New partnership between X Factor USA and Twitter
A new partnership between Twitter and the TV show The X Factor USA will add Twitter to the list of ways audience members can vote, in addition to voting by phone, text messages, online, and mobile apps.
The new form of voting will be through direct messages to the account, not regular tweets. Normally, you can only direct message someone if they are following you, but Twitter has made it so that anyone following @TheXFactorUSA can vote. More details on how to vote can be found here.
Steve Martin turns tweets into a book
On October 27, funny guy Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) tweeted: “Due to absolutely no demand, soon I’m publishing a book of my tweets. Many of your replies included! All my profits to charity.”
The book, titled “The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.” is slated to be around 112 pages of Martin’s tweets and fan replies. It’s expected to be released around June 2012.
The book’s description explains that, “With over 1.4 million followers (a number growing by the day), and a now famously uncanny ability to pack 140 characters with a maximum amount of humor and wit, Steve Martin has defined what it means to be a celebrity in today’s world of social media.”
Lady Gaga reaches 15 million followers
Lady Gaga (@LadyGaga) has become the first Twitter user to have 15 million followers, with the newest million added in the past 28 days. Gaga and her Little Monsters have set many records on Twitter before.
Over at All Twitter, they did the calculations and if Gaga continues amassing followers at her current speed, she should be expected to hit 20 million followers between March and April 2012.
Kim Kardashian files for divorce, takes over Trending Topics
On October 31, Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) filed for divorce from her husband of 72 days, Kris Humphries. After all of the publicity surrounding the wedding, including a 2-night, 4-hour wedding special on E!, the news of divorce has caused quite a stir.
On Twitter, several joking hashtags and Trending Topics began circulating, including #ThingsLongerThanKimsMarriage, which is still the number one Trending Topic.
While the public may not have been sensitive, Kim’s sisters Kourtney and Khloe tweeted support for their sister. Kim has not tweeted anything since the news of her divorce broke.