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Sorry to break it to social networking curmudgeons, but the Oxford English Dictionary now officially recognizes "tweet" as a noun and verb in the social networking sense. Such is the power and influence of social networking services like Twitter that not only did OED expand its entry for the word tweet, but it broke its own rules to add the new definitions. "This breaks at least one one OED rule, namely that a new word needs to be current for ten years before consideration for inclusion. But it seems to be catching on," OED Chief Editor John Simpson said in a statement. The latest OED updated saw... Read more...
Twitter's photo sharing feature, first announced in June, is now live. The next time users log into Twitter they will be prompted, as above, and given a chance to "learn more." The site has teamed with photo site Photobucket to host the images. Twitter confirmed that all EXIF data will be removed from the image when it's uploaded, reducing privacy concerns. The site isn't going to offer galleries of photos initially, but their help page did state that user media galleries will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Those galleries will allow others to see the images a user has shared on Twitter. Those... Read more...
It's become commonplace for celebrities and companies to make announcements via Twitter. Thus, should we really be surprised that Shaquille O'Neal announced his retirement via Twitter (and also, via a new service called Tout)? Although Twitter hosted the Tweet, it was Tout that hosted the video (below). The Tweet drove 500K users to six-week old Tout in the space of three hours. [Tout can be thought of as a sort of video Twitter.] Apparently, Shaq is a fan of Tout. He contacted the service ahead of time, telling them he wanted to use Tout to announce his retirement. Tout CEO Michael Downing said... Read more...
Charlie Sheen has said that his multiple appearances on various talk shows like "The Today Show," "20/20" and "Piers Morgan Tonight" have all been about spreading the "truth." What better way, however, to spread it, than via Twitter. In fact, the Charlie Sheen Twitter account, which was created on March 1st, already has over 1.2M followers, in less than two days. His initial set of those he followed was a short list of 10 people, including porn star Bree Olsen, Piers Morgan (who seemed to soft pedal questions to Sheen on Monday night when he interviewed Sheen on CNN), Howard Stern, Alyssa Milano,... Read more...
If you use Twidroyd, UberTwitter, or UberCurrent, you're probably having trouble reading Tweets right about now. That is because Twitter has officially suspended those applications, citing policy violations. The suspension appears to have been enforced on Friday, Feb. 18. Reports from a Twidroyd user indicate that after the ban, he saw only two Tweets: one telling him of the suspension, and one that points him to Twitter's official clients. Tweetdeck was recently acquired by UberMedia. With that, approximately 20 percent of the tweets sent daily are from UberMedia apps, when you include all the... Read more...
We live in a world connected by social networking, but if you thought Facebook and Twitter were already overboard enough, you'll probably be horrified by this. But honestly, it's a pretty nifty idea, or a novel one at least. The Looxie wearable camcorder and social sharing system is the first wearable Bluetooth device designed to share more than just 140 characters of your day at a time. With this device, which is described as an "easy-to-wear camcorder that videos everything the user sees," users can constantly video everything that they see. It's "always on," which is a little scary, but then... Read more...
Twitter has unveiled its new site. As Twitter said, it's their biggest Twitter client. The new Twitter.com, you can consider the bionic Twitter.com: better, stronger, faster. Well, it will be better and faster at least. As shown at the Twitter announcement on Tuesday, Twitter's new site will feature a double-paned view of things. Quite frankly, it uses a lot of the wasted space on the page. Each pane will take up half the screen. The left-hand column will contain the regular old timeline of Tweets. Click on a Tweet, and teh right hand pane shows the details of the Tweet, including the user profile... Read more...
We knew Twitter was working on a client for Android, and now it's available. The new app appears to be integrated with the OS very well. It allows for tweeting directly from the Gallery app. There's also a timeline widget for your home screen and if you want, you can see your friends' latest tweets from your contact list, GoogleTalk list, or any other application that uses Android’s QuickContact bar. Twitter worked with the Android team to make this app happen, and Google plans to open source the code used in the app in the near future. It appears that developers will get access to a set... Read more...
Oh, great. Do you remember that night where you were just a bit tipsy, and you let out a string of Tweets that you've now lived to regret? Starting soon, you can sleep knowing your great-grandchildren will be able to read every single one of them, and any attempt you make to assure them that you were never a wild child in your younger days will be in vain.It's a world-changing thing to happen, but the Library of Congress has just announced that Twitter will enable them to archive every single public tweet ever made. Yes, every single one since the service launched in 2006. If you have your account... Read more...
As part of its latest attempt to make its site more useful, Yahoo announced a partnership with Twitter. Although most of the new features won't be available until later this year, one of the upcoming features will allow anyone with a Twitter account to tweet and see the updates of people they're tracking while they are logged in to the Yahoo Web site. One change has already taken place: Yahoo is now displaying a wider range of Twitter updates in its search results. Google and Microsoft have been displaying Twitter search results since late last year. Like its rivals, Yahoo will pay Twitter for... Read more...
Don't worry, Bill Gates hasn't lost his mind, and starting Tweeting like a bird. Rather, the tech guru has joined the ranks of Twitter.And while Twitter's fail whales were out in force this morning, it was most likely not because Bill Gates joined Twitter, despite the fact that Gates already has over 230,000 followers at the time of this writing.Instead, although Twitter readily admitted it had issues this morning, it was either due to: a) hardware failure or b) the magnitude 6.1 aftershock that hit Haiti this morning. The outage occurred soon after the temblor hit. Gates, on the other hand, tweeted... Read more...
Preacher: "It's official on Facebook, it's official in my book!"We kid you not, that's the quote from a pastor who officiated a recent wedding between two obvious tech nerds. Dana Hanna, a recently married dude from Maryland, actually paused his own wedding after the pastor announced that he and his wife were now officially married in order to bust out two smartphones from his pocket. Once they were out, he and his new wife Tweeted and updated their Facebook profiles to immediately show their new status to the world. Before they even had a chance to lock lips and make it to their own reception,... Read more...
On Sunday, the Telegraph posted a story that stated that Twitter was about to introduce video tweeting. However, it looks like this can be filed under unfounded rumor, as noted by a quote from Twitter founder Biz Stone. In fact, the Telegraph story is pretty sparse, mostly being about Twitter in general and some high-profile celebrities who have left of late (such as Miley Cyrus). The functionality, if implemented, would have duplicated the features of third party sites Twiddeo and Tweetube which allow Twitter users to post video tweets by creating links to their own sites. Here's what Biz Stone... Read more...
Nice try. In July Twitter wrote that it was trying to trademark "Tweet." Not for the reason you might think, though: the request has been provisionally denied on the grounds that other companies had filed for trademarks of very similar words.You might think that "Tweet" was a generic term, and that would be the reason for the denial, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) cited other trademark applications by the firms TweetMarks, Cotweet and Tweetphoto, and said there was a "likelihood of confusion."In his blog post announcing that Twitter was attempting to trademark "Tweet," founder... Read more...
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