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Could Twitter Be the Next Big Platform for Apps?

You may have heard by now — King, maker of Candy Crush Saga, is a multi-billion-dollar mobile company.

What you may not know is that Facebook played a big part in making that happen. In little more than a year, Facebook has become a go-to spot for mobile app distribution, and it’s making money for both developers and for Facebook.

Here’s a thought experiment for you: Can Twitter replicate Facebook’s massive mobile app advertising success? It’s something that the microblogging service has toyed around with to some degree for a few years, though it has yet to take it truly seriously.

Facebook’s pitch to developers isn’t super complicated. The social media giant wants app developers large and small to integrate their apps with Facebook. That will surface app activity inside the Facebook News Feed, which could drive more downloads.

via Re/code.

How I lost my $50,000 Twitter username

I had a rare Twitter username, @N. Yep, just one letter. I’ve been offered as much as $50,000 for it. People have tried to steal it. Password reset instructions are a regular sight in my email inbox.

As of today, I no longer control @N. I was extorted into giving it up.

While eating lunch on January 20, 2014, I received a text message from PayPal for one-time validation code. Somebody was trying to steal my PayPal account. I ignored it and continued eating.

Later in the day, I checked my email which uses my personal domain name (registered with GoDaddy) through Google Apps. I found the last message I had received was from GoDaddy with the subject “Account Settings Change Confirmation.” There was a good reason why that was the last one.

via The Next Web.

Top 5 Social Media Predictions for 2014

Nearly ten years ago now, a certain introverted college sophomore launched from his dorm room thefacebook.com—a campus-exclusive website that allowed people with a Harvard email address to upload onto it their photos and personal information. Four days after thefacebook.com went live, its creator Mark Zuckerberg proudly told his college newspaper that 650 students had signed up.

Today, ‘the Facebook’ has well over a billion active users spanning the globe. It generates an average of 4.5 billion likes and nearly 5 billion things shared on it, per day and is estimated to be worth over $100 billion. Meanwhile, other social network bigwigs like Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ all boast userbases in the hundreds of millions, and have pretty much become household names. Seventy-two percent of adult internet users in the U.S. are now active on at least one social network, up from just 8 percent in 2005.

It’s official. In under a decade, social media has gone from scoffed at to mainstream.

via HootSuite.