It’s been a busy week in the social media universe. Some of the trending topics and interesting things I’m digesting are:
The Shorty Awards was written up in the NY Times - the inaugural tweetup award event was so popular they had to turn people away at the door. The real life person who was tweeting as Mad Men character Peggy Olson turned out to be Carri Bugbee , a Portland marketer (with no affiliations to Mad Men’s agency Deep Focus or AMC, Mad Men’s owners).
Twitter’s super (in)famous Fail Whale graphic also won a Shorty Award, and was revealed to be designed by Sydney student Yiying Lu
Mashable reported that 11 percent of adults in the US use status updates to tell everyone what they are doing. 14% of those with mobile access make status updates. No surprises that its the urbanites doing it – 35% of status updaters live in cities.
Twickie is a free service that fetches Twitter replies for you -and gives you an easy way to view & export them.
You can get your favourite Tweet printed on a T-shirt at Twit-to-Shirt
E-consutancy was asking why Coke is ignoring Twitter for brand engagement, while Digital Buzz was telling us how Dell made $1 million on Twitter only special offers before Christmas through @DellOutlet.
Twitter HQ picked up some extra cash – undisclosed millions from venture capitalists wanting to jump on board the fastest growing social network.
Facebook overtook MySpace to be number 1, and Twitter jumped from 11th to 3rd most used social network in the world.
Goodplums suggested that being generous and giving on Twitter is the better way to pick up followers
David Pogue writes “Twitter is what you make it” for his NY Times tech column and reveals his Twitter handle to be @pogue
Mashable’s wonders how gadget trends will impact on social media
NYtimes.com is developing the most gorgeous, intuitive article-skimmer interface
And as the debate on Witchery Man’s YouTube video hoax continues to rage, Hitwise reports the Witchery website increased hits by 120% for the week of the 17/01/09 the week the video was released. It seems a crying shame and a huge waste of PR buzz and selling opportunity, the Witchery Men website still (15th Feb 2008) hasn’t been launched.