Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

Twitter: Getting Younger & Stronger

October 22, 2009 Leave a comment

According to research from Pew Internet Twitter is not only growing fast, as we already knew, but it it attracts a younger audience than the other social networks.

“Some 19% of internet users now say they use Twitter or another service to share updates about themselves, or to see updates about others. This represents a significant increase over previous surveys in December 2008 and April 2009, when 11% of internet users said they use a status-update service.”

“Internet users age 18-44 report rapid uptake of Twitter over the last nine months, whereas internet users ages 45 and older report slower adoption rates. For example, 37% of internet users age 18-24 use Twitter or another service, up from 19% in December 2008.

The median age of a Twitter user is 31, which has remained stable over the past year. The median age for MySpace is now 26, down from 27 in May 2008, and the median age for LinkedIn is now 39, down from 40. Facebook, however, is graying a bit: the median age for this social network site is now 33, up from 26 in May 2008.”

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October 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Over the weekend I decided to launch a social media experiment that would create worldwide recognition, awareness and a fine display of hometown pride for Boston. So with that I decided to tweet the following at 10:18 am Est Monday October 19 via @BostonTweet

Can we do it? Make #BostonIsBetter a No. 1 trending topic & tell the world why #BostonIsBetter than other US cities.

To my huge surprise it worked! Bostonians are raving about their city, NY is getting upset at us and #BostonIsBetter has become the 5th most popular topic on Twitter in just 6 hours! It cracked the top 10 in under 2 hours.

Ahhh, the power of Twitter.

Twitter Your Way to Bargains

July 7, 2009 1 comment

MSNPicture 6Thanks to @MelindaFumer of @MSNMoney for including @BostonTweet in the MSN Money article entitled Twitter Your Way to Bargains:

And don’t forget to follow some local tweet aggregators in your city if you want to find deals at restaurants, happy hours at bars, free concerts, cheap haircuts or just new, inexpensive places to shop.

Search for people by your city name and look for users posting deals in your area, such as @BostonTweet and @NewYorkology, to find gems like this: “@Bostontweet: Free burritos today at the Natick @Boloco from 11am-8pm.”

Twitter Down

BostonlogoOn Sunday Twitter accidentally suspended thousands of accounts including my @BostonTweet. Of course this came as a great to surprise to me and “scared the bejesus” out of me until I realized that I hadn’t done anything wrong. What also came as a (pleasant) surprise were the numerous “Free BostonTweet” tweets and the article from the Boston Phoenix about my “downtime.”

In response I commented that I took the evening off and went to JP Licks with a friend but due to my “suspension” I was forced to contact that friend via the ancient form of communication known as the telephone. This was yet another revelation on how reliant I’ve become on Twitter as a mode of communication – a form of communication that takes precedence over email, text messaging and the telephone. So with that the below headline is hilarious but sadly true.

SHOCKING: Boston man’s Twitter account suspended, uses TELEPHONE to ask friend out for ice cream

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Boston News

Widget1Over the weekend @SJCallan and I launched the BostonTweet Widget. This widget is powered by Twitter & and gives anyone with a website the ability to add the Boston news feed to their website.

Not only does the widget pull information from @BostonTweet but it also allows anyone to post Boston news to the app by creating a new tweet with @BostonTweet in it. 

Get the code to spread the Boston Twitter community.

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Sweet Retweet!

gallery2.jpgThis afternoon BostonTweet & Sayagle started their three day Sweet Retweet promotion with Sweet Cupcakes. The original tweet from BostonTweet reads as follows:

@BostonTweet & @Sayagle are giving away 2 dozen Sweet Cupcakes (2 $36 gift cards)! RT to enter – drawing on 6/4

The power of Twitter continues to amaze me – especially when you have a niche and you target local.  Sweet Cupcakes is a Boston based bakery that sells cupcakes and BostonTweet talks about everything Boston – very straightforward. Well apparently Boston likes cupcakes and Twitter works, because after one tweet there have already been 80 retweets and 609 visitors to! Not bad for one tweet with at least three or four tweets to go!

Biz Stone Discusses the Monetization of Twitter

May 28, 2009 1 comment

In a recent Techcrunch interview @Biz talks about potential strategies & features to monetize Twitter. I know as a prolific user of Twitter for both @BostonTweet & @Sayagle I would pay a monthly fee for the following premium features & services:

  • Analytics
  • Scheduled tweets like Tweetlater current offers
  • Demographics on my followers
  • Multiple users/username and multiple mobile phone synching
  • Additional exposure (especially via location) for my accounts on the Twitter network
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