Twitter adds an astounding 11 accounts per second according to Twopcharts, and will hit 500 million accounts by the 25th of February. That’s a pretty incredible growth rate by any metric -- adding 660 accounts a minute is faster than an M60 machine gun can fire bullets (up to 650 rounds per minute).
Today it's very, very easy to pretend to care about something. The election, racism, pro-democracy uprisings. These causes are noble, and most of the people supporting them are lazy. Today, let's remember what giving a shit really looks like. Hint: not your twitter picture.
It's fairly normal these days to send a RIP tweet if you want the world to know you're the caring type. But it's amazing what a simple typo can do to your sentimentality efforts, right Ed? [Twitter] Update: The official Lib Dem Twitter account's response is priceless.
Imagine a social network that combines the voyeurism of Facebook with the visual intimacy of Instagram, the real-time newsreel of Twitter with the exclusiveness of a backyard barbecue. It exists. It's Path. And over the past few weeks it's forever changed how I see my own little slice of the world. It's going to be huge.
If you have a crappy memory like me, watch this video of 2011 as told with Twitter. It's a summary of the past year's events as documented through people's tweets. Natural disasters, death, Charlie Sheen, Rebecca Black and more. 2011, you were an interesting one.
If Twitter is useful for anything beyond a flamethrower of breaking news and URL errata, it's forcing us to be considerate about language—we have to use space wisely. Unfortunately, the hashtag is ruining talking. #NotGonnaLie
Christmas! A cheerful time, right? The spirit, the decorations, the gift giving, the time off, it's supposed to be happy! Not for these horrible people. Ungrateful punks and out-of-touch teens have all taken to Twitter to complain about what they didn't get for Christmas and how they now hate life and everything Santa Claus. It's a shit show.
"It appears that happiness is going down," says a University of Vermont researcher and head of a new study on wellbeing. The proof? Twitter, of course. Millions of users point to a global depression of an entirely non-monetary kind.
The web used to be about other people. IMing your friend, emailing your wife, a chatroom with other guinea pig enthusiasts. Now it's turning around. Information is becoming less important than emotion—the web is an empty nostalgia factory.
So brilliant writer and Iraq War apologist Christopher Hitchens died last night. Almost immediately, #GodIsNotGreat started trending on Twitter. It's the title of one of Hitchens' books, of course, but it made a lot of people angry.