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Are you living your life via Twitter? Do you check your tweets more than your email? If yes, you will love Twimbow, a colorful, web-based Twitter client with a focus on filtering. This app embraces the concept that, for some of us, Twitter is the new e-mail.
At first glance, the interface will remind you of Tweetdeck and Seesmic Web so much that it’ll make your head hurt. The feature sets are almost identical, with both Seesmic and Tweetdeck having the relative advantages of age, stability and a generally more thorough toolbelt for users.
Twimbow’s main distinction lies with its bright and shiny interface, which lets you assign a different color to different users and groups and change the color of a tweet shown in the app by adding a #color tag. You can then sort and filter tweets by color. In the end, it works kind of like Gmail’s labels and folders.
Google has released a redesigned version of its Google News site to English-language users in the U.S. This new avatar focuses on presenting news stories happening around the world and locally in a way that is more customizable and user-centric.
The intent of creating the new look is to feature news items tailored to individual users. The “News for you” section is the biggest addition in this area and displays stories in a section or list view based on users’ specified interests in topics like Business, Sports or their own preferred subject matters.
The Google News now includes a feature that enables users to select which news sources they would like to see more or less often, so you can get your custom news update daily! Settings can be tweaked in the News Settings section for sources on stories based on users’ personal tastes.
The right-hand column of Google News has also been overhauled to serve as a place for locally focused, breaking news and less time-sensitive content. Here users will find recent stories, local weather and local news.
With the steeply growing popularity and use of Twitter, there are clusters of useless tweets and some important ones too. Let us take a look at the facts that will amaze!
- Twitter receives 180 million unique visitors a month! So is this the website every newbie hits for sure? Indeed. Twitter is being talked about as much as people are tweeting and the popularity is bound to attract the ones who are new to the World Wide Web!
- Twitter has 105,779,710 and increasing registered members! Well this is the most amazing part of the story!
- Twitter gets 30,000 new users a day! People share and people invite or maybe it is simply curiosity… Twitter has made it easy for anyone new to the tool to join and start tweeting and this encourages participation!
- Twitter has 175 employees! Well as the network grows, so does the need for people to manage it and this number is also sure to be increasing at a high pace!
- Twitter gets 600 million search queries a day! With a number of twitter applications and tools, searching for tweets or users has been made easy and the number speaks for itself!
- 37% of users update their status through mobile phones! Once you start tweeting, there is no stopping. People love to share what they experience and twitter makes it easy for them by allowing access through as simple means as a text message.
- Of every 100 tweets at an average, 40 are absurd, 38 are chatty, 8 for self promotion, 4 spam and the remaining 8 are meaningful! 8% might be a small amount but when multiplied by the number of tweets each day… it is worth the effort!
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the busiest days for tweets! Strangely, people tweet more when they are at work!
Profoundly misunderstood and badmouthed… No! its not another controversial celeb trying too hard to sound noble but we are talking about the latest web conqueror Twitter! The tool started on 21st March 2006 and since then although the popularity and usage has increased in multiples but there are certain myths and misconceptions that seem to prevail even today when twitter is being used by almost the entire internet using league!
- Twitter is Clutter
Many believe and say that Twitter is nothing but a collection of useless status updates. The tool would not have been so popular if this was the case. Not denying that there are useless tweets and a huge number of them but then there are highly important and meaningful tweets as well and why do you think the tweets are restricted to 140 characters?
- Twitter will waste your time
People also assume that joining Twitter would mean getting to know who had lunch when and who is getting a haircut. Well if such updates irritate you from someone, they would do so only once because you can simply unfollow the person after that! You have complete control over whose tweet you get and who do you avoid.
- Twitter for Vanity
The number of followers on Twitter is not equivalent to your popularity or standard of tweets as some people assume. Twitter is not a resort for attention grabbers; it is a platform for those who find themselves interesting enough to speak to the world regularly. Followers can be increased using twiends.com but there will be no relevance, no connection, no meaning to it.
- Frequency of Tweets
When you introduce Tweet to people not using it, they give you confused looks and the same reason that they won’t have time to write about every move of theirs! Well who’s demanding for it? Twitter won’t fine you if you dint change your status update for a month but once you begin to use the tool you yourself will know how frequently you want to update it and typing 140 characters will take what… a minute?
- 140 is not enough
Now this is what forces people to come to the point, rather than beat around the bush! Is being brief and short considered polite or rude? Polite I believe, then why not here?
With almost 55 million tweets a day, Twitter is ruling the Social Media Circle and it is important for people with such inhibitions first do try it and then judge the tool.
Print and electronic media remain reliable sources for news and updates even though social media has largely taken over the medium with its toolkit equipping ordinary folks to become citizen journalists. Social Media is a wide arena with endless tools and though some are more reliable than others the basic element of credibility is still an issue!
However that does not stop journalists from relying on this medium to find leads, sources, stories and at times in-depth knowledge about current affairs. But then again it becomes a challenge to decide which tools can be trusted. No use cluttering Twitter applications on the desktop if you don’t have the right people to follow!
But once you get the knack of what is original and what is diluted… social media can be a constructive tool to build a great story or generate good leads. Let’s take a look at the ways social media can be helpful to its self proclaimed competitors
- What goes around comes to Social Networking websites before anywhere else! Even if a news channel might have ten people reporting an event, before they are able to send in the details it will be made available on tweets and Facebook updates! It might not be appropriate to extract a story from this resource but it certainly helps prepare a base for it.
- There was a time when quoting a public figure in the newspapers meant going all the way to either meet them or wait for the PA to connect the call. But the tables have turned! The famous personalities now leave their opinions on Twitter or as a status update on Facebook and quoting them is as simple as a screenshot!
- Finding leads is easy when you have a Google alert! Before you reach office and start looking for something to work on, Google alerts can keep you updated on the recent mentions of any of the topics you’ve opted to stay informed about!
Social Media, if used the right way, can be advantageous to almost all industries, products and individuals!