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Tag Archives: Twitter

Twitter turns on word mute, troll-blocking and egg-dodging

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Twitter has announced that the social network is this week introducing a slew of new features aimed at cleaning up the Twitter feed. Coming this week, you will be able to filter out key words, people, and types of account on Twitter, all aimed at tidying things up for the view of those you follow when […]

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The American president vs. the Swedish librarian

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Donald Trump is causing a stir on Twitter again.  Nothing new there, but this time he had a most unexpected critic. During an unscripted rally on Saturday, the US president referred to: “what’s happening last night in Sweden”, suggesting it was the latest country in Europe to be hit by a terrorist attack. However, with […]

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Why it’s too early to write off Twitter

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Twitter is going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment but the same can’t be said about its Chinese competitor Weibo. As job cuts start to filter through amid a rumoured sale, why are things on the up for Weibo and slightly less rosy for Twitter when they essentially do the same […]

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How social media has shaped the Trump-Clinton political circus, and what it means for brands and organisations

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Whether you belong to Team Trump or Team Clinton, you’ve probably not seen anything quite like the 2016 US presidential elections before. Technology has been the great game-changer for both candidates and also the cause of much controversy: Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, found herself in hot water after sharing classified information through her family’s private […]

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September – appdates left, right and centre

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Working at Battenhall means that we have a whole bunch of eyes on a whole bunch of social networks – an advantageous position to be in when updates and changes come in. We’re regularly alerted to an app update from team members in our Battenhall WhatsApp group. Whether it’s getting revelling over the latest update […]

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Twitter set to stop including links and photos in character limit

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It may sound like a minor update, but the rumour in itself has made social media managers (and savvy tweeters) rejoice. According to Bloomberg, Twitter could be changing the way that it counts characters. This means that photos and links will no longer be included in the character limit that currently uses 23 characters for […]

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The rise of the Emoji

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Everyone loves emojis. They’re often used to joke, express feelings, and at times give someone a piece of your mind. At Battenhall, we love using them for our daily WhatsApp Broadcast messages  – which is what inspired us to look into  where the universal language of emoji comes from, who decides what emoji launches next and why […]

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New social network @Talkshow launches. It’s Twitter with a twist. Only invited users can post, anyone can watch.

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A new social network slash messaging app has just launched, called Talkshow. Created by the former Twitter product VP Michael Sippey, the new app has a unique spin on the messaging app / social networking space, offering its users a safer but more easily browsable place to share content with friends and strangers alike. Talkshow has just […]

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WhatsApp reaches a billion active users

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Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced last night that it is being used by a billion people every month, with fresh stats confirming that a whopping 43 billion messages and 250 million videos are sent on a daily basis. WhatsApp was bought by Facebook back in October 2014, and although Facebook Messenger has an impressive  800 million monthly […]

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Twitter reaches for the sky with Twitter Moments

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Twitter experimented with a variety of changes in 2015: from adding “While you were away” recaps to swapping favourite stars to like hearts. These changes received mixed responses from the public as some loved the hearts whereas others thought they were too personal. Likewise, some loved the recaps while others deemed them messy. However, the overall consensus at […]

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2015 in review according to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Apple

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This week the world’s social networks have released their picks of the biggest moments 2015. With the New Year approaching, these reviews give a great insight into how we consumed and shared media this year, and perhaps why the impression of how 2015 went down is different depending on the social network you favour. It shows trending […]

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Twitter launches its new ‘Moments’ feature to simplify following the news

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It has been a big week over at Twitter HQ. Earlier this week, the company announced that Jack Dorsey would be named as the official CEO of Twitter as well as remain the CEO of Square. Dorsey held the interim CEO position since his predecessor, Dick Costolo, stepped down in June. As the full time […]

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Burberry tops 3rd annual FTSE 100 social media report

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This morning at the opening session of Social Media Week London, we unveiled Battenhall’s third annual report on how the FTSE 100 list of companies uses Twitter and other social media. The report is now live and downloadable in full on battenhall.net/ftse100. Burberry has taken the social media crown for a third year running, and bottom […]

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Is now the time to capitalise on shopping through social media?

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Earlier this week, former Twitter brand advertising head Nipoon Malhotra joined Pinterest to help the company with its plans to monetise the platform. This news came shortly after both Pinterest and Instagram announced ‘buy’ buttons – direct mechanisms through which a user can shop for visual on-display content through the social networks. Twitter’s new Collections, […]

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Will Jack make Twitter cool again?

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As news emerged last night that Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is stepping down and will be replaced in the short term by one of the company’s original co-founders, Jack Dorsey, it has left the media world talking of a ‘crisis‘ at the social network. For sure, Twitter is still a major global social network. No […]

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The Battenhall WhatsApp stats show engagement wins over noise

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Since March 2013 we have been publishing our own analysis and curated news stories covering the social media, digital and mobile comms space over three main channels: this blog, our Twitter account and the Battenhall Monthly email newsletter. Last month we launched a new channel, the Battenhall WhatsApp. We’ve been publishing 2-5 stories daily on this new […]

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The Financial Times looks at how brands are riding the social influencer wave

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Social talent is one of the hot areas in brand marketing right now. The Financial Times has just published an in-depth feature article exploring this topic, which looks at how brands are increasingly working with this new kind of global influencer. As brands are increasingly moving beyond the tried and tested celebrity endorsement for products and services, social […]

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Just how super is SUPER?

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This month, a new social network called ‘SUPER’ launched, created by Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, Inc and also helped to create and launch Xanga, Odeo, The Obvious Corporation and Medium. In 2013, Biz Stone launched Jelly – a visual app that focused on users asking and answering questions. Whilst the app received quite a bit […]

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Who are these 300m people on Insta? Instagram overtakes Twitter and launches verified accounts

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Instagram has overnight announced that it has surpassed the 300 million user milestone. This means it has overtaken Twitter which has seen slowing growth and a total of 284 million users, which is some feat. The service has experienced an amazing 2014, winning the admiration from a new mainstream userbase and becoming a front runner […]

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WhatsApp introduces ‘message seen’ blue ticks, Facebook launches 1.3bn donate for Ebola buttons

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A host of social media and messaging service providers announced or launched new functions and layouts overnight, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter. Facebook has partnered with organisations to help fight Ebola, meaning every one of the social network’s 1.3bn users is going to see the ‘donate now’ button at the top of their home screen some […]

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Battenhall launches 2014 FTSE 100 social media report

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This morning we are launching our second annual report looking at how the FTSE 100 companies use Twitter and social media. The research, published to mark the launch of Social Media Week, shows a widening gulf appearing between the social media haves and the have-nots, with some brands streaking ahead and others stagnating or getting […]

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Twitter launches data visualisation tool #EverydayMoments

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Twitter has recently launched a new data visualisation tool called Everyday Moments. The tool can be used to look at what people in the UK are tweeting about based on topic, region and time of day. The beta version of the tool is now live and demonstrates the ways in which people share updates and […]

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Twitter takes over The European Elections 2014

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  Labour? Conservative? UKIP? Green Party? Those are just some of the parties the electorate can choose to vote for in the European Parliament elections happening today. As we live in the social media economy, people have taken to twitter to express what they make of the whole election and some haven’t held back. One BBC journalist […]

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Twitter freshens up its service

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In response to all-time low user growth figures, Twitter has been busy experimenting and introducing new features. In a recent Bloomberg interview CEO Dick Costolo spoke about the future of Twitter and his aim to create a more visually engaging network while making it easier for newcomers to use. The most recent feature announcement is the Twitter mute button […]

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The rise and rise of Instagram: New data shows rate of posting to Instagram has almost overtaken tweeting

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Anyone who uses both Twitter and Instagram regularly will no doubt be surprised at this new data that has been compiled by Domo. It shows that the number of photos and videos posted to Instagram is almost equal to how much goes on over on Twitter. Considering the effort it takes to capture (filter!) and […]

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A new shopping experience from Amazon and Twitter

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News broke yesterday that Amazon and Twitter have joined up to provide a brand new shopping service, all within the cosy confines of your Twitter feed. In the latest venture to drive ecommerce and social media closer together, consumers can now simply tweet a product in to their Amazon basket using #AmazonBasket. If you’re interested […]

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Can you really ‘Own the Moment’ on Twitter?

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Every social media marketers dream is to be the person behind ‘that tweet’- the one that stands out enough to catch your eye and get your attention. The tweet that people think is so awesome it suddenly goes viral often taking that carefully selected #Hashtag with it. We’ve all see it happen but rarely do […]

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Facebook break up: brands and young users move on

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Every month we number crunch to find out how many active users each social network has and every month since we started doing this, we see Facebook is still on top with over a billion users. Yet research tells us that despite these stats, many brands and young users have broken up and moved on […]

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Twitter wants to be Facebook, Facebook wants to be Twitter

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Earlier this week Twitter announced that it’s officially rolling out a brand new user profile design in a bid to allow users to show who they really are. The new profile set up is currently only available to a small group of users, but in the coming weeks everyone will start noticing that their Twitter profile […]

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Instagram beats Twitter and Facebook for top spot with teens

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Teen users of social media are coveted by brands and social networks alike. They give the cool factor and show a glimpse of what the future of digital looks like. A new report published by Piper Jaffray looks at fresh data from teen social media usage. The report shows that Instagram has leapfrogged Facebook and […]

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