Call it the unicorn problem: beautiful, alluring, magical, and totally non-existent. Social commerce, according to the latest Monetate e-commerce report, is almost as elusive.
The developer of pull-to-refresh was so concerned about how Twitter would use his patent that he asked Twitter to agree with him — as part of the terms of the sale of his company — that it would never use the patent offensively.
The Dot raised over $100,000 on Kickstarter and is now in full force changing the way you see the world…one video camera at a time. And VentureBeat is going to help you get it at the low price of only $27.99!
Students at Humboldt State University in California individually reviewed 150,000 geocoded tweets containing racist, homophobic, or otherwise offensive terms to build a “hate map” indicating where people in the U.S. are most bigoted.
Facebook’s coming video ads will be disruptive, interrupt people, and run the risk of Facebook becoming the very social network it supplanted, according to at least one online advertising executive.
Twitter has acquired data visualization startup Lucky Sort, possibly to bolster its ad sales and reporting tools.
The startup was working on simple ways of scaling code beyond single machines. Using the Ubalo infrastructure, developers could write code for multiple machines with no additional overhead.
“We may be witnessing the rise of Twitter’s recently acquired Vine,” Compete.com’s Conor O’Mahony said.
The gaming community can change so much in a single day, but it doesn’t last.
Facebook fans are the holy grail of small business, according to a recent study by Staples.
Not only did the app’s marketing pic showcase Twitter’s current brand messaging around watching, getting, and reading, all of which are higher on the priority list than, God forbid, actually tweeting, but the app itself is designed for consumption, not creation.
The deal is for “special access” to advertising slots, as well as research data and new, as-yet-unannounced advertising products, in return for which Starcom has committed to spend $200 million — or more — of its clients’ money.
Tweets that you read and accounts that you follow are fairly likely to be on subjects that you care about. Tweets that you write are almost guaranteed to be about something that matters to you.
As everyone connected to the Internet knows by now, Boston has been the scene of at least three bombings today at the Boston Marathon and the JFK Library. For coverage of that news, Boston.com has a liveblog that it is continuously updating, and CNN has more details and coverage.
Here’s what big technology companies are doing in response.
In Valparaiso, Chile, they’re excited that English Premier League soccer club Tottenham lost a semifinal, mostly because home-grown striker Marcelo Diaz scored for the rival club. And in Mombasa, Kenya, the buzz is all about Uhuru.
We hear that Orth voluntarily resigned.
Payments in-stream on Twitter: how cool is that? Too cool, apparently for Twitter.
The big Wall Street banks are among the last Twitterless bastions of the American workplace. But even their high walls are crumbling thanks to a new Bloomberg terminal product — and perhaps a recent SEC decision on Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.
Developers and marketers can now add users directly via Twitter, simply by adding a few lines of code to any content shared from their app to the social network.
It’s no April Fools joke: Twitter is getting seriously serious about monetization. Just the latest indicator is a refreshed and updated help site the social network launched today for business users.
“Seventy-one percent of consumers say they post hashtags from their mobile devices,” RadiumOne VP Kamal Kaur told me yesterday. “I’ve even caught myself hashtagging in my emails.”
Twitter and Pinterest aren’t just hyper-growth social networks with huge user counts and even huger valuations. They’re also two key examples of “DevOps,” a relatively new way of building and releasing web apps at increasingly high speed.
Editor’s Pick A Playhaven game developer was fired after making sexual jokes in the audience during a keynote session at PyCon, a conference for Python developers. Now Adria Richards, a developer evangelist for SendGrid, is getting rape and death threats via Twitter.
Twitter announced new self-service ad tools today with much finer-grained targeting controls that will allow small advertisers to craft ad campaigns to exactly the audience they want.
With this update of Twitter’s own making, tweets which look interesting and sensible on Twitter.com will look completely stupid and odd (see Twitter’s own embedded tweet) on any other platform.
The standalone iPhone app is built on technology Twitter acquired last year when it bought We Are Hunted, a music discover platform, apparently.
Editor’s Pick Automattic, the company behind Wordpress.com and its 3.6 billion monthly pageviews, is testing a new native advertising monetization option with its massive blogging community: promoted posts.
With 74 million daily posts, Tumblr is a big haystack to get lost in. Which is why the company is planning to monetize its mobile product the new old-fashioned way: pay-per-view. You pay, that is, and others view.
How is your company doing in social? Are you engaging customers, fans, and potential customers? And are you doing it better than your competitors?
Either there are very different people on Twitter than the average Jane Q. Everywoman, or we tend to say very different things in public than we do in private.
The Oscars are here, and guaranteed, some arty French film with subtitles that no man has voluntarily watched will win one or three. But what if Twitterati and Facebookers chose the winners?
A security breach at cloud-based customer support vendor Zendesk has exposed personal information including email addresses of Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr clients, the company said today in a blog post.
Jeep’s Twitter account recently told the world that the iconic brand had been “sold to Cadillac.” And Burger King’s account started mysteriously promoting McDonalds. Two high-profile hacks in less than a week means, apparently, that Twitter had to take some action.
Advertising on Twitter just got easier, and Twitter just took a giant leap to making more money.
Twitter and HootSuite announced a new way of selling and managing promoted tweets, promoted trends, and promoted accounts: right in HootSuite’s social media management dashboard.
From Twitter’s perspective, I guess, once the aqui-hire is complete and you have the hires, why keep the acqui?
In 2012, 2,357 private technology companies were bought for a combined total of $84 billion, according to a new report from research firm PrivCo. That’s slightly up 22 percent from 2011, but the real surprise is who is doing the acquiring.
Editor’s Pick Half a year ago, serial entrepreneur had a crazy idea: build a social network that people actually paid for. Now with App.net three times bigger than his goal, he looks back — and ahead — at what the service is, and will become.
Super Bowl XLVII is in the books, and so is the $7.6 million brands spent for just 60 precious seconds of your time during the game. But who won?
NASA is extending a super-cool opportunity to 150 social media followers to chat live with International Space Station astronauts Kevin Ford, Tom Marshburn, and Chris Hadfield.