Don’t Tell Mom – Somebody Killed Twitter 1

Don't Tell Mom - Somebody Killed Twitter
The Fail Whale is out in full force this morning as Twitter seems to have collapsed in upon itself.  I am a fan of Twitter, but if they were Verizon, I would be screaming bloody murder.  I don’t know how we take this to the next step if they can’t get this together.  So many ...

Where Did My Twitter Followers Go? 3

The Twitterverse came to a stop for a few hours today as a “bug” allowed users to be forced to follow other users without their consent.  As Twitter worked to resolve the problem follower and following counts were reset to zero.  The loud noise that you heard this morning was the collective scream of thousands ...

Spam Numbers Are In – What Do They Mean? 2

Twitter spam is less than 1% of all messages.  Email spam runs about 9 out of every 10 messages.  Twitter spam is down from a high of 11% in August 2009, according to according to a blog written by Twitter’s chief scientist, Abdur Chowdhury.  New Scientist reports on the reach of email spam in this ...

The Creepy Side of Social Media 2

There’s been a lot of publicity this week given to a new site called pleaserobme.com.  Yes, you read that right — please rob me dot com.  It’s an interesting concept that brings to light some of the dangerous aspects of social media.  It’s not an application that’s really designed to get your television stolen; it’s ...

What About Email Marketing Benchmarks? 3

What is a good open rate?  What kind of click thru rate should I get on an average email?  What is the average unsubscribe rate for a mailing?  What is the average open rate for the publishing industry?   These are all great questions that I am asked, and I see being asked across the ...

The Social Networking Quest 2

Last week I was thinking about social networking and where it is headed.  I started thinking about the big guys.  Facebook and Twitter are certainly the dominant forces in today’s social networking world.  They aren’t the only games in town, however.  That’s what got me thinking about what I was missing.  I am a member ...