Posts Tagged ‘ twitter ’

Twitter announces new “@ anywhere” platform for websites

Twitter CEO Evan Williams announces a new platform for integrating Twitter features for websites. He did this on the The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals. It lets user follow an account (like mashable.com) directly from a third-party site. Sites using it now include eBay, Yahoo, and Digg. It’s called “@anywhere”. Here are the initial partners:

Williams says that for example, users can follow a columnist right from their website. This helps solve Twitter’s “discovery” problem of finding interesting people to follow.

He also says that this should help websites gain more followers and have more people who are your fans using Twitter and talking about your content. He wants to lower the barriers to adoption of Twitter.

He thinks the platform will help news spread faster on Twitter.

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Mobile social networking sees strong growth

Two popular trends – social networking and mobile internet – are obviously enforcing each other. 

A new ComScore study shows that 1 out of 3 smartphone users accesses social network sites via their mobile browser in January 2010 (30,8% compared to 22,5% in January 2009).  Over the past year, mobile access to Facebook increased with 112%, while Twitter saw a massive jump of 347%!

“Social networking remains one of the most popular and fastest-growing behaviors on both the PC-based Internet and the mobile Web,” said Mark Donovan, comScore senior vice president of mobile. “Social media is a natural sweet spot for mobile since mobile devices are at the center of how people communicate with their circle of friends, whether by phone, text, email, or, increasingly, accessing social networking sites via a mobile browser.”

Full press release here

Twitter inventor Dorsey proposes mobile payment system

Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey has proposed his new mobile payment system ‘Square’ at the LeWeb09 event.

Square uses a small device which can be plugged into the headset connection of your iPhone, allowing your mobile device to turn into a credit card reader.  Zip your credit card through the small sweeper and it transmits the encrypted data via WiFi or 3G to the Square systems, where the actual payment takes place.  Via your touch screen you can add your signature.  Afterwards, a confirmation of the payment is received by mail and by SMS.

See it in action here:

One third of smartphone activity is social networking

More than 18.3 million unique U.S. smartphone users turned to their devices for social networking access in July 2009, up from 6.4 million users a year earlier, according to new research issued by Nielsen.

Social networking now accounts for 32 percent of all smartphone activity, Nielsen notes, adding that Facebook leads the pack with 14.7 million smartphone users – MySpace follows with 7.1 million, with Twitter at 4.1 million.

“Social networking is probably the most important thing going on with mobile devices because the devices lend themselves to more social networking activities,” said Nielsen’s research director for technology and search Jon Stewart. “When you’re sitting at your PC you’re not going to necessarily be Twittering about sitting at your desk, but when you’re out and about in the world, you’re more likely to have content and experiences that you want to share.”