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Twitter's Incredible 2008; Facebook, Microsoft's Windows 7 Beta Download, Another Microsoft Fail

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There are no more CES press conferences for me to watch and summarize, so it's off to my regular blogs about random news. Whether you have heard of it or not Twitter had an overwhelming growth in 2008. In 2008, Twitter even beat Facebook in growth (percentage-wise). If you don't know what Twitter is, let me tell you what the gist of it is, using Wikipedia's help, since i don't know too much about Twitter myself. "Twitter is a free social networking site and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates [tweets], which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length." It sounds like 'statuses' on Facebook. I, personally, don't use it myself and i also don't really understand why people use it. Anyways in 2008, according to Mashable, Twitter grew a whopping 752%. Twitter started the year with only about 500,000 visitors monthly and by the time it was December that number spiked up to 4.43 million visitors a month. On another note, Facebook finally surpassed Myspace in US traffic, just barely. In the beginning of 2008, Myspace had about 34 million more visitors monthly, but by the end of the year it was a different story. By the time it was December, Myspace had about 59,544,152 visitors and Facebook had 59,675,502 [Edited by: Anonymous]. Close victory for Facebook and congratulations. There are 2 charts above, showing the growth of Twitter and the battle between Facebook and Myspace. In the second graph; Myspace is red and Facebook is blue.

My last two topics will talk about Microsoft. First off, the Windows 7 beta that, originally, had a 2.5 million download limit and was released on Friday, January 9, 2009, have now been changed to having an unlimited download cap. This Windows 7 beta download was only going to be released on the Friday on a first come first serve basis, but Microsoft extended the download until January 24th. So, basically, the Windows 7 beta download is available until January 24 for everyone.

At CES, Microsoft had the infamous RROD in Halo Wars, but they weren't done with failing yet. As they were showing off their Surface Computers, an error occurred. It's not as good as the Red Ring of Death, but it's a decent fail. Looks like Microsoft had a bit of bad luck at CES. It's okay, i still liked their press conference.

Twitter on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter
Twitter's Massive Growth (and charts): http://mashable.com/2009/01/09/twitter-growth-2008/
Windows 7 Beta Download (and picture): http://i.gizmodo.com/5128738/windows-7-open-beta-download-limit-lifted-until-january-24
Microsoft Surface Fail (and picture): http://i.gizmodo.com/5128355/as-seen-at-ces-microsoft-surface-fail