There have tweets from almost everything now, unborn baby to God knows what else. Presently we come to hear that tweets have been coming in from planes too and those are done by the airlines. Lufthansa has taken the initiative and launched MySkyStatus that posts where your flight is on Twitter or on Facebook. The status is more like an information sent out on where the flight is at a particular moment every hour or so. Sounds quite an interesting idea and Twitter has once again been put to some good use. Though I just hope they don’t allow passengers or worst still the crew to post tweets and make them addicts. Why? Well you all know what I mean by that.
Is Twitter really having some bad time? I am not sure but I have been getting the overcapacity issue every now and then for the last hour or so. Though it kept jumping back after a couple minutes but the last one lasted for a good ten minutes and counting. Is is just me in Pakistan or are others facing the same issue as well?
If you are already tired of the countless applications that are there for creating backgrounds for Twitter here is another startup, TwitLay. The free application lets you upload images, etc and fully customize the background for your Twitter page. Well that is for those who are pretty creative and can go about having a very personalized background to go with their Twitter profile but for those who aren’t so can use any background that has been already created and add it to their account. And there is no price attached to it. Pretty nice, I guess with Twitter users in hundreds of millions and always growing, people can definitely use all the choices available to make their page more impressive.
Twitter is minting some funds as the microblogging network raised a healthy $100 Million in a new round. The investment came from new investors, Insight Venture Partners and T.Rowe Price along with existing partners. We aren’t sure on what valuation the funding was based on. However we had earlier got a tip that the valuation was close to 1 Billion and the current funding brings it total cash to $155 Million in the last couple of years.
While Twitter itself might not be monetizing what it exists for, there are services that continue to thrive using it one way or the other. We have covered quite a lot of Twitter background creators and Twitter Scenes is one of them. The service plans to make background creation for Twitter much easier. All that you need to do is send a logo, images, links and information about what your company does along with a payment of $129 and have your background ready and delivered within three days. Sounds quite professional, but who is going to pay $129 for something you can get for free? I guess not many, but there are folks out there who would just spend money on anything and a Twitter background is a big enough reason to spend some cash on.
There has quite a lot that Twitter has raised in funding, the total which goes sums to $55 Million at present. However that isn’t going to stop here as the micromessaging service looks ahead to raising a massive $50 Million in a new round of funding at at a valuation of $1 Billion. This follows the $35 Million round that it raised in February this year, but the site has grown exponentially since then, with its visitors increasing by three fold. And the service is still free, which is quite admirable, although it is beginning to show a slight tilt towards monetizing its platform with its new TOS and might start charging to provide premium services.
Bit.ly has gained a lot of popularity, thanks to its problem free service and becoming the default link cruncher for Twitter. The URL shortening service has shortened its already shortened service even more. The new branding puts bit.ly as j.mp saving you an additional two characters. Well sounds justified given that every character counts on Twitter and it offers nothing extra apart from the name and use the same credentials that you have for Bit.ly. Here is a shortened version of Startup Meme’s link.
Who wouldn’t want to give some colors to their Twitter profiles? Many would if not all and this is one reason why another provider of Twitter backgrounds jumps out: Twitterbugg. I remember very recently covering another one by the name of Twitrounds which was pretty impressive but Twitterbugg appear way better as the backgrounds appear more professionally done. The best part is its creator has taken a break away from the traditional glittery images and immature backgrounds that really didn’t go well, especially if you were looking for something more tasteful. As I said earlier, the backgrounds appear more professional and are pretty aesthetic, good work Twitterbugg.
Twitter Fans are going to love this one and by fans I mean those who would spend any given time to decorate their Twitter profiles. Twitrounds is a new startup that provides users with backgrounds for Twitter pages. It has more than 300 backgrounds to offer as of now with more making way into its data base with time. It’s pretty easy to install those backgrounds, just click the thumbnails and you will see the option to directly post the background to your profile or simply download the background and install them manually. Pretty easy and they do have a few interesting backgrounds which I won’t mind using for my Twitter profile and no I am not a Twitter fan boy.