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This week was all about Chirp, Twitter’s first official conference. At Chirp Twitter unveiled it’s long awaited monetization strategy as well as a bunch of new product announcements. Google also made a variety of product announcements as well as posting strong Q1 results. This week we also announced the finalists for The Next Web Paypal X Startup Rally 2010.
Twitter’s Chirp Announcements
This past Thursday and Friday was Twitter’s first official conference dubbed Chirp. The conference was highly anticipated for a couple reasons. First, it was expected that their business model would finally be unveiled. Second, Twitter had a lot of damage control after last weeks drama with developers (outlined here). In order to improve developer relations, Twitter officially responded to developers and also launched dev.twitter.com. As for their product announcements, Twitter had many:
- Promoted Tweets – Twitter monetization model built around paying for tweet promotion in search. Details
- Places of Interest – instead of listing coordinates of tweets, Twitter will associate them with the name of the specific location. Details
- Annotations – third party developers will be able to add any metadata they want to a tweet. Details
- @Anywhere – allows third party sites to have deeper integration with Twitter. Details
- URL Shortener – Twitter will be launching their own URL shortener. Details
- Twitter Media – launched a new portal for journalist and media focused on case studies for using the service
- Twitter Archive – The US Library of Congress will be the official archive for tweets. Details
In addition to the above announcements, Twitter also hinted at the fact that they will be integrating media sharing at some point in the future. They also released some impressive stats on Twitter’s usage (infographic). For a detailed summary of all of Twitter’s Chirp announcements in one handy list, visit our cheat sheet here.
Google Product Announcements
While Twitter dominated this week’s tech news cycle, Google did announce new features to a variety of their products. They also reported their financials for Q1 which fell in line with analyst expectations. The biggest news was on Monday when they announced the acquisition of Plurk, a visual search engine. Google’s product announcements included:
- Google Docs – many new and improved features for Google Docs announced. Details
- Follow/Rebuzz Buttons – Official Google Buzz buttons were released. Details
- iPad App – Google’s Mobile App that has been available for the iPhone for a while is now available for the iPad. Details
- Twitter Timeline Search – will offer a timeline of tweets by day and topics. Details
- Cloud Printing – Chomium OS feature attempting to solve the dreaded printer driver problem. Details
- Search Enhancements – Localized Google Suggest, Improved Name Search and Spelling Auto-Correct added to Google Search. Details
- Bye “http://” – Chrome’s developer version now eliminates the “http://” in the address bar. Details
- Eric Schmidt Thinks Blogging Is Low Quality Filler
- Why Dave McClure is Wrong about LBS
- Opera Announced Impressive Stats, Was Also Accepted to App Store
- Google Wave Helps Journalist Win Pulitzer Prize
- New Macbook Pro’s Released
- Adobe Unveiled Creative Suite 5 but not without complaints over International Pricing
- Digg Relaunch Reportedly Pushed Back 2 Months
- Google Buzz Coming To TweetDeck
- One of the first news reports about this thing called “Internet”
- 5 Questions For Idealabs’ Twitter Marketplace
- Microsoft Phones To Be Called Kin One and Kin Two – Hands on Video and Will it Sell?
- SocialCast CEO Talks Upcoming iPad App and the Future of Social Media in The Enterprise
- Last.fm kills on-demand streaming
- Foursquare Hits New Landmark: First check-in at the North Pole
- Facebook launches new Safety Center in child protection push
- Apigee makes life easier for Twitter developers
- Augmented Reality Driving – Not Safe but Oh SO Cool
- Is Apple Banning iPhone App Analytics?
- Alyssa Milano Explains Twitter, Hashtags and Replies to Jimmy Kimmel
- Echofon for the Mac Officially Released.
- Shots of Dell’s New Tablet Leaked
- Has Twitter Got It Wrong? AdAdmire launches ads for followers, not tweets