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May 8, 2013

Twitter #Music – What Is It?

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Twitter Music

Twitter launched Twitter #Music about a fortnight ago, a new service and app to discover new artists and music through Twitter. The system uses a platform which was acquired last year by Twitter, oWeAreHunted, but has been refined and expanded through integration with Spotify and Rdio, two large music streaming services.

Currently, the system extracts songs from iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio, but other sources will be added in the future. By default, users can only listen to short snippet of songs – 30 seconds – directly from iTunes but for Rdio and Spotify, you will need to use your credentials to log in.  Based on the recent acquisition of “We Are Hunted” by  Twitter, the system will help us to discover new songs and artists based on custom criteria, including the artists followed by us or our followers. read more

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April 30, 2013

Twitter Self-Serve Advertising Platform Now Open To Everyone

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Twitter Self Serve AdvertisingTwitter on Tuesday announced that it is opening its self-serve advertising platform to all users in the United States.

The Twitter self-serve platform allows account administrators to run their own campaigns by promoting accounts or individuals Tweets to specific groups within the social network. Advertisers can also track the results of their campaigns via Twitter analytics.

The self-serve platform provides pay for engagement activities which includes favorites, replies, and retweets.

Twitter started the advertising platform as an invite-only option. Twitter used feedback to adjust the platform before taking it live.  read more

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April 12, 2013

Instagram Shut Down Hurt Twitter [Infographic]

When Twitter cut off Instagram from its API there were questions about the effect the move would have on Twitter. As it turns out the shutdown hurt Twitter’s quarter-over-quarter engagement per photo fell, while Instagram’s own engagement increased by 30 percent.

While Twitter has put a lot of stock in the Twitter Cards system, specifically Twitter Photo Cards, it turns out that most users would rather click on a link to view Instagram photos.

The team at Column Five visualized the entire shift from Twitter to Instagram in a new infographic. Column Five worked with Simply Measured in February 2013 to determine the shift caused by the Twitter shut down of Instagram.

What Column Five and Simply Measured discovered was that engagement with brands since that time has grown by 35% on Instagram while brand follower count grew by 41%.

They also offer some helpful tips for tracking your social media photo sharing, for example, use Instagram for photo sharing on Facebook to increase engagement.

If you want to increase Twitter engagement you need to upload pictures directly to the Twitter photo sharing system and not through Instagram.

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April 8, 2013

Twitter’s Vine App Is Now Apple’s Top Downloaded Free Software

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Twitter VineThe Twitter Vine app is now the number one downloaded free application in the Apple App Store.

Twitter purchased the popular app in late 2012 and launched Vine in January 2013.

Vine allows customers to record 6-second long videos and then share them on the Vine platform and through Twitter and Facebook.

Starting in March the Vine platform began allowing users to embed users with basic and postcard setups. The Vine embeds have begun to show up on various news reporting websites. read more

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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 25, 2013

Facebook Cuts Off API Support For Vine App

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Twitter Vine AppFacebook has reportedly cut off API use for Twitter’s newest social app Vine. The move comes less than 24 hours after Vine was released for wide scale use.

Twitter acquired Vine in October and launched the video-sharing service on its platform as a way to expand its multimedia offerings.

As part of the Vine application users are prompted to find their Facebook Friends, an option that now reveals a Facebook error.

While many networks including Foursquare rely on Facebook’s API for data collection, the Facebook API terms of services states that developers “may not use Facebook Platform to export user data into a competing social network without our permission.”

The wording of the social networks API allows Facebook to cut off any company it believes to be a direct competitor.

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