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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...
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) Twitter has a problem, and its executives know this. In fact, the company’s CEO is well aware... 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 a Globe icon within the tweet — you can click the tweet to expand it, displaying the English translation... 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. You’ll scroll past the recaps to get to the latest tweets. As with any new feature, Twitter recap... 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 contained in stolen documents from the cyberattack. Now Sony is targeting Twitter with... 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 using Facebook Connect. That person would qualify as an active Facebook user regardless of whether... 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 reason that you'd start seeing more sports-related people to follow or more relevant promoted tweets.... 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...
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 image. Alternately, you can use the media Player app to pluck any JPG or PNG image off of... 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 received altered photos of her father’s suicide from anonymous people shortly afterwards as... 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, CNN, NPR, and several others. To use the service, you simply tap to start the audio stream. If you... 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 makes it easy for people to quickly add holiday gifts, décor or entertaining items... 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...
Update, 8/28 - 3:15PM - It looks like the account in question is actually restored and functional at this point. The group's last post was about two hours ago.  We reported earlier this week about a collective called Lizard Group that was not only causing some major hassles for certain MMO companies and its players, but also caused a flight carrying a Sony executive to ground due to a hint of a bomb being on board. While this all played out, Lizard Group kept everyone up to date through its Twitter account, which had no shortage of further threats and taunts. It seemed to take forever, but Twitter has finally taken action and closed down Lizard Group's account. Assuming that the group hasn't... 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...
A man named Duff Watson nearly got himself and his two young sons (ages 6 and 9) thrown off of a Southwest Airlines flight out of Denver over an angry Tweet. He was upset that the gate agent wouldn’t let his kids board early with him even though he had priority status and posted on Twitter, “RUDEST AGENT IN DENVER. KIMBERLY S. GATE C39. NOT HAPPY @SWA” according to Reuters. The crew then pulled him off of the plane and made him delete the post before letting him back on, even threatening to call the police unless he complied. He relented, deleted the Tweet, and flew on to Minneapolis. Obviously, there are pieces of the story missing here. For example, how would Kimberly S. have... 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...
Oh Google, you're such a tease! We say that because Google's Android team posted a rather interesting picture to Twitter seemingly intended to promote the ingredients feature in Google Search, but the true intent might be to tease a new smartphone release. The device Google chose for the Twitter post is one that's never been seen before, leading to instant speculation that it must the be an early look at the Nexus 6 handset. Not everyone is convinced. While Android fans are hoping that what they see is the unannounced Nexus 6, Scott Webster over at CNET believes it's nothing more than a "generic mockup." Quite frankly, we wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be either one. #Android makes... Read more...
The U.S. government is somewhat like that older family member you have that understands the importance of social media but is rather baffled at how to actually use it effectively. Particularly, the Secret Service is trying to find a tool that analyzes social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and it includes a rather long list of sought-after capabilities. The most amusing in the long list is “Ability to detect sarcasm and false positives”. (Hey look, Secret Service, if you figure that one out please let everyone know.) The full list is as follows: Real-time stream analysis; Customizable, keyword search features; Sentiment analysis; Trend analysis; Audience segmentation; Geographic... Read more...
One of the biggest downsides of social media is that there's way too much information to take in. It's made worse when some people like to post a lot more than the usual person. There are some people I follow on Facebook or Twitter that can post upwards of 10 - 20 times a day. That's hard to deal with sometimes, when there's only so much time in the day, and I have many more updates to look through. Well, understanding that you might not want to see updates from certain people or entities even if you "Follow" them, Twitter has unveiled a feature called "Mute". It couldn't be more simple: Simply mute an account, and you will no longer see their updates in your main feed. This feature currently... Read more...
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