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Results from The Twitter Blog for: February 2009

Bell Mobility and Twitter—No Extra Fees

Last week we activated full SMS service for Canadian Twitter-ers who are also customers of Bell Mobility. Twitter and Bell have agreed that Bell customers on the company’s text messaging bundles will be able to receive unlimited incoming Twitter SMS messages at no extra charge. If you haven’t already, you can activate your phone to Twitter over SMS.


For Whom The Bell Texts

Today we’re super excited to be activating full, two-way SMS service for Canadian Twitter-ers who are also customers of Bell Mobility. If you’re a Bell Mobility customer, you can update Twitter via SMS and receive updates from Twitter via SMS. There are no limits and no added fees (beyond your normal texting plan). If you haven’t already, you can activate your phone to Twitter over SMS.


Testing A More Integrated Search Experience

Search and Trends in Twitter for a fraction of folks.

Twitter Search has been growing ever more popular despite the fact that it lives on a subdomain of our site. Today, we’ve placed Search and Trends into the signed-in home pages of a limited set of accounts to get a better sense of how it works for folks before we release the feature completely into the wild. Most people will not see this test, just a small, random subset.


Opportunity Knocks

Twitter is growing at a phenomenal rate. Active users have increased 900% in a year and even though our web traffic is amazing, we see twice that traffic to the APIs. Interacting with Twitter over SMS is also getting more popular every day. Our relatively small team of 29 employees has accomplished quite a bit lately but it’s obvious that we have the world ahead of us.

An Offer We Couldn’t Refuse


Clickjacking Blocked

Some folks have noticed links from accounts they follow prefaced by the words, “Don’t click” which of course people want to click right away. The links take you to a web site employing technique called clickjacking. This technique seeks to trick web users and can take action on your behalf while you perform seemingly unrelated tasks.


Give Water, Join Us Tomorrow!

Don’t forget that Twestival is tomorrow. Almost 200 cities around the world will simultaneously host Tweetups and raise money for Charity:Water, a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations by funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need.


Nothing To Report Just Yet

There was a sudden burst of news early this week surrounding some ideas we’ve shared publicly for quite some time. We’ve been thinking out loud for more than a year about the growing use of Twitter by companies, brands, and other commercial organizations. It’s great that both individuals and organizations are finding value in Twitter and there may be ways we can enrich the experience. In fact, we hope to begin iterating on revenue products this year.


A Lesson in Nothingness?

One of the essential doctrines of Buddhism is Impermanence. The word expresses the notion that everything we can experience through our senses is in flux, constantly changing, and ceasing to be—nothing is permanent. Is there some meaning, therefore, in the sudden disappearance of a Twitter account thought to be the official account of The Office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama?