Someone asked me how Twitter made money. I said it wasn’t making any. At that time Twitter wasn’t making any profit at all. Promoted tweets will change all of that. Twitter plans to roll out the much anticipated “promoted tweets” in the next two weeks. It makes sense for Twitter to finally earn some well-deserved profit. The question that is in everyone’s mind is, how annoying will these promoted tweets be. I don’t mind an ocassional ad or two as long as it is keep in check.
Matthew Ingram of GigaOm brings up a good point regarding censorship and Facebook. Although Facebook is a public place, it’s controlled by a public company. Although, it encourages free speech, it can remove content whenever it wants to. In the case of Roger Ebert’s Facebook page that was taken down, possibly due from the outrage caused by Ebert’s response to Ryan Dunn’s death on Twitter. Ebert’s Facebook page was later reinstated. Facebook, later apologized, saying the page was taken down by mistake. Interesting read.
Ever wonder what happens on the Internet every 60 seconds? Gizmodo has this graphic (below) that outlines what happens if you doze off for just a minute. It goes on to show you, there are a ton of activity on the internet every minute, every hour, and 24 hours in a day. Here are some impressive stats:
- 1500+ blog posts
- 98,000 new tweets
- 12,000 new ads on Craigslist
- 20,000 new posts on Tumblr
- 600 new videos (25+ hours worth) on YouTube
- 168 million emails sent
The graphic is great, although it fails to mention how much porn was watched or the number of Facebook and Twitter posts about Justin Beiber. That should amount to something.
Twitter is set to launch its own photo sharing service called twimg.com. The new service will compete with Twitpic, Yfrog, Instagram and Flickr. The announcement is expected to be given Wednesday at the D9 conference at Rancho Palos Verdes, California. This is according to the Guardian. It will be interesting service since most people are already using Twitpic and Yfrog. Will it catch on?
I just installed a plugin called Twitter Tools to make my tweets at Twitter or any Twitter-based third party application to show up as posts on this blog. My posts and tweets are out of synch at the moment. So, give it a little time to catch up a bit. This should work in a few hours. Or maybe in the next few posts. My previous tweets that were not posts were just recently added as blog entries. It’s fine as it is. I didn’t think it was going to posts all the tweets in the past. Technology. Love it and hate it, at the same time.
Update: I decided to not use Twitter Tools because I was seeing duplicate posts. I deleted the duplicates. It’s a good thing it was only a couple of dozen posts. It’s not Twitter Tools fault, since I was only using a portion of the plugin, and that is, to post tweets on my blog. This might not be an issue if I use all the features of the Twitter Tools plugin, but I have another plugin that does it quite admirably..