HootSuite Releases An Android and iPhone App

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Back in December, HootSuite announced it first iPhone app. Today, HootSuite has added more apps to its mobile section Android (pro and lite) and iPhone (lite). The pro version of HootSuite for Android which is priced at $1.99 features:

  • Multi Account Support
  • Custom views for tags and searches
  • Trending Topics significance
  • Scheduling Tweets
  • List Support with ability to add followers to it
  • Background Notifications
  • Photo Sharing
  • URLs Shortening using its custom Ow.ly URL
  • complete sync between the web and mobile version

While HootSuite Lite version for Android and iPhone supports only 3 twitter account and is completely free of cost.

Download Hoot Suite for Android (Pro and Lite versions)
Download Hoot Suite for iPhone Lite (iTunes Link)

Twitter Counting Down Towards 10 Billion Tweets

Looks like 2010 is the year of milestones. I have been writing about several software and services crossing one milestone or the other, but this time it is again who will cross 10 billion tweets in the next day or so.

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Right now the number of tweets is very close to the 1 billion mark, and according to the Twitter tweet counter, GigaTweet, the 10 billion tweet mark will be breached in the next day or so. This is double whammy for Twitter, as they had recently announced that there were about 50 million tweets per day on Twitter.

10 billion tweets is definitely a great feat to achieve. The iTunes Store was another service to achieve 10 billion song downloads recently. So, it looks like we are finally out of the recession and now talking about only billions and not millions these days.

Nevertheless, I have been on Twitter for since 2007 and it has evolved a lot under my eyes. I do believe that Twitter does deserve this feat, however, they also have to work a lot towards ensuring that Twitter trends do not get spammed and that we do not receive unwanted DM Spam in the future.

Let’s hope that the person who tweets the 10 billionth tweet gets something good from Twitter. Will it be you or me? Let’s wait for that for a day shall we :-)

[via Bit Rebels]

NDTV Interview with Twitter Co-Founder, Biz Stone

NDTV recently interview Biz Stone, the co-founder of at the NDTV Indian of the year awards function. Biz Stone was interviewed by NDTV’s Vikram Chandra and was asked several questions with regards to Twitter’s presence in India among other things.

There were several funny segments in the video which will make you laugh. One of them from what I can recollect is where Vikram picked Shah Rukh Khan from the audience and asked him if he had any questions for Biz.

Shah Rukh Khan in return asked Biz when his Twitter account @iamsrk would be verified (which is verified now). In addition to that, Anand Mahindra was also very keen to buy some stake in Twitter, but Biz laughed it off and later on said that Mahindra was on the list when Twitter needed more financing.

Watch the entire video of the NDTV interview with Twitter Co-founder, Biz Stone.

Twitter Tuesdays | 3 Great Tools To Publish Your Feeds To Twitter

Every blogger understands   the importance of social media in today’s world. Keeping connected with your followers on Facebook and Twitter and sharing your content with them through these networks has become increasing important for any good blog or website. While you could always share your stuff on Twitter manually, it would be like re-inventing the wheel since you can automate the whole process within seconds. Here are 3 excellent tools to do that with:

1. RSS2Twitter:

RSS2Twitter might not have an appealing interface but it does the job quite well. You can link an RSS feed to more than one Twitter accounts and choose to only include title or title and description. The tools also allows you to insert a prefix and exclude/include tweets with specific keywords. You can also view complete analytics including number of clicks on each post.

RSS2Twitter

2. TwitterFeed:

TwitterFeed is probably the most popular tool to publish feeds to Twitter. In addition to all the basic settings, the tool also lets you choose an update frequency, insert a suffix and select a URL shortener of your choice. You can also test the validity of a feed from inside the tool and make it inactive with a single click.

TwitterFeed

3. DlvrIt:

DlvIt is a hidden gem when it comes to publishing feeds to Twitter. Instead of connecting a feed with a Twitter account, DlvrIt lets you group feeds together into a route and publish that route to a set of Twitter/Facebook accounts. It offers all the advanced features to filter your feeds or insert prefix/suffix along with detailed analytics report. The tool has another unique feature of letting you post to your Twitter account directly.

Dlvr It

All 3 tools are great and achieve the purpose of publishing your content on social media. However, each one of them has some uniqueness to it that might make it the right one for you.

Twitter Prompting Users To Update Profile Information

For the first time in the past three years that I have been using , I was prompted by Twitter to enter/update my profile information trough an overlay window. The prompt in question asks users to fill their profile information as well as adds a privacy option to disable find by email address.

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The prompt titled as "Be found on Twitter", asks user to enter their name, bio, location, email along with allowing users to disable being discovered through their email address.

Though I don’t see the point behind this, I am guessing that several users do not have proper profile information setup for their account and Twitter is running a drive to get more information about users. Are you seeing this prompt too?

Another Twitter DM Spam Evolves, This Time It’s Horny

Oh My God, before we even came out of a really bad Twitter Phishing scam, we have another one back on our backside. However, this time it is not phishing though, but, it is definitely horny and asking for a chat.

Twitter Horny DM Spam

Earlier in the day, I was alerted by Sathya about this, but I did not heed much into it, but I then received the above message from one of my friends. Now I would not be surprised, but the person in question is a male.

I did a bit of research but was not able to find the origination of this DM spam, however, if you receive this message tell the person who sent you about it and alert them to change their password immediately.

This is definitely a bad thing for , controlling spam is not easy, but you have to do it no matter what. I am now awaiting the next bout of Spam to hit my inbox.

I will update this post as and when I come across more information about the origination of this DM spam, stay tuned.

Add TweetMeme Follow Button in Your Blog

Tweetmeme has released a “Follow” button which lets you quickly add a “Follow me” link in your blog so that other people can start following your tweets.

The button works quite the same way as the “Retweet button”. Clicking the button opens a pop-up window which redirects to the Tweetmeme page of your profile. If someone is already following you on Twitter, he will be shown a “Following” status instead of “Follow”.

The button is available in three different sizes: standard, compact and basic.

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Adding the TweetMeme Follow Button in Your Blog

Adding the follow button in your blog is quite simple. Copy any one of the following codes and paste it in your blog template. Remember to replace “yourtwitterusername” with your Twitter user name.

The standard button: The standard button shows your profile image as well the follower count in text. The profile image is small but it’s the best option to choose from the lot.

code:

<script type="text/javascript">
tweetmeme_screen_name = 'yourtwitterusername';
</script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/follow.js"></script>

The compact button: The compact button saves space by just displaying the follow button and a small profile image of yours. Ideal placement would be just after the end of your post or in the navigation menu of your blog template.

code:

<script type="text/javascript">

tweetmeme_screen_name = 'yourtwitterusername';
tweetmeme_style = 'compact';
</script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/follow.js"></script>

The square button: The square button hides the follow button and shows a bigger profile image but I would recomend not to use it because it has a lesser “Appeal” when compared with it’s counterparts.

code:

<script type="text/javascript">

tweetmeme_screen_name = 'yourtwitterusername';
tweetmeme_style = 'square';
tweetmeme_size = '50';
</script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/follow.js"></script>

WordPress bloggers can get the Tweetmeme Follow plugin here.

WARNING: Twitter DM Phishing Spam, Haha, This you???? Can Harm You

A new bout of DM Phishing spam is doing the rounds where affected users are sending out DMs to their friends which contain links to spam websites. A sample message of the Twitter DM spam says "haha, This you????" accompanied by a phishing link.

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I urge users NOT TO click on the links accompanied in any direct messages received on Twitter, unless you know and are very sure about what you are doing. For those interested, clicking on this link led me to the page below, which was blocked by . So make sure that you are using a very secure browser, which can protect you.

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Again, this is not the fault of the users who sent you the DM, and they might have been affected unknowingly, so the first thing is to let them know about it. There are several more things that you should follow to stay safe from this Phishing scam, most of which I had listed when a similar attack came about few months ago. You can read it at IQ Test Spam Hitting Twitter Hard and Steps to Avoid Them.

Please feel free to retweet this post so that your friends and followers will be aware about the issue.

The Dalai Lama Joins Twitter

Looks like Dalai Lama is also taking the social networking route to keep in touch with his followers. The Next Web reported that the Dalai Lama has joined .

Dalai Lama on Twitter

If you are a follower of Dalai Lama’s teaching or just want to follow the spiritual leader, you can do so by following @DalaiLama. The account in question is verified by twitter, so rest assured you will be following the right person.

By the way, the Dalai Lama also has a official website at http://www.dalailama.com/.

50 Million #OMG #WTF #Spam #Ads and Communication Tweets on Twitter Everyday

the popular social networking service is doing some big numbers, much bigger than the 140 character it allows users to type and send out to their followers. According to a recent blog post on the official twitter blog, Twitter users are now tweeting 50 million times per day.

50 Million Tweets

As you can see from the chart above, the number of tweets has grown exponentially year over year, however, the increase was rapid after July 2009 and it has been climbing higher every month.

Folks were tweeting 5,000 times a day in 2007. By 2008, that number was 300,000, and by 2009 it had grown to 2.5 million per day. Tweets grew 1,400% last year to 35 million per day. Today, we are seeing 50 million tweets per day—that’s an average of 600 tweets per second. (Yes, we have TPS reports.)

These days most of twitter tweets are used to share links, share surprises, facts, jokes, shitty advertisements and of course spam along with tweets where users communicate with each other or a group.

Now that twitter has given us this number, it would be interesting to know how many of the tweets shared links, how many were by blocked spammers and of course how many were used to communicate with the help of @replies.