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Fake Twitter accounts have been in the news a lot lately. Last week, the Dalai Lama started tweeting, and then we found out "His Holiness" was actually a fake . Kanye West dissed Stephen Colbert last year on Twitter.
Five years ago today , Twitter’s @Jack published the very first Tweet, the first of billions of Tweets that would eventually change the way millions of people share, learn, and communicate. While other news media (Twitter included) report that Jack’s first Tweet simply stated, “inviting coworkers” – the first tweet on record by @jack actually read, “just setting up my twttr.” That same Tweet was published by all employees at a time when Twitter was actually known as Twttr. In five short years, the service has come a long way, earning a reported 200+ million users (and bots) and a market valuation of $8 – $10 billion.
Updates at the foot of the post . The Daily Mail has found itself at the wrong end of a royalty battle after it published photos posted to social networking site Twitter without obtaining permission, only to find it would be billed ten times the normal rate for unauthorised use. According to The Register , documentary film-maker Emily James had taken a series of images to taken at St Vincent Polling Station in Dalston on the day of the general election, capturing the “voting frenzy” at the polls.
It started as a simple Twitter beef, 140-character spurts of anger by two young men who grew up together.
Have you ever wanted to share a set of memories with some of your Twitter friends, keeping the content private while still allowing for collaboration between certain folks? It's not anything we thought we wanted, either, but after playing with TwitAlbums , we find the concept charming.
-By Skeeter Hansen and Al Ferretti Your account could get suspended for one or more of these reasons. User Abuse : A large number of people block the profile or write in with spam complaints. Aggressive following : Using programs out there that claim to get you 1000’s of follow in just days could get you suspended.
Over the past 24 hours, the Local Policing Unit from Birmingham South have been tweeting live incidents and their officers’ responses to them. Armed only with a hashtag (#bsp24) and a new twitter account, they have ventured out into the world of social media. Judging by the excellent feedback they have received, I am sure they will be extremely pleased with the results. Two weeks ago, I spoke to the Commander from Birmingham South, Phil Kay, and discussed the idea with him.
A friend shared a new tool with me the other day called ‘Wiffiti’ . Now I’ve posted before about how good Twitter is for conferences . This little gadget gets around the issue that not everyone in your audience at an event will either be on Twitter or have a device on them that enables them to tweet there.
Stephen from AeroXP has snatched an exclusive from Microsoft’s killer deck of concept videos showcasing Microsoft’s vision for the future of computing. This particular 6-minute long video was produced in 2005 and focuses on the scenario of ‘real-time collaboration’. The story involves a scientist who was snowed-in on return from his vacation, forcing him to work as well as give a presentation to 900 other scientists all from the hotel room.
Ho John Lee | July 13th, 2009 | 10:03 pm | 1 comment A number of people have been asking about updates to the earlier posts on Twitter’s user profile population as well as some statistical analysis. I’m joining the Microsoft Bing search team so I probably won’t be sharing as much data in the future, but I wanted to get a couple of charts out first. Here’s an updated look at Twitter’s user base growth, through June 2009. This survey has many spam accounts pruned out, so the actual number of user profiles at any point in time is probably higher than the graph plotted here.
Micro-blogging service Twitter remains the preserve of a few, despite the hype surrounding it, according to research. Just 10% of Twitter users generate more than 90% of the content, a Harvard study of 300,000 users found. Estimates suggest it now has more than 10 million users and is growing faster than any other social network. However, the Harvard team found that more than half of all people using Twitter updated their page less than once every 74 days.
Unprotected tweets are fair game for press coverage, it’s been ruled in the UK today. The decision by the Press Complaints Commission follows a complaint from a government official whose tweets about being hungover at work were published in the Daily Mail and Independent on Sunday newspapers. The BBC reports that Sarah Baskerville claimed that she had a reasonable right to expect privacy on Twitter.