Twitter: The Best Of The Week (May 16-22, 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.

Twitter Surges Past Digg, LinkedIn, The NY Times And Bebo

Twitter had some 32 million visitors in April, 2009, up from 19 million in March. That’s an incredible jump – can it maintain the pace in May? We’ll have to wait and see, but April’s stats were enough to put it above some big sites on the interwebs, including Digg. People keep talking about how Twitter may be a threat to RSS, but you have to think the folks in real trouble are Kevin Rose, and competitors like Reddit and Delicious.

I use a lot of social bookmarking sites to find great content to share, which effectively cuts out the middleman for a lot of my network. If I had a button for all the times I’ve been told that the @Sheamus account is ‘like a mini-Digg’, I’d have enough for a duffle-coat.

Kitty Twitter

@Sockington becomes the first cat – nay, the first animal, if you don’t count Ryan Seacrest – to amass half a million followers on Twitter. Yeah, I don’t get it either. Meantime, eleven accounts on Twitter can now boast more than one million followers – @TheEllenShow has moved past @cnnbrk to the #2 spot, while Oprah, at #11, got there faster than anybody else.

As for @Sockington, there is only one solution.

Why I Unfollowed 45,000 People On Twitter

Explains Seth Simonds, and while his actions are perhaps a little extreme, his reasons are fairly valid. It’s important to optimise your network, and to make sure it stays relevant, and I think that’s going to become a big focus for a lot of users towards the end of this year. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: better to have 500 people who care about what you say, than 50,000 who couldn’t care less.

Twitter Tees

I’m huge on Twitter. Well, that’s what the t-shirt says, so it must be true.

These pretty cool tees are made by Threadless, who just might be doing some business with Twitter.

You can submit your own tweets to be made into t-shirts, too, which can earn you as much as $500.

Reputation, That’s What You Need

Mashable has an excellent article about building your personal brand on Twitter, which makes some important points about reputation, including making sure you claim your personal handle to avoid identity theft, a point I made a while back on Twittercism (and to be honest, with a lot more depth).

Also, they discuss a service called Tweexchange, which allows you to buy and sell usernames. The site boasts of ‘the fastest Twitter name search ever’, which might be true, but…

… it would be nice if it was accurate, as well. It also appears that Twitter suspends names that are listed for sale there, so probably best to avoid.

The Best Of @Sheamus

I share a lot of great content on Twitter and recent I began to store 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

Enjoy. 🙂