With 400 Million Tweets Per Day, Twitter Spending "Inordinate Resources" On Improving Content Discovery Twitter is devoting “an inordinate amount of resources and time” to improve content discovery for its users — a challenge that’s no doubt made more difficult by the service’s growing userbase and increased tweet activity. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo told a conference audience this week that Twitter is now seeing more than 400 million tweets per day, up from the 340 million figure that the company revealed in March. CNET reported Costolo’s comments from a conference put on by The Economist: Costolo was somewhat more forthcoming about mining the data trove it collects. “The fascinating thing about big numbers is you get macro trends and events, and incredible personal moments where you have to dive all the way to see things,” he said. Twitter has made a number of recent improvements related to discovery. Costolo also said that mobile activity is surpassing the desktop on several fronts, including — at least once — ad revenue. We have an ad platform that is already inherently suited to mobile.
5min - Find the best how to, instructional and DIY videos – Life Videopedia John Oliver's Spoof Book Becomes Bestseller John Oliver released a book about Mike Pence’s bunny being gay and it’s topped Amazon’s bestseller list. On his show, “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver stated, “This is actually a book for children. This is a real children’s book. Karen Blakeman's Blog » Blog Archive » Top 10 Business Search Tips – 3rd November 2009 A group of business information researchers gathered at the London Chamber of Commerce in Queen Street, London for the TFPL workshop – facilitated by yours truly – on key web business resources. The participants were from a variety of types of organisations but they all had a mission to find out what business information was available for free or on a pay-as-you-go basis. We covered not only business information sites but also how to make better use of the advanced search features of the likes of Google and Yahoo. At the end of the day, the group was asked to come with a list of Top 10 Tips. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Written by: Karen Blakeman on November 6, 2009. Tags: Business Information, Top 10 Tios
Tweetree - Birds in a tree. Three Stages of Presenting with Twitter This is a guest post from esteemed presentations and speaking expert Olivia Mitchell. There’s a new story almost every week of a presenter getting roasted on Twitter. The possibility that this might happen to you could be scary. Presenting at conferences is hard enough without the added complication of Twitter. But it’s not all bad. Conference organizers and presenters are experimenting with using the backchannel to proactively engage audiences using the backchannel. I’ve written an eBook “How to present with Twitter (and other backchannels)” to help you thrive in this new presentation world. 1. Preparation If you prepare thoughtfully, respecting the needs of your audience and do your best, you will survive presenting to the backchannel. Out of date examplesOverused cliches or buzzwordsStories with unknown origins — they could be urban mythsThinly-veiled sales pitches. Prepare yourself psychologically for what’s its going to be like presenting to a tweeting audience. 2. Twitter moderator
Twitter Upgrades Search With Autocomplete & New Filters Twitter’s search tool has just undergone a slight makeover with a number of new features that should help get users to the information they’re looking for quicker than before. The most noticeable upgrade is the addition of autocompleted search suggestions that appear below the search box as you type. The dropdown will show terms that you might be searching for, as well as Twitter accounts — whether you follow them or not — that may match what’s being typed in the search box. After completing the search, Twitter has added a new filter to the tweet results. Other upgrades include:
tuxedo mask - 99 Life Hacks to make your life easier! Web 2.0 Search Tools - The Best Search Tools of Web 2.0 Searching the social Web can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but it doesn't have to be. Learn how you can harness the amazing networks that make up the social Web and make your Web searches faster, more relevant, and up to the minute accurate. Twitter SearchTwitter, a popular micro-blogging platform that boasts millions of users, is a great way to find content that other people are talking about on the Web. Here are seven search tools you can use for a more accurate and extensive Twitter search. StumbleuponOne of my favorite ways to explore the Web is using Stumbleupon, a unique bookmarking service. Beyond Google Alerts: How to Mine Social MediaSocial media can provide a wealth of competitive intelligence. Use Tags to Search Within a SiteMany Web sites these days are implementing a new way for you to search their sites internally - with tags. What are Flickr Tags? NoovoNoovo is a way to share interesting content with people that you know.
Ultimate guide to Twitter tools and resources for journalists | Finally thinking of testing out Twitter ? Online Journalism Blog posts why journalists should use Twitter , and I think new new media reporters could use a resource list. So grab your Twitter posse and start checking out these Twitter tools and resources: What is Twitter!?!?! Twitter is a micro-blogging service for messages of up to 140 characters that can be updated via SMS, Email, Web, Browsers, Desktop clients and whatever else. To truly understand Twitter, you have to use it. Get an Account Twitter Home : It’s easy to set up an account and customize your page. Twitter Clients Twhirl : By far the best Twitter client I have ever used. Find Twitterers! TwitDir : Find everything from most-followed users, to top posters to top 100 followers – I wonder who that is? Tracking Memes Summize : The most powerful twitter conversation tracker I’ve seen. Twitter Metrics and tracking Post Multimedia, Photos, Files Polling PollDaddy Twitter tool : Probably the best polling Twitter integration. Fun Stuff
Get new users for $2 each with Facebook Ads Photo by Intermayer This is one of those posts I hesitate about writing, because it's tempting to hoard an advantage like this, but sharing always seems to benefit me more in the long run. I'm able to get new users for my (in-testing, very unfinished) Facebook app for as little as $2 each using Facebook Ads. Here's my most successful ad so far: It's short and simple, and around 0.07% of people who see it clicking. This is only the start of my funnel, the landing page is the install dialog for my Facebook app. After they've made it through that screen, they're finally on a page I control. So what are the secrets to achieving similar results? Land in Facebook. Start small. Test, test, test! Foreigners are cheap. I still think there's a lot of room for improvement in my funnel, so I'm hopeful I can keep driving the cost down, even if the ad market overall becomes more expensive with competition. Like this: Like Loading...
At 1.6 Billion Queries Per Day, Twitter Finally Aims To Make Search Personally Relevant While much of the talk leading up to today was about Twitter’s move into the photo game , the bigger news is actually what they’ve done to their search product. They’ve completely rebuilt it. And while it may not be immediately apparent, the product should be much, much better than before. Twitter details the project in a long post on their Engineering blog today. Notably, they go into the backstory of Twitter Search, which evolved from the Summize purchase in 2008. While that product worked well for a while, the technologies behind it would not allow it to scale to the level that Twitter eventually needed. Twitter detailed some of this last October. But that’s still mainly back-end talk. Notably, Twitter now has a “Most relevant” tab on the search results page. Twitter cites three key types of signals they’re looking for: Static signals, added at indexing time Resonance signals, dynamically updated over time Information about the searcher, provided at search time → Learn more
National Geographic Photo Contest 2012 Once again, National Geographic is holding its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30. Beginning on September 1, the society started gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries from 2012 for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 50 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers. [50 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: Butterfly at sunset: Photographer Toni Guetta submitted this macro shot of a butterfly with the sunset in the background near Hod ha'sharon, Israel. (© Toni Guetta/National Geographic Photo Contest) Baby seal: a baby elephant seal relaxes on a South Georgia beach. (© Ondrej Zaruba/National Geographic Photo Contest) # Tiled roof: the colorful roof of St. Determination: Nothing will stand in his way. The Explosion!