- @52teas - Offers a different blend of tea each week. In addition, they post alerts to store specials. They stated that they were typically shipping one to two packages every two to three weeks and now they are shipping 40 to 50 packages. They attribute there success to Twitter. Read more
- @namecheap - They set up a Twitter account in December and started to run a trivia contest every hour. The first three @ replies won a credit for one-year domain registration. Their follower count jumped from 200 to 4000 in one month. Traffic increased by 10% to their site in December. They also saw a 20% increase in domain registrations. Read more
- @coffeegroundz - Self proclaims that they were the first to have a to-go order placed through Twitter. The Operations Manager credits Twitter with doubling their clientele. Read more
- @orlandoichiban - This Orlando-based Japanese restaurant is now taking to-go orders via Twitter. They are also using Twitter to promote their specials and events.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
It was pointed out that the spike occurred almost one month after the initial release of the "Suggested Users" feature and shows several graphs from Twitterific on how quickly it happened to several high profile accounts. Some state that there is a spammer creating fake accounts and adding these fake accounts to a circle of users, including the spammer's own account. Again this is just speculation. You can read the entire story with the long list of comments about the report at The Newest Way To Game Twitter - Fake Followers.
Another incident was also reported today from @Minervity. He woke up this morning to find that his account was suspended due to suspicious activity. After an uprising from the Twitterverse his account was restored. Twitter support replied:
"Your account has been restored. It would appear that you have a number of spammers following you and using your material for their own accounts and, as a result, you were caught up in a spam cloud (through no fault of your own) and suspended..."
@Minervity believes that the "spam cloud" is some kind of filter being used to check to see if something was retweeted over and over again.
The post, Twitter Suspended - The Full Story, does not make it clear if these spam accounts were pulling back in his tweets and posted them as their own. If so, it looks like if you get enough of these spam followers you can inadvertently be caught in a spam cloud.
This should be a wake up call for those using the auto-follow feature. Spammers love those accounts. There already has been reports of programs being able to determine which Twitter accounts have this auto-follow feature set up. So you may be prone to get caught up in a spam cloud.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Online adults that have said they have used Twitter before:
- 19% - 18 to 24 yrs old
- 20% - 25 to 34 yrs old
- 10% - 35 to 44 yrs old
- 5% - 45 to 54 yrs old
- 4% - 55 to 64 yrs old
- 2% - 65 and older
As the majority of users tend to be younger, they also tend to live in lower-income households.
- 17% earn less than $30,000
- 10% earn more than $75,000
The median age of Twitter users is 31 compared to Myspace (27), Facebook (26) and LinkedIn (40).
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
At one point today 60 people had joined the "scheme" in a ten minute period. This came out to over 8000 people joining in a 24 hour period. One of my friends tried it out today and submitted his information at 8:00 am EST and by 8:00 pm EST he has a whopping 5 new followers from it. Lets cross our fingers for 15K! The moral of the story is that it is NOT all about the number of followers you have, but the number of real people that you can truly network with and share ideas.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Twitstat.com provides a running list of the top Twitter clients being used by their followers. Here are the top 10 Twitter clients:
- Twitterific (iPhone App)
- Tweetie (iPhone App)
- Text Message
- TwitterFox (FireFox browser Extension)
- Ping.fm (Social network updater)
- Mobile Web
Keep up on the most used Twitter clients at http://twitstat.com/twitterclientusers.html