This from @nytimes is the best cartogram of the US I've seen. How we portray the US shapes our political imagination; given the representation disparities of the Senate and Electoral College, more than ever we need to depict the US in units of population rather than land.
Today is the 80th anniversary of #Kristallnacht. A personal story: My grandfather fought in WWII. He never spoke about it, so we didnt know much about his time in the service, but based on the patches on his uniform, we think he did something in intel.
Twitter is a confounding place for many reasons, but perhaps its oddest quirk is that since its founding in 2006, it hasn't had an edit button. That may change, and soon. CEO Jack Dorsey told an audience in India that the company is considering adding the functionality primarily to fix typos.
This is the story of how I wrote a Twitter bot to automatically enter contests and ended up winning on average 4 contests per day, every day, for about 9 months straight.
I rarely meet a Twitter user who doesn’t want more followers. A few argue that the numbers aren’t important. They are only concerned with “quality followers.” I’m not sure it is either/or, but I notice that most of the people making this argument have very few followers.
Twitter turns 10. Jack Dorsey has a plan to get it to 20. Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter, was staring at a puddle. It was shaped like Greenland and stretched across a busy sidewalk in the English city of Newcastle upon Tyne.
I have been on Twitter since 2008, accumulating nearly 100 thousand tweets and an inexplicable following of 42 thousand people. I tweet a lot, and I tweet often. My engagement is high. I drive decent traffic. I have been called "good at Twitter." I am not sure this is a correct assessment.
The act of melting down on the internet informs the world we live in. It has gone from a niche pastime of crackpots to the central animating force of our politics. It has moved some to run for office. It has created jobs. It has expanded our culture.
Twitter has rolled out its new @-replies to me about three or four times now, ambushing me with its unspeakable badness on the iPhone app or web Twitter. Today it rolled out for everyone and it makes me want to throw all my devices at a wall. Does anyone at Twitter even use Twitter?
On May 22, 2008, Ariel Waldman ran out of options. Waldman, then a community manager and blogger, had signed up for Twitter in March 2007 and in months had become one of the platform’s 100 most followed accounts. She was, by her own account, “addicted” to the service.
Yesterday Instagram announced that it has 200 million users for stories, which exceeds Snapchat’s 160 million users from their S-1 filing. Never mind that nobody outside these companies knows what those user definitions really mean or how to compare them.
Are you ready to learn more about your Twitter strategy? Do you want to keep a gauge on how it’s doing? There are Twitter tools that will show all the important engagement information you need to know, including things like:
If you’ve been following KISSmetrics for the last week or two, you have probably enjoyed our in-depth look at the science of blog timing and Facebook timing. Today, we’re going to take a deeper look into the ins and outs of Twitter timing. This includes how to determine:
How great is the Internet! One of the most impactful, viral, influential services you can perform online is to read stuff and tell people what you like. It’s true!
Twitter is a wonderful communication and social media platform. It has everything: breaking news, political opinion, humor, celebrities, entertainment, special interest chat, and, well, anything.
There’s an interesting problem here. UI is hard. You can’t just slap a button on the screen for every feature that could conceivably be used at any given time. Some features are only of interest to so-called “power users”, so they’re left subtle, spread by word-of-mouth.
Using SVG is currently the best way to create icon libraries for apps. Icons built with SVG are scalable and adjustable, but also discrete, which allows them to be incrementally loaded and updated. In contrast, icons built as fonts cannot be incrementally loaded or updated.
At one point or another, you’ve probably asked yourself if Twitter is actually helpful for growing your business or if it’s a total waste of time. The truth is, it’s only helpful for promoting your brand if you know how to use it in the right ways.
Twitter is a great tool for extending your influence. You can engage your “tribe” in real time, offering leadership and assistance in a way that would have been impossible just a few years ago. However, Twitter is not without its challenges. I have made just about every mistake you can make.
Footage of a Chinese 'click farm', which uses thousands of phones to give fake 'likes' to apps, has emerged online and it is so weird. According to Twitter account, English Russia, a Russian man made a visit to the 'farm', where he filmed the clip.
You may be able to argue about what is the best way to approach Twitter; but you can’t question the benefits of being on Twitter. It’s not just reserved for small, niche companies.
Author's Note: Thanks to Joe Manko, Liberty Elementary School principal, for inspiring this blog post during an impromptu edcamp at #SXSWEdu this year. For an example of a school trying to create a connected culture through Twitter, follow Liberty Elementary's hashtag and jump into the conversation.
Sitting in the Flickr archives is a nearly 10-year-old document uploaded a couple of years ago by its author, Jack Dorsey (@jack), who started Twitter in 2006 along with co-founders Evan Williams (@ev) and Biz Stone (@biz).
My 20-year-old son just moved into a fraternity house at his college in the US.
Last month KrebsOnSecurity published research into a large distributed network of apparently compromised systems being used to relay huge blasts of junk email promoting “online dating” programs — affiliate-driven schemes traditionally overrun with automated accounts posing as women.
With over 320 million users, Twitter is a traffic goldmine. But it can take a lot of time and effort to build a big enough following to drive meaningful amounts of traffic.
Twitter is full of false information. Even Twitter co-founder Ev Williams recognizes that there is a “junk information epidemic going on,” as "[ad-driven platforms] are benefiting from people generating attention at pretty much any cost."
At some point in 2006, or possibly late 2005, Noah Glass walked into our office all excited about something. That in itself isn’t news because Noah was always excited about something. Dude had an energy.
Marketers love Twitter as it is one of the last platforms that allows you to organically reach 100% of your audience. Tweet about a new blog article, and it will pop up in every follower’s Twitter feed (unlike on Facebook where your posts’ organic reach is around 2% and dropping).
Admit it. Sometimes, your Twitter life is messy. You follow hundreds of people — maybe thousands. Staring at your timeline is about as intelligible as reading a stock ticker.
In this lesson we’ll cover what you need to know to grow your Twitter following as organically as possible, without spending tons of hours on engagement.
Here’s a riddle: When is a tweet more than a tweet? We’re all pretty familiar with Twitter’s 140 characters—and of course, a photo is always an eye-catching addition.
As marketers, we’re always looking for opportunities to get traffic and links for ourselves (or our clients) in a natural way, and I believe ‘Rebound marketing’ is one of the best ways to do that.
Steffan Watkins has spent days meticulously correcting Twitter users on the details of a Russian Air Force training flight in international airspace; a training flight that somewhat alarmed US media outlets.
When you started your Twitter account, was it something you did as a hobby or emotional outlet, or had you thought, “Hey, this could eventually turn into something bigger?” I started Twitter because I was bored in college.
We already gave you some genuine tips about how to be popular on Twitter. But earning thousands of followers and the adoration of the Internet takes time and effort. Don't you know you can just—instantly, inexpensively—buy as much Twitter fame as you can handle?
Going to an academic conference is an exciting opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and exchange stimulating ideas. However, to make the most of a conference requires a lot of hard work before, during, and after the meeting itself.
We’ve all read those same old Twitter marketing techniques: use hashtags, speak with your followers, listen more than you talk, and a host of others that are all too obvious after using the service for more than a few days.
It was a book on the curious decline of the murder rate that gave Aja Bogdanoff her idea. Her job back then stopped short of actual bloodshed, but it left her no stranger to the dark side of human nature.
Like most nerds, I’ve played a bit with Moments this week to see what Twitter has been up to. At the risk of being the one millionth person to give Twitter product advice, here are a few thoughts I haven’t heard discussed much in the analyses I’ve seen this week.
Audio is amazing. Let’s just get that out of the way. As a medium, it is all consuming. Putting in your earbuds and diving into a podcast episode or turning the dial to a radio station is an intentional and intimate act.
I joined Twitter, with very bad grace, on March 5, 2010.
With Twitter struggling for growth and focus, what better person to ask for advice than the head honcho of a rival social network that has emerged as one of the most valuable companies in the world?
It’s understandable that the world didn’t much care about Gamergate.
“I ’m leaving the company in two weeks,” Dick Costolo said abruptly, his face stricken, his fingers banging the wood-slab table before him.
Twitter came of age when hardware from physical enterprise vendors ruled the data center. Since then we’ve continually engineered and refreshed our fleet to take advantage of the latest open standards in technology and hardware efficiency in order to deliver the best possible experience.
Earlier this month, Twitter did something radical: The social network famous for its 140-character limit doubled it to 280. Weirdly, the world didn’t end. There was some whining from old-timers, which quickly died out. Mostly, everything was O.K. Some might even say the change was for the better.