Thursday, April 15, 2010

Library of Congress To Archive Drunk Tweets

The Library of Congress has partnered with Twitter to start archiving your drunken tweets as well as all others, starting from the first tweet in 2006. The Library of Congress announced the partnership on their blog yesterday. There are currently several billion tweets which account for about five terabytes of data. This will be on top of the current 167 terabytes that the Library of Congress has in digital assets. The Library of Congress noted that the data would not be made available for commercial use. After a six month delay, the data will be accessible "for internal library use, for non-commercial research, public display by the library, and preservation." One big sticking point concerned the use of URL shortners. We have seen numerous URL shortners come and go, what will happen to those tweets that use these services? The Library of Congress looks to be working on a solution to preserve the links, but a solution will not come for some time.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Twitter News Roundup

Official Twitter Apps - Twitter recently acquired  the parent company of the Tweetie app, release a new Blackberry Twitter app, and is developing a official app for the Google Android. All of these apps were referenced as "Official Twitter Apps", but Twitter quickly retracted the "official" label due to backlash from the developer community. This anouncement worried third-party developers that Twitter was going to buy or develop competing "official" apps. Read more  

Promoted Tweets - Twitter is going to place promoted tweets within their search results. These promoted tweets will allow companies to only promote their own tweets. Users will be able to to reply to them, retweet them, and add them as favorites. The promoted tweets will come with real-time analytics, which is one piece of the soon to be released business accounts. Here is a cool tool that displays the sentiment on the topic of promoted tweets.

Twitter Releases Data - During their Chirp conference, Twitter released some user data. Twitter reported 105 million users and is adding 300,000 users every day. They mentioned that they are currently handling over 600 million search queries each day, almost as many as Yahoo. Another interesting fact is that 75% of traffic comes from third-party applications. These third-party applications account for 60% of all tweets sent.

Twitter Places - A new app that allows users to check-in at different locations by attaching geo-location data to the tweets. The app will aggregate what people are saying, who has been their, as well as the opinion of the place. Some see this as a competitor to FourSquares and Gowalla.

User Streams - Twitter launched a developers network site at With this new dev center, they are providing a new streaming API. This API will allow developers to have near-realtime access to various subsets of Twitter public statuses.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Twitter To Have Major Redesign

Doug Bowman @stop (I like this handle), the head of Twitter's design team released a sneek peek into an upcoming site redesign for the Twitter web interface. The picture shows some additional stats and a more rounded layout. See the Twitter redesign picture

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Toolkits - Twitter Lists for Twitter Apps

The web site,, is a well known repository of the best Twitter tools and Twitter apps. They recently announced a new featured called Toolkits. Toolkits are a way to create lists of your favorite Twitter tools and apps. These Toolkits are community driven and allow their members to bundle the best tools and apps for particular business or social functions. has highlighted a couple of these lists.
The idea is pretty neat, but I think that should have developed these Toolkits and had the community vote on the best tools or apps for each ToolKit theme. One can already see that these Toolkits can get pretty redundant and there will be a lot of competing Toolkits. does provide a list of  "trending" Toolkits to help sift through the clutter. Currently there are about 60 Toolkits already created in the last 48 hours. Be sure to check out my own Toolkit, Brent Nau's Essential Twitter Tools.

Stwickers - Personlaized Decals for Twitter

Stwickers is a small company that is providing personalized vinyl decals of your Twitter name. The Stwitcker comes in a variety of colors and sizes. They currently offer 1 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, and 5 inch stickers. These Stwitckers could be a great promotional item to draw potential clients / customer to your Twitter profile. The site has a couple of examples of the Stwitckers on laptops and car windows. You could also place them on the window of your storefront as well. The price range for these Twitter stickers range from $7 to $20. You can follow them at @stwickers.