Posts tagged with 'twitter'
Just had a “conversation” with our shiny new marketing manager of the benefits of social vs email marketing. Wish I had a tape recorder (doesn’t that sound dated, hmm iPhone anyone?) to hand as I think it encapsulates the position a lot of marketing managers find themselves in...
On April Fools’ Day earlier this year Twitter’s Evan Williams tweeted: “There is no Twitter Pro.” That might have been true then, as it is now, but do you seriously think that this won’t happen at some point in the future?
For me, the question is simply about when Twitter will launch ‘Pro’, and what kind of features and tools we can expect to see, in return for a fee.
I don’t think for one minute that the firm will suddenly turn around and tell all businesses that they have to pay, but rather that they can upgrade to a better service if they choose to do so. The 37signals model is perhaps the most likely charging scenario, where you have a range of price plans to sign up to.
So what kind of tools and features might convince a business to upgrade to Twitter Pro? Here’s a braindump of the things I’d like to see, and in no particular order…
The social media statistics I posted a few weeks ago seemed to strike a chord amongst the digital community, especially in highlighting just how big an issue this particular area of online currently is. So I’m happy to say that I’ve trawled around the internet to bring you some more snippets of useful data and awesome figures.
Dean Collins sells a desktop software application called My Twitter
Butler. By all appearances, it's pretty spammy. It enables Twitter
users to auto-follow other users based on keywords they use and permits
the mass-sending of DMs to followers.
Twitter doesn't like My Twitter Butler and Twitter's high-powered
Silicon Valley law firm, Fenwick & West, sent Collins a letter
demanding that he "deactivate" his website, transfer the
MyTwitterButler.com domain name to Twitter, stop using the My Twitter
Butler name and begin complying with Twitter's Terms of Service. Or else.
In my post earlier this week about Google Caffeine, I made the observation that certain Facebook Pages seemed to have received quite a rankings boost. I also noted some comments about Twitter pages receiving a boost as well.
As more and more people give Caffeine a whirl, the increased prominence of results from the social media sphere appears to be a widespread phenomenon.
We’ve heard lots of talk about the death of blogs and blogging, with fingers invariably pointed at the likes of Twitter and Facebook. The truth is a bit more straightforward. Blogging was never really as big as everybody said it was.
Well, here’s the good news: blogging is back. Except now it’s called microblogging. And it’s great.
Facebook has been increasingly compared to Google of late, and the social network's acquisition of FriendFeed yesterday might make some large strides toward getting its functionality closer to that of the search giant. FriendFeed may not have the audience or cache that Twitter has right now, but it has something else that Facebook values: search functionality.
Twitter's popularity has escalated as FriendFeed has stagnated, but the company offers more than just executive programming talent to bring to the Facebook team. If Facebook expects to be the dominant player in the social media space (and it does), it's going to need to make itself an important aggregation tool. And FriendFeed can help with that.
When Google updates, SEOs around the world hold their breath. For websites that rely heavily on their Google SERPs for traffic, an algorithm change can sometimes mean the difference between profitability and the poorhouse.
Google's newest update, named Caffeine, is by all appearances more than just a regular update. Google describes it as a "next-generation architecture for Google's web search".
By most accounts, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg really likes Twitter. And as the 20-something CEO of a company that has raised over $750m, it's only natural that he'd want it, literally. There's just one problem: when Facebook tried acquiring Twitter earlier in the year, it was turned down. The reason: Twitter didn't buy into the $15bn valuation Facebook was basing its share price on as part of the proposed deal.
So Facebook has finally done what many do when rejected: you settle for your second choice. And it this case, that means FriendFeed, which it acquired yesterday.
I’m not one of those people who claims that social media doesn’t do
anything for your search results. On the contrary, I think it
absolutely helps SEO.
For some, any notion that Twitter could influence your search rankings
was blown into smithereens when it was revealed that Google pays no
attention to links from Twitter. Call the
That kind of thinking totally misses the point, because Twitter is a network of networks.
Yours and mine, for starters. And I bet you that they’re overlapping
right now, if you’re reading this and also active on Twitter. People talk beyond the virtual walls of Twitter. The network effect is
an almighty thing when it’s in full swing. Raising awareness in a meaningful and relevant way is what Twitter is all about, as far as our business is concerned.
In any event, Twitter can also directly affect Google rankings for you in a
positive way, starting with universal search...