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Facebook is tricky. The site layout changes all the time, with menus, settings, and the like moving around, disappearing, reappearing, and being reworked with a slightly different name. Despite that, deleting a post from your Timeline seems mercifully easy: You just click the little icon in the upper right corner of a given post and then click Delete. Boom, done. Except apparently, that post isn’t actually deleted. Laura of “The Well-Prepared Mind” wrote a blog post detailing how she deleted everything on her Timeline, only to log back in some time later and find that everything had been restored. She says she did this twice, and sure enough, all those items are back. This doesn't... Read more...
Vine sure has been making the rounds the lately. After amassing 13 million users on iOS since launching in late January, Vine saw fit to swing over to Android earlier this month. Lest anyone think the video sharing service is leaving any stone unturned, it's now available to Kindle Fire users in the Amazon Appstore for Android. This is a critical time for Vine as it looks to remain relevant in the wake of Facebook adding video recording capabilities to Instagram, the photo sharing service it purchased for $1 billion. By making its way over to Amazon, Kindle Fire users can record looping videos up to 6 seconds in length using the front-facing camera on their tablet. Speaking of which, support... Read more...
There may come a day when our children or grandchildren can enjoy their mobile devices with boundless battery life, but that day seems woefully far off. Currently, poor battery life is the bain of all mobile devices; if you don’t have to plug your phone in to make it through the day without it dying, you’re in the minority. Kevin Purdy, sick of having to plug his phone in by 2pm every day, hunted through his Galaxy Nexus to determine which apps were hogging the most memory and demanding a constant data connection and thus were contributing the most to battery drain. The chief culprits, he said, were his Facebook and Twitter apps. (He’s not the first to point to Facebook as a... Read more...
For some, the world came to a screeching halt Monday afternoon, from around 1:08pm PDT to 1:33pm PDT. We're talking about Twitter addicts, who had to deal with an unexpected outage and find some other outlet for their barrage of witty 140-character (or less) musings. Oh, the horror! We kid, of course -- Twitter's a great tool if you have something interesting to share or funny to say, and if you're a Twitter user, we hope you're following HotHardware. But we're not joking about the downtime. "Due to an error in a routine change, Twitter was not available from 1:08pm PDT to 1:33pm PDT. We rolled back the erroneous change as soon as we identified the issue," Twitter stated in a blog post. "Additionally,... Read more...
Twitter has had more than its share of security breaches on its accounts of late, from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times to CBS to Burger King and Jeep, and now the social platform is addressing security by rolling out login authentication. In a blog post, Twitter’s product security team said, “We occasionally hear from people whose accounts have been compromised by email phishing schemes or a breach of password data elsewhere on the web. Today we’re introducing a new security feature to better protect your Twitter account: login verification.” Essentially, it’s just a form of two-factor authentication. Users will need to register a verified phone number... Read more...
It wasn't too long ago that rumblings had Twitter pining for more users to simply use the Web instead of those third-party tools. Tweetbot, TweetDeck, etc. -- those aren't exactly Twitter's favorite things, strangely. Now, the social network has made it super difficult for new third-party clients to operate, thereby forcing users to either rely on a native tool (like the official Twitter iOS app), or the website. Oddly, one official tool (the Twitter app for Mac) was left out in the cold after Apple began to refresh its MacBook displays with Retina capabilities. There were even rumors that the update was ready, but it was being shelved in order to further push users to the Web. Well, now that's... Read more...
In retrospect, it was only a matter of time until Twitter created a music service based on trends and engagement, and Twitter #music looks to be a service that suits the social platform quite well. The service officially launches today--the site is now love--and is also available as a separate iPhone app. The idea behind Twitter #music is simple; it detects and “surfaces” the most popular tracks and artists based on various types of Twitter activity. Music that emerges on #music is currently pulling from iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio, although Twitter says that it’s looking at additional music service providers, as well. If you want to check out tracks by those you follow on Twitter,... Read more...
Ahoy, Android users! There's a new build of Twitter waiting for you on Google Play, and the changes are certainly noteworthy. The company claims that the update adds a "native experience" to Google's mobile OS, including a wider and taller timelines that fill the screen, a flat navigation bar, tap and hold for quick actions, and more. You can now quickly navigate between tabs by swiping across your screen. And as you type your Tweet or search, you’ll see username and hashtag suggestions, making it easier to connect with friends and join conversations. In addition to the Android app, the company has also updated Twitter for iPhone and mobile.twitter.com. All three mobile apps, plus twitter.com,... Read more...
Just as it's been for Facebook, mobile's proving a game changer for Twitter, the microblogging service that's home to over 200 million active users. In light of this, research firm eMarketer bumped its forecast for Twitter's ad revenue to $582.8 in 2013 before nearing $1 billion next year. That's up from $288.3 million in 2012 and $139.5 million 2011. More than half of Twitter's ad dollars -- about 53 percent -- will come from mobile advertising this year, eMarketer says. What's so remarkable about that figure is that Twitter generated virtually nothing from mobile ad revenue in 2011. Image Source: Flickr (Michigan Municipal League) These figures make it seem likely Twitter will go down the path... Read more...
If there's one thing that can make you feel old, it's a birthday, and it doesn't even matter if it's your own or for someone you know. Today is Twitter's birthday, as the microblogging site that took the social networking scene by storm turns 7 years old. Converted into technology years, that's roughly equivalent to a person turning 134! Twitter now boasts "well over 200 million active users" who collectively dish out more than 400 million Tweets each day. That's nearly 16.7 million Tweets per hour, 278,000 per minute, or a little more than 4,629 every second. Every tenth of a second, there are almost 463 new Tweets to sort through. We could break it down further, but you get the idea, right?... Read more...
Considering his resume, Jack Dorsey keeps a rather low profile. If you can’t place his name here’s a reminder: Dorsey is the co-founder of Twitter, and more recently he founded mobile payment startup Square, which is designed to make it easier for small business owners to accept payments with iOS devices. Eventually, Dorsey wants to add a bigger, badder line to his resume: Mayor of New York City. Dorsey has suggested in the past that a mayoral run in the Big Apple would be something he’s interested in, and he reportedly even bent current mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ear about it. According to Business Insider, Dorsey just told a “60 Minutes” interviewer that he’s... Read more...
It's not just Windows Phone 8 fighting for flagship apps -- it's also Windows 8, to some degree. As Microsoft throws its weight behind those two major operating systems, at least one major developer is joining the Win8 fray this week: Twitter. That's right -- starting today you'll find a proper Windows 8 Twitter app available to download, so you won't have to use third-party clients or the Web if you don't want to. In addition to familiar Twitter features, including the Home, Connect, Discover, and Me tabs, this app introduces new functionality that takes advantage of unique Windows 8 features. First off, there's Snap View, which allows users to use another app right alongside Twitter. Snap Twitter... Read more...
Well, we can't say we didn't see this one coming. Twitter purchased TweekDeck for around $40-50 million in 2011. And now, it's essentially shutting things down. In a strange effort to continue getting people to use Twitter.com and the official Twitter apps instead of the myriad excellent third-party alternatives, Twitter announced this week that TweetDeck is essentially dead. The company will continue to support the Web-based versions, but it's discontinuing support for the older apps: TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone. They will be removed from their respective app stores in early May and will stop functioning shortly thereafter. It's also going to discontinue support... Read more...
All it takes is for one bad apple to spoil the bunch, and when a Twitter staff member inadvertently selected a pornographic Vine video as an Editor's Pick, all hell broke loose and it was suddenly "Game over, man!" for teens under the age of 17 years old. Twitter quickly yanked the video and apologized for what it deemed "human error," but to prevent something like that from happening again, the microblogging site now requires that users certify they are at least 17 years old before downloading the app. Vine is a relatively new app, having only launched a month ago. At the time, it carried a 12+ rating, but that's not been bumped to 17+ due to a laundry list of adult themes, including: Infrequent/Mild... Read more...
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