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March 31, 2013

Twitter’s Most Obnoxious Tech Tweeters Revealed [Infographic]

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Tech TweetersTwitter has more than half a billion tweeters and with those type of numbers the social network is bound to have run-ins with some really obnoxious users.

The team at Conduit decided to check out Twitter’s worst users and put together a hilarious infographic that examines the social networks most obnoxious people.

Talking about Twitter’s worst offenders Conduit’s Sivan Cohen revealed:

“With over half a billion users, it’s no surprise that Twitter has its fair share of awful tweeters.”

The company specifically examined eleven awful tech tweeter types. From “know-it-all developers” who attempt to always look brilliant, to eventaholic Twitter users who brag about all the cool events they are attending, the group really hits the nail on the head. read more

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Twitter’s Vine Receives Embed Feature, Better Facebook And Twitter Sharing

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Vine Embeds

Twitter has rolled out a new embed feature for its Vine platform. Users can now choose to embed Vine’s based on three different sizes. The company also unveiled stronger Facebook and Twitter sharing options.

In a company blog post  co-founder and general manager Dom Hofmann writes:

“When we launched Vine, we described posts as ‘little windows into the people, settings, ideas and objects that make up your life.’ With today’s update, you can display them almost anywhere.” read more

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March 28, 2013

Twitter Rapidly Moving Towards $1 Billion In Annual Revenue

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Twitter AdsIf you asked us ten years ago if a company basing its strategy around 140 character micro-blogging could become a billion dollar industry we would have laughed at you. However, Twitter is on track to increase its revenue from an estimated $583 million in 2013 to a cool $1 billion in ad revenue in 2014.

According to industry analyst eMarketer, Twitter will beat 2014 estimates from September by a full 20 percent.

The prediction claims that Twitter will earn more than half of its 2013 earnings from its mobile focus. eMarketer also believes the social network will increase its mobile platform dollars by 60 percent by 2015.

In its analysis eMarketer explains that Twitter’s quickly growing revenue successes are based around its ability to quickly deploy new ad types to mobile devices. The company notes that ad units are part of Twitters basic product which makes cross device implementation simple and effective.  read more

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March 6, 2013

Twitter iOS Update Does Away With Several Video Uploading Services

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Twitter iOS update and VideoTwitter iOS version 5.4 was released on Wednesday and as expected it did away with many popular third party video uploading services.

No longer available to Twitter iOS app users are Mobypicture, Vodpod and Posterous.

The Posterous removal shouldn’t come as a surprise to users as Twitter prepares to close the doors on the company it acquired in 2012.

Not all video services have been shuddered, Telly (formerly Twitvid) remains on the service, as does the popular platform option YFrog.

Twitter has been actively pushing its users away from third party video apps, although YouTube and Vimeo still remain as big players in the Tweet space.  read more

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February 21, 2013

Twitter Adds Email Authentication To Prevent Malicious User Attacks

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Twitter HackWith Twitter accounts being hacked left and right the company on Thursday debuted a new email authentication platform to fight back against forged Twitter email addresses.

Twitter announced the inclusion of DMARC, a technology that prevents cybercriminals from sending emails to users via fake Twitter.com addresses.

On the company’s official blog Twitter writes:

“We send out lots of emails every day to our users letting them know what’s happening on Twitter. But there’s no shortage of bad actors sending emails that appear to come from a Twitter.com address in order to trick you into giving away key details about your Twitter account, or other personal information, commonly called ‘phishing’.”

Twitter implemented DMARC earlier in the month but chose to officially roll out its announcement after the Twitter accounts for Jeep and Burger King became the victims of hackers. read more

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January 14, 2013

Twitter Might Help You Lose Weight, Study Finds

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Twitter Weight LossWant to trim a few pounds off your waistline? According to a new study Twitter is actually helping many users lose weight.

Published by researchers at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health the report claims that Twitter’s support system has given people the motivation they need to drop their extra pounds. The study examined an op-in weight loss program which encouraged Twitter users to receive and share information about weight loss and their own goals.

According to the study every 10 posts to Twitter by the test group results in another 0.5% weight loss per participant. While many weight loss intervention programs already exist, such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, they are often more expensive and time consuming for participants.

If this study holds true the next big weight loss fade could literally involve sitting down in front of your computer for a little bit of time each day. read more

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December 17, 2012

Twitter And Nielsen Team Up To Improve Ratings System

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Twitter and Nielsen PartnershipNielsen Ratings has been called antiquated and out-of-touch with today’s media landscape, Twitter on the other hand offers semantic results that web browsers create through millions of interactions. Together the two company’s hope to create a TV measurement system that brings ratings to the twenty first century.

The new ratings metric will debut in Fall 2013 and while the Nielsen’s rating system will remain in place it will be complemented by new Twitter data that is presented on top of the SocialGuide platform created by NM Incite.

In its official press releaseNielsenwrites: read more

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December 12, 2012

Flickr Announces Photo Filters, Uses Twitter Favored SDK Provider Aviary

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Flickr Photo Filters

Flickr on Wednesday announced a set of its own photo filters, the platform was created by the Aviary, the same company that provided an SDK package for Twitter’s recently announced photo filters.

On its blog Aviary writers:

Now, all Flickr users, on web and mobile, can make their photos look amazing with Aviarys tools, filters and effects.”

Aviary’s software development kit (SDK) works across various mobile operating system. The system isfunded by Spark Capital, Jeff Bezos, Reid Hoffman and Walgreens. read more

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December 7, 2012

Twitter Cutting Some Tweets Down To 117 Characters

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Twitter Shortener Services Leads to Shorter Tweets AllowedIf you can’t collect your thoughts in 140 characters you might soon find yourself with 23 less. Twitter is planning to cut down URL containing tweets from 118 characters for HTTP links and just 117 for HTTPS containing URLs.

Currently a Tweet can scale to 119 characters when a Twitter URL shortener is used.

On Thursday Twitter announced the movie, noting that it was necessary because of upcoming changes to the Twitter t.co link wrapper. The new revision extends t.co wrapped links from 20 to 22 characters for HTTP URLS and 21 to 23 characters for HTTPS links.

Because Twitter’s shortener service will now use more space Twitter will give up some space from a customers Tweets. read more

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November 20, 2012

Twitter Giving $1 Million In Free Advertising To Small Businesses On November 24

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Twitter for Small Business

Twitter will give away $1 million in free ad credits to 10,000 small businesses on Saturday November 24.

The $100 in free credits per business will be offered to the first 10,000 businesses who apply and meet eligibility requirements for the program.

The money from the program can be used to purchase ad credits towardsPromoted Trends and Promoted Accounts on Twitter.

To qualify for the free $100 in advertising the business must be US based, be active on Twitter and be new to Twitter advertising. read more

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