Twitter Acquires Gnip, a Social Data Provider

GnipTwitter has announced the acquisition of Gnip, a social data provider. Gnip says it was the first to offer access to a complete Twitter data archive. It also provides Twitter data to the Library of Congress. The company is headquartered in Boulder, CO and was founded in 2008. The company says it also collects data from Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, Google+, Disqus, Tumblr, Instagram, Reddit, Plurk and more.

Twitter says in the announcement, "We want to make our data even more accessible, and the best way to do that is to work directly with our customers to get a better understanding of their needs. To that end, we have agreed to acquire Gnip, a leading provider of social data and a long-standing Twitter data partner. As Twitter has grown into a platform that delivers more than 500 million Tweets per day, Gnip has played a crucial role in collecting and digesting our public data and delivering the most essential Tweets to partners."

Twitter probably would have liked to own Topsy as well, but Apple bought it for an estimated $200 million late last year.

Gnip says in a post, "Gnip is one of the world’s largest and most trusted providers of social data. We partnered with Twitter four years ago to make it easier for organizations to realize the benefits of analyzing data across every public Tweet. The results have exceeded our wildest expectations. We have delivered more than 2.3 trillion Tweets to customers in 42 countries who use those Tweets to provide insights to a multitude of industries including business intelligence, marketing, finance, professional services, and public relations."

Image: Gnip

Posted on April 15, 2014

Image Sharing Site Imgur Raises $40 Million

Imgur, a popular image sharing site on social media, has raised $40 million in an investment round. The New York Times reports that the site raised the money from Andreessen Horowitz in a Series A round.

The site launched in 2009 and now gets 130 million unique viewers each month. The Times says 1.5 million images on shared on the site daily. Many of the images shared on Reddit used Imgur.

The homepage of imgur shows the most popular images of the day. It also highlights the best comments of the day. Images on the site generates points when they are ranked Up. Imgur also provides stats for each image shared on the site. The site also provides a quick way to turn an image into a potential meme by letting you change the text on different images.

Imgur founder Alan Schaaf told the Times that the time is right to raise money after staying small over the past five years. Schaaf says, "Being bootstrapped is great. You own 100 percent of it. But the downside is that you aren’t able to move as fast as you want."

Posted on April 3, 2014

Twitter Adds Emoji Support to Web Version

Twitter adds Emoji support

Twitter has added emoji support to its web version. The @Support Twitter account made the announcement, which says, "Twitter users love tweeting emoji from their phones – now you can view these emoji on web! #emojiparty." The emojis don't show up when you try to embed a tweet. They show up as empty boxes instead:

It looks a lot more exciting and fun when the emoji characters show up. You can view some tweets about the newly activated emojis by searching emoji on Twitter. Many users are excited and using the words, "boxes be gone."

Image: Twitter

Posted on April 2, 2014

LinkedIn Adds Cats You May Know Feature

LinkedIn Cats You May Know

LinkedIn added a new feature called Cats You May Know today, April 1, 2014. The service recommends new cat contacts and helps you connect with cats you already know. Some of the cats include Admiral Wiggles and Battlepaws Galacticat. We would like to meet all these cool cats. If this were a real service you know that people would be connecting to lots of cats on LinkedIn.

Photo: LinkedIn

Posted on April 1, 2014

Instagram Announces 200 Million User Milestone

Instagram announced today it has reached the 200 million user milestone. The Facebook-owned photo sharing site has also exceeded 20 billion photos shared so far. Instagram says 50 million new users have joined in the past month.

Instagram says, "The vibrance and diversity of this community has increased as it has grown. Over the past six months, we've seen new communities coming together in cities and towns across the world, whether they be in Guthrie, Oklahoma, or Guatemala City. With January's Worldwide InstaMeet 8, we saw record turnouts of communities coming together to form friendships, explore new places and celebrate creativity in all corners of the globe from New Dehli to New York, Bucharest, Nairobi and beyond."

Facebook paid $1 billion for Instagram in 2012 and it appears to have been well worth it at least from a user base and publicity point of view. The purchase also made Facebook a rival against Yahoo and Twitter in the social photo wars. As far as profitability goes, it is not known how much Facebook has made from Instagram, which only just recently started introducing advertising.

Posted on March 26, 2014

Ellen's Oscar Celebrity Selfie Becomes Most Retweeted Tweet

Ellen DeGeneres Oscar celebrity selfie

Ellen Degeneres' Oscar celebrity selfie has become the most retweeted tweet of all time. The selfie was taken by Bradley Cooper during the Oscars live telecast. It has some of the biggest Hollywood stars in it, including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep. Ellen says in her tweet, "If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars."

The tweet already has over 2.5 million retweets. The far outnumbers the previous most retweeted tweet, which is Obama's 2012 victory tweet.

Twitter has confirmed that Ellen's tweet is officially the most retweeted tweet of all time.

Photo: Bradley Cooper

Posted on March 3, 2014

Facebook Ends Its Facebook Email Service

Facebook has decided to end its Facebook email service. Facebook gave everyone an email address, but the social network giant says most people were not using it. It wasn't a feature that many Facebook users had been clamoring for. Facebook even upset users when it gave them addresses in 2012.

Starting in March, Facebook emails will now forward to the primary email you are currently using for Facebook. TechCrunch says you will be able to turn off this forwarding.

The Verge reports that a message sent out by Facebook about the change says, "We're making this change because most people haven't been using their Facebook email addresses, and we wanted to make it easier to view all your emails in one place. Plus, we can focus on improving our mobile messaging experience for everyone."

Facebook did just acquire WhatsApp for billions so it is clear mobile messaging is extremely important to them.

Posted on February 25, 2014

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