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Google Gets Popularity Crown, Beating Apple, Facebook and Twitter

google1 Google Gets Popularity Crown, Beating Apple, Facebook and TwitterThere are times when you take survey results with a grain of salt – and for some, this new survey may be one instance you need to do it.

According to a survey conducted by ABC/Washington Post, Google is the most popular company compared to such heavyweights like Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. To make it more eyebrow raising, the poll was conducted during the period when people expressed outrage over Google’s new unified privacy policy (from Mar 28 to April 1). More →

InstaBG Spruces Up Your Twitter Background

instabg 3001 InstaBG Spruces Up Your Twitter BackgroundOne sign of a service’s popularity is the proliferation apps related to that service. Take for example Twitter. The microblogging social service is so hugely popular that many companies have developed their own apps that will allow users to access their own Twitter accounts and read others.

But even if Twitter apps for mobile devices are very convenient to use, the whole user experience is still quite different from using Twitter in its original environment – your browser. One of the best reasons to use Twitter using your browser is the personalization you can apply to your Twitter page. If mobile devices have apps for accessing Twitter. The desktop PC also has online services that allow the user to personalize his Twitter page. More →

InstaBG your Twitter feed

instabg 300 InstaBG your Twitter feed	Twitter is arguably one of the biggest and most successful social networking services on the planet. The ability to microblog, be heard by potentially millions of people and find out what other people are doing, thinking or sharing – whether they’re famous or not – is a winning combination.

If you’ve been a Twitter user chances are you don’t use any of the Twitter applications for the desktop PC, mobile devices or tablets. Majority of Twitter users still use the Twitter web site to access their accounts. Anyone who’s used Twitter online knows how drab the Twitter site is. It’s a very Spartan affair. It may reflect the Twitter philosophy of “less is more” but it would be cool to actually personalize your personal Twitter page. More →

5 Twitter Etiquettes You Should Care About

twitter1 300x237 5 Twitter Etiquettes You Should Care AboutFor businesses that maintain twitter presence, there is an unspoken list of etiquettes that one must adhere to. These etiquettes arise out of a need to acknowledge your target audience and give respect to all those who interact with you using the medium of twitter. Some of these etiquettes are pretty simple and do not consume much time. Let us discuss these over the following points:

1. Acknowledge those followers who send a message to you. While there may be automated bots that could have been used to follow your account, there is a chance that many genuine followers will use a manual effort to follow your tweets. And these visitors and followers need to be acknowledged to offer them the respect they deserve.

2. If you run a business, then your twitter language must adhere to professional levels of excellence. You must try to avoid language that is mostly abbreviated.  The language being used must be clear, concise and crisp.  More →

Car Theft Tweets?

twitter 300x237 Car Theft Tweets?Surry Police are using everything at their disposal to combat car crimes, including the microblogging website Twitter. The English county believes the social media behemoth can be used to apprehend automobile thieves and vandals and prevent future offenses. It can also likely be used as a theft deterrent.

For a one-week period the police department will use Twitter to announce any car crime that comes into its contact center. By putting information in the hands of the public, the county hopes average citizens will take an active interest in cleaning up their streets.

Car theft

Car theft is one of the most common crimes reported to police in nearly every corner of the world. In the US alone, more than 1 million vehicles are stolen every year. This startling statistic doesn’t include minor car crimes like vandalism, which make up a significant amount of dispatcher calls. More →

Bing Creeps Me Out With Twitter Recommendations

bingtwittersuggest e1285015214427 Bing Creeps Me Out With Twitter RecommendationsAfter being thrashed by Google’s Instant search, it looks like Microsoft has come up with a new strategry in order to subplant the search engine king.

With Twitter growing to more than 145 million accounts, finding interesting people to follow can be difficult. People Recommendation on Bing Social helps you discover interesting and relevant Twitter users based on your searches. Whether someone is “Influential” and helping shape the conversation or “Popular” like a celebrity, the new Twitter User Recommendation feature helps to identify Twitterers related to your query. (Bing Community Blog)

Excluding the fact that Twitter already has a similar feature on Twitter.com, Bing’s tweet recommendation feature could help Microsoft challenge Google for search supremacy (the latter who owns the web).

A few users however may not enjoy have Bing! play tweet match maker based on search queries (as it does sound kinda creepy to have a search engine company “know” your tweet preferences).

Bing! has not indicated whether they will port this feature upon Yahoo! (which they recently assimilated), although as of right now there is no word on if they will include Facebook in the near future (which would give Bing! one leg up over its Google foe).

LinkedIn Becomes More Integrated with Twitter

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Sometime in November last year, LinkedIn started rolling out some Twitter integration features. If you’re one of those LinkedIn members who integrated your LinkedIn accounts with Twitter, you might also want to go deeper into these integration and install the Tweets app.

This new LinkedIn feature lets you easily find and keep track of your LinkedIn connections on both LinkedIn and Twitter. Once you’ve installed that Tweet app, you can access this from your Profile page by clicking on the “more” tab which you can find at the top of your LinkedIn profile page. Clicking on that “more” tab will display your Twitter public timeline including tweets from people you follow. From that page, you can post tweet to your account.

The new Tweet app also has a new module called – “connection to follow.” What this module does is to give you recommendations on new people to follow which are your LinkedIn contacts.

Another nice feature of the Tweet app is the “connections” category which list down your LinkedIn connections who have already installed the Tweet app. From there you can see their Twitter information, follow or unfollow them and see a sample of their last tweets.

If you’re into Twitter lists, the new LinkedIn Tweet app also lets you create a dynamic Twitter list consisting of your LinkedIn connections. This list displays tweets of your LinkedIn contacts and are updated real-time. It’s like your usual Twitter list built into your LinkedIn accounts.

Alright, enough of this blabber. If you’re into LinkedIn and Twitter, might as well integrate these two accounts.  You may install the LinkedIn Tweet app from this link.

Twitter for BlackBerry App Updated, Brings in Quote a Tweet

twitterforbbbeta 1new1 Twitter for BlackBerry App Updated, Brings in Quote a TweetFollowing the release of Twitter iPhone app, it’s now time for the official Twitter for BlackBerry to get some attention and loving. The Twitter folks has just updated the app which is currently in beta and brings in several great new features as well as enhancements to existing ones. The updated Twitter for BlackBerry app now features – quote tweet, username  autocomplete, go to user, personal information guard, additional photo viewing support, viewing of geotagged tweets, and new navigation hotkeys.

The new version of Twitter for BlackBerry now lets you quote a tweet simply by selecting “quote a tweet” from your phone’s menu options. This new feature adds quotation marks around the original tweet so much so that you can edit or add some more text to the original tweet. This is different from retweet since it doesn not automatically  put the “RT @username” syntax as soon as you click on the “retweet” button.  Actually, it does act like “retweet.” minus the “RT.”

When typing “@” followed by the first few characters of the username, this feature will pop out a list of users as you type. It’s a pretty useful tool especially if you are trying to recall the complete Twitter name of a person that you are following on Twitter.

The “Go to User” feature now lets you access Twitter profiles from anywhere within Twitter for BlackBerry devices just by using the “auto complete” feature.

The new Twitter for BlackBerry app was also designed to help keep your personal information safe. The app warns you if any of your personal information is being shared.

The updated app also lets you view tweeted photos using YFrog and TweetPhoto as well as new navigation keys to help you navigate through your Twitter account.  These new hotkeys are:

  • R (reply)
  • L (reply all)
  • Space (page down)
  • F (retweet)
  • C (compose)
  • D (refresh)
  • Alt+0 (home)
  • Alt+1 (mentions)
  • Alt+2 (lists)
  • Alt+3 (profile)
  • Alt+4 (inbox)
  • Alt+5 (find people)
  • Alt+6 (search)
  • Alt+7 (popular topics)

Ready to update? Check the upgraded Twitter for BlackBerry beta app from the BlackBerry App World.

Twitter App for Android Out Now, Sweet!

ss timeline 180x300 Twitter App for Android Out Now, Sweet!Twitter continues its flight towards various mobile platforms as its application for the Android has just been made available. Following the successful release of the official Twitter app for BlackBerry devices, Android phones become Twitter’s latest conquest.

Just like the Twitter app for BlackBerry,  Twitter for Android is as good as you can get from a mobile version of  Twitter. The app lets you easily share any link or photo and of course reading tweets is a pleasant experience especially if you are using an Android phone with a larger screen, such as the Nexus One.

What’s good about Twitter for Android is that it also lets you add a homescreen widget so that you can easily access your public timeline or view a tweet location on a map. It will also lets you see your friend’s latest tweets in your phonebook, Google Talk list or any application that uses Android’s QuickContact bar.

Another cool feature is the “dynamic” Twitter topics that pop-outs on the main page of the app. This trending topic is updated in real-time and I would have to say that the Twitter folks have done something cool with their Twitter app for Android. This kind of set the app from its other iteration (specifically for BlackBerry devices)

Overall, Twitter for Android is a very good iteration of Twitter’s mobile application. It has practically all the Twitter web version including Tweets, Lists, Mentions, Retweets, Direct Messages, and My Profile.

If you’ve been waiting for this app to arrive on your Android 2.1 phones, your wait is finally over. Check it out from the Android Market. You will definitely love it.

Kindle Firmware Update Integrates Facebook, Twitter

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Amazon is really trying hard to make its Kindle eBook reader to become a multi-function device – much like the Apple iPad. But I guess, due to the limited technical capabilities of the Kindle, making it at part with the iPad in terms of multi-features would be a hard feat to accomplish. Well, at least Amazon is trying and its latest effort will be rolled out with the new firmware  version 2.5 upgrade for Kindle – Facebook and Twitter integration.

Well, it’s not really a full Twitter and Facebook integration since this would be pretty hard to accomplish. What the new feature will let you do is to let you share book passages with friends on Facebook and Twitter directly from your Kindle. Unfortunately, that’s just how far Amazon can probably stretch the Kindle’s social capability.

But, don’t let this lack of powerful social features disappoint you. There are other new features that the Kindle firmware version 2.5 that are worth waiting for. These include:

  • Collections: Organize your books and documents into one or more collections.
  • PDF Pan and Zoom: Zoom into PDFs and pan around to easily view small print and detailed tables or graphics.
  • Password Protection: Password protect your Kindle when you’re not using it.
  • More Fonts & Improved Clarity: Enjoy two new larger font sizes and sharper fonts for an even more comfortable reading experience.
  • Popular Highlights: See what the Kindle community thinks are the most interesting passages in the books you’re reading.

Kindle’s firmware upgrade will be rolled out automatically via OTA to all Kindle users in the coming days.