We are always told we need to be careful what we post on the internet because it could one day come back to haunt us. Now matter how far back we’ve posted, our tweets could come back to haunt us. That’s because on Wednesday, The Library of Congress announced they will now archive all public tweets dating back from 2006.
“The Library’s primary mission is research and it receives copies of every book, pamphlet, map, print, and piece of music registered in the United States,” said Twitter CEO Biz Stone in a blog post. “Recently, the Library of Congress signaled to us that the public tweets we have all been creating over the years are important and worthy of preservation.”
According to the Library of Congress, “The Library has been collecting materials from the web since it began harvesting congressional and presidential campaign websites in 2000. Today we hold more than 167 terabytes of web-based information, including legal blogs, websites of candidates for national office, and websites of Members of Congress.”
The news broke on Twitter yesterday afternoon and the response from the Twitter community has been mixed. Melissa Fazli, an avid Twitter user said she was excited about the announcement and tweeted, “We are a part of history. Awesome!”
How your website’s speed will now play in where you show up in Google’s search results. Twitter reveals a new feature, how this could impact businesses and Twitter users. And get your Gleek on, Glee returns to TV this week but not after a few Glee viral videos hit the web. We’ll take a look at some of them in today’s social media news brief for Wednesday, April 14, 2010. (more…)
Twitter is all about change this week. Yesterday the company announced they will begine to add advertisements known as “Promoted Tweets” to the site. Today the company is answering the question that’s been on everyone’s mind for years. “How many people are actually on Twitter?”
Twitter CEO Biz Stone announced at the companies first developer conference, Chirp, that the site has exactly 105,779,710 users. Obviously that number has jumped since this morning, but that’s about a third of the US population and about 25% of Facebook’s population. The number is quite an accomplishment and is on the right track to be the next to Facebook. (more…)
Twitter has launched it’s advertising platform, which many have been anticipating for months. Obviously, Twitter has to make money some how and today is the day that ad’s are introduced to the site. And like Biz Stone said back in November, “It’s going to be amazing.” The best part seems to be that the ad platform seems to be well liked in the first hour of it’s debut.
Unlike most ad’s which can take up plenty of room, ad’s on Twitter come in a small box underneath a tweet, saying “Promoted by…” which will come up in search results. In all honesty, it doesn’t take up to much room and doesn’t make the site look awful, however it’s still noticeable, which is good news for businesses that are going to want to jump on board. (more…)
It’s been awhile since we first heard Rupert Murdoch that he would block News Corp. websites off the search engines, particularly Google. And since nothing has happened within the past 5 months, Murdoch warned the world again over the weekend that his sites will no longer be available to the search engines. .
“We are going to stop people like Google or Microsoft or whoever from taking stories for nothing . . . there is a law of copyright and they recognise it,” Murdoch said according to Paul Harris who attended the National Press Club. (more…)
You may recall back in November, we shared with you in a news brief that Google was talking about making page speed part of it’s ranking system. Now that has become the reality. Googled confirmed in a blog post late last week, that site speed with now factor in where you show up in Google’s ranking.
“Speeding up websites is important – not just to site owners, but to all Internet users,” said Matt Cutts and Amit Singhal, both from Google. “Faster sites create happy users and we’ve seen in our internal studies that when a site responds slowly, visitors spend less time there. But faster sites don’t just improve user experience; recent data shows that improving site speed also reduces operating costs.” (more…)
Twitter announced on Friday that they have offically purchased Atebits, the company which produces the Tweetie iPhone application along with a desktop application for Mac’s. It’s the first time Twitter has linked up and purchased a fellow company, which is just sign at how well the social network is doing.
Loren Brichter is Tweetie’s creator, and will be part of the Twitter mobile team. In a blog post last Friday, Twitter said that the iPhone app will change it’s name from Tweetie to “Twitter for iPhone, and will be made free within the next several weeks.
Are China & Google getting friendly? What the country did this week, that’s confusing everyone. Then how many American’s are really using social media? We’ll take a look at the astonishing numbers. And a few viral videos captured our attention this week, we’ll take a look at a few of them on iePlexus Social Media News Brief for today Friday, April 09, 2010. (more…)
For the past week, Google has reported on their “Mainland China service availability” page that mobile searches were partially blocked, however as of late last night, Google is entirely available on mobile devices.
Doug Cavely of WebProNews said, “Assuming the yellow wrench doesn’t reappear tomorrow, this development may represent a significant breakthrough. Even a sort of victory for Google, if the Chinese government has decided not to follow through on some rather harsh statements about lawbreakers being ‘unfriendly, irresponsible,’ and having ‘to pay the consequences.'” (more…)