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Finally! Hootsuite lets you post images directly to Twitter

It’s been a long time coming, but Hootsuite has finally announced today that they are letting users have the ability to post images DIRECTLY to tweets sent to Twitter. Instead if having them uploaded to their ow.ly service

This is great news. Images attract much more engagement on tweets. And the image being directly hosted on Twitter means your photo is seen right within the Twitter home feed and can be tapped to view a larger image without linking to ow.ly to view it.

Here is how to set it up. You will have to do this for each Twitter account in your Hootsuite account.

1. Login to Hootsuite

2. Click your profile picture circle in the top left corner. To show all your connected accounts.

3. Find a Twitter account you want to change settings on, and hover over it, click the gear icon and click the change settings link.

4. You’ll see a section for image upload settings. By default it is set to use ow.ly but it’s now a dropdown you can change. Click it and change it to pics.Twitter.com

5. Save and repeat for all your Twitter accounts.

 

Images will now directly post to Twitter.

 

 

 

Will offices be a thing of the past one day? (Richard Branson)

Richard Branson blogged today about how working from home is the future and offices are ‘old school thinking’. Do you think one day that offices will be a thing of the past and we’ll all work from home via technology? Complete work-life balance?

I agree with Richard, it makes complete sense to give people more freedom to have a complete work-life balance and work where they feel most comfortable, while having more time to spend with family.

This comes after a debate started about allowing employees to work from home after Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer announced that they are no longer allowing employees to do so.

I know for me, working from home is great at night I can get a lot done while I can get ‘in the zone’ and I feel more creative in the evening. The downside to working from home that I experience is having distractions that break your work pattern.

What is your stance on this debate? Do you have problems with working from home?

Check out his blog post here.

Internet Stats Summary from 2012

Internet Stats Summary from 2012

Pingdom just released some really interesting stats from 2012 summarizing activity on the Internet. How many emails were sent during 2012? How many domains are there? What’s the most popular web browser? How many Internet users are there? Here are a few of the stats that stood out to me:

2.4 billion – Number of Internet users worldwide

  • 519 million – Number of Internet users in Europe.
  • 274 million – Number of Internet users in North America.

634 million – Number of websites on the Internet (December 2012)

51 million – Number of websites added to the Internet in 2012

48% – Share of the the top 100 blogs that run WordPress

59.4 million – Number of WordPress sites around the world

75% – Share of the top 10,000 websites that are served by open source software

100 million – Number of .com domain names at the end of 2012

2.2 billion – Number of email users worldwide

Facebook

  • 1 billion – Number of monthly active users on Facebook, passed in October.
  • 47% – Percentage of Facebook users that are female.
  • 40.5 years – Average age of a Facebook user.
  • 2.7 billion – Number of likes on Facebook every day.

Twitter

  • 200 million – Monthly active users on Twitter, passed in December.
  • 327,452 – Number of tweets per minute when Barack Obama was re-elected, the most ever.
  • 175 million – Average number of tweets sent every day throughout 2012.
  • 37.3 years – Average age of a Twitter user.
  • 307 – Number of tweets by the average Twitter user.
  • 51 – Average number of followers per Twitter user.
  • 163 billion – the number of tweets since Twitter started, passed in July.
  • 819,000+ – Number of retweets of Barack Obama’s tweet “Four more years”, the most retweets ever.

20.8% – Usage share of HootSuite as a social media management tool among the world’s top 100 brands.

61% – Share of emails that were considered non-essential for work

68.8% – Percentage of all email traffic that was spam

425 million – Number of active Gmail users globally, making it the leading email provider worldwide

1.2 trillion – Number of searches on Google  in 2012.

Mobile

  • 1.1 billion – Number of global smartphone subscribers.
  • 6.7 billion – Number of mobile subscriptions.
  • 5 billion – Number of mobile phone users.
  • 5.3 billion – Number of mobile handsets.
  • 1.3 billion – Number of smartphones in use worldwide by end of 2012.
  • 465 million – Number of Android smartphones sold in 2012, a 66% market share.
  • 31% – Percentage of the U.S. Internet population that used a tablet or e-reader.
  • 13% – Mobile share of global Internet traffic.

Video

  • 150,648,303 – Number of unique visitors for video to Google Sites, the number one video property (September).
  • 1 billion – PSY’s Gangnam Style video became the first online video to reach 1 billion views (currently just over 1.1 billion) and it achieved it in just 5 months.
  • 4 billion – Number of hours of video we watched on YouTube per month.
  • 60 million – Number of global viewers monthly on Ustream.

Web Browser Stats

Click here to view all the stats on Pingdom.