September 13, 2011

Facebook by far most popular social media site

by Kerry Butters

A new report from Neilson on social media has found that over a quarter of all time spent online in the US is spent on social networking sites. It comes as no surprise that the report also showed Facebook to be by far the most popular, with Americans spending more time on the social network […]

September 9, 2011

Twitter in no hurry to prepare for IPO

by Kerry Butters

Whilst is seems that Facebook are beefing up their board in order to prepare for an IPO next year, it would appear that Twitter are in no hurry to follow suit. According to a report by Reuters, the social media site want to step up their efforts to generate revenue through advertising. However, the report […]

Twitter reach 100 million users

by Kerry Butters

Twitter announced in a blog post yesterday that it has reached the milestone of achieving 100 million active users. Five years after the social media site first came into being, it now enjoys users from a diversity of people across the world. The first person to tweet to his seven followers was @jack, aka Jack […]

September 7, 2011

Twitter spam on the up

by Kerry Butters

A report from Naked Security, the blog of security firm Sophos warns users of continuing phishing attacks carried out on Twitter users. The attacks are designed to reap passwords from victims and apparently often come in the form of a message from friends. The latest threat is similar to the ones we’ve seen a spate […]

September 6, 2011

BitDefender Safego now available for Twitter

by Darren Allan

Anyone who follows the malware world will be aware that increasing amounts of malicious attacks are of the socially engineered variety. In other words, malware links sent via social networks. It’s not surprising, given the meteoric rise of Facebook in particular, that criminals are targeting these networks – which are particularly juicy targets due to […]

July 14, 2011 beats profit targets

by Jan Harris, the Beeb’s international news site, has become profitable two years ahead of schedule, thanks to its popularity around the world. In a blog post,’s managing director Luke Bradley-Jones said: “Today, has the largest international reach of any UK news website with comScore reporting 50 million users outside of the UK.” While […]

May 24, 2011

Twitter spends $40m on Tweetdeck

by Jan Harris

Following weeks of speculation, social media site Twitter has agreed to buy Tweetdeck for $40m according to reports, although there hasn’t been an official announcement as yet. Tweetdeck, which is billed as allowing anyone to tweet like a pro, allows Twitter users to tweet directly to friends on Facebook and MySpace and to share photos, […]

April 20, 2011

Twitter takes down ‘Unfollowed Me’ rogue app

by Jan Harris

An ‘Unfollowed Me’ rogue application which was spreading virally on Twitter has now been taken down. The rogue app promises to provide Twitter users with a list of the people who have recently chosen to stop following their Twitter feed. Clicking on the link generates a prompt which asked for authorisation to access to the […]

March 29, 2011

Twitter founder rejoins as chairman

by Jan Harris

Jack Dorsey, who co-founded Twitter with Biz Stone and Evan Williams in 2006, has been appointed executive chairman of the company. Dorsey left Twitter in 2008 when he was ousted by Williams who became CEO. Williams stepped down as CEO in October last year in order to focus on product strategy and was replaced by […]

March 14, 2011

Tech giants help Japan’s earthquake victims

by Jan Harris

Technology groups including Google, Twitter, Facebook and Apple, are providing services to help Japan’s disaster victims. The massive earthquake, which today has been upgraded to magnitude 9, and the subsequent Tsunami, devastated the north eastern coast of Japan on Friday. Shortly after the quake hit, Google launched a version of its People Finder service to […]

February 15, 2011

TweetDeck moves from Silicon Roundabout to Silicon Valley

by Jan Harris

London’s Silicon Roundabout-based TweetDeck, which was formed just two years ago, is reported to have been acquired by California-based UberMedia for between $25 to $30 million. TweetDeck, which calls itself an ‘air traffic control for Twitter’, has been a major success, boasting 20 million users and becoming the most popular Twitter client. Uber Media has […]

February 10, 2011

Google and Facebook in Twitter takeover talks

by Jan Harris

Google and Facebook were first linked with a possible takeover of Twitter back in 2009, when there was speculation that Google was ready to offer more than £250m for the company. A firm offer failed to materialise at the time but the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that both Facebook and Google have held […]

December 13, 2010

PM urges Twitter to move to London

by Jan Harris

Prime Minister David Cameron has met with Twitter to urge the social network to set up its European base in London. The PM and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, met Twitter’s head of international strategy, Katie Jacobs Stanton, to promote the so-called ‘Silicon Roundabout’ in London’s Old Street as a potential location for a […]

November 12, 2010

Twitter in partnership with Apple’s Ping

by Jan Harris

Apple hopes to boost its new social music site, Ping, through a deal with Twitter, after an earlier deal with Facebook fell through when Apple refused to agree to Facebook’s terms. Ping, which is part of iTunes, allows users to follow their favourite bands and artists and recommend songs to friends. The new partnership will […]

October 5, 2010

Changes at the top for Twitter

by Jan Harris

Major management changes have been announced at Twitter in order to convert the company’s exceptional growth into profit. Evan Williams, the site’s co-founder, is stepping down to let chief operating officer, Dick Costolo, take the reins. Williams, who has headed the company for two years, will focus on product strategy, while Costolo will be charged […]

June 19, 2010

Twitter launches promoted trends in monetising effort

by Darren Allan

Twitter has unveiled its first ever trending topic which an advertiser has paid to have displayed amongst its list of the most popular topics. Disney is the company in question, and it has forked out to promote Toy Story 3 (which is just out in the States) on Twitter. The promoted trend appears at the […]

April 2, 2010

Joan Collins says Twitter is boring

by Darren Allan

It has emerged that septuagenarian actress Joan Collins believes that Twitter is boring and banal. Ahem – and Dynasty wasn’t? She wrote about the micro-blogging site in her diary published in the Spectator magazine. Apparently she describes the recent Oscars party in which the folk she was sat with were all too busy Twittering away […]

March 30, 2010

Webroot social networking survey sees room for improvement in security

by Darren Allan

Webroot, security software provider for the consumer and SMB markets, has announced the results of its second annual social networking survey. The poll was conducted over a sample of 1,100 users drawn from Facebook, Twitter, and other popular social networking sites. And one of the big findings was an increased awareness of security and privacy […]

March 16, 2010

Twitter aims for omnipresence on the web

by Darren Allan

Twitter has unveiled its latest plans for web domination which go under the name of @anywhere. @anywhere is a set of frameworks which will allow other websites to integrate Twitter content directly from their page. In other words, say you’re watching a clip on YouTube, when the video service has @anywhere integration, you’ll be able […]

March 11, 2010

Twitter prepares phishing defences

by Darren Allan

Twitter has recently experienced a wave of phishing attacks, whereby users are tricked into visiting a false Twitter login page into which they unwittingly enter their details. The simple remedy for this is to always, whenever you click on a link, check the URL of the site you’ve been sent to. If it isn’t the […]