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Results from The Twitter Blog for: June 2012

#OnlyOnTwitter: Sports stars always shine

Twitter brings you closer to your favorite athletes, past and present. Even though an athlete has retired the admiration and connection with and from fans doesn’t diminish with the passing of time. Stars want to stay close and fans want a way to keep up with their favorite athletes of years passed, and if we’re lucky, gain insight into moments from their career.

For this week’s #OnlyOnTwitter, we bring you three legends of sports.


Working with Girls Who Code

If we want there to be more women who pursue careers in engineering and computer science and feel welcome in these fields, we have to work on ways to increase the number of women studying engineering — it’s that simple. This is one reason we have an active Women in Engineering group (@womeng) at Twitter, made up of women and men, both engineers and non-engineers, who are passionate about encouraging young women to opt for and stay in computer science.


Euro 2012: Follow all the action on the pitch and in the stands

During sporting events, Twitter mirrors the roar of the crowd. This is especially true during big events like the European Football Championship, which has ignited a global conversation around soccer. Below is a visualization of support for #France (in blue) and #England (in red) during their #Euro2012 match on June 11. On that day, people tweeted from 160 different countries about the game.


#OnlyOnTwitter: Katy Perry offers chance at early screener tix

Do you ever unwrap a candy bar and secretly hope for a Willy Wonka style golden ticket? Twitter can be a little like that: you never know when someone you admire is going to surprise you by intersecting with your world.

In fact, this happened today when pop princess @KatyPerry surprised her millions of followers with their own golden ticket — a chance to snag tickets to see her new movie, Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D, before its official release:


Today’s turbulence explained

Not how we wanted today to go. At approximately 9:00am PDT, we discovered that Twitter was inaccessible for all web users, and mobile clients were not showing new Tweets. We immediately began to investigate the issue and found that there was a cascading bug in one of our infrastructure components. This wasn’t due to a hack or our new office or Euro 2012 or GIF avatars, as some have speculated today.


A new way to experience profiles: with or without replies

When you visit a Twitter user’s profile, you may want to see his or her original Tweets rather than their conversations. Then again, you may enjoy seeing the back-and-forth exchanges they have with other Twitter users. Now you can have it both ways.


#OnlyOnTwitter: Your invitation to exclusive conversations

Twitter lets you peek in on the conversations you might not otherwise be privy to. Athletes watching a top sporting event, stars celebrating their own at an awards show, or an entirely unexpected interaction between well-moneyed men.

This week we wanted to share with you a few of the real-time conversations that some well-known folks have had about major events in their worlds. Not just a delightfully unexpected interaction between a rapper and a businessman, but also basketball stars, country musicians and baseball players.


Experience more with expanded Tweets

Starting today, you can discover more interactive experiences inside any Tweet on and When you expand Tweets containing links to partner websites, you can now see content previews, view images, play videos and more.


Courtside Tweets


Which hashtag are you: #ThunderUp or #LETSGOHEAT? The NBA Finals start tonight (9pm ET on ABC) between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat, and Twitter will be your courtside seat for all the action.

We’ve assembled an all-star roster of not one, not two, not three… but thirteen pro athletes, coaches, and super-fans to tweet their color commentary throughout the Finals:


Tailored Trends bring you closer

Trends help you discover the emerging topics people are talking about on Twitter. You can see these topics as a worldwide list, or select one of more than 150 locations. In order to show emerging topics that matter more to you, today we’re improving our algorithms to tailor Trends based on your location and who you follow on Twitter.