There are hundreds of tools that let you view your Twitter timeline and do all sorts of fancy things on Twitter. ISParade, however, is the most fun app to view Twitter. Instead of showing your friends and their tweets as text, everything is converted into a very cute animation parade with some really up beat background music.
To start, just enter a Twitter username or a keyword and ISParade will convert those tweets and their users into a marching band parade. Each user is represented by an animated guy with profile picture as his head and the tweet popping up as a bubble. Just sit back and enjoy the show! You can turn off the music anytime pr even take a screen capture for your blog or mobile phone with the built-in photo capture tool.
It is undoubtedly one of the coolest Twitter apps around.
Just a couple of days ago, we reported that Twitter has changed its trending topics algorithm to weed out perennial hot topics like Justin Bieber.
Twitter’s new algorithm filters out topics that are consistently popular and instead showcases only new topics that are really trending. Because of this change, Justin Bieber – a popular Canadian singer and a teen heartthrob, disappeared from Twitter’s ‘Trending’ topics list for nearly two days.
Evidently, this change didn’t go down well with fans of the 16 year old sensation. Obsessed Bieber fans have worked around the algorithmic change by making variants of the word Justin Bieber trend. Some of the topics, which have been trending in the past 24 hours, are #biebertrend, twieber and jieber.
Whether you love him or hate him, one thing is becoming clear. If you are on Twitter, you just can’t ignore him. It almost appears as if his super obsessed fans have made it their motto to keep him trending.
Update: As pointed out by one of our commenters, Twieber is actually a Twitter close for Justin Bieber fans!
The celebrity fan following wars has taken over from a real life into an online form in the wake of this Internet era.
Britney Spears is your hottie in reel life, but wait. She is the hottest person on twitter too! We all know the metrics of being hot on Twitter and Britney has got it right. Britney Spear will overtake Ashton Kutcher’s follower count soon. Kutcher has a current strong and growing follower count of 4,890,797 whereas Britney has a follower count of 4,878,516 which is not just growing but accelerating!
This title was last held by CNN which Ashton Kutcher overtook last year around this time. One thing to note here is that, CNN’s account was managed by a group of people, Ashton Kuthcer’s account is solely managed by him and he has good tweeting habits. Britney Spears, on the other hand shares her account with Adam Leber who happens to be her manager.
After famously beating CNN to 1 million followers last April, Ashton Kutcher has been the undisputed king of Twitter, gaining more followers than anyone else on the micro-blogging site. But are his days as Twitter’s most popular user numbered?
It is estimated that Britney Spears will take the crown from Kutcher in around a fortnight if her following continues to grow at this rate.
If you were almost fed up of seeing Justin Beiber as the trending topic every day, you will find a refreshing change today. Twitter has finally tweaked their algorithm used for identifying trending topics and Justin Beiber is finally out of the league.
Instead of including topics that have been simply popular on daily basis, Twitter will trend topics that are immediately popular and that are more relevant to that particular moment. These topics will be more like “breaking news” instead of just being the “most discussed” topics. The algorithm is still a work in progress so there might be some anomalies but it appears to give a much better picture of the Twitterverse as compared to the previous algorithm that constantly included topics like Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga or iPad. It will also serve as a more purposeful resource to people who often come to Twitter for news as they will get more fresh and dynamic information now.
This will also help prevent situations where a few users tweeted about a topic heavily so it could trend on Twitter. With the latest algorithm, getting a topic to trend won’t be as easy as before. Here’s an official statement from Twitter about the changed algorithm:
The new algorithm identifies topics that are immediately popular, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help people discover the most breaking’ breaking news from across the world. (We had previously built in this emergent’ algorithm for all local trends, described below.) We think that trending topics which capture the hottest emerging trends and topics of discussion on Twitter are the most interesting.
Twitter confirmed a security vulnerability today which allows people to force twitter accounts to follow them. One of the first few accounts to be attacked by this bug were those of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Evan Williams.
Their accounts were pointed to a dummy account which was created for this purpose.
To make use of this exploit, all we needed to do was to send out a tweet as “accept @username” to make any username follow us on Twitter. The bug was first spotted by a turkish blog which was made popular on Twitter by @hasanbasusta. This bug was tested on this blog with a dummy account which was given Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, Mark Zuckersberg and Evan Williams as followers.
To resolve this issue, Twitter first fixed this bug and then moved on to mend the fake followings. Though, it could not see any possible way of doing that and had to reset the follower count to 0 to prevent any outrage. In the meanwhile Gizmodo found out that this bug works for the web interface only and not with the API.
Finally, it seems that the issue is resolved now and there are some numbers appearing beside the follower/following counts. Finally, we all can go back to safe tweeting once again. (Via: Cnet)
When it comes to the micro-blogging network Twitter, let’s just say Hugo Chavez had a change of heart. Around 3 months ago when people in Venezuela used Twitter to express against Chavez, he suggested to the National Assembly that the internet should be regulated. However, it looks like he had a sudden change of heart because he has not only joined Twitter recently, but has also become one of the top Twitter users in Venezuela.
Chavez currently has 250,000 followers and with a need for so many tweets, he has hired 200 assistants to help him. He explained that the aides will help in answering thousands of messages he receives every day. Within a week of joining Chavez has also been included in over 8,000 Twitter lists. He also knows people are making fun of me because of this sudden shift in his perspective, but he does not care:
Some criticize me, others insult me. I don’t care,” he said. “It’s a form of contact with the world.
Over all, it seems to be a really smart move from Chavez since now he would be able to respond/manage the fastest growing medium being used against his leadership.
It seems that the social networking bug has bitten the Amazon Kindle eBook reader as well. The Amazon Kindle will soon be getting a firmware update which will integrate social networking into the device. The firmware update is compatible with both the Kindle and the Kindle DX. The Kindle and the Kindle DX from Amazon, are one of the most successful digital eBook readers in the market. The new firmware update is numbered 2.5.
Other notable improvements of the upcoming firmware update includes the ability to zoom and pan within PDF files, two new larger font sizes and password protection for your Kindle. Users can now also organize their books and documents into one or more collection(s). The social networking integration will allow users to share book passages with their friends on Twitter and Facebook.
Amazon said that they will be rolling out the new software update for a limited group of users for now. The firmware update will be released for the general mass in late May, 2010.
Twitter has made it’s latest acquisition this Friday. It goes by the name of Cloudhopper and is an SMS service that connects to Twitter. The two founders of Cloudhopper, who were working in partnership with Twitter will now join it full time. This is a part of the expansion plans Twitter has probably decided on after Chirp’s success.
Cloudhopper is described on the homppage as,
Cloudhopper provides mobile messaging technology and expertise to businesses in the wireless space. Currently, Cloudhopper powers some of the largest and most successful mobile messaging (SMS and MMS) campaigns in North America, Europe, and Africa.
This provides new ventures for Twitter’s expansion plan. Twitter has been popular on networks with data access but that is not the situation in most countries. This move will help Twitter expand into markets where mobile voice networks have emerged without giving much thought about data communication.
Twitter acquired Tweetie a few days ago and is also planning to create official apps for all mobile platforms. Twitter is surely looking forward to an expansion into the mobile sector. It also claims that the number of tweets sent over SMS is on a constant rise and the aquisition of Cloudhopper has made it easier for Twitter to provide its services in some specific areas regionally. Thus, the responsibility of maintaining uptime locally falls on Cloudhopper.
In a recent study conducted by What.app, Facebook fails in maintaining standard privacy of its users.
WhatApp is a site that rates the privacy, security and openness of web and mobile applications as well as the various platforms they run on.
What.app uses various analysis tools to rate apps and websites and Twitter and iPhone apps fared well with good scores whereas Facebook was slapped on the face with a score of 2. The total score was five. The results obtained are extrapolated from data obtained from individual apps running on platforms. Facebook was rated based on its apps.
The co-founder of What.App Ryan Calo, who is also a Stanford University Law fellow says,
I think people are upset because when you download an app, you don’t have any control over what the app developer sees on your profile,says Calo. There’s the perception among users that they don’t need to give away so much information to have the apps do the same thing as they are currently doing.
There were three areas of analysis, namely privacy, security and openness. Facebook scored two in all three. This should not come as a surprise as it simply justifies Mark Zuckerberg’s earlier statement of “privacy is no longer a social norm”.
Yahoo! has bought the Me.Me domain as a part of its strategy to compete with Twitter. This will serve as a nice add-on for its Yahoo Meme service which was supposed to take on Twitter. The domain owes its mane to the country of Montenegro and the particulars of the deal are being kept undisclosed.
This is clearly indicating that Yahoo! has big plans for the Yahoo Meme it had been sitting on it all this long. Antonio Silveira, director of product development and engineering, Yahoo! says,
Thanks to Sedo’s services and the consultation of Sedo broker, Jeff Gabriel, we were able to obtain the Me.Me domain name, which is an essential component of our online branding strategy.
Sedo went the extra mile by proactively recommending the domain for our campaign and utilizing their existing relationship with the .Me Registry to quickly and securely acquire it on our behalf.
Sedo, an acronym for “Search Engine for Domain Offers,” is the leading domain marketplace and monetization provider. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Sedo has assembled the world’s largest database of domain names for sale, with more than 15 million listings.
Almost every tech giant out there is so much in love with microblogging that they are launching one of their own. Though, they should clearly see it now that Twitter rules the microblogging world. Any attempt to get at Twitter is a waste of time and resource. You need an assured and dedicated future-user base even before a huge investment. Twitter here, already has it.