This Week On Twitter: What Customers Hate About Social Brands, Twitter User Stats, Social Image Guide

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We’ve compiled our top ten Twitter stories of the week, which includes a study which reveals what customers dislike the most from brands they follow on social media, the latest Twitter user demographic statistics, a social media image size guide, a look at how social media is changing customer service and a brief history of social advertising.

Here are our top 10 Twitter stories of the week.

1. REVEALED: What Customers Hate About Social Brands [INFOGRAPHIC]

When you Like or follow a brand on a social media channel such as Facebook and Twitter, what is the thing that they do that you hate the most? Disruptive Communications asked more than 1,000 UK consumers what was most likely to damage their opinion of a brand that uses social media, and discovered that poor spelling and lousy grammar was the worse offence, with 42.5 percent citing this as their biggest turn-off. “Salesy” updates (24.9 percent) and posting too frequently (12.8 percent) were also negatives for some customers.

2. Who Uses Twitter? Young, Affluent, Educated Non-White Males, Suggests Data [STUDY]

Pew Internet have updated their data that shows who is using Twitter and other social media sites. As we noted yesterday, 18 percent of online U.S. adults are now active on Twitter, up a full two percentage points from February of this year, and more than double Twitter’s total user base in November 2010. But who are these people? According to Pew’s findings, the typical Twitter user is an 18-29 year-old educated minority with a well-paying job, and slightly more likely to be male than female.

3. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube: Social Media Image Size Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

When you’re new to social media, setting up your Twitter or Facebook profile can be a little overwhelming. The basics of your account can be quickly mastered, but figuring out the heights and widths of all the images you will need to make your social outposts look awesome is a time-consuming and, unfortunately, often instantly forgettable business. This is true for veterans, too. And it gets a heck of a lot more complicated when you start rolling out your Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube channels, and those images. Where on earth do you begin?

4. How Social Media Is Changing Customer Service (And Why Big Brands Must Try Harder) [INFOGRAPHIC]

What do you do when you have a problem with a brand’s product or service? You go online, right? You’re not alone. Close to six in ten (57 percent) of customers search for a solution online before taking any further action, and they’re increasingly reaching for a brand’s social media outposts. Almost half of social media users (47 percent) have received customer care on a channel such as Twitter or Facebook, and 37 percent now prefer customer service through social media rather than by telephone.

5. 72% Of Adults Use Social Media (And One In Five Use Twitter) [STUDY]

Almost three-quarters (72 percent) of online adults in the U.S. now use social media, suggests new data from Pew Internet. This represents a significant rise from when Pew first carried out this research in February 2005, when just 8 percent of online adults were active in social channels.

6. A Brief History Of Social Advertising [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social advertising has become a seriously big business. How big? Ad revenue on Twitter alone is forecast to reach $950 million next year, and more than half of all advertisers have said that they plan to increase their social advertising budget in 2013, with an increasingly significant portion going towards mobile ads.

7. Best Practices For Social Media Customer Service (And Why It Benefits ROI) [INFOGRAPHIC]