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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 our objectives and priorities," Costolo said. "There is no one better than Jack Dorsey to lead... 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 others," which Twitter says better describes the range of prohibited content and reflects its original... 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 reflected this strong emphasis on recency. But our long-standing goal has been to let people search... Read more...
One of the biggest dilemmas facing the decision makers at Twitter is how to turn a highly popular microblogging platform into a money generating machine. Integrating ads is one answer, though it's not the only one. In the near future, you might see a "buy" button inviting you to purchase goods and services from tweets posted to the social network. How will it work? To begin with, Twitter is reportedly partnering with payments company Stripe Inc. to save credit card details so that a person can purchase an item with a just a couple clicks. "We want to be a bridge between a consumer wanting something and getting it," Nathan Hubbard, Twitter's head of commerce, told Bloomberg in an interview. "Conversations... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to analyze your Twitter posts? The microblogging service is making it possible to do that through its Tweet activity dashboard, a new tool that lets you see how people engage with your posts in real time, compare your posting activity every month and see how they trend over a period of time, and get a detailed view of the number of retweets, replies, favorites, follows, or clicks a particular Tweet receives. For the casual user, it's a neat tool that you might check out every so often as a novelty, or more often if you want to take better advantage of the social networking scene. However, for businesses and people that use social networking tools to expand and promote their... Read more...
Just hours after photos and videos showing what appears to be the horrifically disturbing beheading of James Foley spread across Twitter, the microblogging service posted a policy update that now allows family members to request the removal of images of the deceased. At the same time, Twitter left itself an opening by saying it may not be able to honor every request depending on public interest factors. "In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances. Immediate family members and other authorized individuals may request the removal of images or video of deceased individuals, from when critical injury occurs to the moments... Read more...
Like just about every social networking service, Twitter tries out new things every once in awhile. Unfortunately for Twitter, people are creatures of habit, so these changes don't always go over very well, particularly the most recent one -- now when you click on the star icon to favorite a tweet, it will get retweeted on the main timeline. According to The Next Web, this new functionality has been in place at least since the beginning of August for some users, though it appears that Twitter has begun expanding the feature to more users over the past several days. The problem users have with this is that it's cluttering up their Twitter feeds with junk posts. Image Source: Flickr (Rosaura Ochoa)... Read more...
In a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Twitter disclosed that around 23 million of its monthly active users are actually bots, or programs that automatically post updates "without any discernible additional user-initiated action." That works out to about 8.5 percent of of the microblogging service's total monthly active users. This is an important metric for advertisers to consider because those automated programs aren't going to generate any sales from ads. They do, however, serve different purposes -- some are nefarious, such as spamming nonsense that nobody cares to read, while others can be useful, such as websites automatically posting interesting content... Read more...
Silicon Valley is suddenly awakened to the fact that workplace diversity is a thing, one in which technology firms as a whole are somewhat lacking. Several companies have vowed to do a better job at building a diverse workplace, including Twitter, the latest firm to come forward with statistics in an industry that typically keeps such data out of the public eye. As with several tech firms, Twitter's workforce is dominated by white males. Overall, 7 out of 10 employees are male, and when it comes to technical jobs, the percentage of males jumps to 90 percent, meaning just 1 in 10 technical employees are female. Source: Twitter Leadership roles are just as lopsided, with 79 percent of the positions... Read more...
As Twitter looks to become a viable platform for mobile advertisers much like Facebook, there have been a series of changes to the service leading up to that goal, both behind the scenes and on the surface. Today's update falls into the latter category -- the recently introduced web profile experience is rolling out to all users worldwide today. Twitter first announced the revamped profile option earlier this month. Taking a Google-like approach, Twitter slow rolled the availability of its new profile features to users. Satisfied with what it's seen, the microblogging service is now ready to let everyone build a better, flashier profile page. Comparisons to Facebook can't be avoided. Not only... Read more...
With Twitter's stock price surging to new highs, now is a good time to focus on the mobile experience, which is where users are flocking to these days. That's not lost on Twitter, which just updated its app for Android and iOS devices to include the ability to share and view photos via direct message (DM) on your phone or tablet devices. Those same photos can also be viewed on the desktop on Twitter's website. There's also a new tab in the navigation bar on the bottom of the screen to whisk users to the messaging service with a single tap rather than first having to open up the "Me" screen, as was the case before this latest update. Messaging is becoming an important component in today's top... Read more...
At long last, Twitter is close to being traded on the stock market (New York Stock Exchange), and according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), owners plan to offer up 70 million shares for $17 to $20 each for its initial public offering (IPO). The company hopes to raise $1.4 billion, which is well short of Facebook's $16 billion IPO in 2012, but still the largest technology IPO since then. Outside of immediate value, there are other differences between Twitter and Facebook going public. According to Bloomberg, the biggest shareholders, including co-founder Evan Williams who owns a greater than 10 percent stake worth around $1 billion, plan to keep their shares after... Read more...
Twitter has filed paperwork for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) and there are some staggering numbers for potential investors to consider. The ones Twitter hopes they'll focus on the most are the figures detailing its revenue growth over the past few years. For example, Twitter's revenue in 2012 was $316.9 million, triple the amount from a year prior. And in the first half of 2013, Twitter posted revenue of $253.6 million. Pretty gnarly, right? Well, the flip side is that all that revenue is still adding up to a net loss. Despite pulling in $253.6 million so far this year, Twitter posted a loss of $69.3 million. Twitter is hoping potential investors will ignore the losses and focus on its ability... Read more...
Want to surround yourself with sarcastic people with rapier wits and a general disdain for corporate culture? All you have to do is hop online. Better yet, head over to Twitter and witness the Weird Twitter phenomenon. For the uninitiated, Weird Twitter is a loosely connected group of Twitter users who play with grammar in sometimes odd ways to gain a few laughs. Or, in some cases, to rage against the corporate machine, as they're doing now. You may have noticed there are "promoted" tweets, or ads, in your Twitter feed. They target you with a brand or service, sometimes asking you to retweet and/or spread the word, creating a win-win situation for businesses and Twitter, but not necessarily for... 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...
One social site that doesn't receive nearly as much recognition as it perhaps deserves is Tumblr. Facebook, Google+, and Twitter dominate the headlines at times, while Tumblr quietly grows its userbase and post count to new heights. The latest milestone Tumblr crossed is that of 100 million blogs, up 100 percent from April of last year. Tumblr is also home to 44.6 billion posts nestled into all those blogs, and it's adding 80.6 million each day. It's now the 14th most popular site on the web (based on Quantcast data) and makes up 42 percent of the web's traffic in the U.S. "Tumblr celebrates creativity. We want you to express yourself freely and use Tumblr to reflect who you are, and what you... 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...
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...
Quick, someone queue up Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," because that song describes how LinkedIn must be feeling after Twitter decided it was time to end their two-and-a-half-year partnership and move on. "Consistent with Twitter’s evolving platform efforts, Tweets will no longer be displayed on LinkedIn starting later today," LinkedIn stated in a blog post. "We know many of you value Twitter as an additional way to broadcast professional content beyond your LinkedIn connections. Moving forward, you will still be able to share your updates with your Twitter audience by posting them on LinkedIn." Image Source: Flickr (Unlisted Sightings) The decision to part ways was all Twitter's.... Read more...
The events that took place on Thursday were "Not how [Twitter] wanted today to go." Twitter went offline for all Web users yesterday morning, and mobile clients had stopped showing Tweets. Had Twitter been hacked? Was the microblogging world coming to an end!? Not exactly. "This wasn't due to a hack or our new office or Euro 2012 or GIF avatars, as some have speculated today," Twitter explained in a blog post. "A 'cascading bug' is a bug with an effect that isn't confined to a particular software element, but rather its effect 'cascades' into other elements as well. One of the characteristics of such a big is that it can have a significant impact on all users, worldwide, which was the case."... Read more...
For awhile there, people wondered how in the heck Twitter would be able to monetize itself. And these days? It's a battle between web and mobile over which one can rake in the most revenue, and on many occasions, mobile wins out. We know this because Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said as much at a conference in San Francisco earlier this week. According to a report in Reuters, Costolo made it very clear that his company is "born out of mobile" when asked the difference between Twitter and Facebook, the latter of which hasn't been performing as well as expected in the stock market. "We have an ad platform that already is inherently suited to mobile, even though we launched our platform on the web and... Read more...
Those Angry Birds everyone likes to fling at thieving pigs and shoddy structures have only been in space for three days, and in that time have already amassed more than 10 million downloads, Rovio announced on Twitter this morning. Angry Birds Space is latest title in the popular franchise, and it's gotten off to a far faster start than Angry Birds Rio, which took 10 days to log the same number of downloads. "10 million Angry Birds Space downloads in less than 3 days! Thanks to our fans, stay tuned form ore! #angrybirdsspace," Rovio posted to Twitter earlier today. Angry Birds Space was released simultaneously on iOS, Android, PC (Windows), and Mac. Unfortunately for Windows Phone users, it looks... Read more...
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