Twitter is starting to go on a mobile acquisition binge, as for the second time in one month it has bought out a start-up developer that specializes in mobile messaging.
On Friday, Twitter posted a message on its official blog that it has purchased Cloudhopping, a company that specializes in mass texting campaigns for advertisements and product promotions.
"Twitter processes close to a billion SMS tweets per month and that number is growing around the world from Indonesia to Australia, the UK, the US, and beyond," wrote Twitter in its blog post.
For a company that generates so much usage over the mobile space, Twitter has been surprisingly lax in devoting a lot of resources to mobile phone infrastructure. It simply made its platform open to all developers, and let individual app makers do the work. That is, until recently.
Earlier this month, Twitter bought out the maker of the #1 mobile Tweeting app, and this most recent acquisition gives the company a very solid standing in its push to expand the mobile market.
As part of the acquisition, Twitter receives all of Cloudhopper's infrastructure, and both of the people behind the small start-up will become official Twitter employees.
The social network Facebook announced it has abandoned a lighter version of its site after running for just seven months. It is without much explanation that the networking giant announced on its fan page that the company had decided to no longer support this version of Facebook.
Facebook Lite was launched in order to please those who hate the crowded pages of content, and access to internet limited by low bandwidth, particularly in developing countries.
Facebook Lite, similar in its use of the Facebook from a mobile phone, was “a simplified version to download fast, Facebook, allowing among other users to post comments, accept new friends or view photos.
Facebook Lite was first tested in India and other countries.
Twitter has confirmed last week that it has grown exponentially in recent years, claiming 100 million users and 300,000 new registrants per day.
Facebook, meanwhile, boasts more than 400 million users.
“It would seem not enough people were using it but then there was not a lot of awareness about the product. Tears will not be shed over the loss of Facebook Lite,” Nick O’Neil of AllFacebook.com added.
“We do not offer more but we learned a lot by testing a streamlined site, argued the direction of Facebook in a message on his website. “If you use the site + + Lite, you will now be redirected to the main site Facebook.com.
The world's biggest social network has revealed details of a stripped-down, text-only version of its mobile site called Facebook Zero.
The low-bandwidth site is aimed at people viewing Facebook on their mobile and will launch "in the coming weeks".
The social network recently said that more than 100 million people now access Facebook from their phone.
Analysts at CCS Insight said that the new site could help operators free-up critical bandwidth on their networks.
Data from industry body the GSM Association recently revealed that Facebook accounts for nearly half of all the time people in the UK spend going online using their phones.
The data showed that people in the UK spent around 2.2bn minutes browsing the social network during December alone.
Facebook said the new site "omits data intensive applications like photos".
"We are discussing it... as an option to make Facebook on the mobile web available to everyone, anywhere and allow operators to encourage more mobile internet usage," said a spokesperson for the firm.
Facebook already offers a slimmed down version of the version of its site - called Facebook Lite - for people with slow or poor internet connections. It is aimed at users in the developing world.
The site was announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which runs from 15-18 February.
According to Dr. Benjamin Ola Akande, dean of webster university's school of Business & Technology made beautiful comments on twitter while introducing the creator, co-founder & charman of twitter Jack Dorsey at university's "Success to Significance 2009 Person of the Year." event.
Dr. Benjamin said " My favorite equation in mathematics is the original equation, one from which all other equations evolve. In my opinion, it is the holy grail of mathematics. The irrefutable law of mathematics.
It is the convention in conventional wisdom. 1+1 equals 2. May I dare suggest to you that this universal truth may become something of our recent past? The reason: Twitter."
Twitter has successfully created a new equation which states that, 1+1 equals countless possibilities.
1+1 is equal to 3, to 300, 3 million. It is equal to the power of the written word -- 140 characters, succinct, precise and concise. Twitter is equal to the possibility to make a difference, to be a contributor to society for the greater good of mankind. Twitter is becoming the definitive equation of our time not just for its simplicity but also for its exponential potential of increase.
One of the ways in which we verify the overwhelming impact of a product and an idea is when it becomes a verb, a part of our lexicon.
Much like Google, Twitter has become a universal descriptor for sharing ideas in a concise format that speaks to universality, democracy, immediacy and transparency.
Twittering is a conversation between two people yet the definition of two is singular, infinite and boundless. Twittering has become a language unto itself. Words and symbols strung together in a deliberate order to create spontaneous, and sustained, bursts of ideas.
Twitter has in effect dismantled the constraints and boundaries of time and space between us. It is an enabler of ideas that has empowered the young and the young at heart to share and stay connected.
Twitter has fundamentally transformed the way we talk and listen to one another; the manner in which we inform each other and has extended and strengthened the power of the written word.
If I were to state the impact on society in 140 characters or less, I'd tweet "Twitter is to our generation what Guttenberg's printing press and Bell's telephone was to theirs."
In just three short years, Twitter's 40 million users have made it a public forum for the discussion of politics, business, culture, news, celebrity, gossip and idle chatter.
People are tweeting to raise money, to recruit talent, to make government more responsible, to find and distribute news, to discover knowledge, to build personal or business networks, or to just kill a little time with friends and family.
In the new book by Shel Israel, entitled Twitterville, the author makes a convincing case that Twitter's worth is not only the ability to broadcast short messages, but also the ongoing and transformative conversation that these tweets can ignite.
You know, every generation produces individuals who come along and make life better for those around them. They are notable individuals who rise from small and big places. They come from humble beginnings, unrecognizable even while in our midst. They are innovators, doers, ordinary people who enable others to achieve what has never been done before. The new math is Twitter.
About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University is a worldwide institution committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. Founded in 1915, Webster offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through five schools and colleges, and a global network of more than 100 campuses. Its 20,000-plus student population represents almost 150 nationalities. The University's core values include excellence in teaching, joining theory and practice, small class sizes, and educating students to be lifelong independent learners, fully prepared to participate in an increasingly international society.
Since opening its first campus overseas in Geneva in 1978, Webster has become a recognized leader and innovator in global education, with an international presence that now includes campuses in London; Vienna; Amsterdam and Leiden, the Netherlands; Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu, China; and Bangkok and Cha-am, Thailand. Webster also has educational partnerships with universities in Mexico and Japan.
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Facebook's user base is nearly as large as the U.S. population and, for the first time, the site has turned a profit.
That was the double-barreled announcement Tuesday from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who thanked the site's users for helping its online community cross the 300 million threshold. There are about 307 million people living in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. "We're just getting started on our goal of connecting everyone," Zuckerberg wrote on the company's blog.
"Because we want to make it as easy and fast as possible for the world to connect, one of the things we think a lot about is how to make Facebook perform even faster and more efficiently as we grow," he wrote. "We face a lot of fun and important challenges that require rethinking the current systems for enabling information flow across the Web."
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