Category Archives: Twitter

Mark the Date – Twitter Is Running Real Ads Now

Last week, Twitter started to run house ads on the Twitter home page. Now it appears that they’re running real revenue-generating ads. Just a few minutes ago I saw a text ad for Tweetie, which is a very popular Twitter app for the iPhone. They’re also running ads for Twittervision and the recently launched ExecTweets.

It’ll be interesting to see how quickly they ramp this up over the next few weeks.


San Francisco Based Twitter Accounts (response to @ev)

Earlier tonight, Twitter CEO Ev Williams posted this tweet:

If you know of San Francisco businesses or other SF-related Twitter accts, lemme know. Preparing slides for @gavinnewsom‘s visit tomorrow.

Of course, the responses came flooding in.

Here’s a round-up of the responses. This includes both Twitter accounts related to San Francisco and companies based in San Francisco.

  • @21stAmendmentCraft Beer Brewery Restaurant delving into the world of canned craft beer
  • @7x7Magazine7×7 is San Francisco’s premier resource for Food, Fashion, Culture, Music, Nightlife, Parties and more. Go to 7× to get to know San Francisco
  • @7x7Radar7×7 Magazine’s Radar on SF Culture, Art, Entertainment and Events
  • @ABC7NewsBayAreaNews and notes directly from the ABC7 newsroom in San Francisco
  • @AsianArtMuseumWe’re the largest museum in the western world devoted exclusively to Asian art
  • @BayAreaBitesBay Area Bites is KQED Public Media’s food blog
  • @BooksmithSan Francisco’s leading independent bookstore
  • @CaltrainCaltrain service delays provided by riders. See URL for instructions to update
  • @ChronicleBooksAn independent publisher of distinctive books and gifts
  • @Coco_luxeCoco-luxe Confections: luxurious truffles, salted caramels & sweets – To Share, or Not!
  • @CSNBayAreaCSN Bay Area and CSN California. Home of the Giants, A’s, Warriors, Sharks, Kings, Cal and Stanford
  • @CurrentTweets from within the walls of HQ
  • @Disqus
  • @DropBox
  • @Emergency_In_SFFollow some of the larger emergencies in San Francisco as they happen
  • @ExploratoriumFor the curious ones, the Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception
  • @FrogDesignGlobal innovation firm that helps create and bring to market meaningful products, services, and experiences
  • @GetSatisfactionThe support network for people to get the most from the products they use.
  • @GhiradelliSQMore than just the best chocolate! Wine tasting, great food and fun shopping
  • @GoldenGateParkUp-To-Date Events & News on Golden Gate Park
  • @JDVHotels Joie de Vivre is California’s largest boutique hotel collection, with over 30 hotels, restaurants and spas throughout the state
  • @JugShopSpecialists in Australia, NZ & Italian wines, specialty spirits, craft beer
  • @KCBSNewsAll News All the Time
  • @KGORadioThe Bay Area’s most listened to radio station for over 30 years
  • @kqed_artsKQED Arts is a daily blog covering the San Francisco Bay Area
  • @Live105LIVE 105.3 KITS San Francisco
  • @MagnoliaPub – Haight and Masonic
  • @missionpieA corner café, bakery, and neighborhood gathering place in the Mission that brings the flavors of local farms into the city and tells their stories.
  • @MuniDiaries – a place to share and read rider tales
  • @SanFranSymphony – San Francisco Symphony & Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas sets the highest standard of excellence in orchestral performance in over 250 concerts a year
  • @Seesmic
  • @SFRestaurantsWhere do want to eat Tonight? Ask Dave….
  • @sf_49ersOfficial Twitter of the San Francisco 49ers
  • @sf_giantsOfficial Twitter of the San Francisco Giants
  • @SF_WeeklyThe latest from as told by web editor Janine Kahn
  • @SFStateCreativeArtsMedia, Performing, Visual Arts at San Francisco State University
  • @sfbcPromoting the bicycle for everyday transportation
  • @sfearthquakesThe SF Bay Area sometimes shakes. I tell you about it
  • @SFistEverything else you to know about SF & the Bay Area, news, arts, entertainment, politics, gossip, more
  • @sfstation – SF Station is San Francisco Bay Area’s definitive online city guide to Arts & Culture, Entertainment, Food, Shopping, and Urban Living
  • @sfzoo – The mission of the San Francisco Zoo is to connect people with wildlife, inspire caring for nature and advance conservation action (my pick)
  • @spotusWe support journalists in the Bay Area through community funded reporting
  • @TCHOchocolateTCHO makes obsessively good dark chocolate from pod to palate in our San Francisco factory
  • @TechnoratiWho’s saying what. Right now.
  • @TripItTripIt is a personal travel assistant that automatically organizes all your travel plans
  • @XobniXobni is a toolbar for Outlook
  • @WoodenBoatHistoric wooden boatyard & nonprofit maritime museum on San Francisco Bay. Rod Bauer, Webmaster (schooner, sailboat, rowboat, woodworking, sailing)
  • @Zeum – Zeum is San Francisco’s hands-on, multimedia arts and tech museum for kids.

Here’s Ev’s reaction to the response…

Know of other good San Francisco based Twitter accounts? Feel free to leave a comment.

Here’s video of the meeting between Mayor Newsom and Biz and Ev from Twitter.

Twitter Getting Huge Exposure on CNN

Earlier today, a second CNN anchor – @donlemoncnn – opened an account on Twitter. In the half-hour that I was watching, there were several mentions of Don’s Twitter ID and they even showed the Twitter URL on the screen and zoomed in on his Twitter page. I think this is tremendous mainstream exposure for Twitter and a very creative use of Twitter by a major news organization. The other CNN anchor on Twitter is Rick Sanchez.

Twitter in 2008 is like eBay in 1999

Take a look at this and guess which company they’re talking about…

When service was restored this evening, the [COMPANY X] chat room was flooded with comments from customers, many of whom said they were growing tired of repeated glitches.

Although the disruption today was by far the worst in the company’s short history, it has had a series of smaller glitches in the last year.

”There really is no excuse for so many problems other than poor management,” remarked one [COMPANY X] customer.

Other comments included ”[COMPANY X] needs to get its act together,” …

A few customers said they had switched to the … site run by [COMPANY Y], one of a number of companies that have begun an [xxxxx] business to capture a piece of the enormous on-line [yyyyy] that was pioneered by [COMPANY X]. But others said they would stick with [COMPANY X].

So which company are they talking about? Did you guess Twitter? No, it’s from a June 1999 New York Times article about a little company called eBay.

No doubt, Twitter has had a rough couple of weeks. It’s been up and down like a yo-yo and people are frustrated. People are calling for a decentralized Twitter and some people even organized a Twit-out, which was a 24 hour boycott of the Twitter service. Even some of Twitter’s biggest supporters, like Chris Brogan, are furious.

While I can understand all of these negative feelings about Twitter, I just think we need to remember that just about every popular web service has gone through this phase at some point in their history. eBay, Amazon, AOL – the list goes on. And all of those companies worked through those difficult periods and went on to become models of stability. Most people who were around during Web 1.0 will tell you that these companies did not solve these problems overnight. It took months and the progress was often two steps forward, three steps back.

Oh, and remember – this is a free service! Let’s give the Twitter crew a break and save our complaining for when this is something that we’re paying for.

In this sea of negativity towards Twitter, it’s nice to see this type of support from Chris Wetherell (Google). I spotted this comment from Chris on FriendFeed

Rough week for Twitter. I’ve watched dozens of new, popular, and free web services experience scaling difficulties. I’m always saddened by knee-jerk responses of technologists who blithely assert “I guess they don’t test their software” during outages. Testing is only a part of prevention and is always a moving target. Diagnosis and response can sometimes take hours/days/weeks/months depending on the problem or the system. Money or funding doesn’t automatically translate into an ideal production, staging, and analytic environment overnight (especially if growing by millions) and NO service or platform is immune. None! Not One. Happens within Google all the time. (You might not know that the Reader team has been sleepless this week in attempts to keep the service running.) I figure those of us who can help out with coding or sysadmin work to services we love probably should offer our efforts pro bono. Might not be able to help – but might as well offer. That is, if we care about them…