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One week ago, we first learned that Twitter would likely be easing up on its hard 140-character limit with respect to tweets. Word on the street was that the social media company would no longer count links and photos towards the character limit, giving users more room to express themselves. Twitter today confirmed that changes are indeed coming to the platform, and clarified what exactly will be excluded from the 140-character limit. For starters, usernames will no longer be counted, so you’re free to include @hothardware and not worry about wasting space for your entire message. In addition,... Read more...
Part of Twitter's charm is that messages are short and to the point. The 140-character limit on tweets makes them easily and quickly digestible, negating the need for tl;dr summaries at the end. On the flip side, it can sometimes be tough getting an idea across in 140 characters. and it's even more challenging when links and photos take up part of the character count. That's going to changeAt present links take up 23 characters, and that's after Twitter automatically shortens the URL. That leaves users posting a link with 117 characters to get their message across, though not for long. Citing "a... Read more...
It was with good intentions that Comcast took to Twitter to promote Comcast Cares Day, an annual event in which thousands of its employees go out and volunteer in their communities. What Comcast didn't take into account is the snarky nature of Twitter and backlash it would receive on the social network. Comcast created its own hashtag to draw attention to its philanthropic outreach effort—#ComcastCaresDay—but instead of good vibes and high fives, it attracted a mountain of mockery. Some if it came from ticked off Comcast subscribers who were taken aback by what they viewed as obvious irony, while... Read more...
ISIS is apparently pretty peeved with the deletion of social media accounts belonging to members of the terrorist organization. As a result, ISIS has issued a threat to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, saying that for account they delete, ISIS will hack 10 others.The threat was part of a 25-minute video created by ISIS and posted to Telegram, a social media messaging app with a claimed 100 million monthly active users. It was discovered and viewed by Vocativ, which reports that the video contained pictures of Zuckerberg and Dorsey strewn with bullet holes.... Read more...
Twitter has a harassment problem, and it’s looking for outside help to help combat Internet trolls that are turning the popular social media platform into a new age platform for bullying. Twitter’s newly formed Trust and Safety Council will work to offer “input on our safety products, policies, and programs” as it tiptoes the line between allowing the proliferation of free speech while at the same time protecting its users from hate speech. “Twitter empowers every voice to shape the world. But you can’t do that unless you feel safe and confident enough to express yourself freely and connect with... Read more...
We’ve been wondering what the next big step would be for the Twitter-owned Periscope live streaming app, and today we got a look at what’s been going on behind the scenes. Periscope announced today that it will support live broadcasting from GoPro action cameras. The Periscope app for iOS was updated to allow for direct integration with select GoPro cameras (Hero 4 Black, Hero 4 Silver). Live broadcasting is as simple as connecting your GoPro Hero 4 to your iPhone via Wi-Fi, opening the Periscope app and then hitting the Broadcast button. You can still use the Periscope app while you’re broadcasting,... Read more...
In a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Twitter revealed that it's preparing to hand out 336 pink slips as part of a reorganization effort. In the short term, the layoffs, which amount to 8 percent of Twitter's workforce, will cost the company between $10 million and $20 million in severance pay. Investors at first reacted negatively to the news of the layoffs, sending Twitter's share price down by more than 6.8 percent to $28.75 on Monday. However, it's up more than 5 percent today at $30.24 per share. The quick recovery is a show of faith in Twitter co-founder... Read more...
At long last, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is back in the CEO seat. Dorsey made the announcement this morning in an 8-K filing and on an investor call - and also shared the news via Twitter, of course. The move heaps more onto Dorsey’s already-full plate; he is (and plans to remain) CEO of mobile payments service Square. Dorsey named Adam Bain to the COO spot and hinted at a major board shakeup while announcing that he was taking back the reins of Twitter. We are naming @adambain COO of Twitter, we're working to change the composition of our Board, and I will serve as CEO of Twitter and Square!—... Read more...
Be careful what you post in jest on social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and even YouTube, lest the U.S. government labels you as a potential terrorist threat. It's the online world we live in these days, and in an effort to thwart the bad guys (and gals) before they can do harm, a new bill would encourage social media sites to notify federal authorities of online "terrorist activity."According to Reuters, which claims to have seen a text of the bill that was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee, social media sites would have the green light to tattle on posts that talk about... Read more...
Shares of Twitter initially rose 7 percent in after hours trading after it was announced that its CEO Dick Costolo had decided to step down, a decision that will go into effect less than three weeks from now (July 1, 2015). Twitter co-founder and chairman of the board Jack Dorsey will step into Costolo's shoes as interim CEO while the microblogging service searches for a permanent replacement."I am tremendously proud of the Twitter team and all that the team has accomplished together during my six years with the company. We have great leaders who work well together and a clear strategy that informs... Read more...
Twitter CEO Disk Costolo admitted about his microblogging service that "we suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years," which he followed up with a vow to be more aggressive in eliminating that kind of unwanted behavior. Taking a step towards fulfilling that promise, Twitter has made some changes to its violent threats policy.Prior to the policy change, the prohibition on violent threats was limited "direct, specific threats of violence against others." It's now been reworded to include "threats of violence against others or promot[ing] violence against... Read more...
Twitter users often have to put up with abuse and harassment from trolls. We saw this play out unfortunately during the whole #GamerGate saga, when death threats and “swatting” became the norm. We even saw it following the death of beloved comedian Robin Williams. His daughter, Zelda Williams, was harassed and trolled so badly following the tragedy that she suspended her Twitter account (she did return weeks later, however, after receiving an outpouring of support from fans).Zelda Williams (second from right) was temporarily chased off Twitter by trolls following her father's death. (Source: Flickr)... Read more...
Twitter is now making it easier for you to discern tweets that are written in a foreign language. Facebook has long included the ability to see foreign translations in-line with posts, so it’s nice to see that Twitter has finally jumped onboard. And it only makes sense that Twitter would add this functionality, as nearly 80 percent of active users live outside of the United States. The new translation feature is powered by Microsoft’s Bing Translator and must first be enabled within your Account settings. Once enabled, when you stumble across a tweet that is in a foreign language — and you see... Read more...
Keeping up with your Twitter feed is about to get easier, thanks to new feature called “recaps.” Twitter will keep an eye out for tweets (from accounts that you follow) that are particularly noteworthy and put these recaps at the top of your Home timeline.The idea behind recaps makes sense: trying to keep up with Twitter’s Home feed can be overwhelming, and unless you’re glued to it, you’re going to miss tweets that you would have wanted to see. Twitter hopes to spot those tweets, based on “engagement and other factors,” and will put them on your Home timeline under a “While you were away,” heading.... Read more...
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