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This morning hackers accessed Fox News’ Twitter Account and announced to the world that the U.S. President, Barack Obama, had been shot dead. Worryingly, this came from a verified account. It’s another example in a long list of high profile hacks on Twitter.
Last week, British actor Simon Pegg admitted that his Twitter account had also been hacked. A link was posted to download a screensaver from his recent movie, ‘Paul’, which was actually in fact a login-stealing malware virus. So, two hacks in two weeks, is this the start of something major?
Just a couple of years ago Twitter was celebrating big-money tie-ins with both Google and Bing. Now, with the former already having dropped full integration, Microsoft could potentially follow suit.
For a company that isn’t supported by advertising, instead favouring sponsored Tweets and accounts, every revenue stream is crucial – particularly one that is potentially worth $30million. Whilst extension talks are ongoing; Twitter will no doubt be sweating over the much-needed investment whilst social search could be on the brink of another major upheaval.
One of the key aspects of using Twitter to promote yourself, a business, service or product online is to grow a targeted list of followers.
When growing a following it’s important to keep in mind that you want to attract a targeted list of follows. In most cases the ‘right’ sort of followers are those who are interested in what you have to say and therefore more likely to make an interaction (e.g. re-tweet or visit).
It’s been a turbulent time at Twitter HQ recently, what with the emergence of Google +, and search engines dropping full integration of their real time updates [See: Search Engine Syndication Woes Continue for Twitter].
With current investors looking for a return on their initial investment, and the microblogging company looking at new ways to monetise from its popularity, Twitter are looking to raise $800 million, pushing its value to $8 billion according to reports.
New functionality in Google Analytics includes the ability to track social interactions on your site and easily see data for this in the Analytics interface. The Google ‘+1′ button is automatically tracked and buttons such as ‘Tweet this’, ‘Follow us’ and ‘Like’ can be tracked alongside this by implementing some code on your site.
This functionality is only visible in the new version of Google Analytics, which is now available to everyone, so I’d recommend having a look around and getting used to this interface as it has so much extra functionality. It also only works with the latest version of tracking code, known as the asynchronous code, this is the one that goes before the </head> tag.