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Twitter Chirps, BlackBerry vs. iPhone, iPad vs. WePad

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 14, 2010 at 10:29AM

Twitter is all over the news. Not only is everyone trying to make sense of the just-announced Twitter advertising model and the new Google Follow Finder, but the Library of Congress is acquiring the entire Twitter archive: every tweet ever. That could be a lot of tweets, admits the Library of Congress blog: "Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day, with the total numbering in the billions."
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Twitter is all over the news. Not only is everyone trying to make sense of the just-announced Twitter advertising model and the new Google Follow Finder, but the Library of Congress is acquiring the entire Twitter archive: every tweet ever. That could be a lot of tweets, admits the Library of Congress blog: "Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day, with the total numbering in the billions."

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone (@biz) told attendees at Chirp (the official Twitter developer conference meeting in San Francisco April 14 and 15) that "the service now has 105,779,710 registered users," according to an @WSJ tweet. The Auteurs' Roger Eric Tinch (@tinch) adds: "3 Billion requests a day are made to the Twitter API," "New addition to the Twitter API: Annotations. Launches next quarter," and "The new 'Places' feature in Twitter will have a highly curated database of places of interest."

Tech Crunch is also covering, and here's the live stream:

Watch live video from Twitter Chirp Conference on Justin.tv

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Meanwhile Wired.com is using Twitter to determine the one book everyone should read this summer. And Mashable offers a primer on how journalists should use social media "for real results." One answer: put "how to" in the headline--check out Gawker Media honcho Nick Denton's approach, which also includes weeding out bad comments.

In other tech news, while debates continue to rage about the iPad's uses and future improvements, a German rival, the WePad, offers some of the very advances that some of us are waiting for, reports PaidContent. This explanation for why Apple designed iPad as a closed system makes sense. It's a distribution device, not a computer.

Somewhat surprising: BlackBerry usage during the work day is higher than the iPhone, which tends to be used more at night and on weekends, explains Tech Crunch:

Localytics suggested that while the iPhone is making professional inroads, it continues to be predominantly a personal device, contrary to RIM’s Blackberry phones.

And here's Techdirt's excellent assessment of the future of content: it's not the technology, it's the business model, stupid.

This article is related to: Web/Tech, Tech News, Twitter, Apple


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.