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giftivo: the smart gifting engine

Back in the spring I decided create a Twitter statistics website. After launching wordCURL soon after and then constantly adding new features, updates have ceased in recent weeks and are not likely to pick up again for the foreseeable future. What gives?

I am currently working on a new web project named Giftivo. Giftivo generates gift suggestions for friends & family based on each person’s particular interests. If you would like to be one of the first people to try Giftivo, go to www.giftivo.com and enter your email address to sign up for the upcoming limited beta.

Check out Giftivo: the smart gifting engine

 
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most used cashtags on Twitter

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This week Twitter rolled out a new feature called cashtags. Cashtags are clickable stock symbols. To create a cashtag, simply use the dollar sign ($) and then type in the stock symbol. Clicking on a cashtag will link to a results page for that stock.

I have just added a top cashtags chart to the wordCURL Top Twitter Charts page. There are some false positives because a lot of people use the $ symbol outside of a cashtag context. Here are the most used cashtags (with some irrevelant results removed)

  • $aapl
  • $fb
  • $cme
  • $bac
  • $jpm
  • $msft
  • $intc

The accounts in the wordCURL database that are using cashtags the most are as follows (number of uses in parenthesis):

 
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Twitter now has clickable stock symbols called Cashtags

Published on July 31, 2012 by in Twitter

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Twitter has rolled out a new feature yesterday called cashtags. Cashtags are clickable stock symbols. To create a cashtag, simply use the dollar sign ($) and then type in the stock symbol. Clicking on a cashtag will link to a results page for that stock. This is kind of cool, but it would be even better if the results page not only included tweets with that same cashtag but if they also included tweets featuring the company’s name or products. It will be interesting to see if this catches on. At the least, I am sure penny stock pimps and other online hustlers will start using them.

Here is an example of the cashtag results page for $AAPL

 
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new wordCURL feature: related accounts

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I have added a new feature to wordCURL.com and the iPhone & iPad apps: related accounts. Simply retrieve the user stats page on wordCURL and you will see up to five related accounts in the top profile window. Related accounts are calculated by finding other accounts in the wordCURL database that use similar words, mentions and hashtags. Note that this feature is still being rolled out so not all accounts have related accounts listed just yet. I am pretty happy with the results that are being generated. Here are a few examples:

  • @BreakingNews related accounts: @WSJ, @USATODAY, @Reuters, @FoxNews, @cnnbrk
  • @BarackObama related accounts: @TheDemocrats, @JoeBiden, @whitehouse, @TheDailyShow, @AmPowerBlog
  • @BusterPosey related accounts: @Persie_Official, @LIVESTRONGCEO, @carmeloanthony, @lancearmstrong, @RobRiggle
 
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new wordCURL feature: top accounts per language

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I have added a new feature to wordCURL.com: top account lists can now be filtered per language. Simply click on the Top Accounts button at the top of the page, select your list type and then select to filter those lists by language. Current language recognition includes English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Bilingual language recognition is also supported. Let me know what you think.

 
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richard branson

Published on July 19, 2012 by in daily stats, Twitter

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Sir Richard Branson (@richardbranson) might be a Renaissance man but he always has Virgin on his mind. Virgin as in the Virgin Group, which is his business conglomerate that owns more than 400 companies around the world. His most mentions includes many of his businesses (number of mentions shown in parenthesis):

His favorite hashtags include (no surprise) #likeavirgin but also several social causes including (number of mentions shown in parenthesis):

  • #rioplus20 (12)
  • #warondrugs (8)
  • #notosharkfinsoup (4)
  • #aids2012 (3)
 
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using Twitter to be heard

Published on July 18, 2012 by in Twitter

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Yesterday I complained about how annoying Twitter is so today I thought I would do the opposite and show how Twitter can be a great tool to get your voice heard.

In addition to wordCURL I also publish the stock broker research website Online Broker Review. I make money on the site via affiliate advertising arrangements with brokers such as optionsXpress and Scottrade. I don’t have affiliate arrangements with all of the reviewed brokers though so periodically I try to add new relationships with my favorite brokers. I have long tried to be accepted in the E*TRADE affiliate program but was always rejected via the Commission Junction approval process. At various times I have tried emailing and calling E*TRADE but I never got anywhere.

On a whim I decided to tweet @etrade and ask them if the could help. Within 5 minutes @etrade responded saying they would find out and not more than an hour later I was now a member of the E*TRADE affiliate program.

Let this be a lesson to you. Most businesses now actively track Twitter which makes it an excellent platform for getting your voice heard.

 
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the Twitter follower system is annoying

Published on July 17, 2012 by in Twitter

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One of the most annoying things about Twitter is the way that following is handled. In concept it works fine: follow people that interest you, that person will receive a message once you follow and then they can decide if they would like to follow you back. This system breaks down for a number of reasons…

  • People (and robots) simply follow accounts with the hope of getting followed back. Many of these accounts have thousands of followers so it is infeasible for them to actually read the tweets of their followers.
  • If you don’t follow people that follow you, they will often unfollow you as a result. This virtual spite is made easier by tools like JustUnfollow which automate the follow and unfollow process simply based on who follows you. I have less of an issue with tools like UnTweeps which allow users to track inactive accounts to unfollow, not just to unfollow non-followers.
  • People judge Twitter accounts by the number of followers versus how many accounts that person follows. If you follow more people than follow you then you are considered a loser and a waste of a follow back. This is a general social networking complaint of mine: the focus on followers and friends as if it were real life.
  • A lot of bots abuse all of these practices. They follow, unfollow if not followed back and then repeat the process over and over again. Some of these bots represent real businesses which is pathetic.

Twitter could fix the bot aspect of this problem by simply limiting the number of follows and unfollows per day to something reasonable like 20. The annoying habits of actual users is much tougher to solve though.

 
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technology trends

Published on July 15, 2012 by in daily stats, Twitter

Two of my favorites sources for technology news are TechCrunch and TheNextWeb. I thought it would be instructive to analyze both Twitter accounts to see what are the biggest technology trends.

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First up is @TechCrunch, whose most used words include the following (I have included only the tech related terms)…

  • social
  • app
  • mobile
  • facebook
  • cloud
  • google
  • ios
  • android
  • twitter

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Next let’s look at @TheNextWeb:

  • app
  • ios
  • android
  • google
  • twitter
  • video
  • social
  • mobile
  • apple

The two lists are amazingly similar. Mobile tech like Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android are huge. Social is still all the rage, with Twitter and Facebook seemingly still leading the way.

 
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quick hits

Published on July 12, 2012 by in daily stats, Twitter

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Here are today’s quick hits Twitter stats…

  • Tiger Woods’s (@TigerWoods) most used word on Twitter is “golf” most mention is @EASPORTS_Tiger and most used hashtag is #tigerjam. What a #borefest.
  • Paula Abdul’s (@PaulaAbdul) most used words on Twitter include “love great thank birthday lol xoxop thanks hugs amazing awesome’ – #bubbilyBroad (not hating just saying)
  • Simon Pegg’s (@simonpegg) has used a nice repertoire of curse words used on Twitter: “fuck fucking shit arse damn piss bitch bastard bitches” – to you sir I say #goodJob
 
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