Twitter is a privately funded startup with offices in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices.

In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking world news to updates from friends.


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Twitter to Tweak Tweets in Effort to 'Refine' Product, CEO Says
Twitter is planning to make a few minor changes to how tweets work. "In just the past few months we added the ability to poll your community, react quickly and cleverly with GIFs, and share and... more
Twitter Wins Rights to Stream NFL Games But Not in Canada
Twitter won a deal to livestream Thursday night National Football League games online. According to Bloomberg, the social media firm beat out a slew of heavyweights, including Verizon, Amazon,... more
Instagram, Like Facebook and Twitter, to Focus on Relevance of Content Over Chronology
Instagram is moving away from showing the most recent posts first to content based on showing algorithmically determined relevance. Facebook, which owns Instagram, already does this.... more
Twitter Turns 10: Celebrating Canadians Doing Great Things with Tweets
Twitter celebrates its 10th birthday today, and the social media platform that we’ve all grown to love—well, some of us—has come a long way since its launch in 2006. Twitter has... more
Twitter Unveils New Way to Experience Timeline
For 10 years Twitter's timeline has been in reverse chronological order. Now taking a page from Facebook's algorithmic feed, Twitter wants to show users a more curated timeline. "When you open... more
Rory Capern Appointed New Head of Twitter Canada
Rory Capern is the new head of Twitter Canada. Taking the role over from former CBC vice president Kirstine Stewart, Capern hails from Google Canada, where he managed partnerships. Twitter... more
Affinio App Provides Twitter Follower Audience Segmentation Analysis
Halifax's Affinio this week launched a new app called "Discovery," a lightweight version of its platform, which allows Twitter users to analyze the characteristics and affinities of their own... more
The Top Tweets and Trends on Twitter in 2015
Twitter has launched #YearOnTwitter, a place to look back at the most retweeted tweets, the most popular trends, and how the year unfolded across the world on the microblogging platform.... more
Which Canadian Retailers are Getting the Most Black Friday Buzz on Twitter
Black Friday looms large and Canadians are embracing it fully this year. Twitter is a great indicator of which retailers are being talked about. The social media platform revealed the top 10... more
Square Files for IPO, Identifies Own CEO as 'Risk'
As Jack Dorsey gets comfortable once again holding the reins of Twitter, the other company he cofounded, Square, is filing for an initial public offering. In fact, Dorsey is technically the CEO... more
Digging into the Data of Canadian Politics on Twitter
The Conservatives enjoy the most mentions on Twitter—but also the most negative backlash. And while Prime Minister Harper may have the most followers, his growth has stagnated compared to... more
Bearded Jack Dorsey Trims Engineering Team in Hopes of 'Nimbler, Stronger' Twitter
Jack Dorsey plans to lay off 8% of Twitter's workforce, or more than 300 people. It's his first major decision since returning to Twitter, the company he cofounded, as CEO. Dorsey left Twitter... more
Environment Canada Weather Alerts Now on Twitter
Canadians can now receive Environment Canada's weather alerts directly on their mobile device or computer via Twitter. The announcement was made by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the... more
Twitter Wants to Celebrate Your Birthday
Unlike most social networks, Twitter never seemed to care about our birthdays. Now it does. "Every day, millions of people celebrate the important events in their lives on Twitter," product... more
Twitter to Remove 140-Character Limit for Direct Messages, Dick Costolo Steps Down as CEO
A tweet is still a tweet, but direct messages no longer have to be. Twitter plans to remove the 140-character limit on DMs in July. Private messages will then be allowed up to 10,000 characters... more
How Canadians Use Social Media To Find Employment
Nearly 100 per cent of Canadian professionals and skilled individuals are on at least one social media network. 40% of Canadians use social media to search for jobs, according to data... more
Twitter Brings #MuseumWeek to Canada
Following #MuseumWeek in Europe last year, Twitter is helping to take the program global with more than 40 countries and 1,000 participating institutions. Canada has one of the largest numbers... more
Twitter Strikes Deal with Google to Improve Searchability of Tweets
Twitter has landed a deal with Google that will see tweets more searchable online. Within a few months, tweets will become visible in Google searches immediately after being published, according... more
#BoldHalifax Campaign Backfires After Controversial Tweet About Deporting People
We’ve all seen it before, a hashtag-driven social media campaign that backfires on its creators.Now, a group created to support economic development in Halifax is learning a lesson about... more
One More Reason Why Brands Need to Stop Cringeworthy Twitter Campaigns
    Amid months of extreme tension between American minorities and police, CNN decided to stage a Twitter campaign called #AskACop on Tuesday night—and it went as terribly as... more
Hockey Dominates Hashtags on Twitter in Canada
Biggest surprise of 2014: not this. Year-end Twitter data shows which hashtags were most poopular on the microblogging platform this year and no Canadian should be shocked that hockey-related... more
Justin Bieber Still the King of Twitter
On Twitter, Justin Bieber is untouchable, especially among Canadian users. The recently arrested Dan Bilzerian may be known as "the King of Instagram," but Ontario's Bieber wears the crown on... more
Government of Canada Joins Twitter
    The government of Canada has joined Twitter. Using the handle @Canada, the government says its latest social media account "will aim to capture the interest of audiences beyond... more
Only 23% of Employers Use Social Media to Find Talent, Where 99% of Candidates Are
Nearly 100 per cent of Canadian professionals and skilled individuals are on at least one social media network and more than half use them as tools to hunt for employment—yet just 23 per cent... more
Twitter, IBM Strike Major Partnership to Integrate Social Media Data with Cloud Analytics
Twitter and IBM today announced a landmark partnership that aims to transform how businesses and institutions understand their customers, markets and trends. The alliance brings together Twitter... more
Following Another Decelerating Quarter, Twitter Promises Growth is Top Priority
Twitter this week reported another quarter of decelerating user growth. The company's quarterly earnings report prompted a sharp drop in its stock price, putting renewed pressure on the... more
Lawsuit Over Tweets Pushes Political Back Rooms to Forefront
There’s no doubt that social media—and Twitter in particular—has had a major impact on Canadian politics and the ongoing mayoral race in Toronto is no exception. But now that... more
Canada Among Twitter's Fastest-Growing and Most Important Markets, CEO Says
Canada is one of the fastest-growing and most important markets for Twitter right now. Following a strong quarterly earnings report earlier this week—in which the social network beat... more
The Best Way to Keep Founders Around After an Acquisition
Facebook, Google, Salesforce, Twitter—all the top players in Silicon Valley want to get their hands on the best talent around. That’s why we’ve seen example after example of... more
Canadian Judge Says Live-Tweeting in Courtrooms Beneficial to Justice System
Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court recently allowed reporters to live-tweet proceedings during a sexual assault trial and the results, according to him, were positive.... more
Twitter Hires Goldman Sachs Banker as CFO, Looks to Acquire Mobile Ad Company for $100 Million
Twitter has hired former Goldman Sachs Group banker Anthony Noto as chief financial officer. Noto—who actually uses the social network—led the Silicon Valley in its initial public... more
How Canada's Twitter-Using Politicos Fare on the World Stage
Canada has lots of Twitter accounts for embassies and missions but its leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, doesn't have much social clout. According to a report called Twiplomacy conducted by... more
Twitter Canada More Like Its Own Startup Than Arm of Twitter
Twitter Canada opened shop just over one year ago. It is the Canadian arm of social media giant Twitter, but it looks, feels, and even quacks like its own burgeoning startup. In terms of size,... more
Yosemite National Park Benefits from Apple's Product Announcement with Timely Tweet
Apple's newly announced operating system for Mac is named Yosemite after California's Yosemite National Park. This wasn't lost on the park, who promptly tweeted a clever and warmly received... more
The Universities That the Likes of Google, Apple, and Microsoft Prefer to Hire From
From which schools do the likes of Google, Apple, and Twitter score their employees from? The below graphic, tweeted by Bill Gross, answers that question. There is, unfortunately, only one... more
Kirstine Stewart Says Twitter Offers a New Beginning for Television
Twitter Canada’s Managing Director Kirstine Stewart recently revealed how the microblogging platform compliments television at the Clickz Live Conference in Toronto. Having left the... more
Square Opening Permanent Office in Kitchener, Will House 30 Engineers for Special Project
Square announced this week that it will open a permanent office in Kitchener-Waterloo. The office will be located at 305 King Street in downtown Kitchener and will open this spring, according to... more
What’s Your Social Media Influence and Why Does 
it Matter?
Social media influence is about as close to “digital money” as you can get, and without that influence, you’re just a lonely voice talking to no one, which is sadly what my... more
Twitter and Amazon Partner to Make Shopping by Hashtag an Actual Thing
Twitter is teaming up with Amazon to let users shop directly from their tweets. When links to products appear in a tweet, by sending a reply to that tweet with hashtag #AmazonCart, customers can... more
Twitter Executives and Investors Don't Plan on Taking Advantage of Lockup Expiry in May
On May 5, Twitter's share lockup will expire, meaning executives with big stakes in the company will be free to unload their shares. This can cause a big dip in some company's stock... more
Too Much Twitter Can Kill Your Marriage, Study Finds
A study released Monday by the University of Missouri provides some interesting insights about Twitter and Facebook, and the potentially damaging effects they can have on our relationships. The... more
Twitter Unveils New Web Profile Design Similar to That of Facebook
Twitter is rolling out a new profile page design that will remind most people of Facebook's current profile page design. "Moment by moment, your Twitter profile shows the world who you are.... more
50% of All Tweets About Television Relate to Sports Events
Twitter has fast become the go-to social platform for those looking to engage online while watching television. But one genre of television seems to engage Twitter users far more than any other.... more
Starbucks Launches First Twitter Gifting Program in Canada with Debut of 'Tweet-a-Coffee'
Today Starbucks Coffee Canada is taking eGifting to the next level with the Canadian launch of "Tweet-a-Coffee" - the first Twitter gifting program of its kind in Canada and the newest way for... more
Best Practices: Mobile Application Usage of Canadian Educators
Smartphone or tablet, Apple or Android, mobile applications have become ubiquitous in the classroom setting. Both Canadian educators and their students are taking advantage of today’s... more
The Four Most-shared Stories of 2013 on Techvibes
Social media is ubiquitous today and our readers actively share every article we publish across channels like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Below are the most-shared articles of 2013. Most... more
Canadian Entrepreneur Wants to Make Twitter Lists More Interactive and Embeddable
Any active Twitter user knows far too well the painful way of managing lists. However, Nick Kellet, an entrepreneur from Kelowna wants to change that. In 2011, Kellet and his partner-in-crime,... more
Twitter's Kirstine Stewart to Author 'Our Turn,' a Canadian Follow-up to Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In'
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's highest-ranked female, published a book called Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead earlier this year. It became a bestseller and Sandberg successfully coined... more
HootSuite, Now with More Than Eight Million Users, Celebrates Fifth Birthday
HootSuite today is celebrating its fifth birthday. The Vancouver-based social media platform in those years has amassed more than eight million users and grown from a team of three to well over... more
Twitter Shares Surge 75% on Public Stock Market Debut
Twitter shares surged 75% on New York Stock Exchange on the social network's first day of trading. Shares opened at $26 but skyrocketed to more than $45, valuing Twitter at almost $26 billion.... more
Canadian Popstar Justin Bieber No Longer Twitter's Most-followed Account
Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber has been dominating social media networks in Canada and worldwide for years. In 2011, the Biebs lead all Canadians in terms of Twitter followers and Facebook... more
US Tech Giants Landing in Canada Aren’t All They’re Cracked up to Be
In March Facebook announced plans to set up shop in Vancouver. The world’s largest social network sought up to 150 staff, mostly software-engineer graduates, to work at its new office, which... more
Twitter and the Stock Balancing Act: Choosing the Perfect Opening Share Price
One number matters above all others in Twitter's impending initial public offering: the opening share price. An IPO is not geared toward prospective shareholders desperate to grab a slice of a... more
Twitter IPO Valuation $12.8 Billion, Company Remains Unprofitable and in Debt
As the details of Twitters' initial public offering unravel, company documents suggest a valuation of $12.8 billion. The company, which remains unprofitable after seven years, generated $253... more
Jack Dorsey's Visit to Waterloo Inspires Canadian Entrepreneurs to Build the Future
BlackBerry news distracted Waterloo from the presence of Jack Dorsey last week, but his significance was not lost on us. Dorsey represents a modern day, forward-thinking, and overall impressive... more
The Jack Dorsey Guide to Entrepreneur Success (in 140 Characters or Less)
Jack Dorsey had his first visit to Toronto last week as the guest speaker for C100’s accelerateTO. Held at the new Mattamy Athletic Centre formally the Maple Leaf Gardens, the event... more
Square Announces Permanent Office in Waterloo, Hiring Team of 30 Engineers
Square announced yesterday their intention to set up a permanent location in the Kitchener-Waterloo area in 2014. The office will be dedicated to an engineering team with space for up to 30... more
Twitter Submits Filing to US Securities and Exchange Commission Ahead of IPO
Twitter has submitted a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ahead of an initial public offering. The company broke the news—how else—via Twitter: We’ve... more
Margaret Atwood on Why Twitter Won't Destroy the English Language
Born in 1939, acclaimed Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood isn't young - but that hasn't stopped her from embracing modern technology. In fact, Atwood is passionate about technology and its... more
Twitter Cofounder Jack Dorsey Landing in Waterloo and Toronto in September
Jack Dorsey is coming to Toronto and Waterloo this September. The cofounder of social network Twitter and payment platform Square will hit up the University of Waterloo on September 19 from 10am... more
Why Aron Solomon is Not an Asshole
Over coffee at the MaRS Discovery District Aron Solomon told me that we can come to know people (to a certain degree) through online mediums like Twitter. I disagreed. The person sitting across... more
Twitter Updates Mobile Apps with Improved Search and Direct Message Syncing
Today, Twitter updated its mobile and Mac apps. The popular social network now syncs direct messages across all devices, platforms, and accounts. "When you read a DM on your Android phone or... more
The Great Fake Twitter Follower Experiment: How I Gained 150,000 Followers in One Month
It took me nearly four years to amass just under 7,000 followers. In 30 days, I increased my follower count 22 times over to 150,000. How did I do it? Well, it was pretty easily actually.... more
Vancouver's Trainerize Launches Add-on Directory with Five Inaugural App Partners
Vancouver-based Trainerize, a training platform for fitness professionals, today added five app partners to its new Add-on Directory. The five apps being integrated with the Canadian startup are... more
Twitter is Opening a 'Global Centre of Excellence' in Vancouver
Twitter plans to open a "global centre of excellence" in Canada. The social networking company plans to house the centre in Vancouver, according to job ads on its site, which suggest Twitter is... more
Oxford English Dictionary Adds 'Crowdsourcing,' 'Big Data,' and 'Mouseover'
For those in tech circles, these words have always been legitimate. But in the eyes of the English Oxford Dictionary, that's not always so. This year, it has finally decided to add the likes of... more
Canadian Companies Bell and Shaw Strike Partnerships with Twitter
Last week, Shaw Media broke the news that they will be joining up with Twitter to co-sell advertising. Twitter is developing their new Amplify program for clients and users who want a unified... more
Twitter 'Amplifies All Technology,' Wants to be Social Soundtrack for Television: Dick Costolo
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo needed more than 140 characters on May 29 to discuss his coming of age product at the D11 conference. Since October 2010, Costolo had been at the helm for the online social... more
The Great Fake Twitter Follower Experiment
I have approximately 6,900 followers on Twitter. That's a decent amount I think, although it's all relative. Justin Bieber, on the brink of becoming the world's first person to crack 40 million... more
Canadians Can't Go One Day Without Checking Social Media, Study Says
One in three Canadians check their social media feeds daily, accrording to a recent report from the Media Technology Monitor. More than two thirds of Canadians who use the internet are regular... more
Twitter Opening an Office in Canada, to be Headed by CBC's Kirstine Stewart
CBC vice president Kirstine Stewart has left the public broadcaster unexpectedly to head up Twitter Canada, which does not exist yet but will soon. Confirmed by Adam Bain of Twitter... more
Keep Tweeting After You Die with LivesOn
A unique new program has been developed that aims to allow Twitter users to continue tweeting long after they're dead. Created by British ad agency Lean Mean Fighting Machine, LivesOn works by... more
Your Twitter Feed is About to Get a Lot More Obnoxious
Your Twitter feed is about to get a lot more obnoxious thanks to a new feature added to the social network today: support for line breaks. This now allows users to tweet messages that are... more
Twitter and LinkedIn Issue Major Updates for BlackBerry 10 Apps
Today, two of the world's biggest social networks updated their apps for the BlackBerry 10 platform. Twitter and LinkedIn, which appear on the BB10 homescreen as default apps, both added new... more
Kellogg Wants Canadians to Buy Cereal with Tweets
You can now buy a box of cereal with a tweet. Welcome to 2013. In what Kellogg says will "give social currency a whole new meaning," Canada’s first "Tweet Shop" is opening in the Toronto... more
Three Ways Target Canada Won Twitter on Oscar Night
Last night, Target Canada threw its first Twitter Party for Canadians during the 85th annual Oscars, winning Twitter nationwide in the process. The retailer is on the cusp of opening 124 stores... more
HootSuite Launches New Integration with Twitter's Promoted Products
As one of Twitter’s initial Ads API partners, Vancouver-based HootSuite Media today launched a new Promoted Products integration with the social network. For the first time, social media... more
Twitter Dominates Facebook Super Bowl Ads, Google+ Nowhere to be Found
Social network Twitter made short work of its competition during yesterday's 52 Super Bowl commercials. And it didn't even need an ad to do so. According to data provided by Matt McGree over at... more
Canadians are a Lot More Satisfied with Google Than Facebook, Poll Reveals
Despite mounting privacy concerns, Google has charmed the vast majority of Canadians. 91% of Canadians use Google, according to a poll conducted by Forum Research. The poll didn't specify a... more
Twitter's 200 Million Active Users Tweet 400 Million Times per Day
UPDATE: One day later, Twitter updates its 140 million count to 200 million via a tweet: "There are now more than 200M monthly active @twitter users. You are the pulse of the planet." ORIGINAL:... more
Twitter's Year in Review: The Biggest Tweets and Trends of 2012
Twitter released a bunch of numbers today as part of its 2012 Year in Review. We take a look at some of the more fascinating ones below. Barack Obama's "four more years" tweet on November 6... more
Tweeting is About to Become Slightly More Difficult
Twitter's 140-character rule for tweeting has become pretty iconic. And we have to hand it to them for not changing the rule since inception. But for those of us who like to push the limits of our... more
Canadian Pop Sensation Justin Bieber Reaches 30 Million Twitter Followers
Love him or hate him, Canadian popstar Justin Bieber is a social media king. Today he reached 30 million followers, becoming only the second person in the world to crack the milestone on Twitter.... more
Barack Obama Shatters Social Media Records
Last night Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States of America. A celebratory moment of him hugging his wife with the simple caption of "four more years" was posted to his... more
How Canada Stacks Up Against the World on Twitter
Social media marketing firm Beevolve analyzed 36 million Twitter accounts in what is possibly the most exhaustive study conducted of Twitter (besides Twitter, of course, which regrettably is not... more
Canadian Popstar Justin Bieber is Officially an Internet Troll
Love him or hate him—and tens of millions passionately do both—Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber is everywhere. One of those places is the internet. He has the second-most-followed... more
Canadian Startup Wants to Simplify Your Twitter Marketing with New Social Media Dashboard
Vancouver-based SocialFollows is a new arrival to the crowded social media marketing space. The Canadian startup is aiming to make content and connection management more simple and intuitive than... more
The Social Media Bubble: WIll it be a Cold Snap or an Ice Age?
What if the social media party is over? How will we know the difference between a cold snap and the social ice age? The Microsoft anti-trust verdict in 2000 popped the DotCom bubble. Until then,... more
Twitter: Apple is a Mentor to Us, Facebook is… Not
Twitter's chief executive officer, Dick Cosotolo, told Charlie Rose on PBS this week a few details about how the real-time information network perceives itself these days. Costolo said that Apple... more
Twitter Makes Big Changes to Smartphone and Tablet Apps for iOS and Android
Today Twitter updated its app on iOS and Android smartphones and also for the iPad. The iPhone and Android apps now show profiles with header photos "so you can express who you are more... more
Twitter Founders Branch Out with Brand New Social Website
Branch, the result of a pivot by Roundtable, has launched a private beta. In partnership with Obvious Corp., which was created by the founders of Twitter, Branch is a new online social endeavour... more
Olympic Games Generated 10 Million Tweets Per Day, Twitter Says
The London 2012 Olympic Games were a tremendous success on social media. Twitter says its social network saw an incredible 150 million Olympic-related tweets during the 16 days of the Games, or... more
HootSuite the Most Popular Social Media Manager for World's Top Brands
Vancouver-based HootSuite is the most popular social media management software for the world's top brands, according to a new survey from Pingdom. The results of the study reveal that nearly 21%... more
CityBlast Enables Canadian Real Estate Agents to Build Their Business Through Social Media
In 2008, a newbie real estate agent in Toronto by the name of Shaun Nilsson accepted a personal challenge from friends to build his business strictly online without any marketing budget. In the... more
More Females on Twitter, Yet Males Get All the Retweets
Even though up to 64% of Twitter users in North America are female, males account for a dominant majority of retweets. A new site called Twee-Q, or Twitter Equality Quotient, reveals the... more
Playing Dirty: Twitter Lies, Then Hijacks Canadian Entrepreneur's Creation
Toronto-born entrepreneur Howard Lindzon, who was a favourite at last year's GROW Conference, is fuming. He was told by Twitter months ago in a "detailed email" that the social network had no... more
Two-Thirds of World Leaders are on Twitter, but Only 11% Actually Tweet
Nearly two-thirds of world leaders have joined Twitter, the popular microblogging platform and real-time information network, according to analysis from public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. In... more
Twitter Launching Reality TV Shows This Year: Report
Twitter and Hollywood producers are in "serious talks" about the possibility of "several" original video series airing on the social network, according to Adweek. Twitter is declining to comment,... more
Twitter is Down
Microblogging platform and real-time information network Twitter is down for the second time in a month. Users visiting the site get a blank white page with a rather useless message: "Twitter is... more
Edelman's Dave Fleet on How Entrepreneurs Can Effectively Utilize Social Media for Their Startups
The Edelman offices are stunning. I am lounging in a chair, with a book, and enjoying the very spacious waiting area. Dave Fleet points out that Edelman has actually won an award for it. Fleet is... more
Euro 2012: A Twitter Story
Since Twitter took off a couple years ago, one of the most tweet-heavy sports has been football (occasionally referred to as "soccer" in North America), perhaps because of its worldwide appeal and... more
Social Media Trends and Opportunities with Amber Mac
Amber Mac is one of those new media whizzes I’ve always wanted to chat with. She has managed to excel in a relatively competitive field, and still remain very relevant and well-versed in the... more
Twitter Releases First Transparency Report, Canada Ranks Third for Most Requests
Microblogging platform Twitter has published its first-ever transparency report, similar to Google's, which reveals which national governments are issuing requests. The Canadian government was... more
Turn Your Twitter Stream into an Ebook for Kindle with Toronto's E-Read MyTweets
Amazon's Kindle ebooks are fanastic for eye-friendly reading with their e-ink displays. But in an era of short attention spans, who really has time to read a whole book? Reading is much more... more
Twitter is Down—And There's No Whale in Sight! [Updated]
Twitter has been down for more than half an hour for most people.  It's now back for some, apparently, but only on a very spotty and slow basis.  What's weird is that normally when... more
Kings of Twitter: The Los Angeles Kings' Tweet About Canada Garnered 20,000 Retweets [Infographic]
The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup. And now they're also the Kings of Twitter. The @LAKings were only gaining about 150 new followers per day in March. They didn't even have 70,000... more
What Social Media is Good For According to Canadian Business Leaders
Canadian business leaders are still unsure how they feel about social media. But 82% of them personally use social media, according to a survey by Queen's School of Business, so they should know... more
Twitter Launches First Traditional Television Ads
Twitter has been a busy bird. Last week it unveiled a new logo. And then it offered tailored trending topics. Now it's advertising on traditional television—something like social networks... more
Canadian Executives Still Don't Know How They Feel About Social Media, Study Reveals
Even though Facebook has been around since 2004, LinkedIn since 2003, and Twitter since 2006, business executives in Canada are still divided on what to do with social media, a new survey by... more
Twitter Launches Tailored Trending Topics Based on Location and Following
Do you get tired of seeing fangirls dominate Twitter's trending topics list with debates over One Direction and Justin Bieber? Twitter today announced a more tailored approach that should greatly... more
A New Era of Job Hunting: 79% of Jobs are Posted on Social Media
The days of job seekers combing through their local newspaper's classifieds under the "Employment" section are dead. Bullhorn's 2012 Bullhorn Reach Rankings Report: An Inside Look at Social... more
New Bird, No Text: Twitter Just Changed Its Logo
Twitter has a new logo: a slightly modified blue bird with no wordmark whatsoever. Over the past six years, the world has become familiar with a little blue bird. The bird is everywhere,... more
The Wonders of Social Media: Texan Oil Billionaire Pwns Canadian Rap Artist Drake on Twitter
Drake, the young and popular Canadian rap artist, yesterday tweeted that "the first million is the hardest" to his 7.4 million Twitter followers. Nothing out of the ordindary there. Drake is rich... more
Five Months After Twitter Acquisition, Vancouver Startup Summify to Shut Down in June
Vancouver-born startup Summify will shut down permanently on June 22, the company has revealed. After that date, you will no longer get your precious Summify email digests. The Canadian web... more
Just Launched, Intigi's Moonbird is a Cool New Way to Follow Relevant People on Twitter
Intigi has just launched Moonbird, a microapp that helps you find people to follow on Twitter based on the content they share. The startup describes Moonbird as "a free service that helps you find... more
Twitter Launches Summify Product as Weekly Email Digests
In January, Twitter acquired Vancouver startup Summify and last month Techvibes reported that a few people started seeing Summify's Canadian-born technology in action. Today Twitter made it... more
Who's Following the Most People on Twitter in the World? A Canadian Startup We All Know
Everyone always talks about which Twitter users have the most followers. It's been the same for a while now: Lady Gaga is number one, while Canada's own Justin Bieber ranks second. It hasn't... more
Telus Gets Social, Offers Free Twitter App with Optik TV Service
Telus is giving Canadians in British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec something to tweet about. The Vancouver-based telco has released a free Twitter app to go with its Optik TV service. The app is... more
Klouchebag Tells You Who on Twitter is a Douchebag
When Klout launched, pretty much everyone thought it was awesome. But then people realized it was incapable of accurately measuring anything meaningful, so they grew tired of it. Klouchebag, more... more
Looks Like Twitter Has Finally Integrated Summify Software
In January, Twitter acquired Vancouver startup Summify. Techvibes later addressed the problems Summify may have been acquired to address. Now, it appears that Twitter has at last made use of the... more
Toronto's Hashcaster Helps Organizers Curate Twitter Hashtags in Real-Time During Events
If you've ever tried to follow a #hashtag on Twitter, it can be quite challenging with tweets coming in every few seconds. Now imagine you're the event organizer: stuck between the real-world... more
Happy Birthday: Twitter Turns Six
Today is Twitter's sixth birthday. The real-time information network started on March 21, 2006, when founder Jack Dorsey was "just setting up my twttr"—the first ever tweet. Now, the... more
Rogers Social Media Campaign Backfires, Consumers Take to Twitter to Diss Telco [Updated]
UPDATE: Rogers has changed its promoted tweet in response to the negative backlash from consumers: We’re on Twitter to listen & help. We’re hearing you loud & clear... more
#ProjectKris: How a House Party for 60 in Calgary Became a Worldwide Twitter Party for 870,000
In a lesson on internet virality, one teenager's single, hyper-local tweet became a worldwide phenomenon overnight. Calgary high schooler Hunter Mills used Twitter last week to inform his... more
How Twitter has Changed and Grown in Edmonton Since 2009
Mack Male, known online as Mastermaq, loves two things: Twitter and Edmonton. (I'm sure he loves other things. Just not enough to list them on his Twitter bio.) With more than 11,500 followers on... more
How Fast Can Larry the Bird Fly These Days? About 3,000 Tweets Per Second (Up 25% in One Month!)
So, it's more or less been confirmed that the long nameless Twitter bird has actually been named "Larry" all along (likely in reference to Larry Bird, the former professional... more
REVEALED: The Person Behind the Vicious Vikileaks30 Attacks
Adam Carroll, a liberal staffer, has been officially exposed as the man behind the now-defunct Vikileaks30 Twitter account, which slammed Safety Minister Vic Toews with personal attacks. Vic, of... more
Twitter: 'Don't Spend Too Much Time on Me'
Do you spend a lot of time on Twitter? Many of us do. But co-founder Christopher Isaac Stone, better known as "Biz," doesn't want you to waste away on his micro-blogging platform. In a... more
Vic Toews Trends on Canada for All the Wrong Reasons (Plus a Must-Read Comic!)
Oh, Vic Toews. Your days are numbered, it seems. Vic is the champion behind Bill C-30, the "lawful access" legislation that will allow police and government to spy on citizens without needing a... more
Twitter is Sexier than Facebook. Here's 10 Reasons Why [INFOGRAPHIC]
Here's another Valentine's Day Special for you. Euro RSCG Worldwide published an infographic that compares the sexiness and sexuality of Twitter users to Facebook users. As it turns out, Twitter... more
ADDICTION: Study Finds Social Media to Be Like Smoking Cigarettes
Firing off a tweet or status update is not unlike smoking a cigarette, new research suggests. According to a study conducted by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, social media may... more
Twitter: Google+ Does Not Concern Us
Twitter has spoken. And Google+ is not on its radar. Co-founder Jack Dorsey spoke at a technology conference yesterday and stated that his company was much more than a social network and that... more
Everyone's talking about Summify but can it tame the Twitter fire hose?
Since Techvibes starting covering Canadian technology and startup news five years ago there has never been an acquisition that has got as much attention as Vancouver's Summify. It seems every... more
Vancouver's Summify acquired by Twitter
Vancouver's Summify announced this morning on their blog that they have been acquired by Twitter. Congrats to Romanian co-founders Mircea Pașoi and Cristian Strat (pictured below). Terms of the... more
Google Reacts to Twitter's Response in Civil Manner, but We Know That Blood is Boiling
Yesterday, Google announced salient changes to its search engine. Most notably, it placed an emphasis on Google+. We’re […] introducing three new features: 1. Personal Results,... more
Canadian Television Show Will Bring Creeping to a New Level
The Internet Era has spawned an age of "creeping," in which web surfers have acquired a taste for delving their curious mines into the lives of others through the wonders of online communities. As... more
The English-Speaking World is Getting Sadder
If Twitter can accurately represent the English-speaking world, then new research reveals that our overall happiness is on the decline. A team of scientists from the University of Vermont... more
Twitter and Ontario Have the Same Lame Slogan
What do Twitter and Ontario have in common? A slogan, for one. The official website of Ontario Tourism hawks the slogan "Yours to Discover"—as does Twitter, most prominently in its new video... more
Twitter silently rolls out new timeline features [Video]
Yesterday Pinglio founder Patrick Bisch noticed some changes to his Twitter timeline that no one else did. What appears to be a currently silent, very tiny and/or slow rollout of new features sees... more
What Twitter took 3 years to do at first, it now does twice per week: CEO Dick Costolo talks numbers
At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Fransisco last night, CEO Dick Costolo unveiled numerous mind-boggling statistics about his real-time, microblogging social slash information network platform thingy... more
'Dear BlackBerry' trends on Twitter and it's not to say I Love You
Somehow, the formula of "Dear Noun, statement of opinion" has become popular online. Sometimes it's good—"Dear Yaletown, I love you. Sincerely, Yorkshire Terrier." But usuallly it's bad. Case... more
Twitter Trademarks 'Tweet'
A new report has revealed that in settling a lawsuit, Twitter has finally gained control over the trademark of the word "tweet." Once a sound reserved for describing the utterances of our... more
Facebook founding president Sean Parker joins Twitter, apologizes to Mark Zuckerberg
Most non-techsters will know him as Justin Timberlake in The Social Network. Sean Parker, cofounder of Napster and Plaxo, is also the founding president of Facebook, which is probably why he's... more
People are happiest on the weekend (according to Twitter)
People are happiest on weekends, according to data extracted from Twitter. Cornell University researchers analyzed 500 million tweets from 2.4 million people in 84 countries over a 2 year time... more
Twitter to Double Revenue Next Year
Twitter—which is not a social network—is poised to nearly double its revenue next year, according to a new report by eMarketer. The real-time information network is on pace to make... more
Twitter: 'We Are Not a Social Network'
Michael Abbot, the vice president of engineering at Twitter, spoke at the Mobilize Conference in San Francisco today. Michael discussed Twitter and mobile, such as how the startup platform is... more
Twitter's expanded promoted tweets program starts rollout today
Twitter has long planned an expansion of its promoted tweets program as part of its goal to generate profit. Rolling out today, Twitter will add paid tweets to users' timelines from companies they... more
Twitter announces analytics service for publishers using technology from Toronto's Backtype
Twitter today announced an analytics service for publishers at TechCrunch Disrupt. Twitter's Director of Web Business Development April Underwood unveiled Twitter Web Analytics, leveraging... more
Twitter to serve up more ads as mobile usage explodes but company still has no timeline for IPO
Real-time information network Twitter plans to serve up more of its tweet-based advertisements to users as it ramps up for a potential IPO in 2012, although CEO Dick Costolo says the microblogging... more
Twitter raises $800 million in funding to help cash out some current investors and employees
Twitter plans on completing its $800 million round of funding within the next two weeks, according to AllThingsDigital. Half of the funding is intended to help investors and employees cash out in... more
This Week's Top 5 Trending Topics on Twitter in Canada
1. Harry Potter.  The eighth and final movie in this epic fantasy saga launched at midnight this morning. Twitter users in Canada—and everywhere else, really—have been going nuts... more
Twitterstorm: Real-time social network will sign up as many people today as it did in first 16 months
Twitter was by no means a lightning bolt out of the gate. The peculiar, 140-character-based "real-time information network" was a niche on a good day and a straight-up outcast on a bad one. It... more
Canadian Twitter users are on the Internet twice as much as others: Study
Twitter's constant flow of real-time conversations and news has got people hooked: Twitter users in Canada average  over 33 hours a week online, while their non-Twitter counterparts clock in... more
There are now one million apps for Twitter. To celebrate, company introduces new developer site
Twitter blogged today that it has achieved a milestone: there are now one million apps in the Twitter ecosystem. The real-time social information network, which is an app unto itself when on... more
Twitter buys Toronto-born BackType
BackType announced this morning on their blog that they have been acquired by Twitter. We’re thrilled to announce that BackType has been acquired by Twitter! We’ll be bringing our... more
What the $10-million acquisition of AdGrok means for Twitter's business model and future
This article was written by Douglas Idugboe and originally published on Smedio. Twitter, the wildly popular micro-blogging service, announced this week it’s acquiring the start-up... more
Twitter buys social media dashboard app TweetDeck for $40 million
Twitter has officially bought TweetDeck for $40 million, if CNN's early morning report holds true. The $40-million cash-and-stocks deal would see Twitter own TweetDeck entirely just a month after... more
7 Twitter rules you must ignore
This article was written by Douglas Idugboe and originally published on Smedio. Though there’s no doubt that Twitter is a proven success story, I strongly believe the best is yet to... more
There's finally a way to get paid for tweeting - but it's not what you'd expect
Everybody would love to get paid for tweeting. Well, it's going to become a reality for one profession - but not one you'd expect. No, I'm not talking about the newly minted "social media... more
7 things to NOT do on Twitter
This article was written by Douglas Idugboe and originally published on Smedio. When Twitter launched, critics questioned the limitation of 140 characters to make a meaningful conversation,... more
The AntiSocial Media Election: As it turns out, politics and social media just aren't clicking
Social media and election campaigns, in theory, should be the best of friends. But something is amiss. According to a first-of-its-kind survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, political engagement via... more
Twitter adds Vancouver and Montréal to its Trends tool, just in time for the Playoffs
Obviously, the folks at Twitter know Canadians like their hockey. What else could explain the company's timely decision to add Vancouver and Montréal to its list of Trends—they're the... more
Canada's first 'Tweetup for Democracy' happens later today
Canadians know they're the world's most avid users of the internet and social media, so it was only a matter of time before the country engaged in a national Tweetup for Democracy. Canadian... more
Vancouver's Politwitter gets busy as federal election gains momentum
Vancouver engineer Trevor May is the man behind, a website that tracks politicians' use of social media, analyzes the data, and pumps it out into charts, bars, and graphs.  As... more
Federal Election 2011: Who is winning the social media war? [Infographic]
There was a time, not very long ago, that social media didn't exist. And when it first came about, it didn't really seem like a platform appropriate for politics. But U.S. presidential candidate... more
Trust us, they're everywhere: 8 ways to identify a social media douchebag
We’ve all been there—peacefully tweeting along, reading up on our favourite blogs… when suddenly you spot one (or worse, it makes contact). We’ve all seen that dreaded... more
What if Google bought Twitter?
I understand this proposition seems slightly outrageous, but the title was really meant to draw your attention to a few things I have noticed in the past little while. Twitter needs a revenue... more
Is Twitter useful for serious journalism?
Happy fifth birthday, Twitter. You’ve come a long way, baby. And what better time than a fifth birthday to reminisce about one of the most gruesome gangland murder trials in Canadian history?... more
Twitter's Birthday: Celebrating five years of tweetastic times #5yrs
It was on March 21st, 2006, that the world's first tweet was sent. Tweeted by co-founder Jack Dorsey, it read, "just setting up my twttr." The website was called a fad before it even got popular,... more
Twitter says it's nowhere near an IPO - 'We are really just getting started'
The rumours have been churning with an ever increasing pace over the past couple of months, but Twitter insists it's not planning for an IPO. In fact, it's not even close to that stage. Twitter... more
#FollowFriday: Four Podcamp Toronto speakers we're following - and why you should follow them too
This week for our Follow Friday Four feature, we've decided to take a look at four people who are involved in this coming weekend's Podcamp Toronto 2011 event. What's Podcamp Toronto? PodCamp... more
It looks like real-time info network Twitter isn't worth $10 billion after all
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Facebook and Google were circling Twitter with potential for an acquisition, which seemed viable after Google came out forthright with an aggressive... more
Twitter struggles with 'New Twitter' transition; sends out survey to pinpoint problems
Change is hard for some Twitter users. Unveiled to much hype and fanfare last Fall was "New Twitter," the major reiteration of the real-time information network since it launched in Spring of... more
Tweet2O: Twitter is the new water, but Facebook is just in your face
There is an interesting contrast between the approaches of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Well, there are actually many: Dick is older and balding, while Zuck is still... more
Twitter in talks with Facebook and Google over acquisition prospect
Can you imagine if either social network giant Facebook or search titan and Android maker Google got ahold of Twitter? Apparently, it's a remote possibility. According to the Wall Street Journal,... more
The Techvibes 2010 Advent Calendar: only two days left to win $8,000 in tech stuff!
As you're all well aware by now, we're giving away more than $8,000 in tech gadgets and accessories - from computers to tablets to smartphones - through our holiday themed giveaway... more
Is Twitter worth four billion dollars?
A staggering 25 billion tweets occurred during the past year. During this time, Twitter added 100 million new accounts. Thanks to a new round of venture capitalism, which netted Twitter $200... more
Morgan Freeman is alive, despite what Twitter says
Fear not, world; the calming, authoritative voice of morgan freeman has not left this earth. A hoax going around social media this late afternoon claimed the Academy Award-winning actor and voice... more
5 tips for getting your content retweeted
Have one of your tweets retweeted by another Twitter user is a good feeling, and it can help expand your audience or network without any extra work on your behalf. But having your content retweeted... more
Last thing before sleeping and first thing upon waking: Social media use borderlines addiction in Canada
A staggering three quarters of Canadians who use social media confessed in a recent survey that the last thing they do at night, and the first thing they do in the morning, is use an electronic... more
Naheed Nenshi elected mayor of Facebook, er, Calgary
Monday saw the election of a new mayor in Calgary, and Naheed Nenshi’s victory certainly is deserving of the term “underdog victory.” Running in Canada’s most... more
HootSuite now available for BlackBerry
BlackBerry loving tweeters - today is your day. HootSuite for BlackBerry is here and available for download. The new BlackBerry App is free and gives RIM fans the tools to update both Facebook and... more
One expensive tweet: NFL receiver set to be fined for breaking League's social media policy
Always humble and extremely low-key Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens admitted that he violated the National Football League’s social media policy by sending a tweet too close to... more
Vancouver's Hootsuite collabs with Twitter for new Promoted Products feature integration
Hootsuite was recently announced as Twitter’s preliminary launch partner for the newly expanded Promoted Products suite, which includes Promoted Tweets and Trends. Hootsuite will... more
News in Short: Yahoo revamps search engine, Twitter revamps search engine
Yahoo revamps search engine Yahoo is rolling out a new interactive search system today, with "intelligent shortcuts" and some intuitive enhancements that offer localized search results and more... more
Exclusive: Techvibes interviews #NewTwitter team lead
“Process and talent won’t get you anywhere if you don’t have a team that shares a vision and trusts and respects each other. – Kevin Cheng - @k – Sept 28 2010.”... more
News in Short: Twitter changes CEO (again), Google gives iPhone some Goggles with visual search app
Twitter changes CEO (again) Twitter yesterday announced that Dick Costolo has become its new chief executive officer (CEO). Dick will replace @Ev, also known as Evan Williams, who is a co-founder... more
Breaking: Twitter's Evan Williams is stepping down
Evan Williams, who helped popularize communicating in 140 characters at a time, is stepping down as CEO of Twitter.  In a Twitter blog post entitled, #newtwitterceo, Evan said: The... more
Twitter's Biz in Japan
Techvibes' own Warren Frey has relocated to Japan for an undetermined length of time and was lucky enough to attend the New Context Conference put on by Digital Garage. Biz Stone of Twitter,... more
Twitter topples MySpace as third-most popular social networking site. (What took so long?)
Finally, MySpace is knocked down a notch. The former heavyweight social networking champion, who fell hard from glory in the wake of Facebook and others, has been bumped from third to fourth place... more
Twitter's first real leap into monetization – do Promoted Tweets actually work?
At any given point in time, there are 10 trending topics on Twitter, plus a bonus one at the bottom. This one is special because it's accompanied by a little yellow box that reads "Promoted." That... more
Don't Drink and Tweet: Interesting recent tales involving Twitter
Describe this wine in 140 characters. Facebook is developing a mobile phone with INQ. Research in Motion is getting ready to launch a tablet. And Twitter? Well, they're just making wines. Sounds... more
Believe it or not, Twitter actually works on professional levels
If Twitter should be known for anything, it's that the social networking site has made the world realize how much can be communicated, conveyed, or accomplished in 140 characters. Sometimes, it's... more
Twitter acquires Vancouver startup Dabble DB to develop real-time analytics dashboard
Earlier this year, Twitter acquired Dabble DB, a startup founded in Vancouver. Expanding upon Dabble's efforts, the explosively trendy social networking site has plans to develop a real-time... more
Twitter got hacked: The official details of revealed by Twitter Safety [updated]
Earlier this morning, Twitter was apparently hacked, and a virus was allegedly spread via shortened links. Everyone also had zero followers and were following zero people. This supposedly only... more
The New
On Tuesday night the good folks at Twitter announced a bunch of cool upgrades to their service. Earlier in the afternoon, Twitter CEO @Ev (Evan Williams) announced that Twitter would be making... more
The new way to get hired: Student creates YouTube Instant, it goes viral, YouTube CEO offers job via Twitter
Google Instant has inspired the very impressed YouTube Instant, but the latter wasn't created by Google OR YouTube. It was built by Feross Aboukhadijeh of Stanford University).... more
News in Short: YouTube still not profitable according to Google CEO; Twitter owes Justin Bieber big time
YouTube still not profitable according to Google CEO The popular video site has been "near" profitability for a long time, according to Google. Most recently, Google CEO Eric Schmidt confirmed... more
I Can Stalk U – it's a very scary thing: A warning about posting photos on Twitter
Years ago, you needed sharp detective skills to pull off a successful stalking session. Now, your targets will do the work for you. A website called "I Can Stalk U" reveals precise geotagged... more
Twitter announces forthcoming updates regarding apps
Over the coming weeks, Twitter will be making two important updates that will impact how users interact with Twitter applications.  Acccording to Twitter, there are more than 250,000... more
I calculated my Klout Score and all I got was a chip on my shoulder
Klout Broke my Heart It all started with a harmless list of 10 most influential tweeters in Toronto; and soon after, "klout" became a trending topic on twitter. EVERYONE was rushing to their... more
TweetMeme shifts to DataShift as Twitter launches official Tweet button
From Twitter's blog: Today we’re launching the Tweet Button to make sharing simple. It lets you share links directly from the page you’re on. When you click on the Tweet Button, a... more
Research suggests modern email marketing is less marketing, more promotion of social media outlets
These days, email marketing ought to be called "email click-these-socia-media-links!" StrongMail is a comprehensive, reputable provider of email and social media marketing solutions, and conducted... more
News in Short: Twitter achieves 20 billion tweets; iPhone's FaceTime is sexy time in the porn industry
Twenty billionth tweet achieved  It took four years for Twitter to reach its historical record of 10 billion tweets. And everyone thought that was pretty good. Well, it took less than a year... more
News in Short: Internet Explorer 9 beta coming this September, Twitter adds feature on who to follow
Microsoft progresses with IE 9 Microsoft CEO Kevin Turner announced this week that their forthcoming upgrade to the dying legend that is Internet Explorer, version 9, will open beta in September.... more
News in Short: America makes iPhone "jailbreaking" legal, Kindle enables social networking
U.S. passes law to legalize mobile device jailbreaking In the U.S., pwners of Apple's iPhone will be able to deliberately break electronic locks on their devices in order to download... more
Vancouver's Rebus Creative tests social media marketing waters through BC Book Prizes auction fundraiser
For the first time, Rebus Creative, a Vancouver-based firm specializing in event management, publicity services, and fundraising, is bringing social media marketing into the picture for its... more
News in Short: Twitter use reached new heights during World Cup, Facebook struggles with users' deaths
World Cup delivers largest-ever period of sustained Twittering In post on the Twitter blog, employee Matt Graves said that the final match of the World Cup “represented... more
HootBerry? Hootsuite Twitter client for BlackBerry on its way
This week has been a big one for Vancouver's HootSuite with a Social CRM release for their web client but they didn't stop there and they seem to have something for everyone. To go along with... more
An Ultimate List: 10 prime examples of social media gone horribly, horribly wrong
Viral videos, self-destructive Facebook feeds, and the disrespecting of dead children. It's here, it's terrible, and it's true. Social media is a great tool to wield—but just like a hammer... more
News in Short: Canadians comfortable but cautious with social media, email decreasing in popularity
Canadians are comfortable but cautious with social media The 2010 Digital Influence Index was released in Canada last week by Fleishman-Hillard and Harris Interactive. The study, which measures... more
When does microblogging your life take over your life? Sifting through the swamp of spam
I recently came across a column in a prominent national paper, The Globe and Mail, that made be fear for society. Lisan Jutras was the author of "Twidows," a column outlining a study that she... more
News in Short: Flattr sparks debate over content compensation, Twitter users tighter-knit than Facebook users
Flattr fuels fights Flattr, the latest business dropping vowels for the sake of trendiness, is getting mixed reviews - and it's still in closed beta. The concept of Flattr is that content... more
Website effectiveness waning? VKI Studios suggests how to avoid stagnation
Having YouTube on your client list is many web strategy studio's dream. For Vancouver's VKI Studios, it's a reality. But after crafting more than 1,000 variations of YouTube interface, with subtly... more
BC's Victoria makes Social Media Day official
UPDATE: Today is the day, folks! Happy Social Media Day to everyone! Wednesday, June 30th: Social Media Day. On this day, Twitterati, Facebookers, those of LinkedIn, Bebo, and more, will... more
Tomorrow's Technology Part 1: Virtual business cards may be way of the future
Business cards are a networking staple. They have been for ages. And they will continue to be for ages. The question is, in which format? With the rise of smartphones and other handheld digital... more
Facebook fuses with Twitter: Social media integration of the year
Twitter has made official announcements regarding its Facebook and LinkedIn applications. They're bringing in additional functionality and a new level of integration. The Twitter, which is... more
LPV9 pre-coverage: An interview with Michael Fergusson from Ayogo Games
This is the third post in a series dedicated to covering the entries at Launch Party Vancouver 9. Today, I talk with Michael Fergusson of Ayogo Games. KT: Give our readers... more
Social networking online: Where to go, and where not to waste your time (Part 1)
Networking has mattered since the dawn of business. Nobody's going to deny that. But never has there been such ample opportunity to network as now, with so many high-tech social networks rampant... more
Twitter buys Vancouver's Dabble DB
Twitter announced this morning on their blog that they have acquired Vancouver-born Dabble DB. Every day millions of people use Twitter to create, share and discover information, and as we... more
Nine Free Twitter apps your business needs
Many businesses today have their own Twitter account. They're used to releasing news, advertising products and sales, and interacting with potential customers and established clients. However,... more
No more followers on Twitter
Now that you have no more friends, what are you going to do?  Will you attempt to have more friends than Barak Obama?  Maybe you'll try calling (using a mobile device or that thing called... more
Vancouver man arrested for sexual assault aided by GPS app
The Vancouver Sun is reporting that there has been an arrest made in an August sexual assault.  The assault was facilitated by the mobile software Grindr an application that allows gay and... more
Twestival Toronto tonight
Are you ready for Twestival Toronto tonight? This year, the global Twitter community is looking to raise awareness and funds for Concern Worldwide. Concern is an international humanitarian... more
#TwestivalTO returns to Toronto
After raising $16,000 in 2009, the good folks behind Twestival Toronto are at it again.  As part of the global Twestival, the Toronto Twitter community will gather on March 25 at the cool and... more
Mashable's Ben Parr keynotes 140 | The Twitter Conference
140 The Twitter Conference is underway at the Bell Harbour Conference Center in Seattle and Mashable's Ben Parr is being keynote interviewed by Tweet House's Steve Broback. Here they are on... more
140 The Twitter Conference in Seattle fast approaching
140 | The Twitter Conference is coming to Seattle on March 8th at the Bell Harbour Conference Center and Techvibes is proud to be a media sponsor. The schedule for the one-track conference is... more
Followformation curates Top Olympic Tweeters
Vancouver's Followformation unveiled their unofficial tool to help Twitter users find and follow top Olympic “Tweeters.” Followformation is a tool for Twitter users who want to follow... more
140 - The Twitter Conference comes to Seattle
140 | The Twitter Conference is coming to Seattle on March 8th at the Bell Harbour Conference Center and Techvibes is proud to be a media sponsor. The schedule for the one-track conference is... more
Statistics Canada joins Twitter
Statistics Canada, the government department in charge of gathering and publishing statistics on the Canadian economy, culture, population, resources and society has started micro-blogging on... more
Bill Gates now tweeting
The world's most famous geek is now tweeting. Sometime yesterday the founder of Microsoft joined the micro-blogging site Twitter.  His first tweet was, "Hello world". In his bio section, Bill... more
Tracking tweets from CES
Although the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is winding down, there was such a flury of activity on Twitter from attendees that it may have been hard to follow. Ottawa interactive marketing... more
Twitalyzer 2.0 takes analyzing Twitter - and over analyzing yourself - to a whole new level
You may remember Twitalyzer from the bit of hubbub it caused last year, when the tool was used to select the top 100 Twitter users in Portland. Well, it turns out that Portland—the town that... more
Vancouverite joins Twitter
Vancouver has been a hotbed for Twitter-related development in 2009. In addition to a handful of Twitter apps, both Hootsuite and Nambu call the West Coast home along with their respective... more
Toronto start-up proposes to monetize Twitter.
As many of you know, Toronto is a brewing with young tech companies.  And with social media becoming more mainstream by the minute there are even more companies looking at how various... more
TweetUp for a good cause
This evening saw the grand opening of the Toronto exhibit of Pictures Talk at the Red Eye Studio Gallery in the historic Distillery district. In 2008, four years after the tsunami of 2004, 41... more
Can Tweets translate to Cash for Twitter
Most of us are probably focused on using micro blogging site Twitter to make money for ourselves. But is Twitter making money for itself? Twitter has become a veritable cultural phenomenon and one... more
This Is How Twitter Will Die. (And, thus, live forever.)
Perhaps the most difficult part of forecasting technologies’ pace is discerning which technologies will be short-lived fads and which will become ingrained in our lives. Often, millions of... more
Sonia Ryan with Shel Israel at Twitterville Book Launch
In September social media author Shel Israel did a whirlwind 5-day, 5-city book launch tour across Canada for Twitterville: How Businesses Can Thrive in the New Global Neighborhoods. His Vancouver... more
Twitter and LinkedIn unite.
Twitter-In is what Biz Stone refers to as the teaming up of the two platforms Twitter and LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a business oriented social networking site used for professional use and with Twitter... more
Tweetup looks at How to use Twitter to Sell (video)
The Tech Valley Social Club hosted their second Meet & Tweet event last night and Stephen Jagger of Ubertor/Reachd/Outsourcing Things Done was their speaker. Justin Carlson of Carlson Media was... more
What Separates 37signals And Twitter ?
There has been a flurry of news recently about Twitter raising $100 million at a $1 billion valuation from new investors including T. Rowe Price and Insight Venture Partners, alongwith from... more
Telling the story of a Twitterville: Shel Israel at Third Tuesday Vancouver
Ending his 5-day, 5-cities, whirlwind book launch tour in one of the hottest Canadian hubs of the information technology industry (Vancouver), renowned social media author Shel Israel launched his... more
Canadians representing at Twitter conference
Arguably one of the hottest upcoming "Twitter conferences" this year, 140tc next week in Los Angeles will be featuring an impressive speaker lineup that includes Biz Stone, Tony Robbins, Guy... more
Twestival Goes Local: Vancouver Twitterati to Raise Funds for BC Childrens Hospital Foundation
Twitter's potential for fundraising has become evident in the past few months. Globally, Twestivals have taken off as offline gatherings of people who "tweet, meet and give". As indicated by... more
Politicians and Twitter - all together in one place
CKA Networks' Trevor May hopes that his new PoliTwitter website that will change the way Canadians see politics. PoliTwitter is a non-partisan service that uses Twitter to connect elected MPs and... more
Kelowna wants to be first city to fully adopt Twitter
The Okanagan Science and Technology Council in now on Twitter and they want every business in Kelowna to join them. Through an initiative called Kelowna Twitter Business Day (@TwitBizDay), OSTEC is... more
Is Twitter Right for My Business?
I had a conversation with a photographer about social media the other day. He owns his business and has just started dabbling into the world of social media. Our conversation centered around... more
Twitter's Life Cycle & What it Means to Marketers
There have been few more exciting times to be a marketer than today. We are living in an age where the amount of mediums avaliable to us has never been larger, while metrics and analytics tell us... more
The true value of social media
With yesterday's Twitter and Facebook interruptions, we're faced with asking ourselves some difficult questions. There's the "What do I do all day?" question that you'll have to answer on your own.... more
Twitter Corporate Info Hacked And Sent To Bloggers
This is hard to believe. Twitter, a company which has received $55million in VC funding, has millions of celebrity users and probably valued in the billions - has had a security incident which is... more
OneRiot Unveils Slick API for Realtime Search
Boulder, Colorado startup OneRiot, makers of a neat realtime search engine, have taken a strong step today in announcing the general release of their first realtime web search API. Using it, third... more
What's all that Twitter about? Apparently not much
"Twitter gets a lot of press, and usage figures show impressive growth, when you look at its awareness and use among mainstream online Canadians, you get a completely different picture" - Mark... more
Twittergate in Portland
An entertaining debate is raging over the Top 100 Twitterer list in Portland at the SiliconFlorist blog. Local startup Twitalyzer and Rick Turoczy have conspired to drum up a little (good natured)... more
One Tweet Shopping with
Vancouver's announced today that it has launched a Twitter application to help users find the lowest product pricing on the Web. The integrated feature allows users to "tweet" their... more
Adarsh Pallian is Big on Twitter
Vancouver's Adarsh Pallian is doing some very cool stuff with Twitter. Last month we reported that Pallian's application had been acquired by StockTwits and WallStrip founder Howard... more
Vancouver Twitter app acquired by Howard Lindzon
Earlier today TechCrunch's Erick Schonfeld wrote that "businesses that are being built on top of Twitter are starting to consume others that were in fact features of those very businesses to begin... more
The Twitter effect at Convergence 2009
Twitter’s phenomenal growth was reflected in “The Twitter Effect,” a packed session at Cossette West’s Convergence 2009 conference held at the new Vancouver Convention... more
Twitter Two-Way SMS returns to Rogers, Fido
In a bold move that show just how ahead of the curve they really are, Rogers and Fido have reached a deal with Twitter to bring back the ability to send and receive updates to the microblogging... more
Nambu named Best Multi-purpose Twitter App for the iPhone
Over the weekend, Vancouver's Nambu picked up "Best in Show" in the Multi-Purpose category when Mashable's Jennifer Van Grove covered 29 Twitter Apps for the iPhone. Nambu: Nambu’s iPhone... more
Top 10 Twitter Referrers for April 2009
Twitter continues to be our good friend and thanks to Google Analytics we can drill down into the Twitter stats and look at who is sending eyeballs our way. Here are the Top 10 Twitterati sending... more
Embracing Social Media: The Good, The Bad and the Just Do It
There is an interesting article in Canadian Business Online today about how Canadian companies are learning to embrace their new online personalities on social media sites, like Twitter, and how... more
Vancouver’s top Twitterers close in on John Chow
Vancouver’s own John Chow is king of the heap for local Twitterers, according to a breakdown by location of the top 100 Vancouver twitterers. And that makes sense, given that... more
One Stop Shop: Edit in Picnik and Post to Twitter
Did you know that now you can now post pics to Twitter that you just edited in Picnik without having to venture off the site to make the changes?  The Seattle startup now lets you link up your... more
PostRank Announces Twitter Newsroom
PostRank has added their blog discovery engine to Twitter by providing feeds of its most popular topics. The company has dubbed their service “Twopics”, which enables Twitter users to... more
Vancouver's Web Based Twitter Client TweetLens is Released
I came across TweetLens on bmann's blog (Boris Mann).  TweetLens is a rich web based Twitter interface that is in alpha preview release built by Vancouver's Ben Wong @mostlygeek. ... more
Twitter and Oprah: It's Friday a Show You Can't Miss
Anything Oprah talks about, reviews and touches turns to gold.  And today, during her Friday show, which is in a real-time discussion panel format, she is going to make her first tweet! ... more
Toonlet captures your Twitter comedic genius for posterity
There are some pretty witty folks on Twitter. I, for the record, do not happen to be one of them. But they are there. I’m talking about people like former Portlander Simon... more
Waterloo Regional Police Now On Twitter
It seems like everyone and everything is signing up for Twitter these days, even police stations. Police across North America are using Twitter to keep the community updated on their activities,... more
Electronic Arts backs Ashton Kutcher's Twitter Ego
A couple days ago, actor and Twitter-fanatic Ashton Kutcher promised to punk CNN founder Ted Turner if he beats CNN to be the first Twitter user with one million followers. Kutcher is currently... more
Honest Advice for Startups: Do Something Awesome
I really like this post from TC about Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams' advice for startups. He was recently interviewed at the Web 2.0 Expo and someone asked him about starting up.  His... more
Twitter causing a backlash?
Are longtime Tweeps really getting fed up with an increasing number of fail whales caused by Twitter's mainstream acceptance? CNN's John Sutter seems to have put his finger on a creeping... more
Vancouver-born Twitter Apps
Building applications on the Twitter API is all the rage and there are now hundreds of Twittter Apps competing for mindshare in the Twittersphere. Every developer community seems to have their... more
You've Made It When a Ghost Writer Tweets For You
I want to be Guy Kawasaki's next ghost writer. Maybe I'll ask him in person what I need to do to get the gig when he comes to Vancouver next week. And after reading this article in today's New... more
Twitter Search Not Useful at #SXSW?
According to a post by CNET's Daniel Terdiman, this year's SXSW is so oversatured by tweets that it's almost impossible to find anything valuable when searching for news from the geekfest. He says... more
Twitter gets grouped with Tweetizen
One of the great unsung features of Twitter is its ability to form de facto groups of like-minded people, all determined on what you tweet about. If you’re a Canucks or Maple Leafs fan,... more
Twitter Was Stupid: Game On
Heard in a boardroom: "Twitter is stupid." "Twitter is a waste of time." "I don't get the exhibitionist SMS fetish that Twitter users have." This is understandable given the way that most people... more
Top 10 Twitter Referrers for February 2009
As blogged last month, we've noticed that Twitter has been working its way up the list of referring sites when looking at traffic sources - it's #1 (excluding search engines) according to our... more
Twitter and the thought maelstrom
Ian Andrew Bell is a Techvibes Guest Contributor and this post orginally appeared on his blog. When I was a boy growing up in Burnaby, we would gather each March in the parking lot at the Crest... more
Twitter: Micro-Thinking?
I remember Evan Williams, the founder of Twitter, addressing the Web 2.0 Summit 2007 on the value of simplicity in site design and use. Williams quoted with approval from Tantek Celik: “the... more
To what purpose do you put Twitter?
The Guardian's Digital Content Blog asked a simple yet very interesting question: "What do you use Twitter for?" (Blogger's Note: Out of style snobbery regarding the ending of sentences in... more
BrightKit Follower Sources New HootSuite Name
After being online for less than three months, Twitter toolbox BrightKit premiered on the Vancouver Startup Index today in the #23 spot - very impressive. Now, I've just learned that they've... more
Top 10 Twitter referrers to
January 2009 was a record traffic month at Techvibes - thanks to everyone for reading. Over the past couple of months we've noticed that Twitter has been working its way up the list of referring... more
1,000 Twitter Followers and counting
Thanks to a wave of follows from 6S Marketing employees on Twitter, Techvibes has hit the 1,000 mark for followers on Twitter. Not a surprise really considering 6S' Chris Breikss was responsible... more
Twestival is coming to a city near you on February 12th
Over 100 cities around the world will be hosting events called Twestivals on February 12th, 2009. The Twitter community in each city will come together to meet and interact with one another, and to... more
Twitter apps start to get funded
On the day that a Twitter tool closed an angel round worth almost $500K and Techvibes nears the 1,000 mark for Twitter followers, Felipe Coimbra of Monteal-based twtapps continues pumping out... more
Twittering for business: goldmine or waste of time?
In the world of social media marketing, Twitter is being touted as the new hot tool to add to your marketing mix. At this month's High-Tech Communicators' Exchange event Twitter guru Stephen... more
Grab your Twitter ID before someone beats you to it
The Vancouver Sun's Gillian Shaw is a big Twitter fan and today she's warning her readers to grab their Twitter name before someone squats on it. We're in complete agreement and can be found here... more
Twitter heads featured in the Vancouver Courier
Michael Mccarthy of the Vancouver Courier sat down for a Twitter tutorial with Steve Jagger (Ubertor & Reachd) last week and the article is worth a read. In honor of Twitter, here are the first... more
BrightKit - The Ultimate Twitter Toolbox
Vancouver's Invoke Media is at it again. Today they launched a Twitter app called BrightKit - the ultimate Twitter toolbox. BrightKit allows Twitter users to manage multiple Twitter profiles and... more
Costs Cause Twitter to Cut Off SMS to Canada
The thing one must admire about Twitter is how far they can cut back service while still retaining a rabid user base. This morning comes news that outbound SMS messages to Canada have been disabled... more
Twitter buys Values of n, snags CEO
Portland-based Values of n announced on November 24 that they will be closing its doors on Monday, December 8. The good news? Their intellectual property has been bought by Twitter, so fans of... more
Supreme Court Bans Man From Twitter
The Daily Seagull, Vancouver's equivalent of The Onion, reported today that the Supreme Court has finalized stepped in to take down one of Toronto's Twitterati. The Supreme Court of Canada has... more
Twitter To The Future With TweetLater
140 characters seems short, but managing a Twitter account can be time consuming. Especially if you're operating an account for your business, you may not be able to send messages and respond to... more
Twitter is the new black, according to Kevin Rose
During his presentation at the recent Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Digg founder Kevin Rose encouraged startups to communicate cheaply and with immediacy: "I really believe that email... more
Introducing Techvibes on Twitter
I'm not a huge Twitter user myself, preferring to try and actually work during the day, but I appreciate the value of the service and the people I've been able to interact with through it. Instant... more
Twitter for Reputation Management
Steve Jagger of and Ubertor knows a thing or two about getting PR. In advance of his co-hosted seminar on The Case for New Communications Tools at the Vancouver Board of Trade tomorrow... more
Vancouver Board of Twitters?
The Vancouver Board of Trade has a great panel on board next week for a seminar called Tough Talk for Tender Causes, The Case for new Commnuncations Tools: Blogs, Twitter, Facebook and Social... more
Marketing, Customer Service, and Brand Management with Twitter
Jason and Linda of Elastic Path were recently down in San Jose for the Search Engine Strategies conference, and shot a number of video interviews for the Get Elastic blog. In this video, they talk... more
Conversations A-twitter
A web app that comes up often in social media discussions is Twitter. It's also probably the one service that people have the most trouble understanding the nature of it's use. It's often called... more
Vancouver’s CTV Fumbles Social Media
We were watching the news with half an eye the other night, when the announcement of a “new feature” caught our attention. The new “web correspondent” Heron Hanuman was... more

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