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The challenge that everyone using Twitter has dealt with at some point is hitting that max character limit. The limit right now is 140 characters, and that can be easy to hit for those that aren't fond of brevity. This means that many end up shortening words to fit in what they need to say or using multiple tweets. That is about to change with Twitter announcing that it is increasing the character limit increase to 280.Twitter's Aliza Rosen says that in many languages like English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French it's very easy to hit the character limit when trying to express meanings and emotions. At the same time, in languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese, people rarely hit the character... Read more...
Sorry to break it to social networking curmudgeons, but the Oxford English Dictionary now officially recognizes "tweet" as a noun and verb in the social networking sense. Such is the power and influence of social networking services like Twitter that not only did OED expand its entry for the word tweet, but it broke its own rules to add the new definitions. "This breaks at least one one OED rule, namely that a new word needs to be current for ten years before consideration for inclusion. But it seems to be catching on," OED Chief Editor John Simpson said in a statement. The latest OED updated saw the inclusion of over 1,200 newly revised or expanded words, bringing the total number to over 823,000.... Read more...
Twitter's photo sharing feature, first announced in June, is now live. The next time users log into Twitter they will be prompted, as above, and given a chance to "learn more." The site has teamed with photo site Photobucket to host the images. Twitter confirmed that all EXIF data will be removed from the image when it's uploaded, reducing privacy concerns. The site isn't going to offer galleries of photos initially, but their help page did state that user media galleries will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Those galleries will allow others to see the images a user has shared on Twitter. Those galleries will also include images shared on Twitter via other photo sharing services such as TwitPic... Read more...
It's become commonplace for celebrities and companies to make announcements via Twitter. Thus, should we really be surprised that Shaquille O'Neal announced his retirement via Twitter (and also, via a new service called Tout)? Although Twitter hosted the Tweet, it was Tout that hosted the video (below). The Tweet drove 500K users to six-week old Tout in the space of three hours. [Tout can be thought of as a sort of video Twitter.] Apparently, Shaq is a fan of Tout. He contacted the service ahead of time, telling them he wanted to use Tout to announce his retirement. Tout CEO Michael Downing said that “Shaq’s got a lot of different things going on, but he’s told us that this... Read more...
Charlie Sheen has said that his multiple appearances on various talk shows like "The Today Show," "20/20" and "Piers Morgan Tonight" have all been about spreading the "truth." What better way, however, to spread it, than via Twitter. In fact, the Charlie Sheen Twitter account, which was created on March 1st, already has over 1.2M followers, in less than two days. His initial set of those he followed was a short list of 10 people, including porn star Bree Olsen, Piers Morgan (who seemed to soft pedal questions to Sheen on Monday night when he interviewed Sheen on CNN), Howard Stern, Alyssa Milano, and a few more. He's currently up to 25 people. Whether or not Sheen's rise to over 1.2M followers... Read more...
If you use Twidroyd, UberTwitter, or UberCurrent, you're probably having trouble reading Tweets right about now. That is because Twitter has officially suspended those applications, citing policy violations. The suspension appears to have been enforced on Friday, Feb. 18. Reports from a Twidroyd user indicate that after the ban, he saw only two Tweets: one telling him of the suspension, and one that points him to Twitter's official clients. Tweetdeck was recently acquired by UberMedia. With that, approximately 20 percent of the tweets sent daily are from UberMedia apps, when you include all the other Twitter clients the company has acquired (Echofon, Twidroyd and UberTwitter). Twitter says the... Read more...
We live in a world connected by social networking, but if you thought Facebook and Twitter were already overboard enough, you'll probably be horrified by this. But honestly, it's a pretty nifty idea, or a novel one at least. The Looxie wearable camcorder and social sharing system is the first wearable Bluetooth device designed to share more than just 140 characters of your day at a time. With this device, which is described as an "easy-to-wear camcorder that videos everything the user sees," users can constantly video everything that they see. It's "always on," which is a little scary, but then again, we're sure there is an off-button on here somewhere for those more intimate moments. According... Read more...
Twitter has unveiled its new site. As Twitter said, it's their biggest Twitter client. The new Twitter.com, you can consider the bionic Twitter.com: better, stronger, faster. Well, it will be better and faster at least. As shown at the Twitter announcement on Tuesday, Twitter's new site will feature a double-paned view of things. Quite frankly, it uses a lot of the wasted space on the page. Each pane will take up half the screen. The left-hand column will contain the regular old timeline of Tweets. Click on a Tweet, and teh right hand pane shows the details of the Tweet, including the user profile of the sender, the conversation it's in, and more. Media from 16 partners such as TwitPic, YouTube,... Read more...
We knew Twitter was working on a client for Android, and now it's available. The new app appears to be integrated with the OS very well. It allows for tweeting directly from the Gallery app. There's also a timeline widget for your home screen and if you want, you can see your friends' latest tweets from your contact list, GoogleTalk list, or any other application that uses Android’s QuickContact bar. Twitter worked with the Android team to make this app happen, and Google plans to open source the code used in the app in the near future. It appears that developers will get access to a set of standard Twitter APIs for their own applications as well. Unfortunately for users with slightly older... Read more...
Oh, great. Do you remember that night where you were just a bit tipsy, and you let out a string of Tweets that you've now lived to regret? Starting soon, you can sleep knowing your great-grandchildren will be able to read every single one of them, and any attempt you make to assure them that you were never a wild child in your younger days will be in vain.It's a world-changing thing to happen, but the Library of Congress has just announced that Twitter will enable them to archive every single public tweet ever made. Yes, every single one since the service launched in 2006. If you have your account protected, you shouldn't worry. No private tweets will be saved, but if you have your account open... Read more...
As part of its latest attempt to make its site more useful, Yahoo announced a partnership with Twitter. Although most of the new features won't be available until later this year, one of the upcoming features will allow anyone with a Twitter account to tweet and see the updates of people they're tracking while they are logged in to the Yahoo Web site. One change has already taken place: Yahoo is now displaying a wider range of Twitter updates in its search results. Google and Microsoft have been displaying Twitter search results since late last year. Like its rivals, Yahoo will pay Twitter for better access to its data. Prior to this announcement, Yahoo had been using Twitter's free tools to... Read more...
Don't worry, Bill Gates hasn't lost his mind, and starting Tweeting like a bird. Rather, the tech guru has joined the ranks of Twitter.And while Twitter's fail whales were out in force this morning, it was most likely not because Bill Gates joined Twitter, despite the fact that Gates already has over 230,000 followers at the time of this writing.Instead, although Twitter readily admitted it had issues this morning, it was either due to: a) hardware failure or b) the magnitude 6.1 aftershock that hit Haiti this morning. The outage occurred soon after the temblor hit. Gates, on the other hand, tweeted his first message Tuesday at 11:59 AM, with the typical first message from a former programmer.... Read more...
Preacher: "It's official on Facebook, it's official in my book!"We kid you not, that's the quote from a pastor who officiated a recent wedding between two obvious tech nerds. Dana Hanna, a recently married dude from Maryland, actually paused his own wedding after the pastor announced that he and his wife were now officially married in order to bust out two smartphones from his pocket. Once they were out, he and his new wife Tweeted and updated their Facebook profiles to immediately show their new status to the world. Before they even had a chance to lock lips and make it to their own reception, the world knew these two were together.His Tweet? "Standing at the altar with @TracyPage where a second... Read more...
On Sunday, the Telegraph posted a story that stated that Twitter was about to introduce video tweeting. However, it looks like this can be filed under unfounded rumor, as noted by a quote from Twitter founder Biz Stone. In fact, the Telegraph story is pretty sparse, mostly being about Twitter in general and some high-profile celebrities who have left of late (such as Miley Cyrus). The functionality, if implemented, would have duplicated the features of third party sites Twiddeo and Tweetube which allow Twitter users to post video tweets by creating links to their own sites. Here's what Biz Stone told Mashable via email today: Haven’t read the piece but no video hosting. 140 characters of text... Read more...
Nice try. In July Twitter wrote that it was trying to trademark "Tweet." Not for the reason you might think, though: the request has been provisionally denied on the grounds that other companies had filed for trademarks of very similar words.You might think that "Tweet" was a generic term, and that would be the reason for the denial, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) cited other trademark applications by the firms TweetMarks, Cotweet and Tweetphoto, and said there was a "likelihood of confusion."In his blog post announcing that Twitter was attempting to trademark "Tweet," founder Biz Stone said he wasn't concerned with other firms, such as the above, who are using Tweet in their... Read more...
Twitter can, or will, be able to tell where you tweet from, the company announced on Thursday. The company is giving third-party developers access before they enable the feature on Twitter.com. They will, however add the feature, and it will, most importantly, be opt-in. That's important, because there are privacy implications. And that’s why it’s a good decision to make this feature opt-in. Of course, location-based services (LBS) are a hot trend, so it makes sense that Twitter would want to hop onto the bandwagon. Here's what Twitter founder Biz Stone had to say: We're gearing up to launch a new feature which makes Twitter truly location-aware. A new API will allow developers to add latitude... Read more...
A series of tweets on Demi Moore's twitter feed help saved a 47-year-old San Jose, California woman's life, according to reports. One of the hundreds of thousands of followings of Demi Moore's Twitter stream, mrskutcher, sandieguy, wrote a message to Moore early Friday morning. "Getting a knife, a big one that is sharp. Going to cut my arm down the whole arm so it doesn't waste time."Followed a few seconds later by: "gbye ... gonna kill myself now." Later that morning, the message was retweeted to Moore's Twitter stream. A comment from Moore said: Everyone I was very torn about responding or retweeting that woman's post but felt uncomfortable just letting it goAfter that, followers of the stream... Read more...
Here's a little nugget just in case you've been sleeping under a gigantic boulder over the past year: Twitter is taking over the world. As the social networking site continues to infiltrate more and more areas of our lives, YouTube has now caved and integrated a Tweeting function into its site.In the most recent wave of YouTube feature updates, users of the video sharing portal have gained access to a much needed Upload Progress Bar, a 'Simpler HD Parameter,' a 'Share to Twitter' button under the Share options, easier login via Google credentials, cleaner Watch pages, mobile access improvements and even an Education (EDU) Hub. Each aspect is more elaborately detailed below, and if you think you... Read more...
As Twitter continues to grow hotter and hotter, pick up more funding, get more morons fired and facilitate more political conversations, individuals that are intimately involved with the operation are desperately looking for ways to monetize it. We'd heard whispers in the past of so-called "premium accounts," but now it sounds like those could be inching closer to reality.According to a new report, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has said that the firm has hired a product manager to "develop accounts for businesses that would have more features but would cost a fee to use." Of note, Stone didn't clarify when those accounts would be pushed out, but we'd wager sooner rather than later. In order to... Read more...
Only a few weeks after a teenager lost a job because of a Facebook update saying her job was boring, a person with "foot in the mouth" disease may have tweeted his way out of a job offer. His update on Twitter: Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.A fat paycheck, but work he hates and a rotten commute, eh? He may not get a chance to decide if he wants the offer, as Tim Levad at Cisco tweeted back: Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.Oops. It just goes to show you that you need to be careful what you publicly... Read more...
Feel guilty about something and want to confess to the world? Well, you can use Twitter to anonymously broadcast your sins to the world, with a site, SecretTweet, that posts them to a public Twitter stream. According to the site, not even your IP address is collected, so you are completely anonymous. At the time of this writing there are 13,758 followers of the secrettweet Twitter stream, meaning there appear to be plenty of people willing to watch as people publicly confess their secrets. Some of the secrets recently posted to the stream are: 24791 I love my husband and life, but something devient in my core compells me to look outside my marriage for happiness 24728 I got fired from my first... Read more...
Though you might not go there as often yet, you soon will.  It's a random sort of babble that sounds mysteriously entertaining at first and then sucks you in like some cheesy sit-com.  What am I speaking of you say? Why the HH Blog Roll of course!  In our recent submissions we discuss things like the new HH Twitter and Facebook pages, that you should all either become a "fan" of or "follow" almost immediately, if not sooner.    And then of course Marco steps up in his RTG with a fleeting glimpse of a new keyboard that just might get you all jazzed - or not, depending on your personal preference.   HotHardware's Tweets (left) and The HH Facebook Page... Read more...
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