Twitter has an option to view users profiles, however, in those you cannot see a user’s timeline and who is replying to them. However, a service called cTwittLike will allow you to see Twitter like someone else views it.
For example, if I wanted to see the timeline as our update robot on twitter @techiebuzzer does, I just have to enter the username techiebuzzer and wait a few seconds to view twitter like I would do after logging in as @techiebuzzer.
If you want to take the shortcut route, just load up the URL http://www.ctwittlike.net/username, to view the timeline like another user would, just replace the username with the name of the user you want to view the Twitter timeline as.
Twitter’s security and stability woes continue. As of now Twitter.com is down, although the API seems to be working. At the very least, Twitter was defaced earlier today by a group claiming to be the Iranian Cyber Army.
The text in the above screenshot reads:
Iranian Cyber Army
THIS SITE HAS BEEN HACKED BY IRANIAN CYBER ARMY
U.S.A. Think They Controlling And Managing Internet By Their Access, But THey Don’t, We Control And Manage Internet By Our Power, So Do Not Try To Stimulation Iranian Peoples Toâ€¦.
NOW WHICH COUNTRY IN EMBARGO LIST? IRAN? USA?
WE PUSH THEM IN EMBARGO LIST
The extent to which Twitter has been compromised isn’t yet clear. Both twitter.com as well as status.twitter.com have been down for more than an hour. This indicates that the attack may be a lot more serious than just defacing.
[Screenshots via TechCrunch]
Update 1: Twitter.com is back online. No word yet on what went wrong.
Iranian Cyber Army is now trending
Update 2: It appears that the DNS records were compromised, as a result of which users were re-directed to a different page. Twitter is still investigating the attack.
Update 3: TechCrunch is claiming that Iranian Cyber Army is not just a moniker. It is an actual government organisation and the attack is part of Iran’s strategy to go on the offensive against US and other opponents of it’s nuclear strategy.
INQ Mobile has published a list of most influential Twitter users to mark the launch of its ‘Chat 3G’ phone. So, who is the most influential Twitter user in the world? No, it’s not Oprah Winfrey or Ashton Kutcher or even President Obama. It’s Pete Cashmore – founder of popular internet news blog Mashable.
The list was developed by identifying five most popular tweeps across different categories and by assigning them an influence rating out of 100. The influence was measured by taking into account factors like number of tweets, number of retweets, number of times retweeted and number of mentions.
Pete Cashmore may not be a household name like P Diddy or Britney Spears, but thanks to the popularity of Mashable, he is the most influential twitterati. In fact posts on Mashable are often the most retweeted links on Twitter. The full list is provided below.
Most Influential Twitter Users (International)
For further information check out INQ’s press release.
Many blogs and websites sport Facebook fan widgets, which is officially available for fan pages on Facebook. However, if you also have a Twitter account for your blog, you can only display a twittercounter widget or a custom icon which leads to your twitter account.
Twitter Fans Widget is a new and interesting WordPress plugin, which will allow you to display a Twitter Fans Widget similar to Facebook widget for your site. Once you have installed the plugin on your blog, go to Appearance > Widgetsand drag the Twitter Fans widget to wherever you want to display it.
Add the twitter username and the number of fans you want to display on the widget, and customize the colors for the widget. Once you are done, save the widget and reload the site to view the Twitter Fans widget in action. By the way, you can follow us @techiebuzzer to get the latest updates delivered directly to your Twitter timeline.
Download Twitter Fans WordPress Plugin
Twitter has just released the Top Twitter Trending Topics for 2009on their blog. Not surprising, #iranelection is top of the list in News events, followed by Swine Flu (H1N1). The top trending topics for people included Michael Jackson and Susan Boyle.
In the technology trends Google Wave came out tops more for their not-for-everyone launch and people asking for invites rather than it being really good, followed by Snow Leopard, more of an update than a New Mac OS Xas they called it. Tweetdeck, the cross-platform Twitter client which also has an iPhone app came out 3rd just behind Windows 7, the best OS launched by Microsoft.
In the movies section Harry Potter topped, followed by the latest Twilight Saga New Moon, and the alien movie District 9. For the complete trending topics of 2009, view the list below or visit the twitter blog post in the link above.
Twitter CEO Evan Williams just posted a photograph on his Twitter timeline with the tweet Miles w/bit.ly bear, the picture in question as you can see below, has Evan’s son along with a bear wearing a Bit.ly Tshirt.
Considering that Google’s URL shortening service Goo.gl and Facebook’s Fb.me were released today, this tweet (no matter how sincere a reference to Bit.ly might seem) could either be a direct potshot at both Google and Facebook, or a indication to Bit.ly that nothing has changed as far as the new launches are concerned.
What do you think is the real cause behind this tweet? Is is a Potshot or a assurance to Bit.ly by the Twitter CEO?
Feedburner, the most popular service for sharing RSS feeds, has always been innovating, albeit I personally prefer to call them the stock market of blogs due to the regular up and downs in the Feed subscription counts. Feedburner has now decided to take on Twitterfeed (read our review) by introducing Feedburner Socialize, which offers social sharing options for your feeds.
The new Social options for Feedburner are pretty similar to Twitterfeed and allow you to share your new posts on Twitter. The shared content will use the New URL shortening service from Google called goo.gl. Before you decide to jump on the new Feedburner Socialize feature, take a look at what Feedburner offers, and what Twitterfeed is already offering.
Short URL Tracking
Google’s goo.gl URL shortening does not offers users an ability to track clicks, on the other hand Twitterfeed allows users to use their custom API key from Bit.ly and other services. This in turn allows you to track number of clicks on the shared URL.
If you’re using Google Chrome, then you need to learn this simple trick of adding keywords to make your search faster and simpler. By default, when you type a keyword in Chrome’s omnibar (address bar), it redirects you to Google Search with it’s respective results. Now, if you want to search for a pic on Flickr or want to search something on Twitter, you can use the same address bar to perform your search. It’s pretty neat and very useful. Saves most of your time :)
Here’s how you do it:
Right-click on the address bar and select Edit search settingsâ€¦
Click on Add and fill in the details and click OK.
Name: Name of the website.
Keyword: A unique keyword.
URL: The search URL (Don’t forget to add %s at the end of the URL)
It’s all setup now. Let’s put it to test. Let’s search for Techie-Buzz on Twitter. On the address bar, type the shortcut keyword (tw) followed by a space (else press Tab) and then enter your search term and press Enter. You’ll be redirected to Twitter.com with the the search results. Pretty simple! Isn’t it?
Here’s a huge collection of shortcut keywords along with their search URL prepared by Andrea Olivato. Check them out!
Many people use Twitter to communicate and share content, but did you know that twitter has commands which you can use to get information? Some of these commands are pretty cool and are similar to bash commands users are used to on Linux based systems.
For example Twitter has a WHOIScommand using which you can find the bio of any Twitter user. To make use of the command, just type WHOIS usernamewithout the quotes in the Twitter post box, replace username with the username you want to find information for and hit the updatebutton.
When you hit the updatebutton, you will see the information about the user as a overlay window, the message itself will not be posted to your timeline.
Other interesting commands include GET username, to view the latest tweet from a user. FAV username, to favorite the last tweet from a user. SET LOCATION placename, updates your location in your profile to the placename. STATS, displays the stats for your account, including number of followers, tweets, etc.
Interestingly Twitter also has a help page which lists out some more useful commands you can use. The commands include:
- ON: turns ALL phone notifications on.
- OFF, STOP, QUIT, End, Cancel, Arret or Unsubscribe: turns ALL phone notifications off.
- ON username: turns on notifications for a specific person on your phone. For example, ON alissa.
- OFF username: turns off notifications for a specific person on your phone. For example, OFF blaine.
- FOLLOW username: this command allows you to start following a specific user, as well as receive SMS notifications. Example: follow jermy
- LEAVE username: this command allows you to stop following a specific user, as well as stop receiving SMS notifications. Example: leave benfu
Twitter search also has some search operators you can use to search Twitter. For example, TO:username will display search results for tweets sent to a particular user, from:username will display tweets sent from a user and so on. Twitter search has several more operators which can be pretty useful. You can find the different search operators at 16 Commands and Shortcuts to Twitter.
Did you know about these handy commands in Twitter? Do you find them useful? Let us know through your comments.
Isn’t it ironic that Twitter as a platform has hardly begun to generate revenue, whereas others who have exploited the platform, have made huge revenues off it. In a startling news, Dell has made a cool revenue of over $6.5 million over the past two years.. from TWITTER.
Dell has several Twitter accounts which they use to promote products and provide customer support to their customers.
It is really amazing that someone has made that much money off Twitter. However, where does Twitter stand? If you ask me, Twitter stands in a very very lucrative position, as it is their platform that has been making revenue for others, and considering that, it would not be hard for them to sign a $1 million deal with Dell or for that matter any big cash cow to use Twitter to promote their brands or products.
Though many may think of it as a revenue loss for Twitter, this revelation makes them more stronger than they ever were, and in a very ripe position to start monetizing their system and to sign on lucrative deals.
With Google going live with their Real-time search in collaboration with Twitter, think of how much influence a premium advertiser on Twitter could have on Twitter itself, and on search results too. Just post a hot deal, it will be promoted on Twitter and users searching for those products will see them as real-time search results.
I personally wish that this would turn into something that Twitter has always been longing for, after all it is simply not just about What you are doinganymore.
What do you think? Let us know about your thoughts.
[Bloomberg via BGR]