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Seattle generates more nationally-trending topics on Twitter than any other U.S. city, study says

At least according to Twitter, Seattleites are trend-setters. A new study out of the Indiana University shows that Seattle has the most number of hashtags that started in the city and eventually landed on Twitter’s national hashtag trending list. For 50 days, researchers analyzed more than 11,000 hashtags trending on Twitter in 63 different cities…. Read More

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Tweet-a-Coffee: You can now buy a Starbucks latte for a friend via Twitter

Here’s something that coffee-crazed and tech-mad Seattleites will certainly love. Starbucks is launching a new partnership with Twitter called Tweet-a-Coffee which allows customers of the coffee store chain to buy $5 gift cards for friends on Twitter. Users must connect their Starbucks and Twitter accounts, and then add their credit card information to the account…. Read More

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New Vizify features let you create social media-infused personal websites with custom domains

Vizify has long allowed users to see pages showing their social media chatter morphed into neat infographics and visualizations — for free. Now, though, the Portland startup is introducing a paid version of its service that comes with a bevy of new features. Vizify Premium lets you build a customizable personal website that can show off as little… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Inside Social helps brands measure social media ROI

Attracting Facebook likes and Twitter followers is important for businesses active on social media, but it can be difficult to pinpoint how exactly those metrics are affecting overall revenue for the company. That’s where Inside Social wants to help. The four-man startup, currently in Techstars Seattle, helps brands attribute value to specific social media actions…. Read More

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Comr.se raises $780K to help brands sell products within social streams

Shopping cart technology isn’t exactly the newest innovation around. But one young Seattle startup seems to have struck the right chord in terms of bridging the gap between social media, advertising and e-commerce. Comr.se — pronounced “commerce” — just raised $780,000 of a seed round that remains undisclosed. The company, a recent graduate of the B2B incubator… Read More

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Twitter at 2,000 employees, up 90% from last year

Twitter’s IPO filing was made public today and it noted that the company now employs 2,000 worldwide. According to the SEC filing, that’s up approximately 90 percent from June 30, 2012 — an increase of over 900 full-time employees. The social network said it expects to continue hiring and make acquisitions to add talent. It… Read More

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Twitter is now an emergency aid service

Twitter launched Twitter Alerts today as a way for public institutions and NGOs to send out emergency alerts via text messages and push notifications. The new feature is pretty simple. Users can receive emergency notifications from authorized agencies who are on the service by activating the alerts at an organization’s setup page (twitter.com/[username]/alerts). You can also… Read More

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Tagboard raises $2M to curate hashtags for brands

It’s been nearly 11 months since we first heard about Tagboard, the Redmond startup that curates social media content for brands. The company has been making moves since then and on Wednesday announced $2 million in funding and several major partnerships. Tagboard is capitalizing on the usage of hashtags in social media and essentially has… Read More

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Twitter continues growth, flocks to bigger Seattle offices

It’s been a little over a year since Twitter opened up shop in Seattle, and now the social networking giant is growing its footprint in Puget Sound with a new permanent office space. The company’s Seattle team will be moving from its temporary old digs near Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market to a 16,000 square-foot space… Read More

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AWS server issues take down Instagram, Airbnb, Flipboard

People posting photos, recording videos, making room reservations and reading the news on Sunday afternoon had to take a break for a few hours as an Amazon Web Services outage took down several popular websites. Sites like Instagram, Airbnb, Vine and Flipboard all went out of service for a short period on Sunday due to… Read More