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Vine continues to change as it grows under the ownership of Twitter, which acquired the video sharing service back in October 2012 for a reported $30 million. Following the acquisition, Vine launched on iOS and then several months later it swung over to Android, giving mobile users of both camps the ability to shoot and share six-second video clips. Looking to swing in a different direction, Vine just overhauled its website for desktop users. "Today, we’re excited to introduce a brand-new version of vine.co, which adds a bunch of new features that will help you find and discover Vine videos on the web," Vine stated in a blog post. "The first thing you’ll see when you visit the website... 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...
A change to Vine's Rules and Terms of Service (ToS) has Greek gods and goddesses like Aphrodite and Himeros all in a tizzy. In a blog post, the Twitter-owned video sharing service announced that it now prohibits pornography and sexually explicit content, regardless of whether it's you or someone else, or if you marked the video as sensitive. "For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn't really change anything. For the rest: we don't have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet -- we just prefer not to be the source of it," Vine stated on its blog. Image Source: Flickr (Orin Zebest) Vine also posted a FAQ page related to its new policy so that users are crystal clear on exactly... Read more...
That's not the sky you see falling on Wall Street, just Twitter's stock price. Investors hit the panic button after Twitter reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 financial results. Twitter's revenue in the fourth quarter was $243 million, up 116 percent year-over-year, though it's the user growth that spooked investors into selling off their stock. The microblogging service averaged 241 million users in the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of just 3.8 percent sequentially. It's the lowest quarter-on-quarter growth rate since the company began disclosing such data, Reuters reports. Image Source: Flickr (Anthony Quintano) As a result, shares of Twitters dropped 25 percent, hammering... Read more...
It makes total sense that Twitter would offer a way to share information about and buy products from within the service, so it’s actually not surprising to hear that a Twitter e-commerce solution is in the works. Re/code.net reports that in addition to nearly finalizing a deal with payment services company Stripe, the social network is flirting with integrating Fancy.com’s online shopping tools. The site found an open, non-password protected area of Fancy.com’s site that contained a mockup of what the product would look like. According to Re/code’s sources, Twitter is also fielding overtures from another potential e-commerce partner. Click to enlarge (Credit: Re/code.net)... Read more...
Just as Ricky Ricardo would often tell Lucille Ball in some manner or another, "Microsoft, you've got some explaining to do!" For the second time in less than two weeks, hackers representing the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) are taking credit for infiltrating Microsoft's Twitter account and posting messages warning people not to use the company's email services. The messages are almost exactly the same as the ones posted on New Year's Day when the SEA hijacked Microsoft's Twitter and Skype accounts, along with Skype's Facebook page. Those initial tweets stayed online for over two hours and were retweeted over 8,200 times before Microsoft took back control of its account on the holiday. Many employees... Read more...
Watching 6-second Vine videos on the web isn't exactly a new feature, but up until now, Vine's browser-based experience lacked some critical features. The popular Twitter-owned video sharing service addressed those shortcomings by fleshing out the web experience. Now when you log into Vine from a browser, you'll be able to do much more, such as view your home feed and like, comment, and share videos the same as you do on the mobile version. You can also click on a username to see his or her full profile and browse the videos they've created since joining Vine, as well as share your own profile with others. Vines are still muted by default, so to hear what's going on, just hover your mouse cursor... Read more...
Social networking has become one of the hottest online activities with 73 percent of adults using a social networking site of some kind, according to data compiled by Pew Internet. Around 4 out of 10 online adults get their social groove going with multiple sites, but which are the most popular? Facebook is the obvious big man on campus, but you might be surprised at where the other sites stand. Like Facebook users, Instagram users are likely to check in on a daily basis. However, Instagram is the least popular social networking (by a hair) out of Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Source: Pew Research Center Mark Zuckerberg's online playground dominates all others with 71 percent of... 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...
Do you hear that noise? It's the sound of stocks changing hands, and today that's good news for Twitter. Why? Twitter's stock is currently trading at around $52 per share, up nearly 6 percent since the opening bell, and that's after gaining 9.3 percent on Monday. Shares of Twitter hit a new high of $52.58 just a little earlier, and if the excitement doesn't wane, it could close at a new high at the end of the trading day. The sudden surge in stock price and interest in Twitter by investors is mostly the result of the microblogging service announcing a tailored ad program last Thursday. Twitter's ad program lets an advertiser target their wares and services to users who've already shown an interest... Read more...
Here's a bit of news that's far from deserving of a "Giddyup!": Thanks to the work of a botnet called "Pony", hackers have gained access to credentials for over 2 million individual accounts. These accounts span the entire gamut: Facebook, Twitter, Google (Gmail), and even a payroll service provider - perhaps the most dangerous of them all. Pony works as a keylogger, capturing login details as users type them in. In this particular instance, the transactions end up going through a central server in the Netherlands, one that security analysis firm Trustwave has been tracking. After discovering all of the accounts that Pony had been exploiting, the firm notified the biggest companies in question,... 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...
Teenagers change friends almost as often as some of us change our underwear. Any parent who has ever raised one or is currently trying to understand their teen knows this as well as anyone and have seen first hand how a best friend one moment can become a bitter enemy the next. These fickle beings also change their clothing style multiple times during their four-year high school career, but it doesn't stop there. Social networks are part of the roller coaster ride of popularity, too. Piper Jaffray just completed its 26th semi-annual "Taking Stock with Teens" market research project and one of the things the firm found was that the "popularity of Facebook is waning" among this text-happy group,... Read more...
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