Ep 37 of 2011
Who ever thought SMS or short messaging would never take off would certainly be eating their words with the stark realization that Twitter would turn in to being the one of the world's most important social networking sites. The twitter blog this week attributed some interesting facts and figures about the service highlighting it's achievements in its short five year life.
Today,100 million active users around the globe turn to Twitter to share their thoughts and find out what's happening in the world right now. More than half of them log in to Twitter each day to follow their interests. For many, getting the most out of Twitter isn't only about tweeting: 40 percent of our active users simply sign in to listen to what's happening in their world.
Twitter's global reach gives a voice to people around the world and will soon support 17 different languages. The 100 million active users range from passionate early adopters to recent converts. They include a truly unified cross section of the world's population from leaders to sporting legends, entertainers and Humanitarians.
Thirty-five global heads of state use Twitter as a primary way to communicate with their constituencies which also includes Australia's PM @JuliaGillard. In the United States, frequent Tweeters include every Cabinet agency, 84 percent of state governors, and every major candidate for President. More than 40 percent of the top global religious leaders are on Twitter, including @DalaiLama and the Pope, who sent his first Tweet in June.
Many professional sports players are active on Twitter. Every team in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS tweets, as do cricket players in India, European football stars and many other celebrated athletes around the world. Fans and commentators join in for some of the most colorful conversations on Twitter.
Additionally, over 99 percent of America's top 200 non-profits are on Twitter.
Eighty-seven percent of Billboard's Top 100 musicians of 2010 are active on Twitter, connecting with fans to engage their audiences. Each of the top 50 Nielsen-rated TV shows are represented on Twitter. And who doesn't love a daily dose of hilarity from their favorite comedian such as Will Anderson, Dave Hughes and the master of comedy, John Cleese.
Major actively use Twitter to supplement their reporting efforts. Reporters share stories and photos from the front lines. Ordinary people break news and give us a view we might otherwise miss, like the now-famous Space Shuttle image that was retweeted over 2,300 times, and the first photo of the US Airways plane that landed in the Hudson River in 2009.
Twitter can be consumed on anything these days, from the home computer to your favorite smart phone or iGadget.
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This week's App of the Week:
Nokia Situations helps your device tie more into your life. You can manually define situations, like “In a meeting”, “Sleeping”, “Watching TV”, or “Playing with kids” and define how you want the device to act. With the application running in the background, your device automatically senses the situation you are in and adapts to it according to your preferences.
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