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November 7, 2012

Barack Obama Celebration Photo Becomes ‘Most Liked’ In Facebook History, Also Sets Twitter Record

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Obama PhotoPresident Barack Obama celebrated his victory on Tuesday night by sharing a photograph on his Facebook page. That photo which features the President in a warm embrace with First Lady Michelle Obama has quickly become the “most liked” photograph in the history of Facebook.

Under his photo was the simple caption “four more years.”

The Facebook pageFacebook + Journalistsrevealed the new record at approximately 3 a.m. ET. According to the group:

With more than 2.1 million likes, this Barack Obama photo is the most-liked Facebook photo of all time. read more

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October 22, 2012

James Blunt Retires, Twitter Goes Crazy With Hilarious Tweets

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James Blunt Twitter Retirement Jokes

Singer James Blunt announced on Monday that he was retiring from the music business and his announcement was met with hilarious Twitter messages.

Despite the singers massive number of sales (18 million albums), his five Grammy nominations and even two Brit Awards he apparently can’t get any respect.

Comments range from “James Blunt has announced that he is quitting the music industry. The US Army will have to come up with a new way of torturing POWs now” to “Good news, Jeremy Hunt! Warbler James Blunt has quit music, giving you a de-facto monopoly in the right-wing-dickhead-rhyming-slang market.”

Here are a few more tweet regarding the James Blunt retirement announcement:

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October 16, 2012

Twitter Study Reveals The Secret To More Followers

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Twitter stats by followersIf you want more Twitter followers you need to send out more tweets. That’s the basic premise behind a new study which examined billions of tweets in order to unlock the secret to obtaining Twitter followers.

Performed byBeevolve the social analytics research including analyzing 36 million user accounts with 28 billion tweets. On average the company was able to examine 794 tweets per person over a three year period.

The study found that people who send between 1 and 1000 tweets have on average 51-100 followers. People who tweets at least 10,000 messages have obtained 1,001 to 5,000 followers and people who send 15,000 tweets or more tend to have between 100,001 and 1 million followers.

There are of course exceptions, such as celebrities who can receive hundreds of thousands, even millions of followers just by sending their first tweet. read more

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October 9, 2012

Twitter Eyes Its Own Video Hosting Service

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Twitter Online VideoIf Twitter rumors are correct the social media micro-blogging service could soon replace third-party developers TwitVid, yFrog and VodPod while offering its own self-hosted video service. The company is rumored to currently be working on a service that would complement the photo sharing option the company rolled out earlier this year.

First reported byMike Isaac of AllThingsDhe claims:

Twitter is considering building its own video-hosting technology.”

Isaac further ads that the move is meant to remove third-party video hosts because of compatibility issues:

While these video services take some of the heavy lifting off Twitter, they also create difficulties. For one, Twitter has no control over the changes others make to their products. Yet often, Twitter must deal with the fallout when these changes occur. read more

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September 12, 2012

Kelly Clarkson Starts Accepting Twitter Song Requests During Concerts

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Kelly Clarkson on TwitterPop singer Kelly Clarkson has turned to Twitter in order to figure out what songs concertgoers want to hear during her live shows.

During her concert the hashtag #KCrequests is being used to determine song selection. Clarkson is currently on tour with The Fray.

Clarkson isn’t just accepting requests for her own songs, fans recently convinced her to belt outFlorence and the Machines Shake it Out, Rihannas We Found Love, and the uber hit “Call Me Maybe” By Carly Rae Jepsen.

Kelly Clarkson’s Twitter song requests are nothing new, the rock bandMy Morning Jackethas been using the social network for song requests for a while. read more

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August 29, 2012

Twitter’s Certified Partner Program Now Live

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Twitter Certified Product Program

Twitter on Wednesday officially opened its certified products platform to the general public. With the program Twitter says customers can now take advantage of programs in three verticals that includeEngagement Products, Analytics Products, and Data Reseller Products. According to Twitter the verticals arebased on the needs we see from partners every day.

In a post on the company’sblogrep Seth Binderngel noted:

With this program, weve identified areas where we see huge demand for innovation on Twitters platform.

Were launching today with 12 partners, and this is just the start. If you have a unique product that fits in at least one of the product verticals, solves a market need and has the potential for a large impact, please get in touch. read more

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July 26, 2012

Twitter Goes Down For Everyone, Fail Whale Emerges From The Rubble

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Twitter Fails

The fail whale emerged on Twitter for all users on Thursday after the website experienced technical difficulties that shut down the world’s second largest social media network.

First experienced at 11:15 a.m. ET the site was down for nearly one hour at which time no postings were captured.

Upon relaunching the website was still experiencing only limited functionality for some users while others still could not access or log into their accounts.  read more

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July 6, 2012

Twitter Search Gets A Boost From Autocomplete, Follower Searches And Related Terms

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Twitter Search ImprovementTwitter on Friday rolled out a new smarter search engine that brings with it an autocomplete feature along with the ability to guess whether you are searching for a term or a person. The Twitter search program can also search within the list of people a Twitter user follows.

On Thursday night Twitter teased that its search and discovery feature was about to change “forever” and now its new features have been shown off for both Twitter mobile and Twitter.com users.

The first new feature is the companies’s auto-complete. According to Twitter engineer Frost Li:

“Search autocomplete shows you the most likely terms for your query as you enter it — especially useful if you’re trying to follow the hashtag for an event or you’re looking for a certain Twitter account. You can select your query from the drop-down menu even before you finish typing it.”

The new autocomplete feature will also fix spelling mistakes for more accurate search results.  read more

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June 21, 2012

Twitter Rolling Out Promoted Ads Suit In 50 New Countries

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Promoted TweetsTwitter on Thursday announced plans to roll out its suite of advertising products to 50 more countries, a big push to increase revenue outside of the United States.

Twitter’s Promoted Ads suite which includes Promoted Tweets, Promoted Trends and Promoted Accounts will start with Latin America and then carry over to western Europe including Germany and Spain. Twitter currently only offers Promoted ads in the U.S., UK and Japan.

When asked about exact time frames for the platform Twitter CEO Dick Costola revealed:

“There is a ton of demand but we don’t have dates as yet.”

Latin America will roll out “later this year” with Western Europe to follow. read more

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June 6, 2012

Twitter’s Famous Bird Mascot Gets A Makeover

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New Twitter Bird DesignTwitter on Wednesday rolled out a new design for its “little blue bird” the third such design overhaul for the Twitter bird since the social network launched.

Gone are the birds head feathers while the new logo sports pointier wings that are slanted upward. Regular Twitter users will also notice a slightly darker shade of blue filling in the birds body.

In a Twitter blog post creative director Doug Bowman wrote:

“Our new bird grows out of love for ornithology, design within creative constraints, and simple geometry. This bird is crafted purely from three sets of overlapping circles — similar to how your networks, interests and ideas connect and intersect with peers and friends.”

Bowman continues:

“Whether soaring high above the earth to take in a broad view, or flocking with other birds to achieve a common purpose, a bird in flight is the ultimate representation of freedom, hope and limitless possibility.”

Here’s the official Twitter video which unveiled the new Twitter bird design: read more

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