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Untitled. Stupid Tricks with Promoted Tweets — The Message. Twitter’s Promoted Tweets are, at best, a necessary evil. At worst, they’re tweets from @Satan himself — brands shoving their unwanted products into your carefully-curated timelines. But with today’s news that we’ll soon start seeing Twitter Ads outside of Twitter, I thought I’d take a deeper look to see if I could exploit Promoted Tweets for my own personal enjoyment. Targeting individuals Twitter supports promoting tweets to “tailored audiences,” a list of email addresses, phone numbers, or Twitter usernames for the people you want to target. My first impulse was to use this to promote a tweet to a single person. Or maybe saying hi to a friend: Unfortunately, Twitter predicted this and returns a “too few users” error when uploading a list with less than 500 matching users. So much for my plan to use Twitter for meeting requests.

(In theory, you could create a list of 500 inactive users and then add the one person you’re actually hoping to target, but that seemed like a lot of work.) The six types of Twitter conversations. By Lee Rainie Have you ever wondered what a Twitter conversation looks like from 10,000 feet? A new report from the Pew Research Center, in association with the Social Media Research Foundation, provides an aerial view of the social media network. By analyzing many thousands of Twitter conversations, we identified six different conversational archetypes. Our infographic describes each type of conversation network and an explanation of how it is shaped by the topic being discussed and the people driving the conversation. In Defense of Getting Personal on Twitter - The Digital Campus 2014. By Alice E. Marwick Keep it professional. That’s what we tell high-school and college students about their Facebook and Twitter accounts. We explain that employers can and will mine your personal social media for data, and that what you say online can follow you forever.

I grew up on the Internet. It’s not that my social-media presence veers into what my students would call "inappropriate. " I’m increasingly concerned about my online presence. The somewhat ridiculous thing about this predicament is that I wrote a book about it. Social media encouraged a "work safe" self-presentation that was highly edited, free from rancor or controversy, and, frankly, quite boring. I concluded that social media made it possible for the norms of work, marketing, and advertising to penetrate further into people’s lives, not just in terms of answering emails on the weekend or being permanently "on call," but into our very self-expression and relationships to others. Alice E. Twitter's New Design Looks A Lot Like Facebook, And That's A Good Thing.

After months of testing, Twitter has announced a new design that makes the popular micro-blogging service look a lot more like Facebook. But don't let that fool you. Twitter's as dedicated to being a digital stream of consciousness as ever. The redesign just makes it easier for others to track your thoughts. If your old Twitter was Finnegan's Wake, the new Twitter design integrates CliffsNotes inside the text. Rolling out to new users today (and gradually to the rest of us), the most obvious change in the new Twitter design is the aesthetic. While previously a user's Twitter profile was a rather austere two-paned list of tweets, statistics, and hashtags, the new Twitter opts for a flashy, Facebook-style profile, with wide horizontal header images, bigger user pictures, and tabs for photos and videos, followers, and more. Twitter News Consumers: Young, Mobile and Educated. Nearly one-in-ten U.S. adults (8%) get news through Twitter, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the John S. and James L.

Knight Foundation. Compared with the 30% of Americans who get news on Facebook, Twitter news consumers stand out as younger, more mobile and more educated. In addition, a separate Pew Research analysis of conversations on Twitter around major news events reveals three common characteristics: much of what gets posted centers on passing along breaking news; sentiments shift considerably over time; and however passionate, the conversations do not necessarily track with public opinion. This two-part report is based first on a survey of more than 5,000 U.S. adults (including 736 Twitter users and 3,268 Facebook users) and, second, on an analysis of Twitter conversations surrounding major news events which spanned nearly three years.

According to the survey, 16% of U.S. adults use Twitter. Hurricane Sandy and Twitter, Nov. 6, 2012. Twitter’s Root Injustice — - meta - How To Make Twitter More Fair and Competitive The story of my experience on Twitter is the story that is celebrated—but rarely the case for most people. When I joined Twitter in 2009 it was like showing up to a half-settled frontier town.

I could talk with people who would normally never talk to me, I could gain a following in fields where I was years younger than most, and I could do this all from a laptop in my underwear. Twitter was magical in 2009 because the platform was getting a daily flood of users of all stripes eager to find accounts to follow. We’ll never be able to get back to that era of Twitter, but there are a ton of things Twitter can do to help users. Reward Engagement Over Inheritance Twitter has a built in method to reward users and it’s called the Suggested User List. The Suggested User List is a mechanism that can make Twitter more competitive but only if it rewards a behavior new users have a shot at. Active Followers > Legacy Followers. The Architecture Twitter Uses to Deal with 150M Active Users, 300K QPS, a 22 MB/S Firehose, and Send Tweets in Under 5 Seconds. Toy solutions solving Twitter’s “problems” are a favorite scalability trope.

Everybody has this idea that Twitter is easy. With a little architectural hand waving we have a scalable Twitter, just that simple. Well, it’s not that simple as Raffi Krikorian, VP of Engineering at Twitter, describes in his superb and very detailed presentation on Timelines at Scale. If you want to know how Twitter works - then start here. It happened gradually so you may have missed it, but Twitter has grown up. Twitter now has 150M world wide active users, handles 300K QPS to generate timelines, and a firehose that churns out 22 MB/sec. 400 million tweets a day flow through the system and it can take up to 5 minutes for a tweet to flow from Lady Gaga’s fingers to her 31 million followers. A couple of points stood out: Twitter no longer wants to be a web app. How does Twitter work? The Challenge Groups The Platform Services group is responsible for the core scalable infrastructure of Twitter. Push Me Pull Me. Twitter + GNIP. Twelephone.

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