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TweetShrink – shorten tweets to fit 140 characters

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.

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December 29, 2008 Posted by | Twitter | , | Comments Off on TweetShrink – shorten tweets to fit 140 characters

State of the Twittersphere – Q4 2008 Report

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?

December 29, 2008 Posted by | Twitter | 2 Comments

Twitter relaunches people search

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.

December 29, 2008 Posted by | Twitter | , | Comments Off on Twitter relaunches people search