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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...
Sony is having a tough time figuring out its true enemy (psst, Sony, it's North Korea!). Following a massive cyberattack that resulted in the theft of data and ultimately led to the company cancelling the Christmas Day debut of "The Interview," a far-fetched comedy involving an assassination attempt North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Sony has been threatening different people and entities not involved in the attack with lawsuits. Just last week, Sony's legal team reportedly sent a letter to at least three major news agencies demanding that they stop publishing information... Read more...
Facebook has over 300 million reasons why it can justify acquiring Instagram, the photo and video sharing app that now has more users than Twitter. That's an impressive feat, but if you're thinking Twitter co-founder Evan Williams is bothered by that fact, think again. Addressing the topic head on, Williams did his best honey badger impression, saying in no uncertain terms that he doesn't care. Williams voiced his opinion in an interview with Fortune. To Williams, it's not simply a numbers game, which can be deceiving anyway. An example he gives is when a user fires up an app that he logged into... Read more...
We wrote earlier this week about Twitter's plans to begin tracking the apps we have installed on our mobile devices, and now, the company's launched a page that lays all of the details out on the table. In a way, we should give props to Twitter for being so transparent about this, because it's the kind of feature that a lot of companies roll out and just hope users won't notice - which of course they will. As before, Twitter insists that its goal is to simply tailor your experience with the service by scanning your apps. If it sees you have sports-themed apps installed, for example, it stands to... Read more...
Remember that comment you posted to Twitter eight years ago? No? Well now you can look it up, along with every other public tweet made by anyone. In a blog post this week, Twitter announced that it now indexes every public tweet since 2006, which has been something the microblogging service has wanted to do for quite some time now. "Since that first simple Tweet over eight years ago, hundreds of billions of Tweets have captured everyday human experiences and major historical events. Our search engine excelled at surfacing breaking news and events in real time, and our search index infrastructure... Read more...
The Xbox One might not be the best selling console of the modern generation -- that honor belongs to Sony's PlayStation 4 -- but give Microsoft credit for continually improving the experience with frequent updates. Hundreds of new features have been added via 10 updates within the console's first year, and this weekend, Xbox One owners will receive the last major upgrade of of 2014. What can you expect? For one, Microsoft is adding custom backgrounds to the mix. Each account on your Xbox One console can have a background all their own, with choice of color as a theme or achievement art as the background... Read more...
Lately, there appears to have been an escalation when it comes to harassment online. While Twitter’s stance is that users “may not engage in targeted abuse or harassment,” a lot of the harassment has been taking place on the social media network itself. More specifically, the targeting and harassment of female users across various mediums, platforms, and professions has led to an escalation that involves death threats, exposure of private information, doxxing, and a plethora of sexist hate speech. One only has to look at Zelda Williams, the daughter of actor Robin Williams, who... Read more...
We recognize that perplexed look on your face -- it's the exact same one we had after hearing about there being a Twitter Audio Card. However, it's not what you think. Twitter isn't taking on Creative Labs in the sound card space, but it is introducing the ability for you to be able to listen to audio directly in your timeline on iOS and Android devices. Audio Card is the name of the service that will allow you to do that. At the outset, Twitter has partnered with SoundCloud to deliver streaming audio from its list of partners, of which you'll find music and podcasts from the likes of Coldplay,... Read more...
With the holiday shopping season right around the bend, companies will be ramping up efforts to draw eyeballs to their wares and solicit your business. Enter Amazon and the introduction of a new shopping hashtag that allows Twitter users to add items to their Amazon Wish List simply by tweeting. Just include #AmazonWishList and a link to the item you're jonesing for in your tweet, or reply to a tweet containing an Amazon link with the aforementioned hashtag. "Twitter offers Amazon customers a great environment for inspiration and discovery," said John Yurcisin, Director of Social at Amazon. "#AmazonWishList... Read more...
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