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21
May

Trolls are using Twitter ads to push hate speech


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As much as Twitter is doing to fight harassment lately, it’s clear that ill-willed users are still slipping past the social network’s defenses — and sometimes, in very conspicuous ways. Users have spotted trolls using Twitter’s promoted tweet ads to spread racist and anti-transgender messages, guaranteeing a wide audience for their hate. The company tells The Guardian that it’s pulling these ads and suspending the offending accounts, but it’s not offering an explanation for why these tweets got through despite policies that explicitly ban hateful language. The failures suggest that Twitter’s ad approvals are relatively hands-off, and that it needs to keep a much closer eye on things so that its ads remain friendly.

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Via: The Guardian

Source: Marie Le Conte (Twitter)

20
May

Google Search on mobile picks up real-time Tweet searching from Twitter




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Earlier today Twitter made an announcement that they have teamed up with Google to help make your Twitter searching a bit easier. The search giant and the 140 character social network now brings you real-time tweets to Google search results on mobile devices, both iOS and Android, made through the Google App and mobile web. Like most cool news that involves Google, the new feature is only landing in the U.S. for now and only if you are searching in English. Pretty specific really.

For example, if you’re interested in hearing more from Taylor Swift, a quick search on Google will pull up her most recent Tweets. Or, if you’re a TV buff, a search for #MadMen will bring up the most relevant news and Tweets about Sunday’s series finale.


Once you catch the Tweet you are interested in you can tap on it and head straight into twitter to do the usual twittery things like retweet and favorite.

The news announcement post does say that a desktop web version is coming shortly and that they have plans to bring it to more countries in the coming months.

Source: Twitter Via 9to5Google

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20
May

Google plans to play nice with Facebook and Twitter on photos


According to Bloomberg Business, Google could soon be separating its web based photo sharing and storage service from the existing Google+ platform and offering it as a standalone. Bloomberg cites Googlers close to the project who say that the announcement could come during the upcoming Google I/O developers conference later this month. Reportedly photos stored with the new service can be posted to both Twitter and Facebook with a fraction of the hassle it takes to do so currently. These rumors have been a long time coming. Bloomberg reported a similar plan early last year and Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai was quoted in March stating that photos and social would be operated separately.

Filed under: Internet, Google

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Source: Bloomberg Business

20
May

Mobile Google searches now show real-time tweets


Google and Twitter announced a new service today that will allow US mobile users to receive live Tweets — now that the social network’s firehose is connected once again — in their web searches. For example if you search for Golden State Warriors, Danger 5 or Game of Thrones on your cell phone, their most recent tweets pop up at the top of your search results. Users can also search specifically for, say, “NASA Twitter” to find everything that the space agency has recently tweeted. According to the official Twitter Blog, this feature will be landing on the desktop soon as well as expanding to other countries.

Filed under: Networking, Google

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Source: Google, Twitter

19
May

Tweets now appear in Google Search results on mobile


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Results when using Google Search are going to look a little different starting today. Google has worked with Twitter to bring tweets to the search engine’s results on mobile devices. Most searches will have tweets appear organically, but users can force them to appear by attaching “twitter” to entries. Tweets come from both official accounts and users discussing the searched topic.

Google plans to bring support to desktop and additional languages over time.

Source: Google

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19
May

Google will now show real-time tweets in Google Search results on mobile


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Google is now making it a little easier for users to get real-time information through their smartphones. Starting today, Google will begin showing you relevant tweets in Google Search results on your mobile phone or tablet about the topic in which you’re interested. For example, if you’re interested in seeing what Taylor Swift is up to at the moment (and who isn’t?), simply perform a Google Search with her name, and her most recent tweets will show up in the results feed.

Additionally, if you were to search for Malcolm X (since today is his birthday), Google will show you tweets from folks around the world who are currently tweeting about him.

Google is gradually rolling this feature out in English in the Google app on both Android and iOS and on mobile browsers. The company is working on adding support for more languages and bringing it to the desktop, so stay tuned for more information in the future.



19
May

‘#Notifications’ is a weak attempt at simulating online abuse


Spend enough time on social media and you’re bound to make a mistake that’ll piss a few people off. It’s pretty much inevitable. That’s what the free indie “game” #notifications is all about. It begins the way many of us start our day: lying in bed, checking Twitter (“Twiddler” in this case) on a smartphone. There’s a single eponymous notification for you at this point: a favorite on a tweet from the night before reading, “Tomorrow’s going to be good, I can feel it!” That was incredibly short-lived.

It’s innocent enough and the rest of the timeline is pretty low-key too. People talking about how much they love Game of Thrones, excitement at the arrival of a Portal gun replica, folks using Twiddler as a platform to complain about Twiddler. Pretty standard stuff, if not a little cliché. To progress through each scene (waking up, bus ride to the office, work, bus ride home, watching TV, going to sleep) you need to tweet at least once as in-game avatar @meta_social. Meta_social, and by extension, you, is a “techie/gamer/social justice mage” whose “views expressed are sometimes interesting.” At least that’s what the bio reads.

Progress is pretty simple, too: Pull out your phone by tapping the space bar; scroll through the timeline with your mouse; and click to choose from four prewritten tweets to send. Once that’s done, hit the space bar again to put your phone away.

#notifications’ bedroom scene

Like the timeline, the prewritten tweets start out pretty innocuously. I could jokingly ask for someone to come keep me company and beg for them to bring food along, say how “freaking excellent” Daredevil was, beg for donations for a new laptop or say that fruit isn’t a dessert. Honestly, they sounded like the musings of a high schooler. Regardless, none of them elicited a response from the people following me. As the day wore on, for each happy tweet I selected to send, a negative one replaced it in the responses I could choose next.

By the time I was sitting on the couch in front of the TV that night, I was forced to choose something that’d surely trigger a firestorm: HAHAHAHA M.R.A.’S. Oh look, another day, another woman getting abused on the internet for voicing her opinion. How could anyone possibly think that conservative politics is EVER a good idea? Cops kill white guy: ‘horrible tragedy.’ Cops kill black guy: ‘Plz have a look at their rap sheet.’ If you’ve spent any time on Twitter, you can probably guess how this turned out. I picked the first one.

Almost immediately, my in-game phone started blowing up with replies ranging from, “I hope you get into a car crash,” and, “Go eat a bag of dicks,” to the simple, yet effective, “Get fucked,” and countless retweets or favorites of the latter. Not even, “And why should I listen to you? What makes you think anyone cares about you?” had an effect on me. The constant beeping was more annoying than anything the anonymous assholes could say, so I hit the space bar to put my phone away.

Almost immediately my in-game phone started blowing up with replies ranging from, “I hope you get into a car crash,” and, “Go eat a bag of dicks.”

Except the beeping didn’t stop. Not the next morning in bed or on the bus or at work. The abuse kept rolling in, my phone making a steady “beep” once every three seconds. I had four ways to respond: two responses ignoring the spam in my notifications, or two directly addressing them: “You know what, I’m not gonna let this stuff get to me. I’ve got some Bloodborne to get to,” and, “All the little babies in my mentions. Nobodies listening sweeties.” I went with something about looking forward to the weekend. That’ll show them, I thought.

Nope.

By the next night when I was back on my couch, I had 238 unread notifications. I knew what they’d all say. Or the general gist of them, at least. “Get cancer you piece of shit.” “Fucking die in a fire.” “And who the fuck are you? Get off Twiddler you faggot.” “Find a rope to hang yourself with.” “You’re a fucking nobody.” Still no words of encouragement for the positive things I’d tweeted after the one mistake. This was where #notifications‘ cracks started to show. Maybe it was because I don’t start flamewars on Twitter or have curated my timeline and followers to be a (mostly) positive outlet that I found this incredibly unrealistic.

It kept going for a few more in-game days until finally one morning there was an option on the phone to call a loved one; game over.

I’ve been through my share of abuse online. Whether it’s accusations of being on Microsoft’s payroll over a feature story I’d worked my ass off on or condescension from eggshell and hentai avatars over getting one detail of a video game’s narrative wrong, you name it and I’ve probably seen it. The thing is, none of what’s here felt like that — it didn’t come off like a personal attack. And really, it wouldn’t have mattered either way because I could just ignore the tweets and choose from a bland, required response to progress, forgetting what I’d picked immediately after sending it.

On its surface, #notifications looks like a decent representation of cyberbullying.

I didn’t care because I knew that this wasn’t real life. There wasn’t exactly anything to draw me in and make me feel like it was happening to me in the way I’m Positive did, either.

It isn’t that I disagreed with any of the controversial tweets I’d had to choose from; that’s just not how I behave in real life. From those earliest moments, I couldn’t help but see #notifications as nothing more than a farce. There wasn’t a deeper message; just a poorly written attempt at commentary. Like what populated @meta_social’s timeline, everything just felt shallow and overwrought. Maybe if I’d have been able to customize Twiddler’s layout in the game (I’ll wear pink neckties, but prefer my apps blue, thank you very much) or maybe craft tweets of my own, there would’ve been a stronger personal connection for me. Instead, the illusion of choice divorced me from developing any real sort of attachment here.

What could’ve served as a poignant reminder, or something that puts a harsh spotlight on online abuse ends up taking itself far too seriously and falls flat in its execution. Sure, on its surface, it looks like a decent representation of cyberbullying, but offensive tweets are repeated ad nausea (even from different people), which stripped away some of their impact. Regardless of what I chose, the outcome never changing didn’t help #notifications‘ cause, either.

After the screen went black as I called a loved one, I wasn’t glad that #notifications was over because of the thoughtful, yet harrowing 20-minute journey I’d just taken. Instead, I was relieved because the game was finally done and I could move on.

Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, HD

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Via: Kill Screen

Source: Cameron Baker

18
May

President Obama gets his own Twitter account: @POTUS


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The President of the United States of America is one of the most powerful people in the world. Now, whoever holds that office also has a Twitter account to match. The White House announced today that @POTUS is the official handle for the commander in chief. As you’re probably well aware, President Barack Obama already has a Twitter account that’s quite active, however his campaign manages that feed. With this new username, updates will come directly from the president himself as he continues working to make “his Administration the most open and participatory in history.” The new account goes nicely with @FLOTUS and @VP, and all three will get new owners in 2017 as the next election cycle approaches.

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Source: The White House, @POTUS

14
May

Meerkat leaves beta with version 1.0


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Live video-stream app Meerkat graduated to a stable build this morning with its version 1.0 release, after a very short beta period. The premise of the app is simple. It allows you to live stream video from your phone to all your Twitter followers at once with one simple step.

Simply press “Stream” and your live stream is instantly shared and shows up on your followers’ Twitter feeds. If your followers have the app, they get a push notification, allowing them to watch the stream live, comment and interact with it via the app. The rules of Meerkat are pretty simple and they are as follows.

  •  Everything that happens on Meerkat happens on Twitter.
  • Streams will be pushed to followers in real time via push notifications.
  •  People can only watch it live. There are no reruns.
  • You can save your streams to your phone, but Meerkat will never keep them.
  • Watchers can retweet any stream to their followers in real time.
  • Everyone can watch on web.
  •  Be kind.

It’s really that simple. So if you’re using the app, be mindful of what you’re live-streaming. We have a QR and download link below. Enjoy!

meerkatQR

Google Play Store Get it Here

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14
May

Meerkat leaves beta with version 1.0


meerkat_logo_220

Live video-stream app Meerkat graduated to a stable build this morning with its version 1.0 release, after a very short beta period. The premise of the app is simple. It allows you to live stream video from your phone to all your Twitter followers at once with one simple step.

Simply press “Stream” and your live stream is instantly shared and shows up on your followers’ Twitter feeds. If your followers have the app, they get a push notification, allowing them to watch the stream live, comment and interact with it via the app. The rules of Meerkat are pretty simple and they are as follows.

  •  Everything that happens on Meerkat happens on Twitter.
  • Streams will be pushed to followers in real time via push notifications.
  •  People can only watch it live. There are no reruns.
  • You can save your streams to your phone, but Meerkat will never keep them.
  • Watchers can retweet any stream to their followers in real time.
  • Everyone can watch on web.
  •  Be kind.

It’s really that simple. So if you’re using the app, be mindful of what you’re live-streaming. We have a QR and download link below. Enjoy!

meerkatQR

Google Play Store Get it Here

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