For Android users, there are basically three apps to choose from when it comes to one-stop social networking: HootSuite, TweetDeck, and Seesmic. They're all great hubs for your social network updates, and they're all really good at shortening links, geotagging, and adding pictures to your posts. For the most part, the three of them do the basics very well, which makes it hard to decide which to use. So, we're taking a look at some of the nuances that set the three of them apart.
Apparently, what you tweet can say a lot about who you are. It's an evolving truism that even socio-linguists are hip to. Just last month, a study was presented at a linguistics conference in Scotland that looked at possible connections between what people tweet and their gender.
The study gives word nerds like me the opportunity for all kinds of fun. Before getting down to it, check out the list of the most gender-skewed words from the study. These are the words that were determined to be the most predictive of a Tweeter's gender:
Using the above chart, the most feminine tweet possible would be something like:omg girl! totally cute etsy dress shopping, yay! hubby miss birthday, soo sad-sigh- hate husband today, baby miss yummy dinner tomorrow lol
See? You'd never guess that Tweet was composed by a married man who never forgets his wife's birthday, has a significant respect for the treasure trove that is crafts site Etsy, and isn't afraid to admit it to the world.
Now, looking at the more ludicrous part of the chart, the most masculine tweet possible would read more like:Googled google, Google results missing http. Mayb need http when use http://google.com? No answer at Google or http://google.com Google fail
Let's hope we're more interesting in face-to-face conversation than we are in this most algorithmically gender-predictive tweet, guys. If not, it might explain why the ladies are spending more time tweeting about Etsy and chocolate and hair than us.… Read more
Tweetdeck, now owned by Twitter, gives you power over your Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and Google Buzz accounts, all from a single application window. It presents each of your feeds as customizable columns, and allows you to easily swipe left or right between them.
Thanks to Tweetdeck's slick, dark interface and adjustable text, keeping up with your social networks from your Android device is easy on the eyes. Your feed columns are adjustable, and updates are even color coded so you can quickly distinguish between Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and Buzz posts. The Home column shows all of your feeds aggregated … Read more
HootSuite for Android lets you sign in to your Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare accounts from a single application window. While the app may not be versatile enough for the most active social media personalities, it is a convenient option for frequent users of these three social networks.
The first thing you should know about HootSuite for Android is that it's nowhere near as powerful as its browser-based sibling. While the desktop version lets you sign in to and post from no fewer than nine different networks, the Android app is limited to the three mentioned above. That said, the … Read more
Happy Wi-Fi Day, everyone! We're celebrating 8.02.11 with the return of Joseph Kaminski, and he's giving away free Wi-Fi refills all day to celebrate.
Joey's also teaching us how to tweet like men, even though he doesn't have a Twitter account, and telling us about Apple's new iCloud media-syncing service that rolled out to testers in the Apple Developer Programs today.The 404 Digest for Episode 873 Learn how to tweet like a man. iCloud gets tested and priced. It's the first (and only) Wi-Fi Day! How will you celebrate 8.02.11? Episode 873 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Twitter today stepped up its advertising efforts with a new program that puts promoted tweets right in front of where users are likely to be looking.
The new system takes promoted tweets--which are paid marketing messages from Twitter's business partners--and puts them up near the top of users' timelines, where they'd typically find the latest updates from accounts of those they're following. Twitter says users will only see these tweets once, and only if they're following that brand or organization. The company has also included a way to dismiss these from the stream, something that can'… Read more
The Women's World Cup final was a major event on Twitter yesterday.
At the end of the soccer final between the U.S. and Japan, 7,196 tweets were sent out each second, Twitter announced on its official account yesterday. That figure helped set a new record for tweets per second. The game between Paraguay and Brazil led to a peak of 7,166 tweets per second, catapulting it to the second spot.
That spike in traffic is significant. When President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden earlier this year, Twitter revealed that more than 4,000 tweets were sent out each second. The 2010 NBA finals saw 3,085 tweets per second, and Japan's World Cup victory over Denmark last year caused a spike of 3,283 tweets per second. During the 2011 Super Bowl, Twitter saw 4,064 tweets hit its service every second.
However, until yesterday, the top tally went to Japan's ringing in of the new year, when 6,939 tweets were sent out each second.
Earlier this month, Twitter announced that its users are now sending out 200 million tweets each day, up significantly from the 2 million they tweeted in January 2009 and 65 million they offered up a year ago.… Read more
Now, users get the option to receive Push Notifications, which are essentially real-time, automatic updates. Previously, users had to set the app to refresh at timed intervals. Now they can go into account settings and enable Automatic Refresh to get instant Status Bar notifications for Direct Messages, @Mentions, and Tweets.
Also, the updated app now supports multiple account sign-in, making it easy to switch between your social media alter egos.
The new version of Twitter … Read more
Twitter is seeing extremely strong growth, the company said yesterday.
According to a company blog post, Twitter users are now sending 200 million tweets each day. That figure becomes quite impressive when one considers that in January 2009, 2 million tweets were sent per day. And a year ago, the daily tweet tally stood at 65 million a day.
Twitter also looked at the most-popular topics on its site during the first six months of the year. According to Twitter, pop singer Rebecca Black was the top topic in pop culture so far this year, followed by Britney Spears' album &… Read more
If you are active on both Twitter and Facebook then you probably already know how much work it can be to keep both feeds updated. Some people prefer to keep their Facebook private, while Twitter lends itself to more impersonal interaction and updates. Although there are services that send every tweet to Facebook, that isn't always the ideal solution for users.
Selective Twitter allows you to pick which tweets will be posted on your Facebook account. In this simple guide we will show you how to set up the service, and how to use it. … Read more