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  • First Hand Accounts Of Terrorist Attacks In India On Twitter, Flickr

    First Hand Accounts Of Terrorist Attacks In India On Twitter, Flickr

    Forget CNN, which so far has few details of the ongoing attacks in Mumbai, India that have left at least 80 dead (Update: they’re starting to catch up now). People are giving first hand reports of what they’re seeing directly on Twitter. Flickr is another important information resources – images are here. Twitter isn’t the place for solid facts yet – the situation… Read More

  • A Whale of an Opportunity

    A Whale of an Opportunity


    If Twitter wants to make money, it needs to do to others what they’ve been trying to do to Twitter. That is, extend its lead in market share by solving the problem of cross-platform micromessaging. With activity streams from Facebook, Microsoft, MySpace, FriendFeed, and a score of smaller players flowing over RSS, XMPP, and HTTP Push, Twitter can consolidate its power by cloning the best… Read More

  • Acquisition Dance Between Facebook And Twitter Over For Now?

    Acquisition Dance Between Facebook And Twitter Over For Now?

    It’s not the first time we’ve heard rumors about Facebook looking to acquire Twitter or about an impending deal breaking down. But this time, Kara Swisher over at BoomTown offers a bit of insight about the deal size. According to Kara (and her sources), Facebook was offering $500 million of its stock at the infamous (and ridiculous) $15 billion valuation to acquire Twitter up until… Read More

  • Be-A-Magpie Is PayPerPost For Twitter

    Be-A-Magpie Is PayPerPost For Twitter

    Like much-criticized PayPerPost for blogs, German/UK startup Be-A-Mapgpie will pay you to insert advertisements into your Twitter stream. Advertisers pay on a cost-per-thousand-impression basis, and the ads are promised to be delivered to relevant audiences based on keywords. That means Be-A-Magpie will analyze the content of your Twitter messages to see if there is a match to particular… Read More

  • Stalk That Twitterer

    Stalk That Twitterer

    A new site called TweetStalk is in private beta. It allows you to “follow” Twitter users without them knowing you are doing it (Twitter tells you when someone new has subscribed to your data). It’s all through a Firefox Add-On and appears to modify the Twitter page itself via Greasemonkey or otherwise. You are then able to follow the person without them knowing, and the… Read More

  • Tweetag: Tag-Based Search For Twitter

    Tweetag: Tag-Based Search For Twitter

    Tweetag is a brand new way to search Twitter, or ‘browse the Twittosphere’ as they put it. The app, like most Twitter-related applications, is fairly simple: you enter a tag, and Tweetag will show any public Twitter messages that contain that particular keyword, but more interestingly also a list of other tags that are related to it. This allows you to filter down… Read More

  • Poll: More Than Half Of Twitter Users Would Pay

    Poll: More Than Half Of Twitter Users Would Pay

    Guy Kawasaki posted a poll on via his SocialToo service that asks “How much would you pay to use Twitter?” More than half (around 53%) of respondents, presumably all Twitter users who follow Guy, said they’d pay at least $5/month. The last thing I want is for Twitter to start charging, so I want each of you to take that poll and say “$0, I’d rather see it go… Read More

  • Twitter is Down! (I forgot how much I miss typing that)

    Twitter is down. Super down. The status blog is silent on the issue, although the error message untruthfully says the site is down for database maintenance. If it was maintenance, it would be noted on the status blog. This is maintenance in the same way open heart surgery after a heart attack is maintenance. We’ll know soon enough what happened. But for now it’s just nice to… Read More

  • Twitter's Hockey Stick Moment

    Twitter's Hockey Stick Moment

    October was a good month for Twitter. All those election Tweets brought a 25 percent increase in U.S. visitors from the month before, to 1.45 million unique visitors, according to comScore. (Worldwide, the number was 5.6 million in September). Since January, Twitter has experienced a 16-fold growth in the U.S. And that is just visitors to Twitter.com. These numbers don’t count all… Read More

  • Build Your Own Twitter With Twingr (Private Alpha)

    Build Your Own Twitter With Twingr (Private Alpha)

    First we had Twitter. Then we had Yammer (and Identi.ca and Present.ly). Now we have Twingr. You can create your own version of Twitter for any group you like, and Twingr will host it. The service, created by Killer Startups (which recently bought Startups.com and is expanding beyond blogging), just launched in private alpha and is open to the first 500 micro-blogging communities that get… Read More

  • One Billion Tweets Later: It's A Private Message

    One Billion Tweets Later: It's A Private Message

    Twitter has just passed the one-billion Tweet mark, according to the Tweet counter at GigaTweet. The counter is run by Popacular, a site that lists the most popular Websites on Twitter and Delicious. It is not clear when the counter started, but Twitter launched in July, 2006. Assuming the counter goes back that far, that would mean it took Twitter two years and three months to get to… Read More

  • Friendfeed's Bret Taylor talks XMPP on Gillmor Gang

    Friendfeed's Bret Taylor talks XMPP on Gillmor Gang


    Friendfeed co-founder Bret Taylor joined the Gillmor Gang this afternoon to discuss Friendfeed’s XMPP stream of its Home and Friends List feeds. I sat with Taylor at the Friendfeed offices and Marc Canter joined intermittently by phone. Canter took the opportunity to vent about Friendfeed’s responsibility to exert leadership in the XMPP space before his line unexpectedly went… Read More

  • Tag The World—One Tweet, Yelp, and Flickr At A Time

    Tag The World—One Tweet, Yelp, and Flickr At A Time

    We all know how tagging makes the Web a richer place (by tapping into people’s desire to categorize things and share those categories, ad-hoc though they may be, with the everyone else). Tagging brings a bottoms-up order to the Web by making information more searchable and thus easier to find. Now it is time to start tagging the world. The real world. In fact, millions of people… Read More

  • Twitter Launches Groups (In Japan)

    Twitter Launches Groups (In Japan)

    Everything awesome always happens in Japan first. Even, it seems, when it involves an American startup. Digital Garage, Twitter’s partner with Twitter Japan, launched Twicco, a site that lets Twitter users create groups and then subscribe to them. Loic Le Meur got a demo, and the video is below. Twicco is available now in Japanese only, other languages will be available later. This… Read More

  • Tweet the Vote.  No, Digg The Vote.  No, YouTube the Vote.  Oh, . . . Just Vote.

    Tweet the Vote. No, Digg The Vote. No, YouTube the Vote. Oh, . . . Just Vote.

    If you think there is too much noise about the U.S. election now, wait until next week. On Election Day, not only will every media outlet be covering the vote, but so will voters themselves who will have ample opportunity to Tweet, Digg, video, and IM the vote. Most of these “reports” will probably consist of people telling the world that “I’m voting!” or who… Read More

  • Dell Mini 12: The $600 netbook with a 12-inch display

    Dell Mini 12: The $600 netbook with a 12-inch display

    Once rumored, now real: the Deal Mini 12. It’s the same deal as the Mini 9, that is, a netbook that’s designed for light Internet usage, but this time with a 12-inch display. (Incidentally, my first laptop, a PowerBook G4, also had a 12-inch display—the meshing of netbooks and notebooks?) Dell defines it as great for “teens, tweens, travelers and ‘Tweeters’… Read More

  • US Army discovers Twitter, sees terrorist ties, wonders why @JasonCalacanis won't follow it

    US Army discovers Twitter, sees terrorist ties, wonders why @JasonCalacanis won't follow it

    A report by US Army Intelligence points to Twitter, GPS devices, and voice changing software as potential “terrorist tools.” Friend of CG, Noah Shachtman, posted the report on Danger Room noting that intelligence services have said that everything from MMORPGs to garage door openers could be potentially dangerous to Americas precious bodily fluids. They note: “Twitter was… Read More

  • iList Debuts Social Classifieds Across Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed, And Pownce

    iList Debuts Social Classifieds Across Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed, And Pownce

    The road to a better Craigslist is littered with the bodies of startups that could never make it past the first few mile markers. But iList, which launched today out of stealth mode, thinks it can defy the odds by making classified listings more social. The service includes a standalone site, but every listing can be cross-posted to Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed, Pownce, and even… Read More

  • OMG Britney! On Twitter!

    This is perhaps the most exciting news since the May launch of TomCruise.com: I’d like to welcome Britney Spears to our world. She (or rather her people) have launched both a Twitter account and a bloggy sort of site with near constant updates on her fascinating life. Her new song Womanizer also jumped from no. 96 to no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s not for me, I’m more of… Read More

  • CEO Change At Twitter: Ev Williams Back At The Helm

    We knew something was up. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (pictured left) has stepped down, and co-founder Evan Williams moves from the Chairman role to CEO. Williams talks about the change in a blog post: “While the board of directors and the company have nothing but praise for where Jack has taken us, we also agree that the best way forward is for Jack to step into the role Chairman, and for… Read More