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Twitter Toys With Ways To Boost Engagement With ‘@AchievementBird’ Experiment


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Twitter has begun experimenting with an account, called @AchievementBird, that will direct message you ‘achievements’ that you earn with your tweets. The account is protected but has granted follows in the past few days.

Once you’re on the list, the account will occasionally send you messages about how one of your tweets has performed. Xero engineer Owen Williams noted the account on Twitter, as well as a couple of the messages that he had received so far:

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One of my tweets was ‘used in an article’ and AchievementBird notified me of the fact. When I clicked on the link, the relatively new ‘Related headlines’ feature showed me exactly where the tweet had been used.

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Another Twitter experimental account called @magicheadlines is likely related to this effort, as it claims to let you ‘See where tweets are embedded around the web’ — though it could have some wider applications as a digest of newsworthy tweets. Update: This account appears to have been a part of a Twitter hack week project, as the bio has now been updated to reflect that. So probably not a part of Twitter’s main ‘experiments’ pipeline, but something team members were working on as a side project.

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When asked for comment on the AchievementBird account, Twitter referred us to the blog post on its continuing experimentation efforts.

It appears that AchievementBird is tapping into Twitter’s analytics package to surface the results of user tweets. Though it rolled out analytics to business users and verified users first, anyone can now get access to the page using their ‘ads’ dashboard.

This is what it looks like:

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If you’re a frequent tweeter, you’ll have some stats stacked up about RTs, favorites, followers and more. I’ve talked before about how Twitter is experimenting with an account called @magicstats, which appears to measure the popularity of tweets by velocity. In that piece I mentioned that third-party Twitter engagement tracker Favstar is one of my go-to sites on a daily basis.

One of the features that Favstar offers is accounts that hit you up when your tweets have passed fav milestones like ’50′ or ’100′. It also offers a ‘tweet of the day’ award that you can bestow on friends or follows you think gave good tweet.

Who knows what Twitter will end up doing with the AchievementBird account in the end, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see it weave it into the main product as it did with the MagicRecs account. Having full access to Twitter’s dataset means that Twitter can offer features Favstar can’t, as it has to poll the API.

I still like Favstar’s presentation better, and its integration with third-party apps, but it’s early days for AchievementBird and Twitter could always revamp its analytics to be more friendly. Either way, this appears to be rolling along the track towards integration as a push notification, not a landing page.

Sending alerts to users notifying them that people are actually reading and even using their tweets in articles seems to be a good way to encourage those users to tweet more. And converting users from lurkers to active tweeters is important for retention and growth.

Image Credit: Jerine Lay

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Twitter Toys With Ways To Boost Engagement With ‘@AchievementBird’ Experiment


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Twitter has begun experimenting with an account, called @AchievementBird, that will direct message you ‘achievements’ that you earn with your tweets. The account is protected but has granted follows in the past few days.

Once you’re on the list, the account will occasionally send you messages about how one of your tweets has performed. Xero engineer Owen Williams noted the account on Twitter, as well as a couple of the messages that he had received so far:

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One of my tweets was ‘used in an article’ and AchievementBird notified me of the fact. When I clicked on the link, the relatively new ‘Related headlines’ feature showed me exactly where the tweet had been used.

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 10.52.11 AM

Another Twitter experimental account called @magicheadlines is likely related to this effort, as it claims to let you ‘See where tweets are embedded around the web’ — though it could have some wider applications as a digest of newsworthy tweets. Update: This account appears to have been a part of a Twitter hack week project, as the bio has now been updated to reflect that. So probably not a part of Twitter’s main ‘experiments’ pipeline, but something team members were working on as a side project.

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 1.43.00 PM

When asked for comment on the AchievementBird account, Twitter referred us to the blog post on its continuing experimentation efforts.

It appears that AchievementBird is tapping into Twitter’s analytics package to surface the results of user tweets. Though it rolled out analytics to business users and verified users first, anyone can now get access to the page using their ‘ads’ dashboard.

This is what it looks like:

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 11.16.56 AM

If you’re a frequent tweeter, you’ll have some stats stacked up about RTs, favorites, followers and more. I’ve talked before about how Twitter is experimenting with an account called @magicstats, which appears to measure the popularity of tweets by velocity. In that piece I mentioned that third-party Twitter engagement tracker Favstar is one of my go-to sites on a daily basis.

One of the features that Favstar offers is accounts that hit you up when your tweets have passed fav milestones like ’50′ or ’100′. It also offers a ‘tweet of the day’ award that you can bestow on friends or follows you think gave good tweet.

Who knows what Twitter will end up doing with the AchievementBird account in the end, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see it weave it into the main product as it did with the MagicRecs account. Having full access to Twitter’s dataset means that Twitter can offer features Favstar can’t, as it has to poll the API.

I still like Favstar’s presentation better, and its integration with third-party apps, but it’s early days for AchievementBird and Twitter could always revamp its analytics to be more friendly. Either way, this appears to be rolling along the track towards integration as a push notification, not a landing page.

Sending alerts to users notifying them that people are actually reading and even using their tweets in articles seems to be a good way to encourage those users to tweet more. And converting users from lurkers to active tweeters is important for retention and growth.

Image Credit: Jerine Lay

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Twitter Makes Conversations Easier To Follow With Simple Line !!! (VIDEO)


SOURCE Huffington Post!

Twitter’s simplifying your life with the addition of one simple, yet important little line.

Twitter announced on Wednesday that it is changing the way it shows conversations. Conversations will be easier to follow because they will be shown in chronological order, connected with a little blue line.

“You’ll see up to three Tweets in sequence in your home timeline; if you want to see more, you can tap a Tweet to see all the replies, including those from people you don’t follow,” Twitter said in an official blog post Wednesday. Conversations will also be easier to follow in real time.

Twitter also says that you will soon be able to report abusive or spam Tweets from the site itself and from the Android app. This is already available on the iPhone app. All of these features will be rolled out gradually starting Wednesday.

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Are Millenials really the ‘Me’ generation?!?!? (MUST READ)


The following excerpt is from USATODAY!

These kids today with their twits and their tweets, their ninth-place ribbons and their gimme gimme gimme! Lazy! Selfish! Back in my day …

Pinning the “me, me, me” label on Gen Y, millennials, or whatever you want to call them, has become so ubiquitous, Time magazine actually blasted it across their cover a few months ago: “The ME ME ME Generation.”

But guess what? Twentysomethings aren’t apologizing. They say it’s a good thing.

“It’s viewed as an extremely self-centered thing—and that’s kind of the point!” said Tim Tieu, who has his own consulting firm just two years after graduating from college. “If you’re not self-centered in this way … if you don’t create a LinkedIn profile to show off your skills or if you don’t have that personal website talking about your side projects … then you’re at a disadvantage.”
One of the biggest criticisms is that they give off a sense of entitlement.

“I think it’s true what they’re saying. … I just don’t think it’s as negative as it initially sounds,” said Matt Prince, 29. “Our generation is so successful, there’s a feeling of, ‘You know what? I do deserve this and should be able to do something that makes me happy.’ “

Prince said that many of the people complaining about this generation are baby boomers, and they’re the ones who raised this generation—complete with all that coddling and everyone-gets-a-trophy mentality.

“When they started having kids it was, ‘What can I do to make my family happy?’ ” he said. “With Gen Yers, it’s, ‘What can I do in my career that makes me happy?’

“I think a lot of the animosity that comes from baby boomers, it’s like, ‘Well, shoot, why didn’t we think of that?’ ” Prince said.
Steve Fagan, a life coach whose clients tend to be 40 and over, said one of his key exercises is getting people to reconnect with themselves and figure out exactly what made them happy.

In other words, he’s actually making them think about “ME ME ME.”

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Twitter Adds Related Links To Your Tweets—And You Can’t Say No !!! (REPORT)


The following content is from READ WRITE!

Twitter wants to make it easier for you to find news, and today decided to do so by adding a “related headlines” section to newsworthy tweets—whether the authors of those tweets like it or not.

Related headlines only appear on the Twitter website—specifically, that is, on the permalink page for any given tweet. They will point to Web pages that embedded the original tweet. (Related headlines, however, won’t appear on the tweets embedded in those pages themselves—just at their permanent home on Twitter.) The new feature aims to provide context beyond 140 characters and to connect users with more in-depth stories about a given topic.

Essentially, related headlines act as backlinks supporting the publications and websites that embed Twitter posts.

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Drake Comments On Amanda Bynes’ Bizarre Tweets, Calls Them ‘Weird And Disturbing’ !!!!


The following excerpt is from the Huffington Post!

Drake is finally responding to those bizarre tweets Amanda Bynes wrote about him. Apparently, he wasn’t too thrilled by the shout-outs.

“I don’t even know who that is doing that or what that’s about,” Drake told XXL for the magazine’s 150th issue, which he covers. “If that is her [saying it], I guess it’s a little weird and disturbing. It’s obviously a behavioral pattern that is way bigger than me. Whoever is behind it, whether it’s her or somebody else, they know people are paying attention so they keep it going.”

Bynes’ tweets about Drake started back in March when she wrote that she wanted the rapper to “murder my vagina.” In June, she labeled him “ugly” and then apologized, saying she wants to be friends and then calling him the man of her dreams. In her last tweet, posted July 19, Bynes wrote, “drake is gorgeous.”

The troubled 27-year-old starlet is currently on a judge-ordered extended 5150 psychiatric hold at a California institution. She was detained after lighting a fire in the driveway of a random home on July 22. She attempted to appeal the order last week, according to TMZ, but the judge agreed with doctors who believe she needs more treatment before being released.

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Syrian Electronic Army Hits Thomson Reuters Twitter Feed !!!


The following excerpt is from PCMAG!

The Thomson Reuters Twitter account is the latest target of hackers from the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).
Last night, the @ThomsonReuters Twitter account was infiltrated and the SEA tweeted Syria-related tweets with photos and pro-Syria hashtags.
The account appears to have returned to normal this morning, with no mention of the hack. But the SEA took responsibility on its website.
“The Syrian Electronic Army hacked today the official account of Thomson Reuters and published some truth about what is really hapenning [sic] in Syria. The account was suspended after less than hour,” the SEA wrote.

The Syrian Electronic Army emerged in September. The hackers reportedly started attacking Western websites in retaliation for Innocence of Muslims, an anti-Islamic video that resulted in violent demonstrations in the Middle East. They have since been targeting news sites they believe are reporting news hostile to the Syrian government, including the Financial Times, The Guardian, the BBC, and even The Onion.

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5 New Features of BlackBerry’s New OS


New BlackBerry phones come with a new operating system update. This update comes with a variety of new features for users. These features will help enhance your user experience and ensure your love of the phone. They also help create a better environment for work and play.
BlackBerry Hub
When you receive an email or a message and have to leave the app you’re in to find out why you got a notification, it’s irritating. However, with BlackBerry Hub, you don’t have to worry about this anymore. You can easily peek at conversations, messages, Tweets, and more with the slide of your finger. You don’t even have to leave the app you’re using to get access to it.
BlackBerry Keyboard
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In the past, BlackBerry users haven’t been able to use a swipe keyboard. Instead, they had a physical keyboard on the phone. However, with the new BlackBerry 10 and its new OS, BlackBerry users are able to use a swipe keyboard. This keyboard offers word suggestions and even learns your writing style. If you mistype letters often, the keyboard learns this and will compensate to help you type faster and more efficiently.
BBM Video
You can now use BBM on your BlackBerry 10 for video chats. Not only are you able to see each other, you can also share your screen. Using the Screen Share, you can share pictures or even business documents. You can also share the view from the camera on the back of the phone. In addition to this, you’ll be able to see who’s available in your contact list, according to the coverage they have and their phone’s capabilities.
BlackBerry Balance
Have you ever wished you could easily have multiple profiles on one phone? With BlackBerry Balance, you can simply balance work and play. Keep all of your business apps and information in one profile, and anything personal, such as your favorite BlackBerry games, in a completely separate profile. This is a great way to help you manage your time, as well as make sure that you keep your personal and professional life separate, even when they’re on the same smart phone.
BlackBerry Browser
When you get on the Internet on your smart phone, you don’t want to be waiting all day for it to load. It’s important that your browser loads quickly; the BlackBerry browser does just that. This is a quick browser that is simple to use and extremely powerful. You can even share links in many ways, either through your social networks or through email.
The browser also learns your favorite ways to share and offers these as the top options over time. The Reader mode allows you to easily read text on websites or even view images.
The new BlackBerry 10.1 software offers features that haven’t been seen on BlackBerry phones before. BlackBerry has taken the touchscreen phone to a whole new level, with no back buttons or exit screens. Instead, users interact with their phones through swipes. It takes some time getting used to, but in the end many feel it’s a more efficient system.

Twitter Faces Boycott Over Allowing Free Speech

Twitter is available in 33 languages, but its universal language is the emoji !!!


The following content is from Gigaom!!!

Twitter has a global audience and tweets come in a myriad of languages. But EmojiTracker shows that emoticons are a sort of connective tissue for these disparate users.

To say Twitter is international is an understatement. According to a company blog post in January, 70% of its users are based outside the U.S., and the platform supports microblogging in 33 different languages.

But whether the tweets are in Spanish, Arabic or Cyrillic, one thing seems to be clear: everyone loves emojis. That’s the thesis behind EmojiTracker, which tracks use of the emoticons on Twitter in realtime.

Twitter Faces Boycott Over Allowing Free Speech

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Feminists boycotting Twitter is not the way to end trolling !!!!


The following excerpt is from the Telegraph.co.uk!

High profile British Twitter users are calling for a Twitter boycott and a new way of reporting abuse after Caroline Criado-Perez, a women’s rights campaigner, received hundreds of rape and death threats. Dr Brooke Magnanti doesn’t agree with either and thinks the digital community should confront abuse, not hide it.

Within a short time of the announcement that Jane Austen would feature on £10 notes from 2017, Caroline Criado-Perez, who organised a campaign to get the author on banknotes, started receiving a large number of rape and death threats online. The activist said it she was victim to “50 abusive tweets an hour for about 12 hours”. Not pleasant indeed.

In response, a well-meaning petition is doing the rounds to try to pressure Twitter into installing a streamlined process for reporting abuse that goes beyond blocking someone or reporting them for spam. They want a single ‘abuse report’ button, rather than the current process of a form which is checked by a staff member and decided on a case-by-case basis.

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