TweetDeck Launches Web Based Beta Client

is one of my favorite desktop clients for accessing and feeds among other social networking platforms. They also have clients for the , , and . However, the one that impressed me the most was their for .

TweetDeck Web

The TweetDeck Chrome App brought all the goodies from the desktop app to the browser. Today, TweetDeck has announced that they will now be allowing users to access TweetDeck on any web browser using a web app.

As we said at the time, Chrome TweetDeck marks the start of a new era for TweetDeck, with all efforts now focused on building our next-generation products as HTML5 and mobile apps. Since then we have been working hard, not only on improving the existing ChromeDeck experience, but also on bringing the same TweetDeck app to other web platforms.

TweetDeck Web will be available in a limited web beta for users which will be available as a standalone web site and does not require any downloads. However, TweetDeck Web beta will be subject to hourly limits because it will not be using the streaming API from Twitter.

TweetDeck Web will initially be opened up as private beta and users can sign up to get early access at http://www.tweetdeck.com/webbeta. The initial focus group would be users of browsers such as Google Chrome, 3.6, and Safari, with support for and Internet Explorer 9 being added soon

Though TweetDeck is taking a great step forward by taking their platform online, they are not the first one’s to provide a web-based format and several other services like Seesmic, Dabr and HootSuite already provide web based Twitter clients.

However, TweetDeck chrome already notched up an impressive 400,000 users in a short spam of time. It would be interesting to see how much dent they make into the market share of other services by launching the web interface for different browsers.

Twitter Gets New Home Page, Focus On Interests

With Jack Dorsey back in charge at Twitter, the company seems to be preparing for new features and improvements. Earlier today we wrote about the possibility of Facebook like brand pages for companies on Twitter. Yesterday Twitter announced improvements to their "Who to follow" feature. A few hours ago I noticed a new look to twitter’s home page. Previously the focus was tweets from some randomly selected pointless accounts dishing out completely irrelevant opinions on love and life. The new home page focuses on topics and interests. The new home page:

New Twitter Home Page

The focus on interests suggests to me a new direction twitter is taking, more of a real time, relevant, expert opinion aggregator. The evolution of Digg in some ways. For what it’s worth, the new page looks way more amazing than the previous one.

Twitter To Introduce Facebook-Like Branded Pages

According to Shearman of Marketing Magazine, Twitter is currently developing “Branded Pages”, which will be similar to Facebook Pages for brands. Details are scarce at the moment; however, these customizable pages will give brands more freedom to showcase content, and communicate with users.

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It will be interesting to see how far Twitter is willing to go with branded pages. There’s a lot it can potentially do, including allowing brands to integrate rich media content, run promotions, and track performance through analytics. However, it will also have to do a careful balancing to ensure that user experience is not unfavorably affected.

“It seems interesting and a natural progression, but I’m interested in the features”, Nick Gonzales, VP of Operations at Nervora Digital Media Group in the UAE told ReadWriteWeb. Numerous brands, including the likes of Dell and Starbucks are already successfully leveraging Twitter to drive sales. If and when branded pages is launched, there should be quite a few takers for it.

Twitter is no longer the billion dollar product without an actual business model. Over the past couple of years it has managed to monetize itself through a series of promoted products (promoted trends, promoted tweets, promoted account etc.) and firehose access deals with search engines. However, there is obviously a lot more room for monetization. The biggest challenge for Twitter has been to find ways to monetize its service without irking its existing user base. However, in the recent past it has succeeded in annoying both users and developers through its #dickbar and #dickmove. Nevertheless, branded pages is something that should be a lot less controversial. In fact, it done right, it should turn out to be popular with both brands and users.

WARNING: TwitVerify Scam Spreading on Twitter

Just like Facebook Scams, there are also a large number of attempts to scam users too. Recently a new scam is making the rounds of Twitter where users are sent messages about a Twitter app called TwitVerify + Profile Spy.

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There is widespread messages on Twitter asking users to not click on links such as “click verify”. There are several variants of this rogue and many people are reporting it as TwitVerify, TwitVerification and Profile Spy.

We advise you not to click on the links and remove the app from your profile if you have already done so and change your password immediately.

If you aren’t sure how to remove apps from Twitter, follow our earlier guide on How to Revoke Permissions for Twitter Apps. Please feel free to pass along this message to your friends.

Twitter and Facebook Facing Downtime Problems

For the past couple of hours I have been facing problems while accessing both and . The site seems to work at times and is down at times.

Twitter Clients are also facing a similar problem and I have seen people complaining that their tweets are missing and that follow/unfollow is not working properly too.

Several users are also complaining about Facebook not working properly since Yesterday. When I tried it this morning it worked perfectly fine, however, right now the site throws up a blank page to me.

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I tried checking if it is a universal problem and it actually is. In fact during writing this post several of my friends tweeted saying that they were also facing similar problems with Facebook.

Twitter’s status blog says that they are aware of the problem and are working on it. However, there are no such updates from Facebook.  Hopefully, these companies are not making an April Fool out of us.

More updates to come…

Google Acquires Twitter; Google Ads Coming In Your Timeline Soon

Google was interested in buying since a very long time. However, the deal fell through and they weren’t able to buy them out the last time. Google was still interested in what Twitter had to offer though and they entered into a separate deal with Twitter where they paid Twitter millions of dollars just to get access to tweets for their Real-time search.

Google Twitter

Earlier today, Twitter rolled out a new change to their in which they got rid of the #Dickbar. However, that move was more of an exciting new deal Twitter made with Google rather than soothing it’s irate users.

A Google and Twitter spokesperson spoke to us on the condition of anonymity stating that the app was updated because Google had finalized a deal with Twitter where they will purchase them. The deal is set to be announced tomorrow.

According to the deal, Google will take over Twitter’s advertising platform and start displaying ads on the Twitter web interface while inserting relevant ads in users timelines for updates they see on the web and on their devices.

Though the Google AdSense ads on the site will not annoy users, the ads in users timeline will more likely than not annoy users to no end. There are also plans to send advertising to users who subscribe to Twitter through SMS, furthering the anger among people. Both Google and Twitter are working hard to make the new experience as good as they can, but considering the backlash Twitter got for the #Dickbar, this is sure to escalate to a higher level.

It is being said that Jack Dorsey was brought back as the Executive Chairman of Twitter for specifically finalizing this deal with Google. Though the actual amount of the acquisition is not known, but it is said to be close to $2.5 billion which is more than what Google paid for and a little less than what they paid for their DoubleClick acquisition.

Further details on the deal are not yet available. However, we will keep you updated once we learn more from the official announcement tomorrow.

So what do you think of this announcement? Would you like to see relevant ads in your timeline or do you think that this is another #dickbar move? Do you think Twitter should have sold to Google after staying independent for so long?

P.S. Don’t believe what you read on the Internet and Newspapers today. Happy April Fool’s Day from the Techie Buzz staff.

Image Credit: PC World

Twitter Gets Rid of #Dickbar in iPhone App

Last month, managed to create an uproar over an update to it’s because of an advertising bar, which was quickly termed as #Dickbar. The problem users faced was that it overlapped tweets and mentions and was annoying users.

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Twitter quickly rolled out a new update which basically made the #Dickbar less annoying, however, people were still not happy with it. Today, Twitter has rolled out a new update which basically removes the #Dickbar completely from the app.

Rather than continue to make changes to the QuickBar as it exists, we removed the bar from the update appearing in the App Store today. We believe there are still significant benefits to increasing awareness of what’s happening outside the home timeline. Evidence of the incredibly high usage metrics for the QuickBar support this. For now, we’re going back to the drawing board to explore the best possible experience for in-app notification and discovery.

Twitter basically removed the #Dickbar temporarily and will continue working on something new which might be release in a future version. However, for now the annoyance is gone. Go ahead and update your Twitter iPhone app to get rid of the #Dickbar.

WARNING: HCG Diet Spam Worm Spreading on Twitter

A new worm has spread on and is spreading like wildfire. Users are spreading messages saying "Have you heard of HCG diet? AMAZING AND IT WORKS, I lost 2lbs in the last 3 days [link redacted]" to their friends.

Twitter HCG Diet Spam Worm

This is a spam message so please do not click on the message. A quick Twitter search shows that an number of people have been affected by this and the number of updates that are coming through are astonishing.

First of all don’t click on this link or you might just spread the work yourself. Second, tell your friends who have posted this update to delete the message and reset their passwords if possible.

Update: The website in question is a landing page for some sort of dietary medicine. However, the page has scam written all over it so don’t click on anything. I am trying to investigate on how this worm is spreading and will update this post shortly with more information.

Update 2: If resetting your password does not help, it might be because of an app that has been added to your account. Learn more about revoking permissions for Twitter apps.

More to come…

(h/t @gaberivera)

Twitter Finally Turns On HTTPS For Everyone

Back in January, I had spotted a new feature in which allowed users to browse using HTTPS. However, the feature was quickly removed by Twitter for some reason.

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Today, Twitter has officially brought back that feature for everyone and now allow users to switch to HTTPS browsing by making a change to their settings. By default, Twitter will start using the HTTPS protocol for any validations done through them and also in the official Twitter apps for and .

However, mobile users will have to forcefully load https://mobile.twitter.com to make use of the HTTPS feature. Twitter is working on using HTTPS for mobile users who select the above option automatic in future.

Using HTTPS is a good way to encrypt your data while you browse on the internet and this move is definitely good. Other major providers which provide HTTPS support include , and Hotmail.

Twitter is Now 5 Years Old

Despite Twitter acting like a dick this past week, pissing off both developers and users in the process, no one can deny that Twitter is a revolutionary (literally!) communication tool which has been one of the most popular web services on 2010.

Well, guess what?! Twitter is now exactly 5 years old. It was exactly 5 years ago, on this day that Twitter was born.

In these 5 years, Twitter has exploded in terms of users and tweets.

Here are some interesting statistics about Twitter.

#tweets

3 years, 2 months and 1 day. The time it took from the first Tweet to the billionth Tweet.

1 week. The time it now takes for users to send a billion Tweets.

50 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, one year ago.

140 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, in the last month.

177 million. Tweets sent on March 11, 2011.

456. Tweets per second (TPS) when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 (a record at that time).

6,939. Current TPS record, set 4 seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year’s Day.

#accounts

572,000. Number of new accounts created on March 12, 2011.

460,000. Average number of new accounts per day over the last month.

182%. Increase in number of mobile users over the past year.

#employees

8. 29. 130. 350. 400. Number of Twitter employees in Jan 2008, Jan 2009, Jan 2010, Jan 2011 and today.

Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter just tweeted this out and also posted an interesting conversation with Biz Stone which describes the creation of Twitter.

IM with @Biz about starting work on twttr, March 13th 2006, 12:22PM Pacific

me: Biz! How goes? We’re starting work on the twttr implementation today.

Biz: really?! NICE

me: yeah, i roped florian in. i think we’ll be able to get most of it up and working by the end of this week. then i’ll do the sms and style side next week. along with ajax stuff.

Biz: two weeks and we’ll have twttr.
yay!

me: yeah! should be pretty quick. have all of florian’s time and all of mine.

Biz: oh man that’s awesome

Biz: i’ve looking longingly at my empty sms on my phone throuhout the panels

Biz: sucks that teen people has the shortcode

me: i know! that’s going to be tough. doesn’t help that the code also spells TXT

Biz: hmm

yah