Posts about: Twitter
I recently counted all the official national newspaper twitter accounts. It took a long time. So I want the figures to update automatically. Here's what I've done so far. Can you help me do it better?
National newspapers have a total of 1,068,898 followers across all their Twitter accounts - with the Guardian, Times and FT the only three papers in the top 10 newspaper accounts. The Guardian's the clear Twitter winner, as it's place on the Twitter Suggested User List means that its GuardianTech account has 831,935 followers - 78% of the total ...
The latest subscriber figures (see table below) show that, apart from a couple of exceptions, it's time for newspapers to turn off their RSS feeds - and hand over the server space, technical support and webpage real estate to something else. Like Twitter.
Twitter is now using proper meta descriptions - the full tweet for tweets, and the bio for profile pages.
With a 140-character limit, avoiding unnecessary apostrophes could make the difference between your tweet fitting ... and not (this is no excuse not to include an apostrophe when you should).
The full text of the row that erupted live on Twitter between @shanerichmond (Communities editor and technology blogger at Telegraph.co.uk) and @charlesarthur (The Guardian's Technology editor).
What makes a good Twitter avatar - with examples of good and bad avatars and lessons you can learn from them.
There are twice as many tweets about men (ie including the word 'he') as there are about women (ie including the word 'she').
Tweeting about beer and wine peaks at 2am saturday and then again at midnight saturday. Tweets about being drunk peak at 8am on saturday and sunday. Although they can't have been that drunk, or they wouldn't be up at that time tweeting.
There are twice as many men tweeting as women. Or men are twice as likely to tweet about their wives as vice versa?.
The percentage of tweets containing 'I' follows a similar pattern each day - peeking at 6am, and falling to a daily low at 12am.
One in 5 tweets contain a URL. Tweets are more likely to contain links on weekdays than weekends. And tweets at 10am are more likely to contain links that at other times.
The best time to tweet if you want people to notice is ... 4.01pm, according to my survey of nearly 120 Twitter users. 11am-12pm is another good time - but you've got more chance of being retweeted at 4.01pm.
Proving the increasing mainstreamness of Twitter, MoneySavingExpert.com has just added a Twitter button to its bookmark / Digg / Facebook sharing options.