My First Faceversary: One Year of Facebooking

Posted by Chris on May 11, 2011

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Today is my first Faceversary (i.e. Facebook + Anniversary = Faceversary) of the day I rejoined Facebook. Now that it’s been exactly one year since I rejoined the social network I thought it would be a good idea to share my first-year experience.

Overall, my first 12 months on Facebook went really well. However, things have definitely changed since I left the social network in 2006. The site went through some major redesigns and a boatload of new features were added. I remember when the Facebook Wall was the only feature on the social network that people huddled around.

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How I Use Posterous

Posted by Chris on May 7, 2010

After kicking the idea around for a while, I finally decided to sign up and give Posterous a try. For those of you who are not familiar with Posterous, it’s a simple blogging platform that allows you to post anything to the Web using e-mail. Simply send an e-mail to post@posterous.com including content such as text, documents, photos, videos, music, or audio and Posterous will take care of the rest.

The reason I decided to use Posterous is because it bridges the gap between Twitter and my WordPress blog. There’s a lot going in the space between Twitter and a full length blog so I felt it was necessary to have space where I can post content that exceeds the 140 character limit and falls short of my formal WordPress content.

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Twitter Launches Embedded Tweets, but there are Flaws

Posted by Chris on May 4, 2010


Ever since this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin Twitter has been quite busy lately with acquisitions, rolling out new services, and launching their own Twitter clients. Well today Twitter took another step forward and launched a new tool that allows users to embed a tweet into a Web page or blog post. The new tool, Blackbird Pie, is a website that will create an embeddable tweet once a user has entered the tweet’s URL in the field provided.

Here’s How It Works
1. Copy the tweet’s URL you wish to embed by clicking the tweet’s timestamp. (i.e. about 21 hours ago)
2. Visit Blackbird Pie, paste the tweet’s URL in the field provided, and then click “Bake it.”
3. If you’re satisfied with the preview, select and copy the code at the bottom.
4. Visit your Web page or blog post and paste the code into the desired location.
Done!

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Foursquare Hits One Million Users… or Not

Posted by Chris on April 22, 2010

So today I jumped the gun and congratulated CEO Dennis Crowley and the Foursquare team for hitting one million users when in actuality the company fell a bit short of that milestone today. Whoops! I assumed Foursquare was using the sign up user ID as the official count to determine the one millionth user, however, Dennis Crowley corrected me and let me know that the user count was only at 983,000 the last time he checked.

After Dennis was kind enough to share that information with me I decided to do a quick calculation. According to my math, the user ID count should be at approximately 1019000 in order for Foursquare to hit one million registered users. Foursquare sees thousands of new user signups each day so Friday looks like it will be the day Foursquare crosses the milestone and joins the One Million Member Social Media Club. Well, there is no such club, but it’s not a bad idea.

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Twitter’s Chirp Conference 2010: Day 1 Recap

Posted by Chris on April 14, 2010

So I just finished watching the live stream of the Chirp Conference and it was very interesting stuff. If you’re not familiar with the conference, Chirp is Twitter’s first conference for app developers. It’s a two day conference held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Today’s speakers included Evan Williams, Biz Stone, Ryan Sarver, Dick Costolo, and a few others. The topics that were covered included OAuth, streaming, geolocation, business strategies, mobile integration, product roadmap, third-party developers, monetization, and Twitter’s @anywhere platform which just went live a few hours ago.

Co-founder Biz Stone kicked off the event with some key statistics about the company. Biz revealed that Twitter now has 105 million registered users, or to be exact, 105,779,710 registered users since its launch in 2006. He went on to say that Twitter is also adding 300,000 new users each day and about 60% of these users are coming from outside the U.S. According to my math, that’s 180,000 new signups coming from outside the U.S. and 120,000 coming within the U.S each day. While these are very impressive numbers, I have to wonder how many people sign up for multiple Twitter accounts, how many users are currently active, and how many signups are spam users or bots. Nonetheless, to learn more about all the statistics revealed at Chirp visit Chirp Conference – 2010: Twitter Statistics Revealed.

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Chirp Conference – 2010: Twitter Statistics Revealed

Posted by Chris on April 14, 2010

Kicking off Chirp, Twitter’s developers conference, co-founder Biz Stone took the stage this morning and revealed some surprising statistics about the company and its growth. Take a look at some of those statistics listed below.

  • Twitter now has 105,779,710 registered users
  • 300,000 new users sign up each day
  • Approximately 60% of all new signups are coming from outside the U.S.
  • Twitter receives 180 million unique visitors each month
  • 60% of all tweets come from third-party apps
  • 75% of Twitter traffic comes from third-party apps
  • Twitter now has 175 employees
  • There are 600 million search queries on Twitter each day
  • There are more than 100,000 Twitter apps on the market
  • Twitter gets 3 billion requests each day through its API
  • 37% of active Twitter users use their mobile phone to send tweets
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    TwitPic Implements OAuth and Gets a New Look

    Posted by Chris on April 12, 2010

    TwitPic, the largest photo sharing service on Twitter, posted a tweet to their Twitter account tonight announcing that they had just implemented OAuth as the new login method for their site. If you’re not familiar with the OAuth protocol, how it works, or how it affects you as a user, here is the short version.

    OAuth is an open protocol that allows a user to share content stored on one site with another site without having to fork over the login credentials. In other words, you no longer have to provide TwitPic with your username and password to login to their site. Instead, you will need to click the “Sign in with Twitter” button located in the top right corner, when prompted enter your username and password on Twitter.com, and then click the “Allow” button to grant access to TwitPic. This allows TwitPic to connect to your Twitter account so it can access your data, but at no time will TwitPic receive your username and password. To learn more about OAuth visit their Web site here.

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    Does the Twitter for BlackBerry App Still Need Work?

    Posted by Chris on April 11, 2010

    Now that the official Twitter for BlackBerry® app has been officially released to the public it’s worth revisiting this topic to tackle some of the features that need improvement. In February I reviewed the first Twitter for BlackBerry® beta and shared my thoughts about some of the nice features it possessed as well as some of the features that needed improvement. When the second beta was released in early April it was apparent that Twitter and RIM put their heads together to develop an amazing app. The app included new features, improvements to existing features, and the overall speed of the app was superb. However, while the latest beta was very impressive, there were still existing features that were untouched such as the retweet (RT) feature and photo service options.

    Will these two features see any improvement?

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    Who Will Twitter Acquire Next, TwitPic?

    Posted by Chris on April 9, 2010

    Twitter was quite busy today making a huge splash in mobile. Early this morning Twitter announced that the hotly anticipated Twitter for BlackBerry app was available for download. This was great news for BlackBerry users, but Twitter didn’t stop there with the good news. Twitter made their way back to the podium tonight to announce they have just agreed to acquire Atebits, the company responsible for developing the popular Tweetie iPhone app and Mac desktop client. According to Twitter CEO Evan Williams, Tweetie will be renamed “Twitter for iPhone” and will be available free of charge in the iTunes AppStore in the coming weeks.

    While Twitter has been working closely with RIM over the last year to deliver the official Twitter for BlackBerry app, the move to acquire Atebis comes as a surprise and only two days after Twitter investor and Union Square Ventures principal, Fred Wilson, made a controversial blog post. In short, Wilson stated that he would like to see less apps that fill holes in the Twitter platform and more killer apps emerge in areas such as social gaming, verticals, enterprise, discovery, and analytics. Wilson’s blog post raised concerns among third-party developers because some felt that Twitter would now become their biggest competitor in mobile and desktop application development. Shortly after Wilson posted, he felt it was necessary to respond to an article written by Silicon Alley Insider that summarized his blog post. Wilson wanted to clarify a few things he had written in his post so in a response to the article he said, “that post was my work, not Twitter’s work. While I am on the board of Twitter, I don’t work there and I don’t speak for them.” It’s pure speculation at this point whether or not Twitter was aware of Wilson’s post prior to its release, but after the acquisition of Atebits it sure seems like Fred Wilson knows the game plan at Twitter.

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    Parker Liautaud Skis to the North Pole to Snag Mayor on Foursquare

    Posted by Chris on April 5, 2010

    On Friday, 15-year-old Parker Liautaud began an extraordinary expedition to become one of the youngest people to ski the Last Degree of the North Pole. The ultimate goal of this expedition is to help young people become more environmentally aware. With the help of GE Ecomagination, the quest is interactive with a social media twist. Fans can track Parker’s progress by visiting his social media sites which include Twitter, Facebook, flickr, YouTube, Google Earth, and Foursquare. While you can visit each site individually, Facebook is the hub for the interactive experience. Those who follow Parker have the opportunity to share their ideas and videos on how they are reducing their carbon footprint to improve the environment. According to Outside Online, the best ideas and videos submitted will be turned over to the delegates at the 2010 United Nations Environmental Conference in Bonn, Germany.

    You might be asking yourself how Foursquare plays into this expedition. Foursquare is one of the many social media tools Parker is using as he makes his way to the North Pole. Although he will be checking in to various places along the way, he will most likely be creating new venues since it’s doubtful there will be a lot of venues to choose from at this point. Unlike Jim Bumgardne, aka “KrazyDad,” who never really became Mayor of the North Pole, Parker Liautaud will not only become the first Mayor of the North Pole on Foursquare, he has an excellent chance to hold down the North Pole mayorship for a very long time.

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