Twitter set to partner with Foursquare to add location to tweets

Twitter FoursquareWashington, Dec 18 : Social networks Twitter and Foursquare have reached a deal under which tweets would now include information about the location of users.

According to CNET, the partnership is set to start next year, and the new " geo-based" features could roll out as soon as the first quarter, said the publication.

Foursquare, which was started in 2009, allows users to "check in" to locations and scan the city for new and interesting places with the help of its mobile app .

While Twitter already offers some location-based features to its users, it does not currently in-depth location information for individual tweets. (ANI)

Instagram's monthly user base surpasses Twitter's by hitting 300 mln mark

InstagramWashington, Dec 11 : Just nine months after it hit the 200 million mark, Instagram has now said that 300 million now use its photo app every month with 70 percent of them coming from outside the United States.

The figure makes the app bigger than Twitter which had 284 million active users six weeks ago, reported Tech Crunch.

Despite fears that the acquisition by Facebook will have an adverse impact on the app, Instagram has been doing well for four years now with 70 million photos being shared on it every day and over 30 billion total. (ANI)

Twitter introducing changes to make reporting abuse, blocking easier in coming weeks

London, Dec 03 - In a bid to tackle increasing cases of online abuse, Twitter is making changes that will allow users to report abuse or offensive content "more easily."

The social media platform is set to introduce changes that will include a new reporting procedure, change in the way users block others and novel ways of dealing with reported tweets, reported the BBC.

Remarking that users' safety is always a priority, Twitter said that the changes are aimed at giving users "greater control over their experience."

The changes will take effect "in the coming weeks." (ANI)

You can now search for anything you have ever tweeted

You can now search for anything you have ever tweetedMelbourne, Nov 19 : Twitter has reportedly widened its search function allowing users access to 500 million tweets.

According to News. com. au, the newly enhanced search function can burrow back through half a trillion tweets to find one's most embarrassing moment from as early as 2006.

Twitter said in a statement that its search engine excelled at surfacing breaking news and events in real time, and its search index infrastructure reflected this strong emphasis on recency.

It further stated that its longstanding goal had been to let people search through every Tweet ever published. (ANI)

Twitter planning slew of new updates to lure 500 mln-strong `logged-out audience`

TwitterWashington, Nov 13 : In an attempt to lure its 500 million-strong "logged out audience" who visit Twitter each month but don't sign in, CEO Dick Costolo has revealed that it is planning a slew of new features.

Executives said that the social media platform is planning to improve its direct messaging product and introduce other updates that will allow users to take a public conversation private. The first of these updates will be rolled out next week and will enable users to share and discuss Tweets privately via Direct Messages, reported The Verge.

Gaining popularity on Twitter might be costly, inefficient

TwitterWashington, Nov 3 : A new study has claimed that less popular users can gain popularity by increasing their activity and their tweets, but the result will be costly and inefficient.

The study conducted at Technical University of Madrid showed devised a measure that relates the effort spent to the influence gained by tweeters.

Researchers confirmed that the actual structure of Twitter is the key to the influence. It was a heterogeneous network, or rather, one where there was a large number of users with very few followers and a few -very few- with an enormous number of followers.

Twitter falls short of expected growth, faces 10pc fall in share prices

TwitterLondon, Oct 28 : Social micro-blogging website Twitter has recently reported a fall of 10 percent in share prices, and a growth of 13 million which fell short of the expected 14-17 million.

According to The Guardian, results released on Monday for the third quarter of the year show Twitter's revenues soared to 361 million dollars, up 114 percent from the same period last year, beating expectations.

But the number of monthly active users of the service grew just 13 million to 284 million from the previous quarter. Analysts had predicted growth would between 14 million and 17 million.

Twitpic to shut down due to trademark brawl with Twitter

Twitpic-brawl-with-TwitterWashington, Sep 5 : Twitpic on Thursday announced that it will shut down later this month after a trademark battle with Twitter.

Twitpic founder Noah Everett said that the announcement was hard to make, but the decision was made after Twitter threatened to cut off Twitpic's access to its application programming interface, CNET reported.

The company filed its trademark application with the US Patent and Trade Office in 2009, but an 'implied' threat of disconnect from Twitter's API came from Twitter counsel during a recent published for opposition, report said.

Twitter CEO finally explains rationale behind random tweets on users' timeline

Dick CostoloWashington, Sep 4 - Twitter CEO Dick Costolo finally offers an explanation for the random tweets on users' timeline , saying that the changes would be more of a final resort, which means that random tweets would appear only when users don't have any new tweet to load.

The company's decision has angered some users, but Costolo's tweet may indicate that Twitter's new strategy. However, this doesn't change the fact that people use favorites for lots of different reasons, and not all of these reasons mean that a stranger would find the favorite tweet very interesting, The Verge reported.

Crashed Instagram leads users to lash out on Twitter

InstagramLondon, Aug 29 : Photo sharing app Instagram was reportedly crashed last night, and users took Twitter to express their disappointment.

However, Instagram itself tweeted that it was experiencing some technical issues and was working on a fix. But this was not enough to prevent its users taking to Twitter to complain.

One of the users tweeted that 'Instagram is down. Looks like I am spending the night driving around friends' houses asking to look at their dinners again.'

While another wrote 'Instagram crashes causing worldwide panic for addicted'

Now, upload video from any source on Vine

Now, upload video from any source on VineWashington, Aug 22 : Twitter owned six second video app Vine has announced that users can now import video from any source, as long as the file can get to their iOS camera roll.

Earlier, Users had to create Vines totally within the Vine app, which meant that all the restrictions of the 4:3 aspect ratio Vine camera were applied to users' recording endeavors, Mashable reported.

Now users can edit videos in iMovie and then upload it to Vine. Users can even mix and match two videos. (ANI)

Twitter experiment shows lesser tweets, leaves users disappointed

Twitter experiment shows lesser tweets, leaves users disappointedWashington, Aug 18 - The social micro-blog website Twitter has been carrying out experiments changing the way 'favorite' feature works, leaving users disappointed.

However, the experiment has back-fired the website as users are not very happy to see lesser tweets on their homepage.

Twitter to improve harassment policies following Zelda Williams online abuse controversy

Twitter-harassment-policiesWashington, Aug 15 : In the wake of online abuse of Zelda Williams after her father's death, social network Twitter has vowed to improve its harassment policies.

According to the Verge, in a statement provided to The Washington Post with regard to the harassment of Zelda Williams, Twitter's vice president of trust and safety said that the company is currently evaluating how it can further improve its policies to better handle tragic situations like this one.

He said that this could mean stringent Twitter policies with regard to self-harm or private information.

Twitter reveals 'male' dominating diversity report

TwitterWashington, July 24 : Twitter on Wednesday revealed its diversity report which shows 'males' and 'whites' dominating the employee base.

Twitter is 70 percent male overall, yet 90 percent of 'tech' jobs are filled by males. The male-female split for non-tech jobs is 50-50. Twitter leadership is 79 percent male.

By tech jobs, Twitter is referring mostly to engineering, while non-tech jobs refer to marketing and public relations, human resources, sales, and other roles not requiring traditional computer science skills or programming chops.

Twitter may drive couples to break up, divorce: Study

TwitterWashington: Spending too much time on Twitter may damage your romantic relationship, even leading to negative outcomes such as physical cheating, breakup or divorce, a new study suggests.

Active users of the social networking site who are in a romantic relationship may find that Twitter-related conflicts cause relationship problems that can become serious enough to result in infidelity or divorce, researchers said.

Russell Clayton from the University of Missouri-Columbia, said the findings of the study are designed to characterise the relationship between active Twitter use, Twitter-related conflict, and negative relationship outcomes.

Twitter to replicate India election strategy in countries going to poll

TwitterJohannesburg, May 25 : Twitter is planning to repeat parts of its India election strategy across countries that go to polls this year.

The move from the social networking site comes after the strategy emerged as a key tool for politicians and media companies during the world's largest democratic exercise.

According to news24, in India, Twitter Inc worked closely with politicians, including BJP's prime-minister elect Narendra Modi, who used the platform for election campaigning.

Modi had also partnered with mobile and media firms to distribute tweets online and offline.

Millennials wary of Twitter

Millennials wary of TwitterWashington, May 15 - A new research has indicated young adults have a healthy mistrust of the information on Twitter.

Lead investigator Kimberly Fenn, assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University.

The study participants were college students, average age 19, from the so-called "Millennial Generation." Twitter, with 230 million users, is most popular among 18- to 29-year-olds.

Twitter shares drop 11% in wake of slowdown in user growth

Twitter-Shares-DropWashington, Apr 30 : Twitter shares have reportedly dropped by 11 percent due to the slowdown of user generation, defying analysts' predictions.

The company has also reported a loss of 132 million dollars for the latest quarter but has earned a revenue profit of 250 million dollars through advertisements.

According to The BBC, the number of users of the social network reached 255 million in the first quarter that went up by 5.8 percent in the previous quarter.

44 pc of Twitteratis have never tweeted: Report

44 pc of Twitteratis have never tweeted: ReportWashington, Apr. 13 - Twitter has a whopping 974 million registered accounts however 44 percent of these have never tweeted even once, a new survey has found.

Twitter analytics company Twopcharts found that the micro-blogging site has nearly 974 million accounts, meaning roughly 429 million accounts have never tweeted.

According to PC World, some of the account users just use them to read tweets and others may have created an account, only to forget that it exists.

Turkish government blocks access to Twitter

Turkish government blocks access to TwitterTurkish Prime Minister RecepTayyip Erdogan has said moved to block access to micro blogging site, Twitter in the country on Friday.

Following the move by the Prime Minister, millions of Turkish Twitter users used alternative ways to access the site and expressed anger over the move. The country's president was among the users who found ways to circumvent the restrictions and expressed anger over the move. The latest move has angered people, who see this as Erdogan's growing authoritarianism in the country.

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