Twitter not real time enough? Try adding Bonfire chat

Twitter has made the world faster with its real-time messaging. But what if it’s not actually real-time enough? Enter Bonfire, a new browser plugin that promises to bring IM-style chat and presence into Twitter itself.

Bill Gross takes on Twitter, Facebook & Google+

Entrepreneur Bill Gross is launching a content-focused social network called Chime.in that will compete with Twitter, Facebook and Google+, as well as link-sharing sites like Digg. He says there is a need for a better way of filtering content, but the odds are stacked against him.

Twitvid raises $6.5M to boost video on Twitter

Twitvid has raised a Series B of $6.5 million and plans to use the money to hire more people and build out its infrastructure. The company has managed to stick around while others gave up. But can it compete with a likely video play from Twitter?

Twimbow organizes your Twitter stream with color coding

If you’re struggling to keep up with a noisy Twitter stream, you should check out Twimbow. It’s a free online Twitter client, now out of private beta, that can help to keep your stream organized by color-coding and filtering tweets.

Is the FTC going after Twitter for bulldozing its ecosystem?

According to a news report on Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission is looking into Twitter’s business practices. Although that doesn’t mean Twitter is under official investigation, it means the company’s behavior must have raised enough critical flags to catch the regulator’s attention, which is rarely good.

Create a seamless workspace for greater productivity

Our “workspace” is no longer just an office, it’s come to mean the entirety of how we get our work done. We need a seamless workspace to focus on our work; our tools and practices should allow us to flow from activity to activity.

Twitter beefs up in London, but is Europe just a cash cow?

Twitter has filled out its European team with another two executive positions based in London, but its focus on sales and marketing prompts the question: can foreign markets be anything more than just another chance to score big advertising dollars?