Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

Video Is the Future of Social

December 11, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

This past spring, at the YouTube Upfronts in New York City, Google vice president Robert Kyncl stood in front of a packed audience of brand marketers and made a seemingly simple, but revelatory, declaration: “ TV is one-way. YouTube talks back .” What is happening on YouTube and on places like Vine (which is doubling monthly average users month over month) and Instagram, is something that many of us who study the social Web have known for some time: Video is the future of social. Why video? Why not text or photos — permanent or ephemeral? Is it simply the combination of sight, sound and motion? The clues to the answer are all around us. This past week, news of the tragic death of actor Paul Walker sparked tens of thousands of people to reach out on social media to express pain and sadness, and send prayers to his family and friends. For a 48-hour period, Twitter was trending with the news, and Facebook feeds were crowded with thoughts and condolences. As activity on Facebook and Twitter waned, the heartfelt vigils have continued to grow on YouTube, where more than 6,000 tribute videos had been uploaded within 100 hours of the tragedy. These beautiful videos, along with news videos of the tragedy found on YouTube, have touched more than 170 million people. Ultimately, the tribute videos will live forever, and will be added to the vast collection of images from the star’s “Fast & Furious” movie franchise, which an audience of more than six million fans enjoy monthly on the platform. This social media outpouring on YouTube highlights the fact that the shelf life of a Tweet or a Facebook post is now vanishingly small, evidenced by the fact that a Facebook post gets half its reach within 30 minutes of being published. By comparison, more than half of YouTube videos’ lifetime views come after three weeks of uploading. Take a look at any popular video from any year, and you’ll find recent comments that continue the conversation well into the future. Yes, Facebook and Twitter are driving some of the extended activity on YouTube videos. As of last year, Facebook is driving more than 500 years of YouTube viewing every day, and on Twitter, more than 700 YouTube videos are shared every minute. But the fact is that one minute of watching, creating, sharing or commenting on a video is one minute less to engage in other social mediums

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Twitter Adds Private Photo Messaging to Mobile

December 10, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

As AllThingsD reported it would earlier this year , Twitter on Tuesday launched a significant revamp of its private messaging product, adding the ability to send photos via Direct Message. Twitter also added a swipeable timeline feature (which we also reported would happen!). All of this comes days before a highly anticipated Instagram event.

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Unpacking Twitter’s Secret IPO Memos With the SEC

December 8, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Twitter has released secret correspondence with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the months leading up to its initial public offering. These memos were kept out of view until today. Overall, the SEC’s feedback provides an interesting look at what it deemed Twitter needed to disclose before going public. On several occasions the SEC pushed Twitter to offer more information. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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AllThingsD Week in Review: BlackBerry’s Future and Predictions for Tech in 2014

December 7, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that powered AllThingsD this week: BlackBerry interim CEO John Chen hasn’t said much since he took the reins of the once-great smartphone pioneer. But a recent C-suite shakeup and focus on emerging markets indicate that a new strategy is afoot . In a major talent grab, Facebook exec and Instagram advertising guru Emily White is leaving to become COO of Snapchat . While the Internet was abuzz when Jeff Bezos teased the idea of delivery by drone , the Amazon CEO also addressed something much more immediate in his “60 Minutes” interview last week: Small businesses that can’t compete . In its first two and a half weeks, Sony’s sold 2.1 million units of its new gaming console, the PlayStation 4. Microsoft, meanwhile, hasn’t disclosed a current sales number, but also reports record-breaking sales for its rival Xbox One, which has had one fewer week on store shelves

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DiGiorno Pizza Live-Tweeted The Sound of Music, and It Was Glorious

December 6, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On Thursday night, as millions tuned in to see Carrie Underwood ambitiously take on the role of Maria von Trapp, croon about the hills being alive, and make children's clothing out of drapes in NBC's The Sound of Music Live, DiGiorno Pizza was also watching—and live-tweeted the whole thing. The Nestl

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Paul Walker: Biz Mourns on Twitter

December 1, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Friends and associates of actor Paul Walker, who died Saturday in a car crash in Valencia, Calif., took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the “Fast and Furious” actor. Among the entertainment bizzers expressing their sorrow over his death were Ludacris, who appeared in “Fast & Furious 6,” Walker’s “Flags of Our Fathers” co-star... Read more

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Bitcoin, Schmitcoin — Tech Stocks Also on a Frothy Run

November 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

While the stock market was only open a half-day today, it was still a solid one for Internet stocks as the market enters its final month of 2013. Most showed gains yesterday, with Apple, Amazon and Twitter all up almost two percent. But that does not tell the story of how well shares of tech companies have been doing throughout the year — most are up significantly, seeing big jumps. For the year-to-date, most well-known issues are up, including: LinkedIn, up more that 95 percent; Facebook, up over 76.5 percent; Yahoo, up 83 percent; Amazon, up 57 percent; Google, up close to 50 percent; and even perpetually stagnant Microsoft, up close to 43 percent. Apple lagged, up only 4.5 percent, and Twitter remains below its November IPO price, down 7.4 percent. Even suffering Groupon and Zynga did well, up more than 86 percent and 84 percent respectively. The past three months have not been as strong, though, with Amazon leading the pack with a 38.6 percent rise. It was followed by Yahoo, up 35.3 percent; Google, up close to 34 percent; Facebook and Microsoft, up close to 14 percent; and Apple, up just over 13 percent. LinkedIn declined just over seven percent in the period, not a surprise, given its spectacular rise since it went public in mid-2011. What the rest of the year and 2014 will bring is anyone’s guess, of course, but there are expected to be a spate of IPOs in the first half of the new year, most notably China’s Alibaba Group, whose stellar performance should continue to boost Yahoo’s stock.

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Bogus Accounts Dog Twitter

November 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

One day earlier this month, Jim Vidmar bought 1,000 fake Twitter accounts for $58 from an online vendor in Pakistan. He then programmed the accounts to “follow” the Twitter account of rapper Dave Murrell, who calls himself Fyrare and pays Mr. Vidmar to boost his standing on the social network. Mr. Vidmar’s fake accounts also rebroadcast Mr. Murrell’s tweets, amplifying his Twitter voice. Mr. Murrell says he sometimes buys Twitter ads to raise his profile, “but you’ll get more with Jim.” He says many Twitter users try to make their followings look bigger than they are. “If you’re not padding your numbers, you’re not doing it right,” he says. “It’s part of the game.” Mr. Vidmar offers a window into the shadowy world of false accounts and computerized robots on Twitter, one of the world’s largest social networks. Surrounded by a dozen computers at his home overlooking a golf course near the Las Vegas Strip, Mr. Vidmar has been buying fake accounts and unleashing them on Twitter for six years. Today, he says he manages 10,000 robots for roughly 50 clients, who pay Mr. Vidmar to make them appear more popular and influential. His are among millions of fake accounts on Twitter. Mr. Vidmar and other owners manage them to simulate Twitter users: they tweet; retweet, or forward, other tweets; send and reply to messages; and follow and unfollow other Twitter accounts, among other actions

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Mario Lopez’s Dog Has a Twitter Account

November 22, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Mario Lopez Age 40 Accomplishments Host of Extra ; NuvoTV ’s Mario Lopez: One-on-One (new episodes return early 2014); Fox’s The X Factor (Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m.); and Premiere Radio’s ON With Mario Lopez Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? First I turn on my local news channel because I want to see stuff like the weather and traffic, but then I go to my Twitter after that when I’m eating breakfast. Twitter to me is like Google but with feedback. I think it’s great for news but also connecting with fans. If I’m not on Twitter or watching the morning news, then I like to read the paper, usually the L.A. Times. I’m a little old school that way. What do you like most about using social media? I’m on Twitter , but that’s it. I first got into Twitter a while back because I had to for the show. At first I was like Fred Flintstone, not really into it. I was reluctant to embrace any social media, but now I really like it. It turns out that Twitter is perfect for my ADD—140 characters, quick, easy, direct. Your dog Julio also has a Twitter account, right? Yes, my dog has his own Twitter account , and a pretty good-sized, loyal following. My wife actually runs it, so when he’s being naughty—and he’s a pretty salacious little guy—she’s to blame, not me. Whose idea was it to put him on Twitter?

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Vine Goes Global With Added Language Support

November 22, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Vine, the six-second video-sharing app acquired by Twitter last year, announced support for 19 new languages on Thursday. The expansion is focused mostly on European and Asian countries, areas where Vine’s sister app, Twitter, is seeing some of its fastest growth.

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