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Tweeting Gone Wild

Sep 21, 2010   //   by FreshTraffic   //   facebook, internet news, tweets, twitter  //  355 Comments

Twitter.com made it’s own set of headlines recently two fold. First, they roll out their new design, and then they managed to be taken advantage of. Through a clever use of the onmouseover tag of javascripting, a worm was running amok on the micro blogging service. It was self-replicating, affecting all users who were directly using Twitter.com. Tweetdeck and other Twitter apps, were unaffected. Drive by attacks aren’t just in the real world anymore it seems.

Can you Facebook?

It may seem intuitive to be able to use Facebook and it’s services. Maybe the problem was a comprehension issue then. A 14 year old English girl learned the hard way to always double check before you submit an event on Facebook. With her upcoming 15th birthday party, she’d decided that Facebooking the event would be the surest way to invite all of her friends to attend, neglecting however to privatise the affair. Instead of only having those she wished to attend, there were 21,000 attendees confirmed for the (now) gala event. Alas, the girls parents decided that perhaps having that many people at their house wouldn’t work, and called off the party, and even so the local police are ready for any surprise events.

That the girl made a simple enough mistake in not privatising her party to her invitees only, it opened the door that Facebooks privacy settings are too difficult to administer. To think, that all she had to do was actually read the page she was using to post the event, and uncheck the box labelled: Anyone can view and RSVP (public event) Accountability it seems, is never a personal responsibility.

40% of Tweets are Babble

Aug 12, 2009   //   by FreshTraffic   //   tweets, twitter  //  176 Comments

With Twitter being such a hot trend right now, research firms have been anxious to study how people are using the social platform, and analyze trends in aggregate view.

One such company, data analytics provider, Pear Analytics, set out to study the contents of our tweets to determine if, in fact, we’re all just sharing mindless babble, or if there was something more intellectual going on.

Their findings aren’t all that favorable to those of us with lofty views of Twitter, because as it turns out, 40.55% of tweets are pointless babble.

The Pear Analytics group took 2,000 tweets in English from the public timeline over a time span of two weeks, with 200 tweets captured each half-hour from 11am – 5pm CST daily. They then categorized tweets into six different types: news, spam, self-promotion, pointless babble, conversation, and pass-along value.