Twitter: The Best Of The Week (May 2-8, 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.

“I Don’t Get Twitter”

You’re not alone, as this URL, which forwards to a Twitter search, will testify.

(Incidentally, if you’re one of these folk, and you know somebody who doesn’t get Twitter, please check out my Twitter 101 section.)

Everybody Is Buying Twitter

All sorts of rumours about how Twitter was ‘definitely’ being sold to X, Y and Z this week, including Apple. Others suggested Microsoft not only should buy Twitter, but must. Problem is, according to co-founder Biz Stone, they’re not for sale.

Tweeting To The Converted

We’ll never know, but that hasn’t stopped a pastor in Jackson, Michigan, from bringing Twitter to church.

Twitter Is The New RSS

More than that, some are saying that RSS is already in the process of dying. Others disagree.

100 Of The Best Authors On Twitter

A little while ago I made the observation that there didn’t seem to be any world-famous, best-selling novelists on Twitter – folk like Stephen King, Stephanie Myer, Tom Clancy, Dean Koontz and J.K. Rowling.

Well, Mashable has tried to put that right with this article, that lists the usernames of one hundred famous authors. True, I haven’t heard of about 90 per cent of them, but who am I to disagree?

Does Popularity = Mediocrity?

Dave Winer has put together a website that shows you now it would look if you were only subscribed to the 100 most popular people on Twitter. It’s quite fascinating in its general mediocrity.

Twitter Ditches TinyURL For Bit.ly

This is big deal. Not only does this effectively mean the death of TinyURL, but likely Bit.ly will ultimately be purchased by Twitter. What price Twt.ly emerging from the merger?

The FBI Is Reading Your Tweets

Well, not really, but they’re certainly doing their part to ensure their name doesn’t get taken in vain.

Seesmic Desktop Intergrates With Facebook

I liked Seesmic Desktop when I reviewed it, but the problems it had with crashing during closedowns meant it wasn’t a viable option. Well, that’s all fixed now, and it’s got deep integration with Facebook. Is this a good thing? I’m not so sure.

Updates On Twitter Search

Lots of buzz on this over the past seven days: Twitter will soon begin to crawl and index links shared on the network, as well as initiating a reputation ranking system for tweets.

The Best Of @Sheamus

I share a lot of great content on Twitter and this week I began storing the cream of that crop in my favourite’s folder. You can access it via this link. I’m a prolific tweeter, and this might be useful if you can’t keep up!

This Week On Twittercism.com

Enjoy. 🙂