Tag: Facebook

Ralf HallerRalf Haller July 24, 2009

How to check out quickly if Twitter is for you

Looks like Twitter is now becoming quite popular in Europe too. At first sight it seems like a waste of time for most people, but only if you take some time to check it out will you really know if that is true or not.

Here a list of the things you can do to get your feet wet:

Introductions: read the Twitterhandbook first, then you can also go through the new Twitter 101 for business. Also great tutorials can be found on Slideshare, which I recommend reading after these two introductions and after you have actually signed on and started using it already. There are more than 4,000 presentations on Twitter already uploaded. (a nice one is this here.)

Using your first apps: some apps you might want to install are Twitpic, which lets you upload pictures and also send them simply via e-mail. To start getting some discussion going you can try out TwttrStrm, which lets you post questions. You can also link to your Facebook account with twitter/badges. There are endless apps available. One recent one is Geo Chirp, which allows you to search for Twitter users locally.

Install on your mobile: to make things really neat you have to install a Twitter client on your mobile. I have tried a few apps on my iPod touch and all of them do the job quite well. It is more a matter of personal taste I think what app you pick: I use mostly TweetDeck now but Tweetie and Twitterrific are good choices too.

Only time will tell if Twitter is indeed the most initially undervalued business app or the most hyped up tool.

My feeling is that either Google or Microsoft might acquire them if not even Facebook, who seem to have some close links to them already.

Ralf HallerRalf Haller June 9, 2009

Social networks in the world

This is a great tool to visualize what social networks dominate in the world. Despite the fact that Facebook is present in most of the countries in the world, QQ in China is the largest social network in the world with 300 million active accounts vs. 200 million at Facebook. As Vincos writes on his blog:

Some visible patterns to highlight:

Facebook has almost captured Europe and is extending its dominance, more than 200 million users
QQ is the leader in China and the largest social network in the world (300 million active accounts)
MySpace lost its leadership everywhere (except in Guam)
V Kontakte is the most popular in the Russian territories
Orkut is strong in India and Brazil
Hi5 is leading in Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and other countries such as Portugal, Mongolia, Romania
Odnoklassniki is strong in some former Soviet Union territories
Maktoob is the most important Arab community/portal

Other country specific social networks:

Iwiw in Hungary
Nasza-klasa in Poland
Cyworld in South Korea
Friendster in the Philippines
Hives in the Netherlands
Lidé in the Czech Republic
Mixi in Japan
One in Latvia and Lithuania
Wretch in Taiwan
Zing in Vietnam

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