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Twitter @6 Grows from 140 Characters to 140 Million Active Users; Bing Testing In-line Facebook and Twitter Trends in SERPs; TweetDeck Now with ‘Lists, Activity, Media’ and More

Twitter, the microblogging pioneer marked its sixth anniversary on March 21st, by announcing that it now has more than 140 million active users. The company said that its users average more than 340 million tweets daily, totalling upwards of 2 billion posts per week.

“When [Jack Dorsey] first sketched out his notion in March 2006, no one could have predicted the trajectory of this new communication tool,” the company said. “Now it seems that there are as many ways to express yourself in 140 characters as there are people doing it.”

“And at last check, there are more than 140 million active users (there’s that number again) — and today we see 340 million Tweets a day. That’s more than 1 billion every 3 days. However concisely, it turns out there’s plenty to say,” Twitter added.

Dorsey’s first tweet appeared March 21, 2006: “just setting up my twttr”.

Also, a new implementation of social data into the Bing search results was spotted by the techie-buzz who discovered the “Twitter trends making their way into the Bing search results pages.”

The query in question was for a hot topic (Pepsi Next) — the first listings were for news articles and were followed up by a “trending” article from AdAge below the first search result.

“Bing not only tells me that a particular story is trending on twitter but also how many shares in the past few hours. This is deep meta data information for a search engine in real-time,” posted techie-buzz.

Twitter Trends in Bing SERPs

It also looks that the Bing team is now bringing in Facebook share numbers in the mix too. Screenshot:

Bing Facebook Twitter Trends

Also, in the Twitter releated news, a new version of TweetDeck introduces some great new features as well as a host of smaller improvements and bug fixes:

List Management
You can now create, edit and delete lists directly in the app. There is even a dedicated Lists button on the toolbar, so you can quickly and easily dive in to manage your lists. Additionally, all user profiles have an “Add or Remove from lists” menu item, making it easy to manage list memberships for any Twitter user.

TweetDeck List Management

Activity & Interactions
Twitter added two columns to TweetDeck to make it possible to see additional activity on Twitter, including retweets, favorites and follows. A new Interactions column, available under the Add Column button, is like an enhanced Mentions column. It shows not only all of your mentions, but also alerts when you have been followed, added to a list, retweeted or favorited.

Another new column type called “Activity,” shows a real-time feed of all the follow, favorite and add-to-list actions performed by the accounts that you follow.

TweetDeck Activity and Interactions

Media Previews
TweetDeck now has inline media previews, so you can view images and videos faster and more easily. You will now see a small preview of images and videos under the related Tweet. If you’d rather not see in-line media, just turn this option off under Settings > General. Additionally, you can view a large preview of images and videos in an in-app media gallery. Just click the preview image, or the URL in the Tweet, and the media will be displayed in a large gallery view.

TweetDeck Media Previews

Edit & RT
This version replaces “Quote” with “Edit & RT,” which lets you edit the Tweet before sending.

TweetDeck Edit and RT

Check the video below for a quick tour of the updates:

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