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Twitter Collection – My Travel Memories

Posted by Vaibhav Kalamdani on November 5, 2015

Twitter launched a new service called Publish, where you can create your own collection of visual tweets and place them in a single grid format. Here’s how it looks:

You can create yours too. Check out this article for details.

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The Tweet That Cost a Social Media Manager His Job

Posted by Vaibhav Kalamdani on April 30, 2015

The use of emojis has become common these days. People as well as brands use it in their online communication to add some effect to their messages. However, the social media manager handling the Houston Rocket’s twitter profile will probably think twice before using an emoji in the future.

The incident occurred when the Rockets were on the verge of defeating the Dallas Mavericks to eliminate them from the NBA playoffs. They posted this tweet, much to the surprise of the Mavericks.

rockets tweet
The tweet shows an emoji of a gun pointed at a horse’s head. Apparently, the mascot for Dallas Mavericks is a horse, and the image indicated defeat for them.

Though the tweet was later deleted, the damage had already been done. The tweet had received scores of retweets and was favourited by thousands of users. Several screenshots had already been taken and people had started talking about it. Moreover, the Mavericks tweeted back to Houston Rockets saying:

mavericks tweet

The Rockets promptly apologized and admitted that their tweet was in very poor taste. The person responsible for the tweet also apologized on his personal Twitter profile later.

rockets apology tweet

This is not the first time someone has been fired over a tweet. Last year, another person was sacked by a media and internet company for her racist remarks on Twitter. Social media is a very sensitive space and you need to be very careful about what you say. Agree?

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How To Engage Citizens Via Social Media

Posted by Vaibhav Kalamdani on December 23, 2013

Do you dream of making your place the best in the world to live in? What can you do to make this dream come true? Not everyone can be the President, Prime Minister or the Ruler of any place. So as a leader, how do you ensure you give all the citizens an opportunity to share their ideas with you? The answer is turn to social media!

Recently, HH Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai called for every man, woman and child to join the biggest ever national brainstorming session in order to promote fresh thinking and innovation in generating ideas for developing the sectors within UAE. Here are his official tweets:

This is not the first time that HH Sheikh Mohammed used social media for citizen engagement. He regularly engages the citizens for UAE’s development projects with the help of social media.

Social media, if used effectively, can be of great help. It can help unite the citizens, foster growth and bring harmony within the community if it is controlled well by the leader. Not only personalities, but also brands can play a key role in getting citizens together by working closely with the government.

How do you think can social media help in citizen engagement? Share your thoughts by commenting below.

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How to Get Started With Twitter Header Image

Posted by Vaibhav Kalamdani on September 18, 2012

Twitter becomes more visual! That’s right! The micro-blogging site now allows you to have a header image, just like how you have your Facebook cover photo. Here’s how you can get started and have your own header image if you use Twitter via web:

Step 1: Login to your Twitter account and visit https://twitter.com/settings/design

Step 2: Scroll down and you will find “Customize your own” section

Step 3: Click on “Change Header”. Make sure that the image is at least 1252 pixels wide and 626 pixels in height. The maximum file size required is 5MB.

Step 4: Click ‘Save’

Step 5: Click on “Me” on the top menu bar to see your header image


The header image places itself behind your profile picture and bio.


So, set your header image now and share your views about this new feature in the comment below.

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Orkut Counter-Attacking Facebook?

Posted by Vaibhav Kalamdani on November 2, 2009

orkut-logoIt was only 3 to 4 years back when Orkut was the dominating social networking site in Brazil and India. No doubt, it still maintains the lead in these two regions, however the growing popularity of Facebook has forced it to put the thinking cap on to maintain its leader’s position. Not surprisingly, Google-owned Orkut has decided to refurbish its interface and design, which would be rolled out in few days. 

Users switching to Facebook from Orkut permanently would now have a reason to stay back due to the latest developments planned by the site. To start with, the new site has fewer pages and quicker browsing to help people connect with each other through multiple activities like chatting, watching videos, browsing and searching within full friends and communities lists on the same page. Secondly, it has reorganized the most important activities on the site for easier navigation and usage with a clean, simple interface. Read the rest of this entry »

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One Year Enough for Facebook to Triple its US Market Share

Posted by Vaibhav Kalamdani on October 11, 2009

pie-chartThey say change is the only thing that is constant. While year 2009 has been fabulous for Facebook as it became the leading social network worldwide, MySpace has struggled to sustain its strong position that it enjoyed last year. The US market has embraced Facebook and distanced from MySpace ever since the former gained acceptance and adulation from the global social networking audience.

The Mark Zuckerberg-owned company grabbed a 59% market share in US according to online research firm Hitwise. On the contrary, MySpace managed to grab only 30% of the visits in September this year. If you still think that 30% is not bad, you are bound to get shocked after comparing MySpace’s performance during the same period last year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bollywood Celebs Become a Victim of Twitter

Posted by Vaibhav Kalamdani on August 7, 2009

Businesses, average citizens, Hollywood superstars, sportsmen, and now Bollywood celebrities; the Twitter phenomenon is experiencing rapid growth amongst the top-notch personalities across the world. It has just been over a month, and Priyanka Chopra – a prominent celebrity from the Indian film industry – has become the latest sensation on Twitter.

With over 22,000 followers already, Priyanka Chopra has managed to use the micro-bogging site effectively to stay connected to her fans and friends, which include Mallika Sherawat and Gul Panag (also famous actresses from the Indian film industry). Read the rest of this entry »

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How Users Tried to Popularize Jeff Hardy on Twitter

Posted by Vaibhav Kalamdani on July 27, 2009

Twitter is considered as one of the most important social media sites today. Its use has been different for different user categories like individuals, businesses, celebrities, etc. Moreover, what has been surprising is the manner in which Twitter is used for promotional purposes.

For those who use Twitter, you would have come across ‘Trending Topics’ section at the right hand side of the site once you log in to your account. This section displays the most popular topics discussed by the ‘Twitterers’. The benefit of this is that the topic appears in front of millions of Twitteres all across the world. One such topic that was intentionally trying to be pushed lately was WWE star ‘Jeff Hardy’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twitter can be Dangerous to your Brand … Sometimes

Posted by Vaibhav Kalamdani on July 23, 2009

twitter-logoTwitter has become a very important site for businesses today. As companies realize the power of Twitter in helping them connect with their present and potential customers, the micro-blogging service has created a strategic business position across the globe. There are already thousands of brands leveraging it as part of their social media activity, along with several others keen to use it for the first time.

However, like every coin has two sides, so does Twitter. Though it is beneficial in nature, it can also prove to be dangerous if not monitored and used effectively. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twitter Records Fastest Growth in the UK

Posted by Vaibhav Kalamdani on June 27, 2009

twitter_logoAccording to the latest figures released by Internet statistics firm Hitwise, Twitter has recorded a phenomenal growth in the UK. The micro-blogging site has popularized amongst the UK masses to such an extent that it attracted traffic 22-fold in just a year, being the fastest amongst all other sites.

With an increasing number of celebrities and top-notch personalities becoming members of Twitter since the last year, the site has gained tremendous media exposure. This exposure has helped it amass a number of new users and jump from its 969th position in 2008 to 38th in the UK today for generating traffic. In terms of popularity, Twitter grabbed the 5th position, as against 84th last year. Read the rest of this entry »

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