Twitter

  • The Western Twitterer’s Burden

    The Western Twitterer’s Burden

    Sigh. Here we go again. The eyes of the world turn to something awful happening in a remote corner of Africa, and what feels like half of the Western population immediately rushes to proudly embarrass itself on social media everywhere. On the Internet, at least, #BringBackOurGirls is little more than #Kony2012 reloaded. It’s condescending, it’s patronizing, it’s… Read More

  • Mute Me

    Mute Me

    I remember the moment I fell in love with Twitter. I was crashing on a couch in Portland, Ore., with the Clicky Web Analytics guys back in 2008, and we were watching the live stream of a TechCrunch conference. I had joined Twitter the summer before, during my first internship at Brass Magazine, but had found it roughly as interesting as sawdust. Read More

  • Twitter Officially Introduces The Mute Button For Android, iPhone And Web

    Twitter Officially Introduces The Mute Button For Android, iPhone And Web

    Twitter has officially announced “mute,” a new feature for its Android, iPhone and web clients that lets users selectively turn off the posts of certain users they follow, without unfollowing them. Muting the users will stop their posts from showing up in your timeline, including their own posts and native retweets, and it also means you won’t get push notifications or… Read More

  • Twitter Makes Like Instagram

    Twitter Makes Like Instagram

    Twitter is sending email blasts to its users with the urgent subject line: “Share your best photos on Twitter” — and describing its offering as being “beyond words”. Read More

  • Twitter Tanks To New Record Lows As Hundreds Of Millions Of Its Shares Unlock

    Twitter Tanks To New Record Lows As Hundreds Of Millions Of Its Shares Unlock

    Today a massive quantity of Twitter stock unlocked, allowing shareholders in the firm that have long held stock in the social giant to sell their equity. The impact, perhaps as expected, is a bloodbath, with Twitter sinking more than 11 percent at the time of writing. Twitter is trading around the $34.40 mark, up slightly from a new record low of $34 that it set earlier today. It’s… Read More

  • Amazon Extends Its Shopping Cart To Twitter

    Amazon Extends Its Shopping Cart To Twitter

    Amazon has just introduced a new feature that lets Twitter users add items to their Amazon carts by including a hashtag within a tweet. After the user connects their Twitter account to Amazon, they can extend their Amazon shopping experience by tweeting a reply to Amazon product links they see on Twitter including the hashtag #AmazonCart — or #AmazonBasket in the UK — to add… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Pattern Baldness

    Gillmor Gang: Pattern Baldness

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Topics include Twitter Dead media bait, FourSquare’s move toward the new cross-app model championed by Facebook, the Google+ backslide, and Microsoft in the free lane. No matter how much the market wants to quantify the Twitter opportunity, the rest of the world is more… Read More

  • Tweets Can Guide Emergency Responders Almost Immediately After An Earthquake

    Tweets Can Guide Emergency Responders Almost Immediately After An Earthquake

    Aggregated data from sites like Google and Twitter have given researchers new ways to track things ranging from diseases to emergency responses after a disaster. Now Stanford researchers are using tweets to supplement ShakeMaps, which are created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earthquake Hazards Program to track earthquakes so quickly that data about affected areas is available almost… Read More

  • Twitter Shares Hit All-Time Low

    Twitter Shares Hit All-Time Low

    Following yesterday’s earnings, Twitter shares (NYSE:TWTR) have been tanking to an all-time low. This morning, shares opened at $37.66, or 11.6 percent below yesterday’s closing price of $42.62. Shortly after that, shares traded at $37.24, pushing the limit of Twitter’s all-time low a bit further. Shares are now trading at $38.10. Yet, the most surprising part is that the… Read More

  • Twitter: We Have No Plan For A Secondary Offering

    Twitter: We Have No Plan For A Secondary Offering

    Today on its earnings call, Twitter indicated that it has no plan to host a secondary offering of its shares to provide liquidity to its large shareholders and early investors. In a filed 8-K, Twitter had already indicated that, as TechCrunch reported, “CEO Dick Costolo, plus co-founders and board members Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, as well as Benchmark, have no intention of selling… Read More

  • Twitter User Growth Accelerates To 5.8%, With 255M Monthly Users (And 78% Of Them On Mobile)

    Twitter User Growth Accelerates To 5.8%, With 255M Monthly Users (And 78% Of Them On Mobile)

    Twitter just released its earnings report for the first quarter of 2014, saying it has grown its monthly active user base to 255 million. Will that be enough to avert more awkward questions about growth during today’s analyst conference call? Well, maybe … but probably not. This means MAUs grew 5.8 percent quarter-over-quarter, which is an improvement compared to the end of 2013… Read More

  • Twitter Beats In Q1 With $250M In Revenue And Picks Up 14M New Monthly Active Users

    Twitter Beats In Q1 With $250M In Revenue And Picks Up 14M New Monthly Active Users

    Twitter released its first quarter financial performance this afternoon, reporting revenue of $250 million in the period, and earnings per share of $0.00 on a non-GAAP basis. The street had expected Twitter to report revenue of $241.5 million, and a three cent per-share loss. That non-GAAP $0.00 EPS is slightly occlusive — the company in fact had non-GAAP net income of $183,000 in… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Call Forwarding

    Gillmor Gang: Call Forwarding

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — record a midweek Wednesday edition after Apple and Facebook earnings calls.
    The Gang seems comfortable with Apple numbers setting the table for a Wearable Winter, if you can count an iWatch as meaning both something on the wrist and Apple TV as an extension of the AppStore. Is Facebook moving away… Read More

  • You’re More Than Your Last Few Tweets

    You’re More Than Your Last Few Tweets

    Our lives are not defined reverse chronologically, yet until now, that’s strictly how our social network profiles portrayed us — as a snapshot of our latest activity. Today, Twitter gave everyone the option to pin a tweet to the top of their profile “so it’s easy for your followers to see what you’re all about.” It’s the first step towards a more… Read More

  • Foreign Startup Founders Face Unique Struggles To Break Funding Barrier

    Foreign Startup Founders Face Unique Struggles To Break Funding Barrier

    It was either move to Silicon Valley or bust, according to Nitro CEO Sam Chandler. His startup base of Melbourne, Australia, didn’t have the resources back in 2008 to help him scale his cloud-based, document-collaboration startup beyond an angel round of investing. It’s still a common dilemma for entrepreneurs throughout the world. Read More

  • Twitter Says Native Ads Will Be Available To All MoPub Publishers Tomorrow

    Twitter Says Native Ads Will Be Available To All MoPub Publishers Tomorrow

    MoPub is making native ads available to all of its publishers tomorrow, according to blog posts from MoPub and Twitter (which acquired MoPub last year). This follows an announcement in December that MoPub will be testing native ads (namely, ads that are customized to resemble regular content, often appearing in an app’s content stream) with a limited set of partners. Today’s MoPub… Read More

  • Facebook Now Powers More Than Half Of All Social Logins

    Facebook Now Powers More Than Half Of All Social Logins

    Social logins are a convenient way to sign in to services without having to go through lengthy sign-up procedures and setting up yet another password. According to the latest data from social login service Gigya, Facebook remains the absolute market leader here and now powers more than 51 percent of all social logins in North America. Google+ is the second most popular service, but at 31… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Danny Sullivan, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — played the latest favorite game of the Mobility Addicted. It’s called Lock Screen, and some of us think it’s where the early adopters meet the great unvarnished Silent Majority. Forget clicks or swipes or doing anything; it’s all about glancing. What this means… Read More

  • Twitter Introduces Mobile App Install Ads And Integrated Ad-Buying With MoPub

    Twitter Introduces Mobile App Install Ads And Integrated Ad-Buying With MoPub

    It looks like Twitter is hoping to earn more ad dollars from mobile app publishers and developers. The company is announcing several new features today that Vice President of Revenue Kevin Weil described as adding up to “an easy and scalable way to drive app installs and app engagement, both on Twitter and off Twitter.” Those include the ability to pay for Promoted Tweets that… Read More

  • Investors Send Twitter Up 11.4% Following Gnip News, Adding $2.7B To Its Market Cap

    Investors Send Twitter Up 11.4% Following Gnip News, Adding $2.7B To Its Market Cap

    Twitter had a massive day in the markets, soaring more than 11 percent following news this morning that it has acquired Gnip, a company that TechCrunch described as a longtime partner and customer. The acquisition could see it funnel its current customer base towards Gnip’s popular tools, and also accrete to Twitter’s top line Gnip’s incomes. Twitter needs revenue growth… Read More