A Whole New Dimension in Music

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The music industry is about to go through a major transformation and we will be witnessing it in the next year or two. Sometimes I wonder if I am the only one who is so amazed by these changes. I guarantee you that if John, George, Elvis and Michael ever came back, they would be shocked to learn that Billboard has added a whole new feature for charts that has nothing to do with the sales of songs.

Starting in May, Billboard, the world renowned music trade publication, will be ranking songs being discussed and shared the most on Twitter. The real-time charts will be published on Billboard.com as well as through the publication’s Twitter feed.

Having been a Billboard reader for decades, this change is mind-boggling because the entire music industry lived and died on the weekly sales charts. In order to rank on the top of the list, you had to achieve more sales that week than any other artist.

Now the whole complexion is changing when Billboard starts showing which artists and songs are being discussed the most. Sales will still be reported too but chatter is going to have a major influence on popularity.

This is going to be an interesting journey in music because Twitter, like all social media, can be manipulated by users who have millions of followers. One good tweet can have a huge impact on trending and future Twitter conversations. Read more about it in The New York Times.

From where I stand, this is going be a very interesting new twist in the music business. I will report any new findings

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Ellen DeGeneres Made Twitter History At Oscars

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Ellen DeGeneres made twitter history tonight at the Oscars. She actually scored a new record high for the most re-tweeted tweet.

This title was formerly held by President Obama’s “Four More Years” message on the night of his re-election.

Ellen grabbed a bunch of the big name actors in the front few rows of the Oscars for the “best selfie ever,” and tweeted the pic — which now has over 2 million re-tweets.

The photo was taken by Bradley Cooper and included Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and a few others.

Bravo to Ellen who made the Oscars a happening event.

I’m No Expert, But . . .

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I can see my brother cringing now — I am giving financial advice. I can’t help myself. I just read that Twitter raised its IPO price range to $23-25. That means the the social network stock is in high demand. I can’t just look away. I had to discuss this opportunity with you. The books on the initial offering may have closed today, and the shares start trading this Thursday. But you can still buy at a relatively low price when it starts trading, and it should rise fast.

No one knows how well this stock will do, but investors are betting that a company that lost $133.9 million in the first nine months of 2013 is worth $13.6 billion. Most folks in the digital community feel Twitter has a young, large, and influential user base that has positively impacted the world so far and will continue to do so in ways that haven’t even been explored as yet. The potential is huge. Twitter is considered the social media darling.

In my non-expert opinion, the stock could possibly be another Apple. People made fortunes on Apple. However, those that couldn’t stand the stock’s volatility pulled out their money before it reached its peak. If you are not a risk taker and freak easily, don’t buy. This is a long term investment.

To be listed on The New York Stock Exchange, the ticker symbol will be TWTR. Good luck!!!!

A New Twist on Twitter

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Twitter’s filing for an IPO last week has sent the real estate market in San Francisco soaring. San Francisco was already one of the most expensive cities in the country. Now it’s going to be untouchable. Twitter is located right in the heart of the city. All of a sudden, many of the 2,000 people who work for Twitter will have plenty of money to plunk down on fancy digs.

A real estate agent friend in SF told me that smart brokers have been romancing the upper echelon of Twitter to rep them in their pursuit of new, upgraded homes. More Twitter employees then would like to admit have been looking for residential real estate for the last six months. The better properties are going to go fast.

Mention the name Twitter to anyone in the Bay Area — the digital community, investors, writers, TV producers, celebrities, comedians, politicians, and Twitter users — and you’ll get a big smile. Twitter has changed our lives. It has been a public platform for everyone who wants to make a statement or vent and is one of the most important resources for up-to-date news and opinion.

Now word has it that everyone who is involved with Twitter’s IPO is very concerned that the content posted on Twitter stay relevant and personality driven. It has to remain a main attraction in the news arena in order for it to constantly be appealing to the investment community.

Twitter reportedly had an average of 218.3 million active users a month in the second quarter of this year, up 44 percent from the same quarter last year.

The New York Times recently reported that Twitter expects its growth rate of users to slow down in the United States as the service approaches market saturation. Twitter is hoping to get its future growth from markets like Argentina, France, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.

Twitter News

A look inside Twitter. Just wanted to share these posts. You never know what you might find.

Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn)
7/30/13, 5:28 PM
We have lost my old friend Eileen Brennan. No one ever made me laugh more! Now I cry. Please keep singing darling from on high. Rest

Mother Jones (@MotherJones)
7/31/13, 7:02 AM
In just the past two years, natural disasters have cost the Treasury $188 billion—nearly $2 billion a week mojo.ly/14coSKi

The New York Times (@nytimes)
7/31/13, 6:38 AM
Stephen King’s Family Business nyti.ms/1cnqce4

Richard Branson (@richardbranson)
7/31/13, 7:02 AM
If you don’t have time for the small things, you won’t have time for the big things virg.in/ats

TODAY (@todayshow)
7/31/13, 7:26 AM
Traveler abandons bags at airport over hefty fees: on.today.com/13mko1a

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
7/31/13, 8:16 AM
Poll numbers have nosedived for pervert NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner- good news for New York!

GigaOM (@gigaom)
7/31/13, 10:05 AM
Starbucks will get speedier, Google-powered free Wi-Fi wp.me/p10LZV-2PjY

Yahoo! News (@YahooNews)
7/31/13, 10:11 AM
McCain says if Hillary Clinton runs against Rand Paul in 2016, he’d have a tough time voting: yhoo.it/166GYt9

Mashable (@mashable)
7/31/13, 10:13 AM
20 Colorful Bits of Graffiti That Make The World More Beautiful on.mash.to/17i5jLA pic.twitter.com/h

Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) 7/31/13, 10:20 AM
How best friends make life better, even when you really don’t want them to (GIFS) huff.to/1cbKh8P

Little Known Fact About Twitter

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For almost two years, I have been trying to see all of my Tweets, yes, from the first post. Twitter allows you to scroll down just so far. Facebook does the same thing. For some reason, social media sites don’t like you to live in the past.

I was still determined to check out my history. I wanted to see who I said what about. Lo and behold, after searching for my Twitter archives, I found a full explanation in Settings.

I thought I would share it with you. It’s not that easy find on your own.

Downloading your Twitter archive to allows you to browse a snapshot of your Twitter information, starting with your first Tweet.

To download and view your Twitter archive:

Go to your account settings by clicking on the gear icon at the top right of the page and selecting Settings from the drop-down menu.

Click Request your archive.
When your download is ready, we’ll send an email with a download link to the confirmed email address associated with your Twitter account.

Once you receive the email, click the Go now button to download a .zip file of your Twitter archive Unzip the file and click index.html to view your archive in the browser of your choice.

Please note: It may take a few days for us to prepare the download of your Twitter archive.

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Bill Clinton Joined Twitter Last Night

clintonIn less than 24 hours, Bill Clinton has over 300,000 following him on Twitter and he barely sent our four tweets. The guy is just a magnet. The media was all over the story today because everyone is so curious as to what he will say. Continue reading

The Today Show Despondent Over GMA Twitter Score

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The Today Show has had some major blows lately because of its huge drop in viewership, but nothing could have prepared them for the hit they took this morning. Just hours ago, Twitter, with its over 250 million active users, decided to announce its entry into the music business on ABC’s Good Morning America rather than the former morning news kingpin. My sources told me that you could hear a pin drop on the set of the Today Show as rival GMA got all cozy with one of the most sensational social media platforms.

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Searching for Intelligent Life on the Internet

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Cher, Margaret Thatcher

Rumors that Cher died on April 8th were a Twitter blunder. Margaret Thatcher died last Monday. However, when some Twitter users used the hashtag #nowthatchersdead (now Thatcher’s dead) to let others know about the British Prime Minister’s death, it was misread by loyal Cher fans (now that Cher’s dead) who freaked. Hundreds of thousands went into instant mourning.

For those of you who do not use Twitter, let me remind you that the hashtag # is used on Tweets so that everyone talking about the same topic can search for comments on the subject. This is usually a very civilized format.

RIP Margaret Thatcher

Long Live Cher

Look at the Tweets I Found

Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost)
Twitter set to make almost $1 BILLION off mobile ads in 2014 huff.to/15Vtgbf

Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki)
Billionaire bored of his yacht – see photos is.gd/dSC8PL
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