This Week On Twitter: Twitter Says Goodbye To Steve Jobs, Symbols In Tweets And Keyboard Shortcuts

Need a little weekend reading? We’ve compiled our top ten Twitter stories of the week, which includes adding symbols to your tweets, how an anonymous Twitter alternative is being used by protesters, using keyboard shortcuts on, what 60 seconds of social sharing looks like and Twitter’s massive reaction to the death of Steve Jobs.

Here are our top 10 Twitter stories of the week:

1. How To Add Symbols To Your Tweets

Did you know that you can tweet using more than just the alphabet? Twitter accepts some pretty funky symbols, too, so you can shorten up your tweets even more – think “I ♥ Twitter” rather than “I love Twitter”. We’ve got a quick guide to adding symbols to your tweets, so you can experiment with more than just  emoticons.

2. More Secure, Anonymous “Twitter Alternative” Being Used By Protesters

There’s a new social network on the block that touts itself as being more secure, private, and anonymous than Twitter – something that the protesters at #OccupyWallstreet are embracing with open arms.

3. Navigate Twitter Like a Pro – Use Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts were rolled out with the New Twitter redesign in September 2010, but they still remain elusive to many users. However, it’s super easy to start using these keyboard shortcuts to better navigate, and make your tweeting experience smooth and simple.

4. 60 Seconds Of Social Media Sharing [INFOGRAPHIC]

As the adoption of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook has boomed, so too has the amount of content that we share on these channels, to the point where it’s reaching mind-blowing proportions – even when reduced to such a seemingly fleeting period of time.

5. In Case Of Emergency Use Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Natural disasters are an unfortunate reality of life – from time-to-time nature likes to remind us that she is still very much in charge. Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook allow people to send and receive updates during emergency situations on a real-time basis, sharing information (while quelling misinformation and rumor) which can save lives.

6. Steve Jobs’ Death Dominated Over 15% Of All Tweets

The world is reeling from the loss of one of the greatest innovators of our times. With the passing of Steve Jobs last night, people took to Twitter to mourn together, in one of the largest outpourings the network has ever seen.

7. A Visual Twitter Tribute To Steve Jobs: #ThankYouSteve

A Twitter employee has put together a digital tribute to Steve Jobs using tweets that users sent out in the hours following his death.

8. A Visual History Of Twitter [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s a little over 5 years since Twitter first opened its doors to an unsuspecting world – July 2006, to be precise – but in this relatively short time the platform has quickly grown to become a force in the way that we share and digest news and information.

9. Why Mass Following on Twitter Doesn’t Work

Aaah, Twitter etiquette. That murky, often overlooked aspect of Twitter that says it’s OK to add your personal touch to tweets, but that you shouldn’t tweet too many times at once. We’ve got you covered, though, if you’re looking to navigate the Twitter-verse. Today we’ll take a look at mass following on Twitter, and why you should almost never do it if you want to see a modicum of success using the microblogging service.

10. 3 Ways to Make Money on Twitter (Without Being Sleazy!)

There’s nothing wrong with using Twitter to promote your business – but in order to really make money on Twitter, you’ve got to avoid some common pitfalls that marketers get stuck in. Depending on your business model, Twitter might be a place you conduct customer service, see what your competitors are up to, or simply gain exposure for your brand. And while those are great uses of the medium, we’ve got three ways you can make money directly from Twitter – without being sleazy.

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