While pop stars and reality show notables are among the most popular users on Twitter, movie stars have, for the most part, resisted the impulse to join the social networking fray. And though more and more are making the leap into the land of hashtags and @-replies (both Cameron Diaz and Sarah Jessica Parker signed up last week), there is still a large contingent that shuns the tool. This past week, long profiles of George Clooney (in Esquire) and Julia Roberts (in Marie Claire) touched on their aversion to Twitter, George going so far as declaring he doesn’t “understand why any famous person would ever be on Twitter.”
When I saw this headline for a hot second, I was like - wait a minute - I really haven’t seen that many movie stars online. It’s kind of true. They also mention “health risks” in why they aren’t online. Huh.
Our Tumblrs, Our Teenage Selves: "When I was a teenager in the largely pre-digital era, my bedroom walls were my Tumblr," writes Ann Friedman of New York Magazine. “They were plastered in pictures, mostly those I meticulously trimmed from mid-nineties issues of Spin and Rolling Stone: bands I was obsessed with, actresses whose style I wished I could imitate, the occasional photo of my friends. By surrounding myself with images of the people and things I admired, I convinced myself I was that cool, too. That I was one of them, that I could become them.” — Read more of “Our Tumblrs, Our Teenage Selves” in New York Magazine.
Interesting angle. People’s walls of cut-out photos they enjoyed from years and years ago could have been their version of their Tumblr back then. As a twenty-two year old myself, I have a different experience. In my very first dorm room in my college career, I had a blank wall as a canvas. I built a ten foot by four foot collage consisting of photos and quotes I thought were inspiring and embodied my personality. However, I didn’t look to the sources people years ago looked to. I looked to Tumblr. - PdeH @SFB
According to a new study, Twitter is now more popular than Facebook with teenagers, though (fortunately for Facebook) Instagram is catching up. Tumblr is steady at 4 percent, but that’s better than Google+, fortunately.
Um. diedinhouse.com, a site that claims to know if someone died in your house before you purchased and moved into it. Disclaimer: I tried to see what they had for my house but it comes with a $11.99 feed. No thanks.
Retired schoolteacher Donald Hovasse signed up for Twitter about a year ago at the urging of his daughter. He lost interest after trying the service a few times and finding lots of celebrities but few of his friends using the online social network. “I didn’t really get the point of it at all,” said the Las Vegas resident.
Twitter’s biggest problem. As it decides to go mainstream and release a IPO, the website deals with a lot of quitters and users who don’t know what the heck to do with Twitter. According to this poll by Reuters, 38% of registered users don’t use their accounts and 7% have left. That’s a lot.
While some C- and B-list celebrities joined Twitter during its formative years, it wasn’t until 2009, when Ashton Kutcher joined, that the service took a permanent turn toward Hollywood. Soon came Justin Bieber, Queen Rania of Jordan and, eventually, world leaders as diverse as President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and the Dalai Lama. By that point, Williams was regularly turning down overtures to buy the company. Al Gore pitched Williams and Stone one night over copious amounts of wine and Patron tequila at his St. Regis suite in San Francisco. Steve Ballmer, the chief executive of Microsoft, approached Williams during a private dinner at Bill Gates’s home.
From a new book on Twitter by Nick Bilton, excerpted by The New York Times. I couldn’t imagine two people I’d want to own Twitter less than Al Gore and Steve Ballmer.
This is the wrong mindset. It’s not about creating ratings. It’s about surfacing buzz. They now have a way to track buzz that doesn’t involve simply relying on a random sample of people, a way to track a passionate cult and focus energies on that cult. Beckman–who had cancelled at least one Joss Whedon-created show in his day—should know this better than anyone.
Twitter’s maturation came and went, and it’s hard to find people still angry about it; resignation, or begrudging understanding, are more common emotions. But currently, Tumblr developers are going through a similar experience. The company, from their perspective, is piggybacking on their work and then shutting them out. Last month, one user by the name of Unwrapping Tumblr noted that a design change to the avatar menu on Tumblr’s dashboard bore more than a casual resemblance to another third-party developer’s tool called Tumby: “You know, not to raise any concerns, but this looks an awful lot like what Tumby’s Chrome extension does.” To which another popular Tumblr user sarcastically replied, “Tumblr lifting features from a ‘browser hack’? No. Say it ain’t so! I don’t believe it!”
Tumby founder Robert Buckley notes that despite attempts, no substantive relationship has evolved between the two companies. “We never needed any technical help to build our stuff, so no harm there. On the other hand, Tumblr’s business side has been uninterested with what we’re doing. That’s surprising and disappointing,” he said. “Worse, they’ve either ignored or rebuffed our every attempt to reach out and establish a dialogue intended to explore and form the right kind of mutually beneficial relationship. We’ve acquired lots of valuable Tumblr domain expertise and insight that we want to and we’d be delighted to share — no takers at Tumblr. That indifference means missed opportunity that harms us and harms them.”
Social networks should be more accepting of third-party plugins.
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