Twitter is ranked as one of the ten-most-visited websites worldwide by Alexa’s web traffic analysis. Daily user estimates vary as the company does not publish statistics on active accounts. A December 2011 Compete.com blog entry ranked Twitter as the most used social network based on their count of 16 million unique monthly visitors and 75 million monthly visits. It was followed by Zimbio with a 270 percent increase & Facebook with a 248 percent increase. Twitter has a user retention rate of forty percent.
Twitter processes more than 250 million daily tweets, and its mobile platform is growing roughly 40 percent quarter on quarter. This is a big boon for Twitter, which has always trailed Facebook in size and popularity.
Twitter adjusted its web interface, adding a search bar and a sidebar of “trending topics” — the most common phrases appearing in messages. All messages are instantly indexed and that “with this newly launched feature, Twitter has become something unexpectedly important — a discovery engine for finding out what is happening right now.”
Trending topics become popular either through a concerted effort by users or because of an event that prompts people to talk about one specific topic. These topics help Twitter and their users to understand what is happening in the world. Twitter’s blog post announced that the hottest Twitter trending topics will scroll across the Twitter homepage. Users will also be able to find out why a specific topic got to be a trending topic. There have been controversy surrounding the Twitter trending topics: Twitter censored hashtags that their users found offensive. Twitter censored the some hashtags after users complained that they found the hashtags offensive.
Twitter overhauled its website once more to feature the “Fly” design, which the service says is easier for new users to follow and promotes advertising. In addition to the Home button, the Connect & Discover buttons were introduced along with a redesigned profile & timeline of Tweets. The site’s layout has been compared to that of Facebook.
I love using Twitter and in general it’s a near-perfect service. The 140 character service means that people are forced to be precise and coherent (no windy blowhards!) and you can also include other things in your tweets such as links to other sites.
But the one thing that Twitter does NOT allow, by default, is the ability to post pictures. That is where TwitPic and Flickr comes in. By posting your pictures to one of these services, a short URL is automatically generated and then posted on your Twitter stream in seconds.
Let’s take a look at both services and see how they can help you with posting pictures on Twitter. We’ll also see how they stack up against one another.
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