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According to a recent report, around half of all Super Bowl commercials featured Twitter in some form or fashion. Perhaps it was just a hashtag logo at the end, or perhaps it was that iconic bird icon beside the company's Twitter handle. Regardless of the particulars, it's quite clear that Twitter has exploded, and is most certainly not reserved as just a niche, techy-only social network. Moreover, researchers are increasingly turning to Twitter to size up how well television shows are doing, and how the majority are reacting. To no one's surprise, Twitter itself is taking notice. In a blog post this week, the company announced that it has acquired Bluefin Labs. If you've never heard of that... Read more...
Concerned that hacking is on the rise? You've every right to be worried. Following recent reports from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times surrounding intrusion from outside forces into their news systems and e-mail databases, Twitter has now affirmed a security puncture of its own. The company released a blog post noting that it "detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data." In that discovery process, Twitter found one live attack and neutralized it, but some damage was already done. The investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information – usernames, email addresses,... Read more...
Twitter has been evolving fairly rapidly of late, likely because it's moving closer and closer to a legitimate business model with sponsored tweets and the like. This week, the social networking outfit has rolled out several enhancements that make it easier to view photos and videos on Twitter — in particular, on profiles and in search results. Viewers can now see larger photos right on the page; just click a photo from a profile page or in search results to see a larger version of that photo without leaving the page. On the video front, media galleries now include videos from Vine, YouTube, Vimeo, and other partners whose videos appear in expanded Tweets.  What’s more, tweet... Read more...
If you think 140-character tweets are restrictive, try a six-second video. After picking up Vine late last year, Twitter decided the time was ripe to launch Vine as an app that complements Twitter’s text-based messages with short, looping videos. “Posts on Vine are about abbreviation – the shortened form of something larger,” writes Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann on Vine’s blog. “They’re little windows into the people, settings, ideas and objects that make up your life. They’re quirky, and we think that’s part of what makes them so special.” If you want to try the Vine app out, you’ll need to do so on an iPhone or iPod Touch, as those... Read more...
It was only a little over a year ago when Twitter announced that it had 100 million active users posting tweets every month. Here we are at the tail end of 2012 and that number has more than doubled, a statistic that should finally put to rest any talk that this whole thing is just a fad. "There are now more than 200M monthly active @twitter users. You are the pulse of the planet. We're grateful for your ongoing support!," Twitter posted on its microblogging service. Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, CA. More than just a social service for letting friends, family, and other followers know what you had for lunch, Twitter proved itself a reliable asset during emergency situations when it stayed... Read more...
Ever wanted to add a filter to your photo, but not through Instagram? Perhaps only on Twitter? Now, there's an app for that. As the photo wars heat amongst the big players in social networking, Twitter has updated its iOS and Android applications to feature eight new filters from Aviary. In other words, the new Twitter app will let you add effects right to your photos, without needing to first run it through Instagram or another third-party editing suite like Snapseed. Starting today, you’ll be able to edit and refine your photos, right from Twitter. The latest versions of Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android introduce a few new ways to enhance the images you tweet, but it's far from... Read more...
If you woke up to find that your Twitter password wasn’t working, you’re not alone. Twitter accidentally reset the passwords for many of its users yesterday. If your account is one of those affected by the mass reset, you should have received an email alerting you to the situation and giving you an opportunity to change your password back to your dog’s birthday.   Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. Twitter was hunting for accounts that have been hijacked for nefarious purposes. It reset the passwords on those accounts – and then some. Twitter accidentally reset plenty of accounts that weren’t compromised. It's blog post on the issue doesn't say... Read more...
The social networking scene isn't just about telling friends and family what you ate for lunch, it can also prove vital in emergency situations. To wit, microblogging service Twitter stood strong during Hurricane Sandy's brutal run across the Eastern U.S. Seaboard and delivered over 20 million tweets related to the storm between Saturday and Thursday, the company stated on its own Twitter account. In addition, Twitter said mobile usage from people in New York City peaked on October 29, 2012 around 9:00 PM (about the same time the city lost power), more than doubling usage from the previous two days. Between October 27 and October 30, Tweets mentioning the Red Cross increased 30 times, the microblogging... Read more...
Twitter co-founder and executive chairman Jack Dorsey confirmed on Tuesday that he's accepted a reduced role at the microblogging service he helped create, but denied a report by the The New York Times that it had anything to do with employees complaining that he's "difficult to work with." According to the initial report, employees were frustrated with Dorsey's tendency to repeatedly change his mind about product directions, however Dorsey said his taking a reduced role was the plan all along. A little back history is in order. After inventing Twitter in 2006 and serving as the company's CEO for the next two years, Dorsey left in 2008 and founded payments startup Square. He then returned to... Read more...
Twitter is growing up; in an effort to tidy up the Twitter experience, add more features and functionality, and generally bring more maturity to the microblogging platform, the company will be rolling out some changes soon. More to the point, Twitter is declaring itself as a neutral platform for users to create and share content as opposed to a media company. That may seem like semantics, but it’s a hugely important distinction. Even though Twitter is boxing out third-party apps and restricting access just to Twitter, the the company is trying to portray the move as more like a streamlining of the platform instead of increasingly restrictive controls--a sore spot for many users indeed.... Read more...
A number of prominent online companies have joined forces to create The Internet Association, the nation's first trade association claiming to represent the interests of the Internet economy. Led by President and CEO Michael Beckerman, IA consists of Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace, salesforce.com, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga. For better or worse, these are the companies that will lobby Internet-related issues in Washington, with an emphasis on three key areas: Protecting Internet freedom; fostering innovation and economic growth; and empowering users. "A free and innovative Internet is vital to our nation’s economic growth,"... Read more...
TomTom introduced a new version (v1.11) of its Navigation app for iPhone and iPad. The latest version features the ability to navigate to addresses found on the Internet, search using foursquare, and the latest TomTom maps. The previous version (v1.10) of TomTom's iOS navigation app added Facebook Places, and this latest version now features foursquare, enabling users to search and navigate to foursquare places and check in upon arrival. Version 1.11 also brings a new certified Danger Zones service that stays within the new laws regarding camera alerts in France. In addition to the release of v1.11, TomTom recently launched a new Hands-Free Car Kit for iPhone. This kit features a built-in 2 watt... Read more...
What do you do if you suddenly can't share your clever thoughts with the masses? We don't know, because the minute Twitter dropped off the grid today, we shared our panic on Facebook. And so did everyone else, it seems. It's simultaneously comforting and disconcerting to know that people are plugged into enough massive communication channels that the loss of one causes little fuss. So what happened? Twitter hasn't given a reason for the hours-long outage this morning, but it acknowledged the issue on its Status page around noon, EST. Reports from users suggest the service is working fine for most, if not all users, now. Although the outage didn't cause much trouble, users have been quick to point... Read more...
After an overly excited Twitter engineer Pankaj Gupta tweeted that “Search & discovery in @twitter set to change forever after tmrw. Team - congrats and enjoy the enormity of ur impact few understand today!”, expectations were high that something big was going to be revealed. Eventually, Twitter published a blog post announcing changes to the microblogging service that include search autocomplete, results that deliver both actual names and Twitter user names, related suggestions, and results from people you follow. Users can decide for themselves just how enormous these changes are or are not, but it’s certain that searching within Twitter just got a lot easier. Now, when... Read more...
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