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Twitter social graph access should return to Tumblr because of the transitive propery of We Cool

Remember the nice five minutes when you could find your Twitter friends on Tumblr, and they could find you? (so much easier than startin’ from scratch)

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(it was nice)

Then Twitter snagged away social graph access from Tumblr (right after they did it to Instagram). And now you can’t find your Twitter buddies without going to Twitter and bugging everybody.

(I know lotsa people miss this, coz every day people visit this post about “how to find Twitter friends on Tumblr.” )

But since Yahoo! bought Tumblr, I’ve got some renewed hope that Twitter social graph access could return to Tumblr.

Why?

The transitive property of We Cool.

See, Flickr (owned by Yahoo!) does have Twitter social graph access.

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Twitter is cool with Yahoo!

And if Twitter is cool with Yahoo!, and Yahoo! owns Tumblr, the transitive property of We Cool dictates that Twitter should give social graph access to Tumblr.

(There is also a small possibility that the transitive property of We Cool could work against us, and Twitter could snag Twitter social graph access away from Flickr.)

Dear Marissa Mayer, etc.

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Agencies: Pinterest update adds Twitter social graph (friend-finder)

What Pinterest is calling a new “look” is less of a redesign, and more of a new version. There’s lotsa new stuff (“related” Pins, a la YouTube, huge discovery flow), and a lot of removed stuff (bye-bye “origin” trail, a la Tumblr, pout).

Many of these changes are of interest to marketers, but this post is gonna focus on the biggest one: The Twitter social graph (aka, “friend finder”) is now completely accessible in Pinterest.

In other words: you can find your Twitter community, and they can find you, in a much more straight-forward way.

Twitter social-graph access is a critical tool for marketers and businesses on social platforms, because Facebook friend-finding is pretty much useless for businesses: Pinterest lets you connect to your personal Facebook account, but your business’s hundreds/thousands of Facebook Page Likers are lost in a black hole, inaccessible to your business’s new presence.

Twitter’s all-accounts-are-the-same (no distinction between “real person” and “business page”) structure works much better for joining new networks, and bringing over a community.

But until now, Pinterest had been kinda half-assed about Twitter social-graph access.

In the old Pinterest, at time of sign-up, you got a decent one-time pass at finding your Twitter buddies. But after that, you only got occasional email about Twitter friends joining, and a wacky, peekaboo feed that came and went with some of your Twitter friends (not clearly marked as Twitter friends, btw).

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When you clicked “see all” you were brought to a Find Friends page that DID NOT INCLUDE TWITTER, just Facebook, even though it was just showing you a preview of Twitter friends. This has driven me crazy for a year+.

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Now let’s look at the new Pinterest Friend Finder.

This is more like it! Here are your Twitter friends!

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Yay. Nothing like not having to rebuild your community from scratch.

Big + welcome news.

PS- It’s worth noting that this does not require you to declare your Pinterest account a “business” account, or to have verified your website. The Twitter social graph access applies to all accounts who have upgraded to the new Pinterest.

PPS- the new Pinterest is not without some bugs/unfortunate changes. While I’m very enthusiastic about the new Twitter social graph access, I still recommend a fully considered evaluation before upgrading your Pinterest account.

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Caught up in a wave of Flickr enthusiasm from some Twitter buddies, I clicked to sign-up, was not given Twitter option, backed away. :(
Even before the recent overhaul, I saw people shout-out Twitter usernames in Flickr photo descriptions. Flickr does care about Twitter, supports Twitter Cards. So why not support Twitter handle awareness, Twitter sign-in?
Worried Twitter will just shut you off? I don’t blame you. Flickr.
Twitter, girl. Reach out to them. Even offer what you took away from Instagram (Find Friends).

Caught up in a wave of Flickr enthusiasm from some Twitter buddies, I clicked to sign-up, was not given Twitter option, backed away. :(

Even before the recent overhaul, I saw people shout-out Twitter usernames in Flickr photo descriptions. Flickr does care about Twitter, supports Twitter Cards. So why not support Twitter handle awareness, Twitter sign-in?

Worried Twitter will just shut you off? I don’t blame you. Flickr.

Twitter, girl. Reach out to them. Even offer what you took away from Instagram (Find Friends).

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Just signed up for Ex.fm at the suggestion of a Twitter buddy, when I noticed an interesting option in the “Find Friends” step- Tumblr friends. You can use your Tumblr social graph! Typically a “find friends” step includes Facebook, Twitter, and email (Gmail) contacts to bootstrap your friends in a new site.
Hopefully this Tumblr option will appear across the web. I would love to see more new social sites enabling access to our Tumblr (and Instagram?) social graph. It’s no secret Twitter is getting really unreliable for this. (They want apps to use Twitter authentication during sign-up onboarding, but don’t want them to let users find their Twitter friends. Why the heck would we auth with Twitter over Facebook, then?)
In any case- yay ex.fm, and yay for Tumblr for letting apps use this!

Just signed up for Ex.fm at the suggestion of a Twitter buddy, when I noticed an interesting option in the “Find Friends” step- Tumblr friends. You can use your Tumblr social graph! Typically a “find friends” step includes Facebook, Twitter, and email (Gmail) contacts to bootstrap your friends in a new site.

Hopefully this Tumblr option will appear across the web. I would love to see more new social sites enabling access to our Tumblr (and Instagram?) social graph. It’s no secret Twitter is getting really unreliable for this. (They want apps to use Twitter authentication during sign-up onboarding, but don’t want them to let users find their Twitter friends. Why the heck would we auth with Twitter over Facebook, then?)

In any case- yay ex.fm, and yay for Tumblr for letting apps use this!

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How to find your Twitter friends on Tumblr while you still can (something, something Instagram)

[update 20121022 (24 days later). Called it. Twitter killed Find Friends access on Tumblr. So bummed]

[update 20130529 I think (now Yahoo!-owned) Tumblr can get Twitter social graph (friend-finder) access back, with Yahoo!’s political weight]

If you’re a brand (or person) on Twitter with a set of strong relationships, it’s great to be able to bring them over to other networks you’re a part of like Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest.

Except.

Twitter recently took away “find friends” from Instagram. You’re no longer automagically notified when a new Twitter buddy joins Instagram, or given an easy way to find them upon sign-up.

Before.

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After.

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RIP Twitter buddies.

The lameness of Twitter doing this is beyond the scope of this blog post, so let’s be constructive.

Now would be a good time to find your Twitter friends on Tumblr, while you still can.

Yep, you can find Twitter friends on Tumblr. Tumblr hasn’t done the best job of putting this under our nose, but it’s been here for a while now. On your Tumblr Dashboard you can go to Find Blogs -> People You Know (Or just jump to: http://www.tumblr.com/lookup ), hand over Twitter auth and see if any of your Twitter buddies are also on Tumblr. (Once you get there, Tumblr does a really nice job of giving you their Twitter name next to their Tumblr name. Something other sites don’t do as well.)

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Well what are you waiting for? Git!