Inactive Twitter Usernames Scheduled For Recycling

If you’re not happy with your Twitter username – or if you are, but don’t love Twitter and haven’t logged in for a while – listen up.  The usernames attached to inactive accounts may soon be made available for the taking.

More Reporters Using Facebook And Twitter For Story Research

The majority of reporters and editors now depend on social media sources when researching their stories, according to a new survey by Cision and George Washington University.

Among the journalists surveyed, 89 percent said they turn to blogs for story research, 65 percent to social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, and 52 percent to microblogging services such as Twitter. In addition, 61 percent use Wikipedia.

Twitter COO Effectively Rules Out 2010 IPO

There’s almost no way Twitter will go public this year, according to the company’s COO, and it may not do so in the next couple of years, either.  The focus, instead, is supposed to be on firming up and building out the business side of things.

33% Of Online Pop. Pegged As “Conversationalists”

Although you probably guessed as much, people who occasionally update their Facebook status or post something on Twitter represent a significant portion of the online community.  And today, Forrester pegged the exact portion at 33 percent.

Forrester’s been classifying online people as inactives, spectators, joiners, collectors, critics, and creators for quite some time, and its statistics regarding these groups have provided valuable about how the online landscape is changing.

Twitter Earns Itself a Candy Heart Phrase

You know those candy hearts everybody has around Valentine’s Day with the little sayings on them? Showing just how much of a stronghold Twitter actually has on pop culture, this year, one such saying that will appear on these candies is "Tweet me."

HubSpot Documents Decline In Twitter Growth Rate

This morning, HubSpot released a fresh "State of the Twittersphere" report, and in just about every respect, the news for the site is good, meaning growth has occurred since the last time HubSpot checked in.  The only potential problem relates to the rate of new user growth, which is rather slow.

Employers Using Social Networks To Screen Employees

As social networking becomes increasingly widespread, more employers are using these sites to screen potential employees.

More than half (53%) of employers reported in a recent CareerBuildere.co.uk survey that they use social networking sites to research job candidates. Another 12 percent plan to start using social networking sites for screening.

How Google Rates Links from Facebook and Twitter

The first Matt Cutts Answers Questions About Google video of the year has been posted, and in it Matt addresses links from Twitter and Facebook, after talking about his shaved head again. Specifically, the submitted question he answers is:

Links from relevant and important sites have always been a great way to get traffic & acceptance for a website. How do you rate links from new platforms like Twitter, FB to a website?

Content Can Now Go Viral More Easily with Facebook

Over the past year or so, Facebook has made a number of moves, which bring more Twitter-like functionality to the social network. Some question why Facebook would want to become more like Twitter given that it is much more dominant in the social media space, but Facebook sees the growing-popularity of Twitter, and likely wants to make sure it offers everything users want, to keep them around for the long haul.

Google Reveals Factors for Ranking Tweets

It’s ok to say "no" to Twitter if that’s your thing. There’s a chance that it just doesn’t fit into your strategy or help you achieve your goals. That’s cool. However, if it is your thing, you may be interested in how Google ranks tweets. That is if search marketing is your thing.