By 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…)
Chaos broke out late Thursday night and early Friday morning as the Iranian Cyber Army took over Twitter. Microbloggers worldwide were lost on what exactly was going on, and were unsure where they would be able to send their tweets. While the matter is still being investigated, reports from Twitter’s service provider, Dynect Inc. has said they are not the reason for the the break in as Twitter had first believed. It now seems the hackers were able to get into Twitter staff members emails and obtain the passwords to change the settings through Dynect.
Overnight, Twitter users who wanted to update their statuses saw a message from the so called “Iranian Cyber Army.” The group hacked into Twitter and left a picture of the Iranian flag along with this message for all to see:
U.S.A. Think They Controlling And Managing Internet By Their Access, But They Don’t, We Control And Manage Internet By Our Power, So Do Not Try To Stimulation Iranian Peoples TO
NOW WHICH COUNTRY IN EMBARGO LIST? IRAN? USA?
WE PUSH THEM IN EMBARGO LIST ; )
Take Care. (more…)
Have you ever heard someone say they are too old to figure out how to use a computer? As a 22 year old, I find it hard to imagine life without a computer, since I’ve always had one in the house since about 3rd or 4th grade. I know we were one of the last families in the neighborhood to get one. My brother, sister and me were definitely brought up in a different age than my parents. While my mom became accepting to the computer, my dad says, “computers are the end of the word as we know it!” Asking my dad to find the power button on a computer is impossible, which is why I was flabbergasted to learn that my 15 year old brother taught him how to text.
While my dad is more than a decade and a half away from becoming a senior citizen, a new survey recently showed that seniors enjoy using the internet, and some of their favorite sites include Facebook and YouTube. Nielsen estimates that today nearly 17.5 million seniors are active on the Internet, which is up from 2004, when it was estimated only 11.3 million seniors used the internet. (more…)
It’s hard to imagine Twitter without a checking out the current trending topics, but the feature was just released in April along with the Twitter search tool, allowing you to type a certain word or phrase and tweets with those keywords will appear. Using the trending topics has become a great way to stay up-to-date in pop culture, and news headlines from around the world. In fact, many Twitter users found out that Michael Jackson had died about 45 minutes before those watching the developments on television. Twitter was also great to watch during the American Idol finale, as it was the first time American Idol winner, Kris Allen, took the top spot beating out Adam Lambert, who was the number one trending topic every week until that night. As we near 2010, Twitter has decided to take a look at some of the most interesting trending topics of the year. (more…)
As we all know, companies world-wide are taking advantage of Twitter, from major corporations like Starbucks, Southwest Airlines, and Amazon to smaller companies such as iePlexus. Late Monday, Twitter’s Anamitra Banerji wrote in a blog post that some new features will soon be coming to Twitter to help benefit businesses.
There has been much talk about having companies pay for a business account within the next year and that still seems very likely. Companies with a business account would receive a badge, much like celebrities have, verifying it’s the official account. However, as of right now Twitter is only releasing plans for one of their features for business accounts. The new feature is known as the “Contributors”. This will mostly be beneficial to companies whom have multiple people updating their Twitter accounts. This helps make online businesses seem a little more personal by allowing users to engage more in conversations. (more…)
Last week, I shared with you a report from The Big Money, which came up with a list of some of the world’s top 50 companies using Facebook to their advantage. After the article was released, the online magazine revealed another list known as the Twitter 12.
To figure out who would make it on the list, the company asked themselves one main question: Which companies get the most out of Twitter? The Big Money looked at a number of statistics, such as the number of followers, Twitter growth from September through November, how often and what exactly are these companies tweeting. The magazine only included companies with more than a million followers. (more…)