Two firsts for Twitter today: first TV spot, first curated hashtag

webmsmith:

How time flies. All it took was one news search on the Twitter platform to realize that relevantnews was no longer fastest through CNN, ESPN, or even Mashable. 2009 wasn’t early adoption by any means but even in the last three years, I’ve watched the platform develop into a necessity for many personal and corporate brands. 

When Ed Knight wants to find out what his 6-year-old did in school, he can scroll the Twitter feed on his iPhone for clues to start a conversation with his quiet son, who sometimes holds back when recounting details of his day.

That’s because Evan and others in first-grade teacher Jodi Conrad’s class use Twitter to send out a weekly newsletter, update the days’ activities and give parents reminders about upcoming programs.

Conrad’s class at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Glen Ellyn is among a growing number that use social media and other technology to supplement lessons, even for very young students.

“These are tools that come standard in life right now,” said Conrad, 36, who controls the account and the messages that the class, as a group, delivers. “I do it outside of class, so why not do it inside.”

Her students also contribute to a classroom blog, make videos for a private YouTube account intended for parents, and write books using computer software.

Twitter is going to reach a significant milestone tomorrow—it will have signed up the 500 millionth registered user at approximately 3:45 PM ET, according to Twopcharts‘ best estimate.

Myspace [also] announced startling news earlier this month. The social networking site had been written off last year after Specific Media and Justin Timberlake bought it from News Corp. for a rumored $35 million.

One million new members have joined in the past month, and the rate of signups has risen to 40,000 per day. Credit has been given to the new music player, which is user-friendly and free.

Geolocation analysis of Twitter accounts by Semiocast
Semiocast analyzed 383 million of Twitter user profiles created before January 1st 2012. Semiocast used its proprietary platform, databases and tools to process user profiles in order to determine the location of each user using all available information (free-form location declared in user profile, time zone, language used to post tweets and GPS coordinates for the very few concerned tweets).

Geolocation analysis of Twitter accounts by Semiocast

Semiocast analyzed 383 million of Twitter user profiles created before January 1st 2012. Semiocast used its proprietary platform, databases and tools to process user profiles in order to determine the location of each user using all available information (free-form location declared in user profile, time zone, language used to post tweets and GPS coordinates for the very few concerned tweets).

#censored

Many defenders of Twitter’s recent announcement have jumped on board without the facts, just as quickly accusing naysayers of being ‘misguided’, even citing the move as ‘good for activists’. Most arguments rely too heavily on trusting the company to share censorship requests on Chilling Effects, and fail to discuss its lack of complete transparency about the details of their new (?) practices, or the slippery slope it presents.

Questioning censorship practices is important and necessary, as has been echoed across the world. The news is troubling to say the least.

Reporters Without Borders wrote a “Letter to Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey Urging Him Not to Cooperate with Censors" asking many important questions of the company. But it was Mathew Ingram of GigaOm who said it best:

How much should we trust our new information overlords?

Spot visualizes tweet commonalities
Enter a query in the field on the bottom left, and Spot retrieves the most recent 200 tweets. You then can choose among five views: group, words, timeline, users, and source.

Spot visualizes tweet commonalities

Enter a query in the field on the bottom left, and Spot retrieves the most recent 200 tweets. You then can choose among five views: group, words, timeline, users, and source.