Twitter’s new In-stream Ads: Timely Tweets

It’s been over the internet for a while and even Twitter have been talking about those ads that we might see in our stream. Twitter announced a new feature in a blog post today; Timely Tweets.

A way to ensure that the most important Tweets from the organizations you follow reach you directly, by placing them at or near the top of your timeline. These Promoted Tweets will scroll through the timeline like any other Tweet, and like regular Tweets, they will appear in your timeline just once.

I think this new ad system is really smart and feel a lot like AdWords in a way. They’ll show you promoted tweets only if you follow a business. So if you opt-in an Ad might help you find what you’re looking for, which feels like Search Ads.

More on that news over Search Engine Land and Read Write Web.

Google launched +1 buttons

Google just rolled-out the +1 button to be placed on any web page. Although the activity from that button will only be visible on Google.com you can place it on your site. For now, you can start customizing it on your Canadian website, without the benefits. Webmasters can use Google’s self-serve code generator to customize the size, language of the button and other settings. You can also start using the Google +1 API to customize the buttons for your Website. Continue reading

The Thank You Economy

Fact, Social Media is all over the place, businesses and even SEO pundits seem to crumble with the impact we now see everywhere. Not around the corner, social is now. Continue reading

Google Wave the Communication hub

Google’s looking for nothing but challenge the email as we know it for years. A pretty lofty ambitious goals for their newer  product.

Why you should care about Google Wave?

Google has a good track record at successful products launched in established markets. Look at Gmail launched against Microsoft Hotmail and Yahoo Mail with now more that 150 million users. It’s Open Source; the code is open for improvements and such as you can create your own Wave server. Take a look at the Wave Developer blog with an interesting Wave API preview.

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My Twitter Two Year Anniversary

It’s my 2 year twitterversary today and I took the time to think about my presence there.

So I have been using this web service called a social tool, Twitter for more than 24 straight months. Beside the fact that I’ve been using it for 2 years is freaking me, it’s been a nice ride so far with lots of positive outcomes :)

More seriously, when I joined:

  • Celebrities were still not on it.
  • Quebecers were very few on it.
  • It was basically geeks, programmers and Internet ninjas.

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The Future of Facebook

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What will the future of Facebook look like in a few years? I still remember when it was brand spanking new. Talking about it to everyone I knew. To put into perspective it’s now the 8th largest country in world. Continue reading

What features make you use Twitter for months

Twitter has been pretty addictive lately but I think it’s important to take more than 140 characters to recap all that and to know why I’m still using it. So here is a reminder of why I use it, maybe it’s the same thing for you, I’m curious.

It bring you valuable information

It’s a pretty good news filter, as much as you control who you are following, Twitter can be used to filter news and bits of information people you follow will give to the stream. Adding to that tools like Hashtags and MrTweet and you can fine tune it pretty easily.

It give you near instant feedback

You just ask a question to your network of followers and by extension the Twitter universe and boom you can get instant feedback. And as opposed to the email, it’s instantly on the web, open for everyone to converse. I usually get 2-3 answer in the next hour but I have a pretty small network and of course bigger your network is, more this feature is a key for you. Continue reading