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Rewind Twitter and replay it in real time
September 19, 2011 – 10:34 pm | No Comment
Rewind Twitter and replay it in real time

Ever watched a recorded TV programme and wished you could see what the reaction was on Twitter? Now you can!
Together with the brilliant developers at Raak, I've (beta) launched Tweet Rewinder.
It's a mobile web app ...

The most annoying 1,200 pixels on the internet
June 27, 2011 – 11:02 am | No Comment
The most annoying 1,200 pixels  on the internet

The web version of Twitter has a really annoying usability issue.

Super injunction names: 6 national newspaper stories that flouted the injunction to reveal all
May 11, 2011 – 7:01 am | 4 Comments
Super injunction names: 6 national newspaper stories that flouted the injunction to reveal all

Six newspaper stories from the last week that told you who the names of those with superinjunctions were.

Twitter and super injunctions: no one need pack their toothbrush
May 10, 2011 – 7:38 am | 3 Comments
Twitter and super injunctions: no one need pack their toothbrush

No one is going to prison over the Twitter superinjunction leaks

Super injunctions and Twitter: Alfie Patten, John Terry, [redacted] and [redacted]
May 9, 2011 – 9:59 am | No Comment
Super injunctions and Twitter: Alfie Patten, John Terry, [redacted] and [redacted]

The biggest problem is, oddly, not that you can find out on Twitter or via Google. It's that the lawyers involved didn't seem to think it's necessary to tell Google or Twitter that an injunctions exists.

Uncovered: the first ever tweets, in order (warning: they’re dull)
April 19, 2011 – 5:58 pm | 5 Comments
Uncovered: the first ever tweets, in order (warning: they’re dull)

The first tweets ever sent, in order. See how Twitter actually began on its first two days. Try to stay awake ...

How to show the number of Twitter followers you have in WordPress
January 20, 2011 – 11:14 pm | 9 Comments
How to show the number of Twitter followers you have in WordPress

You may notice that, over on the right hand side, next to my "Follow me on Twitter" button, there's some text that says (currently) "2,462 others do". If you want something similar to your Wordpress blog, here's how to do it.

Why you shouldn’t connect Twitter to LinkedIn
January 10, 2011 – 9:00 am | 13 Comments
Why you shouldn’t connect Twitter to LinkedIn

In the LinkedIn profile settings is an innocuous looking option: "Twitter Settings" Add your Twitter account on your profile." Whatever you do, don't do it.
Professional contacts of mine on LinkedIn received email updates with the words "I have deleted my last blog post as having anal at the top of my homepage didn't look good."

Working out what people are searching for now …
December 16, 2010 – 12:00 pm | 4 Comments
Working out what people are searching for now …

I'm giving a talk at News:ReWired today about how specialist publishers can compete with large news organisations when it comes to SEO. One of the things I'm talking about is how to work out what people are searching for right now, so you can create content accordingly. There are some paid-for services that can tell you this. But here are some free ones.

Vodafone’s unmoderated #mademesmile hashtag feed. When will people learn?!
December 12, 2010 – 11:04 am | 3 Comments
Vodafone’s unmoderated #mademesmile hashtag feed. When will people learn?!

Vodafone is the latest firm to stick an unmoderated hashtag feed on its website. If you use the hashtag #mademesmile, you can get tweets about them not paying enough tax published. It's rapidly turning into a car crash, as these tweets, published here show.

#KLMsurprise – KLM launches unmoderated hashtag feed. Surprise!
November 15, 2010 – 7:36 pm | 10 Comments
#KLMsurprise – KLM launches unmoderated hashtag feed. Surprise!

Learning no lessons from previous cockups, KLM has launched a website which publishes unmoderated tweets that contain the word #klmsurprise. Unsurprisingly, it's now being abused.

Cheapflights.co.uk swears on Twitter and calls X Factor contestant a silly bint
October 31, 2010 – 11:08 pm | 3 Comments
Cheapflights.co.uk swears on Twitter and calls X Factor contestant a silly bint

There you are, in charge of the corporate Twitter account, but logged in to your own personal account when watching Katie Waissell on the X Factor. "oh for f*cks sake, stop crying you silly bint", you tweet to your followers. You go to bed. Then you wake up in the morning and realise you were logged in to your work account.

Dragons’ Den’s one-sided Twitter ‘conversation’
July 21, 2010 – 11:06 pm | No Comment
Dragons’ Den’s one-sided Twitter ‘conversation’

There was a curious end to yesterday's Dragon's Den when Evan Davis turned to the camera and said: "Why not tell us what you think of today's programme by joining the conversation on Twitter."
But then, although someone is clearly running the account, they haven't actually replied to anyone's tweets. Odd.

Twitter redesigns ‘X is now following you’ email
July 18, 2010 – 12:42 pm | 3 Comments
Twitter redesigns ‘X is now following you’ email

Twitter has - finally - improved the email it sends to people to explain that someone is now following you. The old email told you how many followers they had, how many they followed and how many tweets they'd sent.

The new one, designed like the hovercard that appears on when you're logged in on twitter.com and hover over someone's name, also gives you their location and bio.

How much traffic Twitter drives to UK newspaper sites
March 26, 2010 – 7:00 am | 5 Comments
How much traffic Twitter drives to UK newspaper sites

Adam Sherk recently pointed out that Twitter drives less than 1% of traffic to US newspaper and magazine sites (but noted that this still makes it "a top 25 referrer for all the [10 sites he asked] and top 10 referrers for most").

Trying my luck somewhat, I asked people from the three largest UK newspaper sites (the Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Guardian) what their figures were.
* For the Mail, under 0.5% of their referrer traffic is from Twitter.
* For the Telegraph, 0.5% of global traffic and 0.25% of uk traffic currently comes from twitter.
* For the Guardian, 0.4% of their page impressions in February came from Twitter.

Cash Gordon: Do people REALLY not know the dangers of unfiltered twitter streams?
March 22, 2010 – 1:18 pm | One Comment
Cash Gordon: Do people REALLY not know the dangers of unfiltered twitter streams?

You'd have thought people would realise the folly of unmoderated hashtag-based twitter streams by now (see Skittles etc). But not the Conservatives. Their new Cash Gordon site displays the latest tweets using the #cashgordon tag - with no filtering or moderation, as these screenshots show.

Twitter adds nofollow to @names
February 17, 2010 – 9:27 pm | 2 Comments
Twitter adds nofollow to @names

I might be going bonkers. But I have a Firefox stylesheet that reveals which links are nofollow. And 'm fairly sure that, last time I looked, @ mentions of people's names weren't nofollowed - but now are, as this screenshot demonstrates.

Twitter adds explanations to trends
February 3, 2010 – 9:54 am | 2 Comments
Twitter adds explanations to trends

Twitter seems to be adding an explanation to some trends, sourced from whatthetrend.com. Here's an example for a search on John Terry today.

Seems a good innovation to me. Should help with some of the more mysterious trends that only carry on as people ask why is X trending.

John Terry: another nail in the superinjunction coffin?
January 30, 2010 – 3:54 pm | No Comment
John Terry: another nail in the superinjunction coffin?

John Terry's been "nobbing" Wayne Bridge's girlfriend as one of the edits on Wikipedia puts it. Terry got a superinjunction forbidding publication of this story - and of the fact that there was an injunction. ...

Express confuses followers and following. Ha ha ha!
January 17, 2010 – 5:02 pm | 11 Comments
Express confuses followers and following. Ha ha ha!

I pointed out this morning that the Express was talking utter rubbish claiming that the BBC was keeping up twitter accounts with 0 or 2 followers. The real numbers were in the 000s.

It appears the Express has confused following and follower numbers. Ha ha ha ha ha.