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Express looking at wrong Twitter accounts in BBC attack
January 17, 2010 – 9:28 am | 8 Comments

Dear the Express. Please look at the right twitter a/cs when discussing the BBC's followers. That is all.

National newspaper Twitter account growth gets ever slower …
December 2, 2009 – 10:57 pm | 2 Comments

UK national newspaper Twitter accounts are continuing to grow - but the rate is getting slower and slower, according to the latest figures for the 129 accounts I'm tracking. November to December growth was just 6.6%, down from 17% earlier in the year.

Is the new retweet the end of angry Twitter mobs?
November 22, 2009 – 11:59 pm | 18 Comments
Is the new retweet the end of angry Twitter mobs?

I've really begun to loathe Twitter's new retweet function. Here's why:
Pictures of people I don't follow, unclear menu options and not being able to see who is retweeting stuff.

Twitter trials new new-tweet feature
November 8, 2009 – 6:30 pm | No Comment
Twitter trials new new-tweet feature

On top of the new Twitter retweet feature, I also seem to have got the new web-based method for alerts about new new tweets from people you follow. These changes are all bringing the functionality of the web interface for Twitter closer to the various desktop clients.

Twitter retweet: how the new RT functionality looks
November 6, 2009 – 10:26 am | 17 Comments
Twitter retweet: how the new RT functionality looks

Despite having to wait ages for lists and Google wave, I seem to have Twitter RTs early. I haven't actually seen a live one yet ... And I don't really like the sound of them as I like to comment on RTs. But maybe that's just me.

Growth of Newspaper Twitter accounts running out of steam
November 3, 2009 – 8:45 am | 4 Comments

Newspaper Twitter accounts are continuing to grow - but at an ever slower rate, according to the latest figures for the 130 accounts I'm tracking. October to November growth was just 8.3%.

How to get a link from the BBC to your Twitter URL
October 28, 2009 – 1:50 pm | 3 Comments
How to get a link from the BBC to your Twitter URL

Want to get your Twitter page doing better in Google for a search on your name? Here's a way to get a link off the BBC to your Twitter URL.

If you monitor your brand on Twitter, read the tweets before replying …
October 25, 2009 – 11:33 pm | 6 Comments
If you monitor your brand on Twitter, read the tweets before replying …

It was oneletteroffmovies day on Twitter on Saturday - turning Top Gun into Top Gum, and Pirates of the Caribbean into Pilates of the Caribbean etc. My contribution was "BT - one alien's struggle to get broadband so he can email home". And then BT started to tweet me ...

Is Google using signals from Twitter for its rankings?
October 21, 2009 – 8:39 pm | 12 Comments
Is Google using signals from Twitter for its rankings?

Is Google using signals from Twitteras part of its ranking decisions. You could see why it want to - seeing which pages people are passing around on Twitter would help it work out which pages are relevant for 'newsy' search terms (those where there is a big surge in searches for particular keywords).
The evidence

Testing such a thing would be a nightmare - how could you set up 2 different, but similar, pages and get loads of people to tweet one and not the other? I managed to set up this test by accident - here are the results.

Jan Moir: Mail readers reject her hateful bile (probably)
October 16, 2009 – 11:23 am | 7 Comments
Jan Moir: Mail readers reject her hateful bile (probably)

Update According to Google, at 2.45pm, Jan Moir is the 42nd most popular search in the last hour. The Mail must be loving the traffic they are getting. So, why don't you try contacting the ...

Rate of growth slows for newspaper Twitter accounts
October 5, 2009 – 10:26 pm | 4 Comments

National UK newspapers had 1,665,202 followers of their Twitter accounts at the start of October - an increase of 193,266 on September 1st (when they had 1,471,936).

The rate of growth has slowed, however. This is a monthly increase of 13.1%, compared with 17% from August 1 to September 1, and also from July 1 to August 1.

UK newspaper twitter followers up 17% from August to September
September 2, 2009 – 12:14 pm | 3 Comments

National UK newspaper accounts had 1,471,936 followers at the start of September, an increase of 213,892 or 17% on August 1 (when they had 1,258,044 followers).

You can see the September figures in the table.

Cottage hire Birmingham: another example of Google’s UK results going bad
August 18, 2009 – 11:48 pm | One Comment
Cottage hire Birmingham: another example of Google’s UK results going bad

Search for cottage hire birmingham, and Google shows you a map of bethlehem in pennsylvania. Huh?

Is Twitter down? 4 ways to tell …
August 6, 2009 – 2:37 pm | 5 Comments

Twitter appears to be down. How do we tell people? Maybe it's just me. Here are some ways to find / work out what to do:

@Guardiantech gets to 1 million followers
August 5, 2009 – 8:21 am | 4 Comments

Short and to the point. But @guardiantech reached 1 million followers early this morning.
It benefits massively from being on Twitter's suggested users list. But impressive nonetheless. You can see more UK newspaper twitter numbers here.

UX tweeters- now with added bios
August 4, 2009 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

If you liked the list of user-experience twitterers that Done Bright put together, you may have wished, like me, that you could see the bios / description of each account. Well, I've played around with the Twitter API, and now you can!

UK newspaper Twitter followers: 1 August
August 1, 2009 – 3:31 pm | 4 Comments
UK newspaper Twitter followers: 1 August

With 981,359 followers, @Guardiantech is closing in on a million, as I reveal the latest figures for UK newspaper Twitter accounts. @GuardianTech has jumped 150,000 followers in a month. @TimesFashion (29,190 followers) has moved up one place to 2nd, overtaking @GuardianNews (27,802) which is now 3rd.

Ofcom: we need action not research on broadband speeds
July 28, 2009 – 9:35 am | One Comment
Ofcom: we need action not research on broadband speeds

Ofcom has revealed that people don't get the broadband speeds they pay for. Well, duh. Here's a timeline of how we already know that. Their research isn't groundbreaking or new or revealing something for the first time, as is being claimed. What we need is action: ISPs should be forced to publish a typical range of speeds rather than an upto speed that no one can get.

Guardian wins newspaper URL tweet war
July 16, 2009 – 8:47 pm | 7 Comments

Other people have tweeted (or retweeted) the Guardian's URLs 328,288 times over the last 4 months - way more than any other UK newspaper.

The FT and Times have more followers on Twitter than the Telegraph and Mail - but they're not tweeted about as often. The Telegraph is in second place: 120,731 tweets have included a link to one if its URLs. The Daily Mail is 3rd with 95,851.

10 people who better pray their boss isn’t on Twitter – S/HE CAN SEE YOUR TWEETS
July 15, 2009 – 9:46 pm | 4 Comments
10 people who better pray their boss isn’t on Twitter – S/HE CAN SEE YOUR TWEETS

Do people realise that anyone can see their profile unless they lock it? Here are 10 tweets about the person's boss from the last week - they're all from accounts with more than 50 updates, so they should have worked out what's going on ...