Apple has been off Twitter till now, not communicating with the world through social media. But the tech giant has finally launched a Twitter account @Apple just few days ahead of the iPhone 7 launch set for September 7th.
Although Apple hasn’t tweeted anything yet, the account is verified and seems to be ready to go. From the looks of it Apple will live tweet the Apple iPhone 7, 7th September event. The company also recently updated it’s Newsroom for a more card like approach.
Apple has remained very closed about it’s press relations and the company’s approach towards marketing has been very internal and not social media friendly. With a twitter [...]
Twitter has officially confirmed rumors surrounding the removal of media and @replies from the 140 character count.
Media attachments, such as photos and videos, will no longer count toward the character limit. @names in reply to Tweets will be removed from the count and people will now be able to Retweet and Quote Tweet themselves, enabling them to resurface any of their previous Tweets and add new commentary. In addition, any new Tweet beginning with a @name will be seen by all followers.
We’re not giving up on the idea of Twitter being in the moment. That concept of brevity, speed and live conversation – being able to think of something and put it out [...]
Twitter inc. is making several changes that will affect its users in a good way. While the 140 character limit has stayed a major reason for its popularity, it was originally set for use with text messaging or SMS service.
Twitter had earlier considered raising the tweet limit to 10000 characters, but the company realizes that the length of the tweets has majorly been the reason for the popularity of the now “trend” network.
Now, however the company is planning to exclude the media and links attached from the counted characters in the tweets. this will free up more space for actual wordage.
Twitter is also, much like facebook, betting big on video and [...]
Twitter took off 125,000 accounts from the website for threatening or promoting terrorist activity. All these accounts were linked to the extremist group, ISIS -both its members as well as sympathisers. ISIS’ tech-expertise are no big secret. Its members have been brazenly using the virtual space to get their message across.
There has been no official verification for the identity of the users of these accounts. Also, if they truly were related to ISIS -there really is no way to know how effective this move was. Many of these accounts are often handled by the same person who can very easily create another network of Twitter accounts and pick up exactly from where they [...]
If this latest report is to be believed, Twitter is expected to introduce its revamped version next week and bring in a newsfeed very similar to Facebook’s timeline. It would combine data and tweets in a way that would no longer follow a chronological order.
This new algorithm would order tweets based on what it thinks people would want to see more as opposed to adhering to a strict chronology. It is unclear at this point if this would be a change forced on all users or if it would simply be an option to choose or ignore.
Rumours about this redesigning have been milling around for a couple of weeks now. As Twitter struggled to stay on its feet the last couple of [...]
China’s very own social media network, Sina Weibo, which can be at best described as a cross between Twitter, and Facebook, today revealed its plans to remove the 140-character limit that it has had from the time of its inception.
According to a report from Xinhua, a Chinese news agency of repute, the company’s CEO confirmed the plans for this change, told the agency what will follow. The new format will see Weibo allowing posts up to 2,000 characters in length. This new feature will initially roll out to “senior users” on January 28th, and will be live on all other accounts in exactly a month’s time.
In a letter to developers sent from the [...]
A woman in the US has sued Twitter for allowing official ISIS accounts to run on its platform, sparking off yet another debate about the exchange of content on social media.
This lawsuit follows an attack by an ISIS member on November 9th when he shot down five people to death in Jordan. Two of them happened to be Americans. The husband of the plaintiff was one of the two American victims. The lawsuit demands unspecified damages from Twitter.
The fact that ISIS is immensely tech-savvy and uses various social media platforms to assert its presence has been a topic of debate for a while now. The extremist group has a team of social media experts to take care of the [...]
Twitter is experimenting with a new feature that will make tweets appear randomly, as compared to in a chronological order. This change was noticed when some users started tweeting amidst confusion. Meanwhile, a Twitter spokesperson said:
“We’re continuing to explore ways to surface the best content for people using Twitter.”
However, this is not the first time that Twitter is experimenting with such a feature, and this time they’re not being too subtle about it. This new feature is unlike the “while you were away” feature, that still allowed you to preserve the original order [...]
Twitter is trying to trademark the word ‘subtweet’ which means a tweet directed at someone without mentioning their Twitter handle typically as a form of mockery or criticism. To put it in pre-social media terms, it would mean to talk about someone behind their back. The trademark was filed on October 30 and was up for opposition on November 19.
The trademark is a commercial mark in that Twitter’s control of the word would exclusively be in commercial settings. So when Twitter gets the word trademarked, no one else can name their new product “Subtweet” or sell things that say “Subtweet” on them.
“When you need to protect your namespace from people who [...]
Chennai has been battling its worst rains in a century with 188 people confirmed dead and thousands having to evacuate their homes due to the flooding. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalitha said that –
“State police, fire and rescue services, state and national disaster response forces and coast guard are ready to rescue people using boats, and adequate precautionary measures are being taken to protect people.”
But, in our country we have grown used to not relying on the government and taking things into our hands during dire times. So, [...]
In what seems like a horrifying travesty of popular culture, Isis has incorporated numerous aspects of social media and the virtual world in its propaganda tactics. In the light of the recent speculations of having used PlayStation 4 to carry out the Paris attacks on the 13th of November, one cannot but discuss the tech-expertise of the extremist group.
It’s been quite a while to the use of #catsofjihad by individuals belonging to fundamentalists groups on social media now. No one is exactly sure if it is a mockery of the internet’s trend of obsessing over cats (because those seem to be the prime concern of religious extremists these days [...]
In todays digital age, if you want to know when a person has made it big, see his/her followers. Social networking sites like Twitter don’t just serve to send out tweets, but also discreetly lets people know just how popular you are. if you wanted to know he most popular politician in the world, head to Twitter and see who’s got the most followers. Currently U.S President Barack Obama is the most popular politician on Twitter with 66.1 million followers. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now second in the list of most followed politicians with 16.1 million followers.
Since PM Modi was sworn into office on May 26, 2014, his followers have grown by 11.9 million. [...]