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Twitter’s Battle With Spam

SpamIt’s nearly impossible to avoid spam on the Internet, but Twitter is trying to do something about it, at least on the microblogging website.  In a blog post Tuesday, the company announced the amount of tweets sent out a day is 1%, which is an incredible task.

During the same time last year, spam on Twitter took up roughly 7% of the microblogging website.  And in August of this past year, spam on Twitter hit an all time high, with close to 11% of tweets.  So, to only have 1% of spam taking up your site is an accomplishment.  But Twitter says they are going to continue their efforts to getting rid of spam all together.  (more…)

Twitter Isn’t As Loud As You Think

twitter-birdOccasionally, we talk about some of the latest Twitter facts to see how much the site is growing.  We have seen both the amount of users and the numbers of tweets each month continue to grow, with an occasional slow down.  But a new study from Barracuda Labs, a Web security company, shows that not even a third of the users are tweeting.

The study looked at an astonishing 19 million users, and defined a “True Twitter user” as someone who has at least 10 followers, is following 10 others, and has at least 10 tweets.  Seems simple, right? Surprisingly, only 21 % of the 19 million were defined at a true user.  So 79% of twitter users rarely even use their account! (more…)

Twitter Makes Extraordinary Prediction

3231178720_5e2c1c45a8By the time you finish reading this article, nearly 30,000 tweets will have been posted.   On December 19, Mashable announced that there were officially more than more tweets in the world than people.  While the world population is roughly 6.79 billion people, the number of tweets is now well over 7 billion.  It took roughly three years, to get 7 billion tweets, which is very impressive.  That’s averaging 1.75 billion tweets a year, mind you that Twitter hit 3 billion tweets in April of this year followed by 5 billion in mid-late October. 

In an Online Times article, Twitter co-founder, Biz Stone write, “In the new year, Twitter will begin supporting a billion search queries a day. We will be delivering several billion tweets per hour to users around the world.” (more…)

Twitter Founder: Site Not for Sale

twitternotsaleTwitter co-founder Biz Stone assured reporters Monday that, contrary to popular belief, the microblogging website is not up for sale, and there are no plans for a sale.  However, Stone said Twitter may eventually go public on the stock market for funding if necessary.

“We are definitely not interested in selling the company,” he said.  Later on he suggested that Twitter could eventually eye an initial public offering (IPO). “If an IPO’s the only thing, then sure. But if there is some other way, then that would be great too. Maybe some other new way will emerge.” (more…)