The “Tweet” button has been available for some time, allowing users to share links easily on Twitter. Now the short messaging service has added a feature from the other side of the coin. The Follow button can be placed on websites to allow visitors to easily follow an account. No more awkward linking to profile pages, just a one-click follow.
It's official: TweetDeck, the makers of a popular app that allows social media fanatics to tweet and update their various social media profiles from a single interface, has been purchased by Twitter. Rumors about the deal have been swirling around the Internet for a week before reaching a fever-pitch Tuesday afternoon. Tweetdeck laid all the speculation to rest earlier today, and even managed to tweet the deal in under 40 characters: "Official: TweetDeck Has Been Acquired By Twitter http://j.mp/lUHTnH"
You could see this one coming a mile away, or weeks away if you follow our complex conversion algorithm for distance and length of Internet rumors and speculation. Twitter's impending takeover of TweetDeck has been rumored since the beginning of the month, and it's now semi-official. According to reports, Twitter spent more than $40 million acquiring TweetDeck, though the exact figure isn't yet known since Twitter is so far refusing to commit 140 (or less) characters confirming the buyout.
Egads! Friday the 13th's evil mojo is proving a menace for microblogging loud mouths who feel compelled to tell the world what they just ate for lunch or, unadvisedly, who they just murdered and where they hid the body (we'll stick to using it for posting article links and contest announcements). Casual users probably didn't notice that something's awry, but if you stay connected to Twitter throughout the day, expect intermittent hiccups.
If you own a laptop, tablet PC, or smartphone -- and who doesn't these days? -- feel free to bring them with you when you visit the Quincy District Court in Massachusetts. Unlike nearly every other court in the country, not only does this one allow these electronic devices, but it's actually encouraging users to live blog, post to Facebook, and update their Twitter accounts once court is in session.
We don't run a feature called "Quirky Lawsuit of the Month," but if we did, two California residents who decided to sue Twitter for sending an SMS notification after they withdrew their consent would be a shoe in. Hear us out on this one. It's not that we have a problem with punishing companies that blatantly ignore opt-out requests, but that isn't what happened here. Hit the jump to find out exactly what Twitter did.
Say what you will about Twitter, but it’s ubiquity is startling. Consider the following statistics:
• An average of a billion tweets are sent each week. That amounts to approximately 140 million tweets per day. Per day!
• When Michael Jackson died back in June 2009, Twitter saw 456 tweets per second. Almost two years later, the record stands at6,939 tweets per second. (That occurred in Japan on New Year’s day.)
• Twitter is seeing almost half a million accounts being created each day.
The most interesting thing about Twitter is that it’s simultaneously entertaining, informative, connective, distracting, and (potentially) destructive. As with all things multi-dimensional, the key to making the most of Twitter is understanding how to use it. With this in mind, we present a litany of tips. Feel free to chime in with your own (or disparage ours) in the comments section below.
Outdated laws that have seen people arrested for leeching off open Wi-Fi networks certainly elicit a few chuckles over its absurdity, but a very real Canadian law could, if interpreted literally, result in mass arrests during the upcoming federal elections on May 2nd. Section 329 of the Canadian Elections Act forbids the transmission of local polling station results across time zones, and it just so happens Twitter and Facebook would fit the definition of a “transmission medium”.
Listen up all you single ladies and gents, if you're looking for a long-term relationship, don't date an active Twitter user. Turns out that relationships might be taking a backseat to microblogging, at least according to data by Match.com's OKCupid portal, which suggests that Twitter users make for flighty boyfriends or girlfriends and bail on their mates faster than non-Twitter users (or maybe it's the other way around).
Everyone from Congressional heavyweights to Joe Internet on the street is concerned about privacy these days. So it's a fitting time for the EFF to release their updated Privacy Score Card. This handy document tells you which companies are looking after your online privacy, and which aren’t. You might be surprised by the standings.