Category: Twitter

When are a million Twitter apps not really a million Twitter apps?

So Twitter has one million registered applications? Okay, let’s have a list. And when this list (which I doubt we’ll ever see) comes out, we can find out how many of them are honest to goodness apps, and how many are workarounds for blog plug-ins so posts like this one can be auto-tweeted. Given each blog needs to be registered as an application in plug-ins like Twitter Tools, and WordPress has just announced they have over 50 million blogs (and around 25 million of them are personally hosted versions), I’ll take Twitter’s Million with not just a grain of salt,

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Twitter fragments account capabilities with DM changes

In a practical sense, the news that verified accounts on Twitter can receive direct messages from any Twitter user without the verified account having to follow them means that it’s really easy to get in touch with the intern running the social media engagement project that’s been commissioned by the management of someone who’s big in Hollywood (and Robert Scoble, presumably). But in terms of the balance of Twitter, where DM is one of the benefits of following, I’m not so sure this is a great idea. It also means that there are two types of Twitter accounts, with different

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Where Eurovision leads, Howard Stern follows

So Peter Kafka is amazed enough at Howard Stern live tweeting a commentary to a show on television that  he reckons this is the way forward for television? That Adam Bain at Twitter decided to prompt “every TV producer should be [taking] note of what Howard Stern is doing live with Private Parts and Twitter. He’s new but already broke ground.” Hold on a minute. As usual a brand new discovery to the American web and media is something that Europe has been doing for years. And I should know, because with my multiple years of providing Eurovision commentary via

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Stop Twittering About Yourself

…which I will now illustrate by, err, mentioning myself. Nothing like getting the exception to the rule out the way first. The Times has picked up on a Boston based survey that shows Twitter is just like every other social space, be it in the real world or online. The popular tweeters are those who build up the inclusiveness of Twitter and get involved with people, rather than the self-promoting “look at me” users. As part of this, Murad Ahmed was looking for a case study on successful tweeting, and asked if i wouldn’t mind being profiled: “You should think

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My Secret To Grabbing Dormant Twitter names (like @Ewan)

Just been name-checked by The Next Web (Hi Zee and the rest of the gang!) in their article detailing the oncoming Twitter Goldrush as they release inactive usernames to be registered. You see, Twitter are sitting on a lot of inactive names, and people want to grab the ones that are useful to them… especially if they’ve had one update to them, no followers, and been sitting there doing nothing for three years. There’s no official way to do this (yet) but as I’ve detailed before, you can mange it, as The Next Web has now reminded everyone: Besides that

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