Twitter: The Best Of The Week (April 25-May 1, 2009)

This is a weekly series that looks at the best Twitter-related stories, news and articles within the Twittersphere over the last seven days. You can read previous entries in our archives.

When Did You Join Twitter?

Now you can easily find out. Me? March 8, 2008.

Real-Life Twitter is the very definition of hit and miss, but this parody is worth a moment of your time, if only to illustrate how many people still don’t get that it’s not (just) about inane status updates. That said, a lot of folk still use Twitter as an extension to Facebook, and this might be a little too close to home.

You Can Catch Swine Flu On Twitter

Actually, you can’t, but the stream’s reaction to the Swine Flu ‘pandemic’ this week was nicely spoofed by xkcd.

Actually, it’s not really a spoof – I think they just drew an actual timeline. It was estimated that at the height of the panic Swine Flu was triggering about 10,000 tweets per hour.

60% Of Twitter Users Quit After The First Month

This revelation from Nielsen caused a bit of a stink this week. The reality, of course, is that Nielsen only looked at for their data, and the web-based service only accounts for about 32% of all Twitter users. Moreover, there’s a good chance that that 60% aren’t completely made up of folks that don’t ‘get it’, but rather inactive bots, accounts that have been abandoned to start anew, and kids who expected the media-rich experience they had on Facebook and MySpace. Still, food for thought.

Global Visitors Up To 19 Million

Worldwide visitors to increased some 95 per cent in the month of March, according to ComScore.

So, You Wanna Be Paid To Tweet? How Does $10K/month Sound?

You do have to move to the heart of Sonoma Country, in California, home to more than 450 wineries, but your accommodation will be rent free, so it kind of evens out.

The Twitter Approval Matrix

As produced by New York magazine – whose tweets are worth following? (My tip: none of them.)

Is Microsoft’s Vine The Twitter Killer?

Almost certainly not, but you might want to sign up for the beta service and make up your own mind.

Is Spam Becoming A Problem On Twitter?

Only if you follow ’em back, really. But Twitter could and should take some steps to deal with the problem. Meantime, if you find a spammer on the network, report them to the official @spam account.

This Week On

Enjoy. 🙂