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Happy Birthday Twitter! 10 Amazing Reasons Why We Still Love Twitter!

March 21st, 2016 by Christen

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It’s been 10 years since the 140-character or less social platform has taken conversations online, offline and beyond.  Despite the ups and downs, Twitter is celebrating it’s 10-year achievement by sharing cleverly crafted thank you messages and milestone dates tracking the growth of the service.

The series of Twitter thank yous will roll out across the planet as various regions wake up to the exact anniversary date of March 21.




“As March 21st begins around the world, each of our global offices will kick off the day by showing our appreciation and gratitude,” reads the announcement from Twitter posted on Sunday. “Starting in Sydney and following the sun to headquarters in San Francisco.”





We’ve asked our readers about social media and they’ve shared why they’re still in love with Twitter! Check out a few of our favorite responses below!


NoniShay C.  – “Other than Facebook it’s where I can communicate with a wide demo of people. I can go anywhere in the world and find people tweeting.”


Brittany A.“Twitter lol the shade is to real! And I love watching tv shows with such comedic strangers.”


Can we remind you that we’d never have priceless clips of famous people reacting to “Mean Tweets” on TV if it wasn’t for Twitter…and The Jimmy Kimmel Show!


Mean Tweets – President Obama Edition


Mean Tweets “Live”



Jen L-S. – “That’s where most of my engagement happens.”


Brandi M.“Because it’s a live feed. And always entertaining!”


Taylor B.I love Twitter because I find people who are interested in what I am really quickly!”


Twitter Turns 10: How Tweets spread across the world

One of the company’s thank you treats is an interactive graphic that shows the spread of several major Twitter events as they were retweeted around the globe.

Some of the major Twitter events covered included the re-election of President Barack Obama in 2012, Germany’s epic World Cup win in 2014, the break up of One Direction in 2015 and even the Osama bin Laden raid in 2011.




When did you fall in love with Twitter? Who are some of your favorite Tweeters to follow? Share why you’re still in love with Twitter below!

Skincare, Bronzers and Hair – Let’s Talk Summer Beauty! #DSBeautyChat

August 19th, 2014 by Christen


DS Beauty Twitter Chat #DSBeautyChat


(Hey girl hey!)  Let’s talk summer beauty!  I love having conversations with my girlfriends about favorite skincare products, go to hair products and more!  We swap secrets, compare products and always learn something new from each other.  This summer, I have sworn by layering bronzers, using primer sprays and tonic masks for my “get pretty and go” looks.  And now, my girls and I are taking our beauty talks online for a summer beauty chat like no other.

We’re talking summer beauty!  Including skincare, bronzers, hair and more – and we want to talk to you!

Who are my girls?  None other than the fashionable and exceptionally stylish Kela Walker from and beautiful grey haired bombshell Ty Alexander from   Together, we have practically tried every shade, skin treatment and beauty regimen out there and now we want to talk about it all – with you!


Join us next Tuesday, August 19th as we discuss our favorite beauty regimens, skincare products and more!  We’ve got some amazing prizes on tap from our illustrious sponsors Doo Bop, Cricket, Maybelline New York and Mario Badescu Skin Care and it’s sure to be a great night of fun!


Who: @KelaWalker @DivasandDorks @GorgeousInGrey

What:  Summer Beauty Twitter Party #DSBeautyChat

When: Tuesday, August 19th @ 8PM (EST)

Where:  Twitter Baby!  

Why:  Because girls love talking about beauty!  Right?!?

(Tell a friend, tag your bestie and follow the hashtag #DSBeautyChat we want to talk to you next Tuesday!)


See you there!

New Twitter Feature: How To MUTE Users On Twitter

May 13th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Many social media pundits have asked for a long time,  WHY CAN’T I JUST MUTE USERS WHEN I WANT?  Fortunately, Twitter responds and POOF!  You can now mute users on Twitter and it’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.

In the same way you can turn on device notifications so you never miss a Tweet from your favorite users, you can now mute users you’d like to hear from less. Muting a user on Twitter means their Tweets and Retweets will no longer be visible in your home timeline, and you will no longer receive push or SMS notifications from that user. The muted user will still be able to fave, reply to, and retweet your Tweets; you just won’t see any of that activity in your timeline. The muted user will not know that you’ve muted them, and of course you can unmute at any time.

Discover how to mute users on Twitter below:


To mute a Twitter user on iOS:

Muting from a Tweet:

  1. Tap a Tweet from the user you’d like to mute.
  2. Tap the ••• icon.
  3. Tap Mute and Yes, I’m sure to confirm.

Muting from a profile:

  1. Visit the profile page of the user you wish to mute.
  2. Tap the gear icon
  3. Tap Mute and Yes, I’m sure to confirm.

To mute a Twitter user on Twitter for Android:

Muting from a Tweet:

  1. Tap the ? icon.
  2. Tap Mute @username and confirm.

Muting from a profile:

  1. Visit the profile page of the user you wish to mute.
  2. Tap the gear icon
  3. Tap Mute and Yes, I’m sure to confirm.



To mute a Twitter user on the web:

Muting from a Tweet:

  1. From a Tweet, click More at the bottom of the Tweet.
  2. Click Mute.

Muting from a profile:

  1. Go to the profile page of the person you wish to mute.
  2. Click the gear icon  on their profile page. This brings up a drop-down actions menu.
  3. Select Mute from the options listed.

Once you’ve muted a user on the web, you will see a confirmation banner. If you made a mistake, you can click Undo to unmute a user right away.



Esurance Is Giving Away 1.5 Million Via Twitter Sweepstakes #EsuranceSave30

February 3rd, 2014 by Christen

Wondering why #EsuranceSave30 is trending on Twitter this morning?  Esurance is giving consumers a chance to win$1.5 million in a first of it’s kind Twitter sweepstakes.


John Krasinski announced Esurance’s Twitter sweepstakes in a television commercial that aired on FOX at the conclusion of last night’s game.  Appearing on camera with a giant pallet of money, Krasinski told viewers all they need to do to have a shot at winning $1.5 million — the largest single amount of money ever given away using the Twitter platform — was tweet #EsuranceSave30.

Why $1.5 million dollars?  This was the first time Esurance purchased national advertising associated with one of the year’s biggest media events, and in keeping with their efficient approach to insurance, they opted for air time immediately following the game. Compared to an in-game commercial, the post-game time slot provided a 30 percent savings =  (totaling $1.5 million), and Esurance is passing those savings to one consumer using the simplest, most modern means available.


The entry period for the sweepstakes lasts until 1:00 a.m. PST on February 4, and the winner will be revealed Wednesday night during Jimmy Kimmel Live! on February 5, at 11:35pm | 10:35pm CT on ABC.

Have you begun tweeting #EsuranceSave30 yet?  What would you do with your $1.5 million dollar winnings?


Five Things To Know About Twitter IPO And NYSE

November 7th, 2013 by Christen


Twitter IPO

What’s all the buzz regarding Twitter’s NYSE debut today? Twitter is taking over the New York Stock Exchange and the public is eating it up.  Thinking about buying Twitter stock?  Here’s five things to know about Twitter IPO and NYSE.

1. The magic number WAS $26. Twitter priced shares at $26 a pop, above the $23-$25 that had been predicted. The $26 price values the company at $18.34 billion. That’s more than Macy’s, which has a market capitalization of $17 billion, and Bed Bath & Beyond, which is around $16 billion. According to markets service Dealogic, Twitter becomes the second largest Internet IPO by an American company, trailing only Facebook. It’s also the third-largest U.S. IPO this year. UPDATED: Twitter actually began trading at a whopping $45.10 that’s more than 73% of it’s original set price.

2. A busy debut. As with many high-profile IPOs, Twitter will see plenty of activity on day one at the stock exchange. “We’re going to see enormous trading volume,” says Global X Funds CEO Bruno del Ama, who expects a bump in Twitter’s share price by the close of the markets. Once the initial Twitter buzz hits, the company’s share price will eventually fall back down. “In a few days after the IPO, you’re going to start seeing the stock price settling down a little bit,” says del Ama.

3. The world’s newest billionaires. Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, owner of the largest stake in the company, will reap the most rewards from the IPO launch. He’s expected to rake about $1 billion. If the stock price doubles, fellow co-founder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey would join Williams in the billionaires club. On March 21, 2006, Dorsey posted the world’s first tweet: “Just setting up my twttr.”

4. How prepared is the NYSE? There is some concern Twitter’s arrival could feature the same scattered technical glitches that plagued Facebook when it joined the Nasdaq last spring. However, following a successful test run, the NYSE appears confident it can handle the extra volume. “We are being very methodical in our planning for Twitter’s IPO, and are working together with the industry to ensure a world-class experience for Twitter, retail investors and all market participants,” said NYSE spokeswoman Marissa Arnold in a statement.

5. Should you get shares of Twitter? There are several ways for regular investors to snag Twitter shares, from working with a brokerage firm to buying through a mutual fund. But should you? As USA TODAY”s Matt Krantz explains, if you don’t know how to buy shares of IPOs, then don’t try. But even if you do invest regularly, you might want to hold off. As Krantz notes: “If the large, wealthy investors aren’t snapping up the shares, you should ask why not.”

Twitter IPO


Open Season: Now ANYONE Can Send You Direct Messages On Twitter

October 15th, 2013 by Christen


One more day, one more social media option and update. Twitter is now making direct message available to users who you don’t follow. (The good thing is that it’s not automatic – you can choose to opt into this feature at your discretion.). Many users are expecting an influx of increased spam messages and more by opting into this feature, however I don’t know who would want to or why. If we are are not following each other on Twitter, chances are we aren’t at a stage of interpersonal communication yet. (There’s levels to this…)

Don’t expect too many people to sign up for this random social media option but at least it’s available for those who want to be to reached out and touched via private message.

More than likely it’ll be used by brands and news sources who would utilize this feature similarly as they would a dedicated email marketing list – making it easy to target & optimize Twitter user relationships.

If your favorite brand or news source wanted you to opt in for this new feature would you?

Scandal, Breaking Bad, The Blacklist – TV and Twitter Converge

October 9th, 2013 by Nicole


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The founders of Twitter could not have predicted this.  Twitter and TV?  But Twitter’s goal is clear now – if you enjoy watching good TV, take to Twitter and talk about – engage.

Scandal ranked #1 on the new Nielsen Twitter TV ratings for its season premiere last week.  The popular drama clocked in 713,000 tweets reaching a Twitter audience of 3.7 million.

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Breaking Bad’s season finale generated a record 1.24 million tweets. The conversation peaked at 22,373 tweets per minute.

Twitter’s history has been known for breaking news like the Arab Spring, US Airways Flight 1549 landing on the Hudson River, to Lady Gaga’s meat dress at the VMAs and now TV conversation.

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Fred Graves, the head of Twitter TV said, “When viewers watch TV–their smartphone or tablet at their side–using Twitter to chat with their virtual friends about a program, it creates “the world’s biggest couch,” he says. And who better to have gossiping on the sofa with you than the star of the show?”  I know you agree.  I sure do.  So if it’s Scandal, Breaking Bad, Games of Thrones, or Homeland, I look forward to reading the Tweets and engaging my Twitter friends in real time.

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Nevertheless, Twitter has a few hills to climb – getting celebs to join Twitter and also Tweet about their TV dramas, which is the case with James Spader, the star of the highly rated The Blacklist.  Spader is not on Twitter but the company is trying to get him on.

“The actor is returning to television this fall as a creepy criminal mastermind in a highly anticipated show called The Blacklist, Graver wants Spader on Twitter posting behind-the-scenes photos from the set, live-tweeting episodes, conversing with fans–and hell, maybe even tweeting creepy criminal-mastermindy things. That would be just fine.”  (Fred Graver, Twitter’s head of TV)

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And so as Nicole Laporte put it, “Today, Twitter and TV may be synonymous–a show is no longer a show without a requisite hashtag.”

Tell us what you watch and tweet.

Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts Service in US

September 26th, 2013 by Christen

Yesterday, Twitter launched Twitter Alerts, a new feature that gives users important and accurate information from credible organizations during emergencies, natural disasters, or moments when other communications services aren’t accessible. Currently only organizations in the US, Japan, and Korea can send Alerts, but Twitter says it we will expand the service to include more public institutions and NGOs around the world.

Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts

Here’s how it works. First, you have to sign up to receive Twitter Alerts from a given account (so that you only receive relevant information). Once you do, you will receive a notification directly to your phone whenever that account marks a tweet as an alert.

To sign up, you can go directly to an account’s setup page, which you’ll find at[username]/alerts. On Twitter for Web, you can see if an organization is part of the program when you visit its profile.

Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts

Notifications are delivered via SMS, and also appear differently on your home timeline from regular Tweets (they are indicated with an orange bell). If you use Twitter for iPhone or Twitter for Android, you’ll also receive a push notification; you need to be using at least Twitter version 5.10 for iOS or Twitter 4.1.6 for Android.  Many already use the social network during emergencies, so building on that use case can only help the service grow in the future.


Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts



How To Successfully Quit Your Social Media Addiction

May 31st, 2013 by Christen

Are you addicted to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter?  Do you have a social media addiction that has completely taken over your life?  Earlier this week, I shared how to identify your Tweetaholism (Noun.  An addiction to the consumption of social media via Twitter or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from Twitter dependency.) via Top Ten Reasons You May Be A Tweetaholic…  If you find yourself having one or more of the common warning signs of being addicted to Twitter, it’s okay.  There’s hope for a speedy recovering – but only if you follow these tips on battling your social media addiction below.


SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION5. Own up to your Twitter addiction. Yes, it’s a cliche that half the battle is admitting the problem but not acknowledging it means you won’t change the addictive behavior. And before you rush to tweet that you have a Twitter addiction, by all means admit it to yourself but remember that there’s no need to tell the world.


4. Introduce your road to recovery.  If you must say something about toning down your Twitter use, lay it on in much more general terms, such as:
“Got a novel to finish. You won’t see much of me here for a bit.”
“Giving birth tomorrow. Since I’m no supermom, you won’t see me around till I know how to parent.”
“Tweeting less ‘coz I’ve discovered marathon running. Off to train!”


3. Plan your Twitter time. If you’re inwardly groaning about how any person could ever “plan” the use of what is essentially a spontaneous medium, you’re right. Twitter works because of its spontaneity. Allow yourself a set amount of time every day, reserved for Twitter.

Suggested: 15 minutes every 3 hours, or one single block of an hour a day when everything else is taken care of.  Set precise tweeting times. This is different from the previous suggestion in that you can set a time every day, say 12:30PM to send one tweet message. Stick the to exact allotted times.  Check when your tweets have the most impact. Using only high-impact times can lessen your daily usage. Choose your time to coincide only with the time of most impact; this will vary depending on where you live and your interests.
2.   Set aside “pure Twitter time”. This means avoiding use of Twitter as something you can do while multitasking, such as watching TV, reading your exam notes, or writing articles about quitting Twitter.




1.  Spend time away from TMI (too-much-information). The constant bombardment of messages can induce a sense of constant hyper-awareness that keeps you on edge, in need of reacting and worrying over things you can’t, on the whole, change. Give yourself information free time, chilling under some trees, or down at the gym, or wherever your favorite quiet spot is. Without your phone.  Maybe even take a social media hiatus by completing a summer bucket list like Ty of – there’s no time like the present to get started.


Now that you have a step-by-step guide to successfully quit your social media addiction, what are you waiting for?  Unplug from the grid and enjoy living addiction free this summer!  But first, make sure to share this post with your family and friends via Facebook or Twitter…(Hey, I’m not an enabler – I’m just trying to help you help others too!)




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