Twitter has come a long way and is expanding like it was an unstoppable force in the virtual world. In its awesome evolution, we’ve compiled some of the coolest articles featuring its various usage on the net.
TWITTER CHANGES THE WORLD OF POKER WITH A "TWEET"
Read Write Web.com featured an article about a poker game by an elderly man who probably used Twitter to his advantage at a $10k stake game in Vegas recently.
As a growing number of poker players are beginning to send out short messages to the world via Twitter, existing poker media is being disrupted and the news sites are scrambling to out-compete with each other in responding to the players’ direct and immediate communication with their fans. Players are reading each others’ Tweets, too, and that has consequences.
BRINGING TWITTER TO YOUR SITE WITH TWEETBOARD
TechCrunch.com featured an article that depicted one of Twitter’s global usage as a main conversation spot on the Web, and now it can be applied to any site with Tweetboard forum, as seen to the left…
Once a site adds the Tweetboard code to their site, a site-wide tab appears which allows visitors to have forum discussions by simply logging into Twitter (via OAuth). All the conversations are threaded, and comments appear on Twitter as well, potentially drawing in a larger audience into the specific conversation.
COLLECTION OF RECENT UPDATES ON MASHABLE AND TWEETS FROM YOUR COMMODORE 64
Here we have a small collection of Twitter articles featured in Mashable.com
Imagine being able to text message from space! That’s exactly what transpired for the first time in this part of history captured by Mashable, when astronaut Mike Massimino became the first human to Twitter from outer-space!
The tweet in question comes courtesy of NASA’s Mike Massimino, a.k.a Astro_Mike , whose status update reads, “From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!
Mashable also complied some inspiring Twitter backgrounds, as sampled below:
Doug Cone (@nullvariable) : Doug, a web designer and consultant, brilliantly integrates his face with his brand and contact information in this spacey theme.
CoolTweets (@cooltweets) : CoolTweets, which collects, well, the coolest tweets on the web, gets an A for its simple and clean layout. Perfect for many brands.
Justine Ezeraik (@ijustine) : The popular new media star has a balanced theme reflecting her brand.
7 Helpful Twitter Background Resources
MyTweetSpace: MyTweetSpace is one of the simplest ways to create a Twitter background with minimal effort.
TwitterBacks: This website provides a set of templates perfect for creating your ideal Twitter background.
TweetStyle: TweetStyle offers free background templates, custom Twitter backgrounds, and a few useful blog posts on the subject of the backdrop.
Free Twitter Designer: This handy little app provides an easy-to-use image editor to help you create a professional-looking theme.
TwitBacks: This is another tool for creating backgrounds.
TwitterGallery: TwitterGallery is a directory of themes based on color and category.
Peekr : If you stumble across a great Twitter background and want to take a quick look at it in its pure form, the Peekr bookmarklet is the way to go.
5 Ways to Post Twitter to Facebook
Mashable.com featured an interesting article concerning guidelines as to how to apply our Twitters into Facebook as status updates.
From auto-updating your Facebook status, to more calculated updates, we think these five ways to share Twitter updates with Facebook will satisfy those of us with a predilection for maintaining dual social presences.
1. Auto-Update with a Facebook Application
If you’re looking to automatically post your Twitter updates straight to Facebook, the Twitter application (by Twitter) is your best bet.
3. Via Facebook Connect
Facebook Connect offers site developers and website owners an immediate way to let new users log in to their sites using their Facebook accounts.
5. Ping Your Page or Profile
You can use Ping.fm and HootSuite together to disseminate your tweets everywhere. Plus, there’s also a convenient way for admins to link their Facebook Pages with Ping.fm to seamlessly post updates.
Ashton Kutcher Hits 2 Million Followers on Twitter
Mashable.com made a featured article regarding the next milestone of Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter follower base, where he has now reached a huge sum of over 2 million people!
Ashton’s rise to the top of the Twitter food chain has certainly been helped along by the competition with cnnbrk and his appearance to talk all things Twitter on Oprah . His closest competition for Twitter’s #1 comes from @TheEllenShow account, which is still about 300,000 followers behind.
Making Millions via Twitter
Mashable.com came across one of the benefits of Twitter in the business sector as computer giant Dell can testify as being one of the biggest companies using social media. It used its Twitter account @DellOutlet to tweet out major discounts and sales increased in no time!
It has gained quite a following (620,000+ followers) and sold a lot of computers – at the end of last year, they surpassed $1 million in revenue , after about a year and a half’s worth of tweeting. Well throw those numbers out the window, because Twitter’s phenomenal growth and Dell’s social savvy have pushed sales from Dell Outlet to over $2 million , in 1/3 the time needed to pass the first milestone. And @DellOutlet is still on the rapid rise.
Twittering From Your Commodore 64
News.Cnet.com featured an article by Matt Hickey concerning the new usange of Twitter through Commodore 64, and applying its function through an application called Breadbox 64.
Not only does Breadbox 64 allow you to tweet, it also lets you access your friend feed, as well as individual friends’ timelines. And, of course, Van den Brande also has details on the hardware in a post on his site, like the MMC plug-in ethernet adapter, as well as various screenshots. It looks pretty awesome.
TWEETCRAFT - THE WORLD OF WARCRAFT TWITTER CLIENT
Tech Crunch.com featured an article about Twitter’s influence on The World of Warcraft fans. It revolves around an in-game Twitter client for the popular online game that allows the user to send and receive Tweets within a game, especially useful when waiting for raids to start.
TWITTER WHORE - THE ESSENTIAL TWITTERING AND FOLLOW ME
This video is but one of the many videos by @lisa_nova featured in deburca.com that demonstrates what Twitter can be to some people and the driving force of increasing followers - no matter how ridiculous or annoying it may be, attention is everything to some people.
TWITTER USERS CAN NOW "BUY" FOLLOWERS
Telegraph.co.uk wrote an article about the new feature of Twitter where users are now able to literally "buy" new followers through a new company called uSocial.
The company finds potential followers by searching through Twitter to discover areas of common interest to match people more closely. uSocial then send these potential followers a message, alerting them that there is someone on Twitter they might want to follow. The potential follower then decides whether or not to follow that person.
HIGH QUALITY TWITTER ICON AND TWITTER TOOLS FOR DESIGNERS AND DEVELOPERS
Hongkiat.com featured some pretty cool high quality Twitter icons that are so adorable and catchy!
Tools And Tutorials For Designers And Developers
What would Twitter be without properly knowing how it works and using its right tools to make full use of it? Smashing Magazine featured an article for designers and developers to refer to various sites, tools and tutorials to help them "Twitter". Here are some of the many tutorials featured in the article:
1. Twitter Development Links
Twitter Technology Blog
Twitter API Wiki home page
Twitter API Announcements - Google Groups
Twitter Development Talk - Google Groups
Follow Twitter Development via Twitter
2. Introduction to the Twitter API
Twitter API for Dummies
Using the Twitter API
Get Started With the Twitter API
Getting Started with the Twitter API
3. Building Your Website Around Twitter
Build Your Own Social Home!
How to Create an RSS-Enabled Micro-Blog with Twitter
How to Make a Unique Website for Your Twitter Updates
How to Build a Maintainable Website Using CushyCMS and Twitter
Send Message from a PHP Page Using the Twitter API
How to Run Multiple Twitter Feeds on the Same Page
Add Twitter to Your Blog (step by step)
Scripting Twitter with cURL
PHP + Twitter + Google Calendar + SMS
TwitterZoid PHP Script
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