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This is the February 25 2010 edition of Who's Blogging What, a newsletter that closely monitors 1,100 top web marketing blogs for online professionals involved in social media, search marketing, email, user experience and web analytics. Subscribers are updated with highlights and useful new links every Thursday. If you would like to be kept up to date you may enter your email address in the box at the right.

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600 Tweets a second

Twitter at 50

Twitter issued some status updates of its own this week. On Monday they announced the milestone of 50 million Tweets a day, exclusive of spam Tweets and up from 2009's 35 million per day. EConsultancy blogged a common concern that this might be too much of a good thing for marketers -- many Tweets are going unheard and meaningful conversation is nearly impossible given the maelstrom. Gigaom provided some perspective, comparing the Twitter number to Facebook's 60 million per day. The numbers provided by Twitter were very top line (although they promised more detail to come) so The Next Web used Compete data to get a more complete look at Twitter's growth which they agreed is truly explosive.

Twitter made the point that Tweets per day was only part of the story and that the distribution of those Tweets was critically important. This led nicely into the Tuesday announcement that Yahoo is now including Tweets in their search results. Speculation grew that same day about an 'imminent' advertising platform although a cryptic Tweet from Twitter's Anamitra Banerji seemed to indicate that 'imminence' may be subject to speculation.

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The most useful posts of the week

Social Media
  • 13 Ways to Move Your Facebook Fans to Action [Social Media Examiner]
  • The Ultimate Facebook Page Resource Page [Jesper Astrom]
  • You Have Facebook Fans- Now What? 3 Tips for Retaining Them [Buzz Marketing]
  • Top 5 Ways to Market Your Business With LinkedIn [Social Media Examiner]
  • Facebook Dominates Social Content-Sharing [eMarketer]
  • 6 Tips for Running Promotions Within Facebook's Guidelines [Inside Facebook]
  • Facebook Fan Pages May Actually Be Effective Marketing (For Facebook Users) [Marketing Pilgrim]
  • 10 Top Tips for a Foolproof B2B Webinar []
  • Using Delicious to Understand Your Users [ShoeMoney]
  • How to Use FBML to Display Your Profile Photo on a Custom Facebook Fan Page [(Anti) Social Development]

Search Marketing
  • How Google's Algorithm Rules the Web [Wired]
  • 3 Steps for Optimizing Content for Long Tail Keywords [SEOBook]
  • 3 Tools for Optimizing Page Speed [Search Engine Watch]
  • How to Turn Your Twitter Profile Page into an SEO Masterpiece [Twitip]
  • How to Optimize Your Site for Image Search [Daily SEO Tip]
  • Best Practices for Search-Optimized Flash Development [Get Elastic]
  • Title Tag Change That Makes a Local Difference [SEO Journal]
  • Basic HTML Every Internet Marketer Should Know [HubSpot]

User Experience
  • 5 Great Ways to Block U-Turns on Your Web Site [World of Interactivity ]
  • 7 Tips for Utilizing Blog and Website Widgets [Online Social Networking]
  • How Deals With Discount Codes in Checkout [ProImpact7]
  • Examples of Sign-Up & Contact Forms Designed For High Conversions [Grindsmart]
  • 10 ways to write scannable web copy [Write Mindset]
  • Online Shopper Intelligence Study Released [Compete]
  • 24 E-commerce development tips [Conversation Marketing]
  • Three Cool Tools to Choose Your Website Colors [Legacy]
  • Nine mistakes to avoid in writing online B2B lead-generation copy [B2B Web Strategy]
  • 30 Free Fonts Best for Business Logos [1st Web Designer]

Email Marketing
  • Subject Lines: Recognition, Expectation and Affectation [VKI]
  • Video in Gmail: design tests and implications for email marketing [Email Marketing Reports]

  • 3 Reasons Why Your Fan Page Needs Google Analytics [Buzz Marketing]
  • How to: Google Analytics for Facebook Fan Pages [Webdigi]
  • Small Business Tips For Reporting Web Metrics [Online Marketing Blog]

Radar Screen

  • Google real-time search adds status updates from Facebook Pages [Digital Beat]
  • PayPal Becomes A Facebook Credits Payment Provider [All Facebook]
  • Facebook Clarifies Minimum Spending Requirements for Page Promotions [Inside Facebook]
  • 25% of All TVs Sold in January Are Connected to the Internet [NewTeeVee]

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