While Apple has been hugely successful in selling phones and tablets, it has little traction in social networking, which has become a major engine of activity on the Web and on mobile devices. Social media are increasingly influencing how people spend their time and money — an important consideration for Apple, which also sells applications, games, music and movies.
Apple has considered an investment in the hundreds of millions of dollars, one that could value Twitter at more than $10 billion, up from an $8.4 billion valuation last year, these people said. They declined to be named because the discussions were private.
A Twitter spokesperson told us that the firm has fixed a number issues with the integration and added features that include support for business pages, images and — as we earlier highlighted — links to hashtags and Twitter usernames:
We have fixed many issues with the Twitter for Facebook integration, including the ability to post to Facebook Pages, and added some new features.
The updated Twitter for Facebook integration now includes additional rich media experiences related to the first photo, URL, @mention or #hashtag in the cross-posted Tweet.
Those who already linked their Twitter and Facebook accounts and want to take advantage of the new features need to visit their Twitter profile settings page (here), and then disconnect and reconnect their accounts. That’s a bit of an inconvenience but well worth the effort.
The resulting integration is pretty impressive. When a tweet includes a photo, for example, the corresponding Facebook status update includes a thumbnail and link to click through to view the full photo, and other images from the user, on Twitter:
Sweet! Especially exciting given the news of Facebook’s integration with Apple products in the next iOS update.
Now… when will Facebook wise up and realise it’s got to play nice with Google too?
AK: How do you see the history of nonviolent action since Unconquerable World was published? What were you thinking about the Tunisian uprising, the Egyptian uprising, the Occupy movement, the general global protest movement of the present moment that arose remarkably nonviolently?
JS: I was astonished. Even now, I don’t feel that I understand what the causes were. I’m not even sure it makes sense to speak of the causes. If you point to a cause — oppression, food prices rising, cronyism, corruption, torture — these things go on for decades and nothing happens. Nobody does anything. Then in a twinkling everything changes. Twenty-three days in Egypt and Mubarak is gone.
How and why a people suddenly develops a will to change the conditions under which it’s living is, to me, one of the deep mysteries of all politics. That’s why I don’t blame myself or anyone else for not expecting or predicting the Arab Spring. How that happens may, in the end, be undiscoverable. And I think the reason for that is connected to freedom. Such changes in opinion and will are somewhere near the root of what we mean when we talk about the exercise of freedom. Almost by definition, freedom refers to something not visibly or obviously caused by anything else. Otherwise it would be compelled, not free.
And yet there is nothing obscure — in the sense of clouded or dark — about freedom. Its exercise is perhaps the most public of all things, as well as the most powerful, as recent history shows. It’s a daylight mystery.
This is a fascinating read. But he seems to completely miss the transformative power of communication mediums, and their democratizing effect, on political revolutions and nonviolence. Twitter played a massive part in the Arab Spring and Occupy movements!
Today, Twitter unveiled its long awaited photo and video sharing, not only leaving the likes of Twitpic, Yfrog and Twitvid in the dust… with a twist: pushing hashtags. Watch Twitter’s new “Top pictures” and “Top Videos” soon becoming the latest buzz word in both social and mainstream media.
In watching the official unveiling video below, Twitter is smartly appealing to users’ love-hate relationship with the ubiquitous 140 characters limit: too limiting to ramble but fantastic to consume and digest.
Twitter does this by upgrading the old age adage: “A picture is worth 1,000 words” by adding to it that “A hashtag is worth a 1,000 pictures”. Something a simple as a # and a word more meaningful than 1,000 pictures? Tall order you think? Maybe not so for those among us who dabbled with the use of hashtags on Twitter.
If you put the #perfectmoment hashtag side by side along with an actual picture of what someone decided it was the representation of a perfect moment; which do you think will be more powerfully meaningful? Your imagination or the visual representation of someone else’s judgment?
Like a smirk, a jaunty body expression, or a hushed voice, a hashtag can completely change the way we interpret a message, by jamming together our subconscious associations of the two (word and image). Just look at how people use hashtags; certainly there is a lot of standard informational tagging, but more and more, people employ hashtags for creative reasons which don’t necessarily follow from the content of their Tweets.
I’d never thought about it in those terms before, but after the article’s author makes that stellar point, I realized that the effectiveness of hashtags stems from the same basic principle of Eisenstein’s “montage theory” that guides modern film editing – the idea being, that our brains naturally form a connection between seemingly disparate ideas, a connection that allows us to “tell the story” of what happened bewteen two nonsequential film shots.
The principle is exactly the same as non-sequitor hashtags; they cause our minds to expand the interpretive framework we come to understand the statement/image/idea through, reshaping the message itself in the process.
The amazing thing about hashtags, and our ability to process nonsequential film images, is that even completely ostebsibly unconnected individuals can come to find a deep, universal connection with others, through their shared experiences and associations. You’ve felt this every time a theater has erupted in laughter in unison, or when you’re compelled to retweet that witty, ironic Tweet with a dozen other people.
As we start to understand memes, hashtags, trends, and other essential products of human communication, we are revealing, bit by bit, how fundamentally related we humans really are.
Yep, it’s true. Hopefully they don’t kill this beautiful product.
Twitter has just notified its users via a Tweet that it will begin notifying them that someone they follow has retweeted or favorited one of their tweets. The new notifications will apparently be delivered in the same manner that current notifications about direct messages and new followers are sent. Updated.
A nice, if minor, option.
This week’s big news is obvious: American forces killed Osama bin Laden on Monday (Sunday for most Westerners) in a raid of his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. But you already knew that, and how exactly you found out is the first angle I want to look at. The news blew up on Twitter and Facebook late Sunday night after the White House announced President Obama would be addressing the nation. The ensuing frenzy set a record for the highest volume of sustained activity on Twitter, with an average of 3,000 tweets per second for about three hours. While most Americans first got the news from TV, about a fifth of young people found out online.solis
That led to another round of celebration of Twitter as the emerging source for big breaking news — Business Insider’s Matt Rosoff called the story Twitter’s CNN moment and said Twitter was “faster, more accurate, and more entertaining than any other news source out there.” Brian Solis, a digital analyst at Altimeter Group, described Twitter as “a perfect beast for committing acts of journalism,” and University of British Columbia j-prof Alfred Hermida said it’s becoming routine to see Twitter as the first option for breaking news coverage.
Definitely read the whole Nieman Lab piece, it’s a fascinating post mortem of a single moment captured by social media, and the echo chamber that is our current media landscape.
It was now interested in a question of particular concern to social-media experts and marketers: Is it possible not only to infiltrate social networks, but also to influence them on a large scale?
The group invited three teams to program “social bots”—fake identities—that could mimic human conversation on Twitter, and then picked 500 real users on the social network, the core of whom shared a fondness for cats. The Kiwis armed JamesMTitus with a database of generic responses (“Oh, that’s very interesting, tell me more about that”) and designed it to systematically test parts of the network for what tweets generated the most responses, and then to talk to the most responsive people.
I’ve seen a lot of this on Twitter. I wonder how much of it I’ve seen, but haven’t noticed?
Twitter is developing a new kind of profile page for business accounts, similar to Facebook Pages, according to London-based Sarah Shearman of BrandRepublic The report was based on conversations with multiple unnamed sources familiar with the plans.
I, for one, would love at least having more than 140 characters to introduce my brands in our bios. Tweeting for 2 brand accounts, and 1 personal account, I would often like some space to cross-link these together, but with 140 charcters, I can barely fit my name in.