Bill Gates Joins Twitter, Bill Gates First Tweet

has millions of users, several of them celebrities and stars on their own rights. However, this news will definitely cheer up Microsoft fans on Twitter.

Bill Gates Twitter Account

According to reports from the Next Web and confirmation from a twitter employee, Bill Gates has finally joined Twitter. Yes Microsoft fans, Bill Gates can now be followed on twitter @billgates. At the time of reporting, Bill Gates has 4955 followers, is listed 196 times and is following 39 people.

Interestingly Bill Gates first tweet was:

"Hello World." Hard at work on my foundation letter – publishing on 1/25

However, it looks like Mr. Bill G has already got a hang of Twitter, as he has used the new retweet feature, and has been replying to followers :-). Twitter has also added the "Verified Account" stamp to the profile, so rest assured this is the man himself.

TwitPic Rejected a $10 Million Buyout Offer

With Twitter experiencing tremendous growth, a lot of Twitter apps have also taken off. We recently heard about OneForty raising $1.9 Million for its Twitter app store and now there is talk of TwitPic being valued at more than $10 Million.

TwitPic is the most popular photo sharing site for Twitter with 6.5 million registered users and thousands of photos uploaded everyday. A recent interview with Noah Everett, the founder of TwitPic, reveals that TwitPic rejected a buyout offer of more than $10 Million last year. This interview with Mixergy further reveals that TwitPic makes around $1.5 Million every year out of which 70% is net profit.

It is a remarkable achievement for a service that was started by Noah single-handedly without any outside funding. Even now, the TwitPic team only consists of 4 people including Noah’s parents. Here is the complete interview.

If you want to know more about TwitPic, check out our previous posts here and here.

15 Awesome Tools To Share Images On Twitter

With millions of tweets everyday, Twitter is one of the most popular social network on the web. People use it to share everything including their media. Here, we bring to you 15 great tools to share your photos/images/pictures on Twitter without any hassle:

1. Twitter2Press: A sleek WordPress plugin to share your images on Twitter. Your images are hosted on your WordPress blog and are hence advertisement free.

2. TwitterGram: Send your Flickr photos to Twitter automatically. Just provide your Flickr username and Twitter credentials, and TwitterGram will scan your Flickr feeds every 10 minutes and post new photos to your Twitter account.

3. TwitPic: One of the most popular image sharing tools for Twitter. Just upload an image from your computer or phone and easily post it to Twitter.

4. PictTweet: Upload hand written pictures on Twitter using your iPhone/iPod Touch.

5. Sign in with your Twitter or Facebook account to share pictures securely on Twitter. You can also edit titles, descriptions and other options. Maximum allowed size is 10 MB per image.

6. TwitPaint: Feeling creative? Paint a graffiti and share it on Twitter. You can also browse and edit graffiti created by other users.

7. TweetPhoto: Share your photos on Twitter and Facebook. Log back in any time to see the images you have shared.

8. FlickToTwitt: Announce on Twitter as soon as you post an image on Flickr. A very simple yet useful tool to sync your Flickr and Twitter account.

9. SnapShack: A simple photo sharing tool for Twitter that lets you resize pictures before sharing.

10. Pikter: Share your photos on Twitter via email or MMS. Just send your photos to Pikter and they will automatically be posted to your Twitter account.

11. PixaVid: A very simple and to-the-point tool that lets you share images on Twitter.

12. Found an interesting image on the web? Share it on Twitter using this great Firefox extension. Also lets you save and organize images.

13. Upload pictures on Twitter via web or email. Twio also lets you comment on other photos. Maximum allowed size is 3 MB per image.

14. Tvider: Share your pictures, audio and video on Twitter. Record from your webcam or upload from your computer. Tvider also has mobile apps for iPhone, Symbian and BlackBerry.

15. TwitBooth: Take pictures with your webcam and share on Twitter. A no-hassle tool.

Desktop Tweet – Capture Your Screen And Tweet It As Well

Desktop Tweet is a nice free tool that can capture screenshots on your machine and tweet them.

1. Download Desktop Tweet and install it on your PC.

2. After it is installed, start the tool.

3. You’ll find an icon in the notification area, right-click on it. Select Tweet Snapshot. You can select Settings to enter your Twitter account details.


4. Now rescale the capture frame as per your needs. After it is properly located, double-click on the frame.


5. The tool will now prompt you to select the image service you want to use. You can also add text to the image. When you are done configuring the upload, just press the Submit button to tweet the screenshot.


Techie-Buzz Verdict

Twitter is a major network everybody uses now and tweeting screenshots is an anytime necessity for any Twitter addict. This light-weight tool makes this task pretty easy. To get a screenshot you do not need to rely on any other tool. Desktop Tweet has in-built tools that can capture your screen and tweet them as well. It supports several uploading services which include Twitpic, yfrog, Twitgoo, Pikchur and Posterous.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4.5/5 (Very Good)

‘Google’ Word of the Decade, ‘Tweet’ Word of the Year

Google-Word-of-the-Decade Technically speaking the decade isn’t yet over. However, that hasn’t stopped the American Dialect Society from declaring that ‘google’ is the word of the decade. The American Dialect Society is a scholarly association dedicated to the study of English language in North America, which is apparently more than a century old.

Why should we bother about the findings of a society which doesn’t even know how to count years? Well, there is no real reason. Anyway, the society selected ‘tweet’ (noun, a short message sent via the service, and verb, the act of sending such a message) as the word of the year and google’ (a generic form of Google,meaning to search the Internet) as the word of the decade. Other nominees for the world of the decade included ‘blog’, ‘9/11′ and ‘Wi-Fi’.

‘Fail’ (a noun or interjection used when something is egregiously unsuccessful) was selected the most useful, while ‘Dracula Sneeze’ (covering one’s mouth with the crook of one’s elbow when sneezing, seen as similar to popular portrayals of the vampire Dracula, in which he hides the lower half of his face with a cape) was adjudged the most creative.

Other categories included most unnecessary, most euphemistic, most outrageous and least likely to succeed words. Go ahead and check out the full report if you like useless fun stats.

Find Out Your First Follower, First Tweet and Other Twitter Firsts

You are an avid Twitter user who has done thousands of tweets and now you are getting all nostalgic about how you started on Twitter. You want to know your first tweet and you want to know who was your first follower. Here are a couple of tools that will help you:

1. Find Your First Tweet Using TwitterStorm:

TwitterStorm is a simple Twitter app to find out the first tweet of any user. All you need to do is enter the Twitter username of the person you want to look up. If you want to go back in time and see your first tweet, just enter your Twitter handle.

2. Find Out Who Followed You On Twitter First Using FirstFollower:

As the name suggests, FirstFollower tells you who was the first person to follow a Twitter account. All you need to do is enter the Twitter username and information about your first follower would be displayed. You can also tweet information about your first follower with a single click.

3. Find Out When You Joined Twitter:

If you are getting even more nostalgic and want to know when did you exactly join Twitter, there is a tool for that too. WhenDidYouJoinTwitter tells you the joining date of any Twitter user.

4. Who Was The First Person You Followed On Twitter:

You know who was the person to follow you, but do you know who was the first person you followed? You can find that out using this neat tool. However, the tool only fetches information from the people you still follow so if you have unfollowed the first person you followed, it will jump to the second person.

Please note that these tools do not work for users who have made their Twitter profile private.

The Best Tool Ever To Create Custom Twitter Backgrounds

There are a lot of websites that offer free Twitter backgrounds but Themeleon is a tool that clearly stands apart. Themeleon is a nice little tool by the COLOURLovers community that you can use to generate your own Twitter background within seconds.

Start with selecting a template; you can either browse through various template categories such as ornate, mosaic, simple shapes, nature, retro, stripes or check out the top templates. Once you have selected a template, click on the color thumbnail to open the color chart. Now you can choose any color in the world to customize the template.

For the color of your text, links, background and sidebar, you can either create a color palette or choose from over 1 Million available color palettes. If you like the colors of the template pattern more than the colors in your palette or vice versa, you can sync them with a single click. You can also create a background by uploading a photo and customizing it to your taste.

The most amazing feature of Themeleon is the ability to preview the changes as you make them right in your Twitter profile. Themeleon will ask you to login using your Twitter credentials so you can implement your customized Twitter theme with a single click. No need to download or upload anything.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

The developers creating Themeleon thought of everything. It is quick, has a lot of features and gives you infinite possibilities for your Twitter background/theme. I have not seen a better tool around.

Rating: 5/5

Facebook: 260 Billion Page Views Per Month and Other Stats

We saw Facebook becoming the most visited website in the US around Christmas. Everybody knows that Facebook gets crazy amounts of traffic but how much exactly is it?

Pingdom has put together a report using data from Google Ad Planner and reports that Facebook serves over 260 Billion Page views per month. If that doesn’t sound a lot to you, note that it comes to 260,000,000,000 page views per month. If you do the math, that translates to around 8.6 Billion page views daily and over 6 Million page views every minute.

The Pingdom report also compares this number to the 4.4 billion page views that Twitter gets and notes that Facebook has 59 times more page views than Twitter. MySpace, the second most popular social network also lags behind significantly with only 24 billion page views each month. With 350 Million active users, that comes to around 75 pages per user per month.

Looking at this data confirms Facebook’s position as the #1 social networking site in the global market and doesn’t look like MySpace can catch up to it now. However, the real task for Facebook is to convert this mammoth number of page views in to real money.

CelebritiesThatTwitter: Read Celebrity Tweets The Easy Way

Nowadays everybody seems to be on Twitter which makes it hard to keep track of all the good tweets. CelebritiesThatTwitter is a dead simple mashup tool to read tweets from various celebrities.

No registration or sign-up to do, simply go to and start reading tweets from people like Shaquille O’Neal, Paula Abdul, Perez Hilton, Jimmy Fallon and more. The tweets are constantly updated. If you like a tweet, you can retweet it or share on Facebook with a single click. Clicking on any username takes you to the actual status update on the Twitter website and hovering your mouse over the username shows you a snapshot of the user profile.

If you are interested in actually following some great celebrities check out the mashable lists for 20 Great NFL Players That Twitter, Comedic film actors on Twitter or 100+ Musicians on Twitter.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Overall, CelebritiesThatTwitter is a really simple tool to read celebrity tweets without going to their individual profiles or following them.

Rating: 3/5

Seesmic Acquires – Adds Support for 50 Social Networks

Seesmic is considered by many to be the most powerful and efficient Twitter client. However, in the past Seesmic has made it clear that it doesn’t wish to restrict itself to Twitter. And rightly so. Although Twitter and Facebook dominates the social networking landscape, there are plenty of other major players. As a logical progression towards their aim of becoming the definitive social networking client, Seesmic has announced that it is acquiring is a simple service which can push status updates to several dozen social networks. One of the biggest strengths of is that it allows you to update your status message on the go using SMS, MMS, Instant Message or even e-mail. Seesmic has promised to integrate with all its services. It will also be maintaining and developing the API, which is used by close to hundred applications.

Although the financial details of the deal were not disclosed, co-founders – Adam Duffy and Sean McCullough, will be joining the Seesmic team. The duo will also become shareholders and a part of the Seesmic management. publishes 200,000 updates every day and has 500,000 registered users. This acquisition will undoubtedly give Seesmic an edge and help Loic Le Meur achieve his target of 1 million updates a day. It will be interesting to observe how competitors like TweetDeck will respond. Since, the API will be maintained; other clients will also have the option of offering integration in the future.