Curiosity on Mars is awesome. @MarsCuriosity, the Twitter account, is cool too! Listen here as the people behind the account talk about NASA and social media.
Highly recommend you keep an eye on Politics Powered by Twitter, the great new Sirius XM show put together by the HyperVocal guys — it’s the first officially-sanctioned radio show about Twitter. And it’s great. Plus, this interview with the people behind the Curiosity Rover’s Twitter account is super-fascinating. A must-listen.
We have a tie!App.net is currently neck-and-neck with Twitter Olympics, though like a disease that’s been fairly dormant for decades, whooping cough could make a comeback. And of course, there’s still Chick-Fil-A, which has had a pretty busy week. Anyway, throw a like on one of these photos and vote!
Right now, if you want to know how the country feels about Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, you have to rely on pundits’ intuitions or traditional opinion polls, conducted as they always have been — by phone, over the course of hours or days. There’s no direct way to check the pulse of millions of actual people, simultaneously and directly, second by second.
Twitter is launching a tool today that it says will fill that gap, and sort through the 400 million tweets a day from 140 million active users. Twitter and real-time search engine Topsy are launching the “Twitter Political Index,” a daily assessment of how Twitter feels about Obama and Romney, in an election cycle that’s being played out moment-to-moment on the social service.
Nigeria, with a population of nearly 160 million, is one of Africa’s giants when it comes to the use of social media. Nearly 4.6 million Nigerians are on Facebook. Twitter is the 6th most popular website in Nigeria. So it comes as no surprise that Nigerians were angered when the President of the Nigerian Senate David Mark suggested that social media in the country should be censored.
Our social media dept was actually alerted to it by Twitter and then we filled out the form and submitted it.
NBC Sports vice president of communications Christopher McCloskey • Suggesting that it was Twitter, not NBC, that initially noticed journalist Guy Adams’ strongly anti-NBC tweeting. NBC just chose to act on the knowledge and get Adams suspended, according to the network. “If what NBC is saying is true, it undermines everything that Twitter stands for and is an absolute disgrace and will aggravate many millions of its users,” Adams says.
yeah … The New York Times reported recently that Apple has been in talks with Twitter for an investment with the company that would value Twitter at $10 billion. It’d be a way for Apple to get in the game. “Apple doesn’t have to own a social network,” Apple CEO Tim Cook has previously said. “But does Apple need to be social? Yes.”
… but Bloomberg Businessweek, meanwhile, reports that the deal between the companies was in talks months ago, but fell apart, long before the New York Times article. “The companies were in discussions more than a year ago and talks ended without an agreement,” said a source close to the negotiations. source
22%of all web pages contain at least one Facebook link source
16%of the Facebook-related links are a result to the ubiquitous “Like” button.
0.7%of all links — roughly 3.5 million out of a 500 million link pool — are unique
» The numbers were crunched by researcher Matt Berk, and posted to his website a couple of days ago. Head over to Zyxt for the complete findings of Matt’s study, and give him a follow if you’re so inclined. But now the story has us wondering … how many millions of pages do you think have a link back to Google?
Today, I gave a speech on social media — and how to do it without having it take over your life. It was fun. I got to make a lot of jokes and stuff. (I like jokes.) Beforehand, I made a handy-dandy handout. Like handouts? Of course you do. Hope you enjoy. — Ernie @ SFB
SFB is getting poll-itical: At ShortFormBlog, we love hearing from you guys — you know, the folks that read our stuff. (You guys rock!) So, with that in mind, we’re asking for your help. Head over to our Facebook page, and make your voice heard. Our photo album, “The Pitch,” will be updated each Monday with new story choices. The story our followers (you guys) give the most Facebook likes by Friday afternoon will be written over the weekend. Choose your favorite! source