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24
Apr

Twitter introduces a simple summary of the best Tweets for you called Highlights


Reading through tweets can be daunting.  By the time you have read through 20 or 30 tweets, there is a good chance that 30 new tweets have been published.  It can be impossible to get through every tweet, especially when many tweets are replicated about the same topic.

In comes Highlights, a fast and simple summary of Twitter of the stuff that is most relevant to you.  Highlights are created by gathering tweets from people you are close with, topics and events in your region, and people that are popular among the people you know.  If and when you opt into Highlights, you will get up to two notifications per day with your summaries.  When you open the notification, you will be taken to the Twitter app where your Highlights will be displayed in a brand new interface.

Highlights will only be available in English to Android users for the time being.

Source – Twitter Blog

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24
Apr

Twitter intros Highlights, the best tweets for you delivered via push notifications


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If you’re like me, you easily get overwhelmed with your Twitter feed when you neglect to check it for more than a few hours. That’s why today, Twitter introduced a new feature called Highlights. Available only in English on Android devices, Highlights are topics that your close Twitter friends are currently talking about, delivered straight to your notification shade without the need to open the app.

So, if your close friends are talking about a certain event that happened in your area or a sporting event that’s on television, you’ll be notified via a push notification. Twitter explains:

To create your Highlights, we look at things like the accounts and conversations that are popular among people you follow, Tweets from people you’re closely tied to, topics and events that are trending in your area or within your network, and people that are popular or trending among people you follow.

Highlights are now available in the settings menu of your stock Twitter app (sorry, third party Twitter app users). To turn the feature on, select your account handle and scroll down until you see the Highlights box. Once that box is checked, let Twitter begin collecting relevant information, and you should see your very own Highlights in no time.

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24
Apr

Twitter Highlights serves up the day’s best tweets


Unless you’re constantly checking Twitter, there’s a very good chance you’re going to miss something cool. To help keep you from missing those very important tweets, Twitter introduced Highlights for Android. The feature notifies you up to twice a day about tweets Twitter believes are relevant to your interests. Twitter curates Highlights by looking at the popular accounts and conversations among the people you follow, tweets from people close to you and what’s trending nearby. Users can also see the day’s important tweets by tapping the new icon above the timeline that resembles two stacked cards. To turn on Highlights, navigate to Settings>Account Handle>Mobile Notifications and check the Highlights box. The feature is Android only for now, but Twitter says it will consider bringing it to other platforms in the future.

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22
Apr

Vine makes it easier to share videos everywhere at once


Vine sharing on an iPhone

So you’ve discovered a catch Vine video that you know your friends will instantly appreciate, but they’re scattered across multiple social networks. Will you have to sit there diligently tapping the share button over and over again to make sure everyone sees it? Not after today. Vine has updated its iOS app (Android is coming soon) with a revamped sharing feature that posts those six-second clips on multiple services in one shot. All you have to do to spread the word is mark the social networks you want to include (such as Tumblr, a new addition) and hit the share button. There’s still no Instagram option, to no one’s surprise, but this could otherwise save you a lot of effort.

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Source: Vine Blog, App Store

22
Apr

Vine makes it easier to share videos everywhere at once


Vine sharing on an iPhone

So you’ve discovered a catch Vine video that you know your friends will instantly appreciate, but they’re scattered across multiple social networks. Will you have to sit there diligently tapping the share button over and over again to make sure everyone sees it? Not after today. Vine has updated its iOS app (Android is coming soon) with a revamped sharing feature that posts those six-second clips on multiple services in one shot. All you have to do to spread the word is mark the social networks you want to include (such as Tumblr, a new addition) and hit the share button. There’s still no Instagram option, to no one’s surprise, but this could otherwise save you a lot of effort.

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Source: Vine Blog, App Store

21
Apr

Twitter’s broader abuse powers let it filter hostile tweets


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Twitter knows that it’s not enough just to make it easier to report abusive tweets. You have to catch and discourage that abuse as often as possible, too. Appropriately, the social network is rolling out a broader abuse policy alongside tools that help it stop harassment quickly. The new rules now cover all promotions of violence against someone, not just “direct, specific” threats — Twitter can crack down on more than the most serious attacks. That’s particularly important for victims of systematic abuse, who frequently chastise Twitter for being soft on people who clearly wish harm but aren’t explicit about it.

The new technology should prevent those troublemakers from being as effective as they have been in the past. Twitter is testing a feature that would look for the hallmarks of abusive tweets (hostile language coming from a recently created account, for example) and “limit their reach” — effectively, filter them out. You’d still have the option of looking at this material, but it wouldn’t automatically bombard the feeds of everyone involved. As of today, Twitter can also lock accounts for set periods and make users clean up their act, such as by requiring phone verification (which discourages dedicated trolling accounts) or asking them to delete certain tweets. Think of it as a middle ground that makes it clear a user did something wrong, but stops short of an outright ban.

These measures still aren’t perfect. There’s a concern that the filtering will prevent the targets of hate campaigns from knowing exactly what’s going on, and the overall approach won’t necessarily stop the most determined harassers. Still, these measures might just prevent the most vitriolic Twitter users from getting away scot-free.

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Source: Twitter Blog

20
Apr

You can get Twitter DMs from anyone (if you want)


If you’re feeling brave, Twitter is (once again) letting you receive direct messages from any old person. As before, you’ll have to opt-in by ticking a box in the settings — but once you do, even folks who don’t follow you can send you a note. On top of that, you can now text anyone who follows you, even if you’re not interested in them. That’s a big change from the status quo, since direct messaging has only been possible between folks who follow each other. To drive home the point, Twitter put a Direct Message button front and center on your contact page for its iOS and Android apps.

Twitter had a similar option before that it cut if off just a month later, so why is it trying again when user user privacy is under scrutiny? The social network says it wants to open up “a powerful and engaging messaging experience” for users, even “beyond the confines of their contacts.” It recently allowed group direct messages, and likely wants to defend against apps like Snapchat or Facebook’s WhatsApp, the latter with an incredible 800 million users. At one point, rumors even suggested Twitter would develop a standalone messaging app.

Given the amount of harassment that occurs on Twitter, a lot of users may be reluctant to let Joe Public contact them. On the other hand, if you made a boner in a tweet or link, someone could point it out in a direct message and save you a public shaming. In any event, the dedicated button is clear sign of Twitter’s emphasis on messaging, so we’d not be shocked to see more such features going forward.

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16
Apr

Meerkat looks to Android for a chance at beating Periscope


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Can an Android launch save Meerkat? SXSW must seem like a long time ago for the folks behind the livestreaming app that took Austin by storm back in March. It was just a few weeks later that Twitter launched Periscope, which, thanks to the social network’s clout and a better user experience, has quickly become the streaming app of choice. Right now both services are iOS only, though, and Meerkat is hoping to hook the hundreds of millions of Android users on its app with a public beta launch.

You can sign up for the beta here, but there’s no date for when the app will actually be available. Getting to Android before Twitter has a chance to launch Periscope is definitely a good tactic for Meerkat, although doing the same on iOS hasn’t stopped the app from fading into insignificance. According to analytics firm Topsy, Periscope streams were roughly three times more prevalent than Meerkat as of last week. Twitter has also confirmed that Periscope is on its way to Android “soon,” so there’s a good chance that it’ll launch on Android first anyway.

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Source: Meerkat (Twitter)

16
Apr

Twitter is testing a ‘You may also like’ related tweet discovery feature


From a “Suggested users” list to the MagicRecs push notification feature that recommends accounts and tweets, Twitter is constantly looking for ways for you to follow more people. Now it appears Twitter is adding yet another discovery method to the list. According to Venturebeat, Twitter has been testing a “You may also like” recommendation box along the right-hand rail of individual tweets. It lists as many as five related tweets it thinks you might like and if you hit “View more,” it’ll list an additional five below that. The feature is still in testing at the moment and there’s no word if it’ll actually roll out to the public at large.

What has rolled out, however, is a brand new Twitter front page. The new Twitter.com makes it easier for the non-logged-in public to see what’s trending on the social network without having to sign up or log in. Just click on any of the suggested topics — Politics, Tech News, or our favorite, Cute Animals — and it’ll bring up a list of popular tweets in that category. This in combination with the company’s recent recommendation efforts is all part of strategy to keep its users engaged — and hopefully bring in new ones too.

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13
Apr

Legere, Trump launch flame war over the weekend


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T-Mobile CEO John Legere is no stranger to having his tweets picked up and turned into headlines, a limelight that he seems to relish as he continues to push T-Mobile up through the ranks of U.S. carriers. Likewise, Donald Trump seems to be one of those larger-than-life characters in U.S. culture and he is not afraid to Tweet. Unfortunately, the two crossed paths over the weekend and it was not pretty although it has been entertaining for those who enjoy a good flame war.

It all started when Legere tweeted about some noise in his hotel room at a Trump property caused by some street musicians. For some unknown reason, Trump took this as an invitation to respond that “T-Mobile service is terrible!” and asking why it cannot be improved. In response to that, Legere posted that he was immediately leaving Trump’s hotel.

The sniping has continued throughout the weekend. Trump has even gone so far as to criticize Legere’s hair after the T-Mobile chief posted a picture while out for a run with his daughter. You read that right – Trump was criticizing someone’s hairdo.

The flaming seems to be dying down, especially after Legere indicated he was done and would no longer be retweeting any of the memes that the Internet was generating. Whether the two gentlemen were really annoyed and irritated with each other or just realized they could have some fun pushing on each other is unknown.

sources: @realDonaldTrump, @JohnLegere
image via: GeekWire

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