Twitter Wants to Please’em All

twitter-logoIt looks like Twitter is now in the process of deciding how they can please everyone all the time. Its most recent change to its service is to eliminate the option to see @replies that involve folks you don’t follow. Here is part of Twitter’s explanation from their blog

We’ve updated the Notices section of Settings to better reflect how folks are using Twitter regarding replies. Based on usage patterns and feedback, we’ve learned most people want to see when someone they follow replies to another person they follow—it’s a good way to stay in the loop. However, receiving one-sided fragments via replies sent to folks you don’t follow in your timeline is undesirable. Today’s update removes this undesirable and confusing option.

Google’s Street View is Greek to Them

Google’s attempt to have a picture of everything on this Google earth that we are allowed to live on has created more privacy concerns. Thisgoogle-street-view-car time the complaints are coming from Greece and depending on who you listen to these concerns are of varying degrees of intensity.

The New York Times reports that the Greek Data Protection Authority (DPA), which is a watchdog group has a history of clashes with many groups including the Greek government and the Greek Orthodox Church about privacy concerns, has banned the service from continuing to take pictures of Greek properties.

Have App Will Market with iPhone

iphoneApp mania is certainly running rampant in the mobile industry led by the frenzy to create another fun little time waster to add to the over 25,000 apps in the Apple App Store. Fortune reports that both the Wall Street Journal and Forrester are talking about how Madison Ave. has embraced this medium to reach the nearly 37 million iPhone and iTouch users. It’s the 37 million and growing number that makes everyone stand up, take notice and create an app.

There are always two sides to every story. On the ‘apps are the only thing that matters’ side of the ledger the WSJ says:

The Google Times? Not Anytime Soon

Apparently Google was doing some window-shopping recently but decided to pass on one item for sale; a stake in google-logothe ‘Grand Daddy of Them All’, the New York Times. The Business Insider reports that Harbinger Capital has put its 19% stake in the newspaper on sale. It was just last year that the investor acquired the stake but is now looking for a buyer to remove the portfolio buster from their stable of holdings. Interested parties have included David Geffen but his price wasn’t right apparently.

The idea of buying the New York Times was apparently floated by one of the co-founders of Google in an attempt to stir interest.

CEOs and Twitter

BusinessWeek is reporting on over 50 CEOs that are usingboardroom Twitter to some degree or another. Last August the magazine covered just 18 folks of this ilk but apparently there is a lot more to choose from these days.

Each CEO has a profile attached to them that gives their handle as well some some insight as to view of Twitter and who they follow but here are some of the basic stats that may be of interest to you. How do you view the use of Twitter by CEOs and other important corporate folks regardless of the size of the company? Is there more good or harm that can be done? Here’s some highlights.

Richard Branson, Virgin Group Chairman
Following: 6,589
Followers: 98,382
Updates: 98

Poltics as Unusual?

While we barely have a presidential election that felt like it was never going to end in the rear view mirror, politics are always cooking in theresonate background. Based on the past success of some efforts to more accurately target issue oriented voters and their web habits a new ad network, Resonate Networks, is getting some attention. The New York Times tells the story of an a mix of party strategists from both sides of the fence have joined forces to start this company. Politics certainly makes strange bedfellows as the saying goes but apparently so does a business venture that can generate some cash.

The lineup of founders and investors shows that money spends the same on whatever side of an issue you may be on.

Twitter Gives TinyURL the Big Boot

Twitter’s “World Dominance 140 Characters At a Time” Tour continues as it tries to help users squeeze more into twitter-logotheir messages. This time, however, there is casualty. TinyURL was the default URL shortening service for Twitter until recently when bit.ly was deemed the service of choice to shorten the URL’s of millions (that sounds painful, doesn’t it?) as reported by TechCrunch.

TinyURL has been with Twitter since its inception but the bit.ly service has a few advantages over it and some even benefit the users. bit.ly makes URL’s shorter than TinyURL which in the limited space that 140 characters is can be advantageous. Just think of the tragedy if one of your followers couldn’t get the additional exclamation point you had to share so you could really get your emotion across to them. Oh, the humanity!