New Twitter Changes Allow you to Express More in 140 Characters

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Coming soon: Twitter announces changes which will allow us to express even more in 140 characters

Over the past decade, the Tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, videos, hashtags, Vines, and more.  In the past few months they’ve added the ability to poll your community, react quickly and cleverly with GIFs, and share and enjoy Periscope broadcasts in Tweets.

In the coming months Twitter announced changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters.  For instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters. Here’s what will change:

Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count.  This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.

Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: The Retweet button will be enabled on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.

Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.)  If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly. If you’re worried that you’ll see all the replies between members of your feed, don’t;  only new tweets that start with the @username will be seen by all followers; any replies after that will still be only seen by those that follow both you and the @username account.  “If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly,”  Twitter noted.

Three new ways to make most of your 140 characters on Twitter:

  1. Room to chat: Characters are for conversations, not usernames
  2. Show more: Photos, polls, and more won’t cut into your character count
  3. Say it again: Retweet or quote tweet your tweets and replies

These updates will be available over the coming months.  Twitter announced that in addition to the changes outlined above, they’re exploring ways to make existing uses easier and enable new ones, all without compromising the unique brevity and speed that make Twitter “the best place for live commentary, connections, and conversations.”

Some say these and previous Twitter changes are an attempt from keeping Twitter from ‘dying’. We think Twitter is far from dying. Although it might not be as widely used and popular as Facebook, and growing in popularity like Instagram and Snapchat, Twitter is a tool that connects you directly, and gives you access to people you otherwise might not have the access to. We look forward to seeing how these changes will be implemented and accepted, and how Twitter will continue evolving together with its users.

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21 Social Media Facts, Figures and Statistics for 2013

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5 years ago social media was a novelty, but today, with more than billion users on some social media marketing networks, they have become a part of our daily lives, personally and professionally.

Here are some interesting social media facts, figures and statistics for 2013, as seen on Jeff Bullas’s blog here.  If you still need convincing your boss why social media marketing is important, if you need some social media facts to support your work, or to prepare yourself for what is up-and-coming in social media marketing world, you might find useful these social media info:

What are 2 key factors driving the social web in 2013?

According to a Global Web Index study it is:

  1. Mobile – with the number of people accessing the internet via a mobile phone increasing by 60.3% to 818.4 million in the last 2 years.
  2. Older users adoption – On Twitter the 55-64 year age bracket is the fastest growing demographic with 79% growth rate since 2012. The fastest growing demographic on Facebook’s and Google+’s networks are the 45 to 54 year age bracket at 46% and 56% respectively.

These 2 key factors are keeping the social web bubbling along. So maybe the reason your grandparents aren’t turning up to that dinner party is that they have now discovered Facebook and Twitter!

So let’s look at some of the facts, figures and statistics for the major social networks.

Facebook

Facebook continues to grow and work out how to make money from its ads and mobile users.

Here are the latest facts and figures from its earnings call for the first quarter of 2013

  • Daily active users have reached 665 million
  • Monthly active users have passed 1.1 billion for the first time
  • 751 million mobile users access Facebook every month
  • Mobile only active users total 189 million
  • Mobile now generates 30% of its ad revenue up from 23% at the end of 2012

Twitter

Twitter is the fastest growing social network in the world by active users according to a Global Web Index Study.

So how does that translate into hard numbers?

  • 44% growth from  June 2012 to March 2013
  • 288 million monthly active users
  • That means that 21% of the world’s internet population are using Twitter every month
  • Over 500 million registered accounts
  • Twitter’s fastest growing age demographic is 55 to 64 year olds, registering an increase in active users of 79%

YouTube

When you wanted to watch a video it used to be VCR, then it became a  DVD player, then we moved onto cable networks and now it is YouTube.

These numbers from YouTube’s own blog put some perspective on it penetration into our culture and time.

  • 1 billion unique monthly visitors
  • 6 billion hours of videos are watched every month
  • This means that 50% more hours of video are watched in March 2013 compared to last August when it was 4 billion hours a month and last May when it was 3 billion.
  • YouTube reaches more U.S. adults ages 18-34 than any cable network

Google+

Google+ is making an impact on the social media universe and is now the second largest social network.

What are some of the numbers on Google’s social network built to protect it from Facebook’s growth and data capture to ensure it remains relevant?

It is Google’s social layer that enhances it’s other online assets.

  • 359 million monthly active users according to a Global Web Index study
  • Its active users base grew by 33% from June 2012 through to March 2013

LinkedIn

The largest professional business network on the planet continues to grow but not at the pace of Twitter or Google+

Here are some numbers from Visual.ly.

  • Over 200 million users
  • 2 new users join it every second
  • 64% of users are outside the USA

What do you think?

What do you think will be big in 2013 in social media marketing world? What tools and channels are working for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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