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Mobile apps fuel Twitter membership growth

The number of mobile users on Twitter has grown 62 per cent since mid-April.

The number of mobile users on Twitter has grown 62 per cent since mid-April, chief executive Evan Williams said in a company post on Thursday.

Among new users, 16 per cent started using the microblogging service on their mobile phones, as compared to 5 per cent before the company launched its rebranded Twitter app for the iPhone a few months ago.

Around 46 per cent of active users make mobile a regular part of their Twitter experience, Williams said about the service, which has 145 million registered users worldwide.

Williams wrote about why Twitter bought an app known as Tweetie, and reintroduced it as Twitter for the iPhone in May. The company discovered that users were having trouble choosing a mobile Twitter app because none was named "Twitter".

While 8 per cent of users tweeted from the iPhone app, 7 per cent used the BlackBerry app.

About 14 per cent used the mobile Twitter client, 8 per cent accessed it from SMS and 78 per cent accessed it from desktops.


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We're hiring! Join the New Statesman as an editorial assistant

The NS is looking for a new recruit.

The New Statesman is hiring an editorial assistant, who will work across the website and magazine to help the office run smoothly. The ideal candidate will have excellent language skills, a passion for journalism, and the ability to work quickly and confidently under pressure.

The job is a broad one – you will need to understand the requirements of both halves of the magazine (politics and culture) as well as having an interest in the technical requirements of magazine and website production. Experience with podcasts and social media would be helpful.

The right person will have omnivorous reading habits and the ability to assimilate new topics at speed. You will be expected to help out with administration tasks around the office, so you must be willing to take direction and get involved with unglamorous tasks. There will be opportunities to write, but this will not form the main part of the job. (Our current editorial assistant is now moving on to a writing post.)

This is a full-time paid job, which would suit a recent graduate or someone who is looking for an entry into journalism. On the job training and help with career development will be offered.

Please apply with an email to Stephen Bush (Stephen. Bush @ with the subject line ‘Editorial Assistant application’.  

In your covering letter, please include a 300-word analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the New Statesman. Please also include 500 words on what you consider to be the most interesting trend in British politics, and your CV as a Word document. 

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 12th October.