Welcome to The Next Web Network’s Weekly Recap. Make sure to listen to this weeks podcast where we discuss, rant and debate the weekly tech news. Also, there are still a handful of tickets available for The Next Web Conference ’10 (April 27 – 29).
This week was dominated by two major news stories. At the beginning of the week it was Twitter who refreshed their homepage and also unveiled their new popular tweets sorting algorithm. The end of the week was marked my the highly anticipated iPad release.
The tech world had been waiting with great anticipation since Steve Jobs announced the iPad on January 27th. Until Saturday when the product was released in the United States, we had been relying on demo videos and reviews of select journalists who got their hands on the iPad early. On Saturday the masses were finally able to get their hands on the coveted device. Piper Jaffray estimated that between 600,000 and 700,000 iPads were sold on Saturday compared to 270,000 iPhones sold on it’s initial launch. These are quite impressive early sales figures.
Here are some highlights from our iPad Coverage this week:
- 10 Productivity Apps For The iPad You Must Try
- 7 Amazing Apps To Get You Blogging On The iPad Right Away
- 5 Apps For Making Beautiful Music With Your iPad
- Kindle for the iPad Now Available in the App Store
- Early Edition: This Gorgeous iPad RSS Reader Might Just Become Your Morning Read
- Google: Our Apps Will Have Special Features for iPad
- Use Gmail’s New iPad Interface On Your Computer Now
- University To Give All Students an iPad
- Tweetdeck Coming To The iPad
- WordPress For The iPad Is Here
- Loopt’s iPad App: Pulse
- The Enterprise iPad is Coming
- Apple Shows Off “iPad Ready” Websites
- No MS Office For iPad Says Microsoft
Twitter’s New Algorithm (and Homepage)
Twitter has quickly become the most significant social network on the web when it comes to sharing information. This week Twitter took a major step in trying to make a little more sense of all that information by launching their new search algorithm. For any search query, Twitter now inserts three tweets above the rest of the results. The exact algorithm that determines the three “popular” tweets selected is unknown but it’s based on things such as number of times retweeted, favorited and the influence of the Twitter user. Twitter also syndicates the top tweets selected by this algorithm using their new @TopTweets account.
This new algorithm is also featured on Twitter’s new homepage under the “Top tweets” section. While not as significant a change as their major refresh back in July, the new homepage does boast a couple of very useful features aimed at attracting new users.
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- Facebook Acquires Divvyshot
- Google Acquires Episodic – YouTube Pro On The Way?
- Google: In fact, China DID Block Our Searches
- SimpleGeo Comes Out of Beta, Interview with Co-Founder Matt Galligan
- Twitter’s Director of Geolocation Discusses Geo’s Business Model
- Two New iPhone Coming (with one to Verizon)
- The JooJoo Lives, Gets Unboxed, Looks Stunning, Plays Flash
- Automattic Merges WordPress with WordPress MU and WordPress 3.0 Beta 1 Released
- Google Announces Search Funnels: Puts Advertising Lingo into Plain English
- Microsoft Drops The “Series”, New Phones To Be Called “Windows Phone 7″
- Google Earth Navigation Coming to the Audi
- Video Released of HTC 4G Hero
- Google Rolls Out New Search Design To More Users
- Google Street View Goes 3D
- Google Releases Chrome 5 Beta
- New YouTube Design Is Now Officially Live For All Users
- Spotify’s Latest iPhone App Is Live
- Possible Screenshots of Internet Explorer 9
- CloudApp: Sharing Tool For The Mac is Now Available
- CloudContacts Will Now Scan Your Business Cards and Then Find Your Contacts on Social Networks
- Xbox Project Natal Will Be Released Before October 29th
- 5 Must See HTML5 Sites
- Twitter Can Predict How Movies Will Sell
- Enstore is Quite Simply The Most Beautiful e-commerce Platform
- Check.in Tries To Rule All Checkins
- Gowalla CEO Talks About the iPad and Promotions with Chipolte, Twitteriffic & Adobe
- Location Service Check-in Mashup Checkinmania Launches
- Social OS Pip.io Now A Killer Facebook, Twitter, Chat, And YouTube App
- Kickball Looks to Punt Foursquare’s iPhone App to the Curb