall Street Journal story: Coke’s return on investment from Facebook advertising beat its ROI from TV. Where did that claim come from? France.
As the Web Turns 25, its Creator Talks About its Future (The New York Times/Bits Blog)
The creators of the Web, including Tim Berners-Lee, worry that companies and telecommunications outlets could destroy the open nature that made it flourish in their quest to make more money. “I spent a lot of time trying to make sure people could put anything on the Web, that it was universal,” he said in an interview. “Obviously, I had no idea that people would put literally everything on it.”