Archive for the ‘Tweets’ Category

New Twitter Followers and Following Layout

June 30, 2009

Twitter is now displaying two new viewing options – List or Expanded – for a Twitter account’s Following and Followers on

The Expanded Twitter view includes the last post from each account and a green check mark if the Twitter account is being followed.

New Twitter Followers Expanded

New Twitter Followers Expanded

In the Expanded view, two drop down boxes accompany each Followers account – a “Twitter Silhoutte” for following the follower –

Twitter Silhouette Follow

Twitter Silhouette Follow

and an Twitter options box for mentioning, direct messaging, following or blocking a follower.

Twitter Options Box

Twitter Options Box

The Twitter Followers list format provides the same options boxes without the Follower’s latest Tweet visible.

New Twitter Followers List

New Twitter Followers List

The same viewing options are available under “Following”.

Now if Twitter could only make Followers and Following lists searchable…

Who Owns Your Tweets? You or Twitter?

May 28, 2009

There have been several posts in the last day or two about who owns a Twitter account – the employee or the employer.

I believe the Seo Writer blog answered the question the best in the following Q&A format:

Q: Who owns the Twitter account?
A: Twitter.

At which point I have commented: Yeah – and because Twitter owns all Twitter accounts don’t they also “own” all the content you have posted on it?

While Seo Writer’s answer appears to be the correct one, I think it also begs the question “Who Owns Your Tweets? You or Twitter?

Maybe someone over at Twitter could help answer this question if they haven’t already.

Google Alerts Now Tracking Twitter Posts?

May 22, 2009

Google Web Alerts appears to now be reporting Twitter posts via its Google Alerts product.

Twitter Google Web Alert

Twitter Google Web Alert

I received the Google Alert above today for data gathered yesterday May 21, 2009.

This is the first Google Alert I have seen which included Twitter posts within Google Web Alerts.

What implications will this have on Search Engine Results Pages for search engine marketers and search engine optimizers – if any?

Tweetmeme: Twittersphere Buzzmeter

May 5, 2009

Curious which Tweets the Twitter audience has re-tweeted the most?

Tweetmeme aims to track and provide the most popular links generated on Twitter every five minutes.



Tweetmeme  lets visitors parse Tweets into lists of the “Most Recent”, “Top in 24 Hours” or “Top in 7 Days”.

Tweetmeme provides insight into both the popularity and reach of  Tweets within the Twitter audience.

As Twitter Grows; A Lot More Noise Less Signal

April 19, 2009

As the Twitter audience grows, the ability to reach it or be reached by the segment of the Twitter audience interested in the same topics will become more valuable both to Twitter, its audience and its potential advertisers.

For the last sixty days I have been monitoring Tweets within a 100 mile radius of my city to get a better sense of what the average Twitter user Tweets about.

I haven’t spent any of my online time on social networks because the same amount of time invested in programming a Google Adwords campaign can reach an exclusive and active audience who by definition are already interested in my products and services vis-a-vis their search query.

The same can’t be said for social media and networks like Twitter or Facebook.

Twitter users can search for keywords they are interested to identify potential audience segments to reach but this process still doesn’t separate the good Tweets from the bad, the wheat from the chaff, the Twitter signal from the Twitter noise.

A sample Tweet stream from within 100 miles of my city over the last few minutes:

A Lot of Noise, Not Much Signal

A Lot of Noise, Not Much Signal

Extrapolate the same type of Tweets over millions of Twitter users and you can see how identifying the Twitter signal from the Twitter noise will only grow more challenging. Down For Unscheduled Maintenace

April 6, 2009

After much rumbling in the Twittersphere today about lost avatars and fail whales – Twitter has decided to get things caught up.

Twitter Down

Twitter Down

Although I can’t grab their tweet now, someone in my Tweet stream mentioned Twitter uses Amazon servers for service.

Could Amazon be having troubles keeping up with Twitters’ growth? Twitter Audience and Twitterer Segmentation

March 27, 2009

Organizing the Twitter audience will prove key for Twitter and its users to monetize their Tweets. segments the Twitter Audience albeit through manual searches. is a pretty cool tool.

Search for Twitter users by the frequency of Tweets containing your market related keywords to identify and follow potential leaders in your industry’s niche.

The following Tweet Trail search produces the top twenty Twitter users whose Tweets contained Adwords.

Top 20 Adwords Tweeters

Top 20 Adwords Tweeters

I am not sure how far back mines Tweet data for keywords.

Recently I have noticed Twitter has begun reducing the amount of search history available for some search terms.

I would guess Tweet Trails keyword histories are also constrained by the same parameters Twitter now imposes on Twitter search.

Include Your Twitter Address in YouTube Videos

February 3, 2009

Danny Sullivan tweeted his plans for placing his Twitter address on his business cards.

Great idea.

I too have been considering ways to cross promote some of my content from one platform to another.

His tweet prompted me to follow through with several ideas I have had for extending my Twitter account’s reach.

I have added my Twitter address to my Google Adwords Professional video on YouTube.

YouTube Twitter

YouTube Twitter

To me, it seems only natural for YouTube producers to add their Twitter contact details to their videos.

I am surprised YouTube hasn’t yet added Twitter as one of their sharing options.

Share YouTube with Twitter

Share YouTube with Twitter

Its not an option on YouTube yet…

Surely adding Twitter to YouTube’s share options would help both properties further develop and deepen their respective shares audience attention.

Connecting YouTube’s  and Twitter’s audiences may provide further monetization opportunities as well.

State and Local Governments on Twitter

January 27, 2009

The Sunlight Foundation has established and interesting model for any government that may be considering a transparency initiative called Capitol Tweets.

Government Tweets

Government Tweets

What government couldn’t better serve or be served with a Twitter based real time communications and service model?