News tagged: Twitter
If you have a question pertaining to Twitter's platform, a new support bot may be able to help. The social network is testing a bot on its @support account that'll soon answer basic user questions through direct messages. Twitter is still just testing the feature.
Some Twitter users have noticed that tweets opposing United Airlines' controversial removal of a passenger have occasionally disappeared from feeds without explanation. In certain cases, the tweets didn't even directly mention the passenger removal incident.
Companies that are interested in using Twitter's Periscope livestreaming platform can utilize a new feature to customize their hearts. The branded images will appear on the side of a stream alongside normal multi-colored hearts. Hearts appear when someone taps "like."
A new mobile version of Twitter has been announced that'll use less data and work better on 3G/2G networks. Twitter Lite isn't a new app, but rather a lighter version of the network's mobile site. With its Data Saver mode, the site should be more accessible to more people.
Twitter could soon be home to live paid television content, turning the social network's app into a streaming TV service. According to The Telegraph, Twitter is working to sign deals with broadcasters like ESPN. Users will need to have active network subscriptions.
Direct messages with businesses on Twitter can now use location sharing. The social network has added the ability for brands to request and share location data. An example of this feature in action is having a wireless subscriber send their phone's location to a carrier.
Twitter "eggs" have become a thing of the past. The social network has finally replaced its default egg profile pictures with a human-shaped icon. People have been presented with an egg for their default photo ever since 2010. Egg accounts are strongly associated with trolls.
Twitter had adjusted its character limit again so that replies can be longer. Usernames in replies are no longer going to count against the limit, thereby increasing the amount of unique text that's allowed. The network has been testing the updated system for months.
Twitter has announced its intention to begin monetizing content on Periscope, its livestreaming platform. Pre-roll ads will be found on both live and archived videos. This change runs the risk of turning some users off of watching content on the platform.
Some investors are calling for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to step down due to minimal growth and the recent revelation that tens of millions of accounts are bots. A study found at least 48 million accounts on the site aren't real people. That's about 15% of the user base.
Twitter has significantly increased its suspensions of pro-terrorism accounts over the past year. A new transparency report from the social network reveals terrorism-related suspensions tripled during the second half of 2016. It suspended 376,000 accounts during that period.
Twitter has come out with a livestreaming API that'll build upon the network's current livestreaming capabilities. The new Periscope Producer API lets broadcasters use professional cameras and editing software for their streams. Videos can be shared from Periscope on Twitter.
Twitter is close to releasing a Live video API that'll make it easier for big broadcasters to utilize the network for livestreaming. With the API, Twitter's live video capabilities will grow beyond its existing Periscope integration. The API will be out tomorrow, March 21.
Facebook, Google, and Twitter may face legal action from the European Commission for two reasons: unfair terms and conditions as well as not tackling scams. The Commission began speaking with the companies about these problems in November of last year.
It is pretty much safe to say that OnePlus confirmed a new color option for its flagship smartphone. Just days after the original teaser image was posted on Twitter, which had the date 3/15/17 written on a blue background, a new image has now confirmed that we are talking about
Numerous Twitter accounts, including those belonging to high-profile and verified users, have been hacked as part of a pro-Erdogan campaign. Possibly thousands of accounts saw their profiles covered with Nazi swastikas and the hashtags #Nazialmanya and #Nazihollanda.
A large portion of the accounts on Twitter aren't from humans, according to a study from the University of Southern California and Indiana University. The study has found an estimated 4.8 million accounts are bots and the problem of bots is one many users will be familiar with.
Twitter is trying out a feature that warns users when they encounter an account that has "potentially sensitive content." If you visit a profile that's been marked as potentially problematic, this warning appears: "Caution: This profile may include sensitive content."
Like every other smartphone manufacturer, OnePlus is also working on a flagship model for 2017. Due to several reasons, the company won't call it OnePlus 4, but the OnePlus 5, and the phone is now teased in the leaked Never Settle image, the company's signature quote.
Earlier this month, Google held a meeting with journalists where the company's SVP for Hardware Rick Osterloh said that they won't be making Pixel-branded laptops anymore. However, it looks like he was misunderstood, as Google's own Chromebooks aren't "dead" as has been reported.