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Study: Twitter's 'Elite' Minority Still Producing Half of All Tweets

Twitter may be growing in population and volume, but, according to a new study from Cornell University and Yahoo Research, the site still relies upon a small fraction of its users to churn out the majority of its tweets. The site currently boasts around 200 million users and sees about 140 million tweets per day. Half of those, however, are generated by less than 0.05-percent of all Twitter...

Seattle Man Uses Twitter to Apologize for Traffic Jam

On Friday, Michael Micheletti was driving along a Seattle interstate, when his BMW suddenly stalled and came to a stop in the middle lane. The incident led to a lengthy traffic jam and left Micheletti feeling pretty embarrassed. So, he decided to apologize for the inconvenience, via Twitter. "That black BMW stalled in the center lane of I-5? Yeah, that's me. Sorry, I don't like it either,"...

Academy Award 'Mominees' Invited to Live-Tweet Oscar Insight

The producers of this year's Academy Awards have initiated a "You're Invited" campaign, in hopes of sparking increased fan interest and interaction. As part of that campaign, the producers have asked the mothers of Oscar nominees (or "mominees") to share memories and insight live on Twitter. The producers have also implemented other methods to foster a feel-good, fan-friendly Oscar atmosphere, so...

Farmers, Commodity Traders Find Common Soil on Twitter

A lot of people go to Facebook to harvest fake crops on fictitious farms. If you're interested in real farming, however, you're probably better off heading to Twitter, where both farmers and Wall Streeters alike are exchanging valuable, first-hand information about farming conditions across the globe. As Forbes reports, some farmers originally began using the social network as a way to advance...

Twitter Tweet Buttons Launching This Week

Expect sharing links on Twitter to become a lot easier this week, with the launch of a new, "official" tweet button. The Twitter-approved button allows users to easily retweet articles, and also features a counter that keeps track of how many other users have tweeted a given URL. The button, which comes in three different versions (110×20, 55×20, 55×63), consists of a single...

Twitter Users Aren't Interested in Supporting Your Brand

Bad news, Evil Corporations: Twitter tweeps aren't your shills! A study by digital marketing agency 360i reveals that only a sliver of consumer tweets forward branding messages. It notes that "more than 90-percent of tweets originate from consumers -- and only 8-percent are authored by marketers." Conversely, only 12-percent of all tweets mention a brand. (Click here for the full PDF report.) ...

Twitter Happier: Scientists Track Tweets to Trace National Moods

Twitter's 140-character format may limit how much users can reveal about themselves, but, according to a group of computer scientists from Northeastern University, our casual tweets may contain enough information to reveal how we're truly feeling. Between 2006 and 2009, a team of researchers, led by Dr. Alan Mislove, analyzed all public posts to Twitter, looking for key, mood-indicating words....

Twitter Makes Searching for Names Easier, Sleeker

Used to be that whenever you wanted to search for a Twitter user by name, you had to expend the extra energy required to click on the site's user search page. Those days of wasted clicks, however, are now a thing of the past, as the company has decided to feature the search bar much more prominently. As TechCrunch reports, users can now search for other people simply by meandering over to the...

20-Year CNN Vet Octavia Nasr Tweets About Hezbollah Cleric, Gets Canned by Network

Here is this week's Reason That Twitter Should Be Banned. In yet another high-profile overshare, Octavia Nasr, the Lebanese-born Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs for CNN, was fired Tuesday for posting a single tweet about the passing of one of Hezbollah's most influential clerics. She wrote: "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah... One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a...

Utah Attorney General Tweets About Killer's Execution

After spending 25 years on death row, convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner was given the choice of how he would like to be killed. He could either take the more modern, less messy route, via lethal injection, or he could go out in front of a firing squad. Ultimately, Gardner chose the old school route, but Utah's attorney general took a decidedly more modern route in publicizing the man's...

New York Times Nixes 'Tweet' From Its Column Inches

The Grey Lady has had enough of your newfangled social networking balderdash! Phil Corbett, the new standards editor at the New York Times, declared in a memo yesterday that "tweet" is not fit to print. "Some social-media fans may disagree," Corbett writes, "but outside of ornithological contexts, 'tweet' has not yet achieved the status of standard English. And standard English is what we should...

Twitter to Roll Out t.co URL-Shortening Service

Take it from Twitter: "Length doesn't matter." It may not be a universal maxim, but when it comes to the size of a link referenced within a tweet, at least, Twitter apparently doesn't believe that its 140-character limit poses much of a barrier. With that in mind, then, the company has begun rolling out its own URL-shortening service in the hopes of enhancing both user experience and safety. ...

'Quoted' and Embedded Tweets Get All Up in Your Blog Posts

Whenever a small tweet becomes a big story, you're all but guaranteed to see the same, individual screenshot pop up on blogs across the Web. It may look rudimentary, but it's always been the easiest way to visually structure an article around an important tweet, or series of them. Now, however, those screenshots may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to Twitter's decision to make its tweets...

The Historical Ramifications of a National Twitter Archive

Twitter's increasingly important role in relaying news and amplifying surreptitious international events apparently wasn't lost on the Library of Congress. Earlier this month, the organization formally announced a plan to digitally store every single tweet ever twittered. While some, perhaps many, folks scoffed at the move, a tweet archive could serve as an instrumental tool for future...

Top 5 Comedians Who Tweet (and 5 Who Should)

It's a happy coincidence that Twitter's 140-character limit happens to be the perfect format for dishing one-liners, wry observations, and, of course, those always satisfying X-rated tirades. Thus, it's an ideal way for comedians to try out new material and broaden their fan bases, and a never-ending source of free content for comedy fans -- a win-win for everyone. To share the wealth with our...