TweetShrink is an interface to Twitter that shortens tweets to make the 140 character limit. This is a web based version of the TweetDeck shrink button. I was not impressed when I tried it out. I expected it to contract ‘I have’ to ‘I’ve’, ‘I had’ to ‘I’d’ but it just seems to convert ‘to’ to ‘2’. ‘for’ to ‘4’ etc. You may have more luck with it than me but I find using your own brain to concentrate on the main point of your tweet is far more effective.
Thanks to Infobunny’s Twitterapps for the alert.
State of the Twittersphere – Q4 2008 Report has been published by HubSpot, whose blog covers all of inbound marketing – SEO, Blogging, Social Media, Landing Pages, Lead Generation and Analytics.
It reports is based on data pulled from hundreds of thousands of Twitter profiles. The full PDF report is available for download.
The findings include:
- Twitter is dominated by newer users – 70% of Twitter users joined in 2008
- An estimated 5-10 thousand new accounts are opened per day
- 35% of Twitter users have 10 or fewer followers
- 9% of Twitter users follow no one at all
- There is a strong correlation between the number of followers you have and the number of people you follow
The last one in the list does not surprise me as many people automatically respond to a notification of a follower by reciprocating. I am curious about the statistic that 9% of Twitter users follow no-one at all. Did they just give up once they had created the account because they could not work out how to find people to follow? Do they tweet at all? Or are they just using it as a marketing or current awareness/alert channel?
At last, Twitter has brought back Twitter People Search so that you can search for people by name. Click on Find People in the upper right hand area of the screen and simply enter a person’s name. Twitter claim that this new version is faster than the original version (which it is) and that it now has a phonetic similarity algorithm that helps you find names for possibly misspelled words. It does look for alternatives if it cannot find an exact match for the name you have entered, but the suggestions it gave for my test misspellings did not look or sound very phonetic to me. Nevertheless, it is good to see the people search back.
Wonderful Web 2.0 version of the Twelve Days of Christmas at Blogger in Middle-earth: Twelve Days Of Christmas
The Directory of Learning Professionals on Twitter lists (in alphabetical order by Twitter username) learning professionals from both education and corporate training, as well as other related professionals and e-learning products and services on Twitter. It is compiled by Jane Hart and currently has 643 entries. If you are a learning professional who wants to connect with others via Twitter and would like to appear in the Directory, email Jane the entry details you would like to have.
A User’s Guide to Twittering – WSJ.com, or “Birds of a Feather Twitter Together”, from the Wall Street Journal is an excellent summary of what Twitter is. It also explains the jargon, features and some of what I call Twitterquette.
If the Wall Street Journal is looking at Twitter, we twitterers/tweeters are in danger of becoming establishment. Time to move on?
ticTOCs is a new scholarly journal tables of contents (TOCs) service and Heriot-Watt is one of the fourteen partners who have developed it. You can use ticTOCs to search for the most recent table of contents of over 11,000 scholarly journals, from over 400 publishers and also view them on the ticTOCs site.
You can view the latest TOC (table of contents) of the journal, link through to the full text (where subscriptions allow), and save selected journals to MyTOCs so that you can return to the site and view future TOCs. Alternatively, you can save your selection as an OPML file and import the list into your favourite RSS reader. Highly recommended.
How Pride and Prejudice might have been acted out on Facebook! Thanks to Phil Bradley for the Tweet.
If you are interested in mashups take a look at Mashup Dashboard – ProgrammableWeb. As well a directory of mashups, there is also a “how to” guide with links to resources that can help you create your own mashup. Many thanks to Friedhelm Rump, attending the Web 2.0 seminar at Online 2008, for the information.