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Researchers Use Twitter as a Stock Market Barometer

Wanna know where the stock market is headed? According to new research from Indiana University, Twitter may hold the answer. Indiana's Johan Bollen and his team of researchers recently investigated whether Twitter could be used as an accurate stock market weather vane, based on the presumption that the microblogging platform could give some insight into the mood of the country. To test their...

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 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...

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...

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. ...

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...

'Twitter: The Criterion Collection' Turns Tweets Into Cinematic Masterpieces

Are you tired of seeing tweets confined to plain text on a computer screen? Well Jason Sweeney, who runs the blog I Am Your Canadian Boyfriend, enlisted people to recreate their favorite Twitter messages in film form. Participants were allowed to act out the tweets, read them or even perform them with puppets. The only requirement was that the vignettes contain the entire tweet, and that the...

Twitter Hits 50 Million Tweets a Day, Still Lags Behind Facebook

We sort of had an idea that Twitter was blowing up in a big way. As it turns out, though, we really had no idea. According to the Twitter analytics team, tweeting activity has grown exponentially over the past three years, to the point where people are now posting about 50 million tweets per day, or roughly 600 tweets per second. As you can see in the above summary graph, the majority of the...

'21 Twitter Pick-Up Lines' Helps You Score With Tweets

Despite the media's portrayal of Twitter as a haven for celebrities, the microblogging service can be an invaluable information-gathering tool, as it hosts updates from the Center for Disease Control, NASA, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the White House. We've also previously explained how Twitter can provide a source of income for proficient twitterers. Now, on the heals of 'Flirtexting,'...

Twitter's Most Obnoxious Tweets Lampooned at TweetingTooHard.com

It's been said, by experts and such, that Facebook and Twitter members who update their statuses and tweet too frequently are essentially narcissists. This may be true, but we'd be willing to bet that the narcissists on social networks are far outnumbered by the pompous jackasses. Yes, there are plenty of useful ways to "Twitter," but the vast majority of tweets are either boring or boastful,...

Don't Have Time for Twitter? Get Ready for Flutter

Twitter is the latest craze sweeping the online social networking scene, a magical place where short attention spans and narcissism are the norm. Celebrities and politicians have hopped on the microblogging bandwagon, and they're revealing the tedium of their lives in 140-character-or-less messages known as "tweets." With all these squares jumping on board, we all know that it's time for us to...

Shaquille O'Neal Joins the Twittering Craze

After witnessing the success of an impostor Twitter page, Shaquille O'Neal has started his own Twitter account, reports SportsByBrooks. Although it's no news to sports fans, the Phoenix Suns Center is a little, well, eccentric, and his Twitter page does not reveal anything different. Although new to the mini-blogging service (he started his Twitter page two days ago), Shaq is Twittering at a...