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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.