Tag: Twitter

Twitter develops new feature for managing replies

Twitter develops new feature for managing replies

social media
Twitter is developing another new feature for managing replies, this time looking to let users to turn them off except for certain groups. Suzanne Xie, Twitter’s director of product management, said at a CES event on Wednesday  the platform is working on a feature that will allow users to select “conversation participants” for their tweets, The Verge reports. You’ll be able to choose from four options: letting anyone reply, letting only people you follow and mention reply, letting only people you mention reply, and letting no one reply at all. Twitter previously rolled out a feature allowing users to hide specific replies to their tweets, saying this was part of an effort to “change how conversations work on our service” and “give you more control over the conversations you start.”

Twitter Hit by a double downtime in a day, triggering massive Tweep hysteria

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Twitter site spent about an hour offline this morning, then came back up — only to be hit my a more prolonged glitch fall once more with the network's website and mobile apps inaccessible. Reports The Independent Visitors to the website were greeted by a message telling them that "Something is technically wrong". "Thanks for noticing," the message reads. "We're going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon." Mobile apps as well as the website itself appeared to be broken. Tweetdeck, Twitter's other official client, was also broken. Twitter's @Support account posted a message saying that "Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter. We are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution." (That account is itself part of the outage, but Twitter sent

Google wants to be the ‘Cloud Company’ by 2020 competing with Amazon Web Services & Microsoft Azure

Business, Internet, Mobile
Urs Hölze, the senior vice president of technical infrastructure at Google, predicts that within the next five years, Google’s Cloud Platform revenues could surpass its advertising revenue. Speaking at the Structure Conference, he acknowledged that the company is coming from behind in a market where Amazon GOOG 2.03% Web Services and Microsoft MSFT 1.66% Azure have greater mind share in corporate accounts. But he also said Google has 13 years of experience in big accounts thanks to its Google Search Appliance business and Google Apps. “Our reputation lags reality, but will catch up,” he noted, alluding to product announcements “coming soon.” He did not elaborate. He also held that Google’s cloud growth rate is probably leading the industry in terms of growth, noting that Microsoft

Turkish government has blocked access to Reddit

Governance, Internet
The Turkish government has officially blocked access to Reddit. Users first reported last night that they were unable to access the social media site, and as of Saturday the ban still appears to be in effect. It's not clear how long the block will remain in effect. Reports theverge.com An official government site confirms the ban with a generic message that reads, "After technical analysis and legal consideration ... administration measure has been taken for this website." The note is dated November 13th. According to the statement, Reddit was taken down under Turkey's controversial internet censorship law, known as Internet Law No. 5651. Under the law, Turkish Supreme Council for Telecommunications and IT (TIB) can ban websites and block internet content for a handful of reasons, includ...

Twitter shows interest for its own Brand domain, but will there be 2nd Round of applications?

Internet, social media
Twitter could be planning to apply for its own brand gTLD .Twitter according to an article published by TrademarksandBrandsOnline.com for the second round of new gtld expansion. This being a lingering interest from many big firms, could be a promise for a probable surge in new gTLD applications. Given how ICANN has managed the first round of the applications, it could be unlikely that a second round would be coming soon. Stephen Coates is trademark counsel for the social media giant, he told TrademarksandBrandsOnline.com that he doesn’t know exactly which extensions they would apply for, but that he would imagine .Twitter being high on the list. Interestingly Coates said the jury was still out on whether or not there are marketing benefits by using a new gtld, but he did think there we

Hashtags: Will Social Media And Apps Lead To The Demise of Domain Names?

Business, Internet, Mobile, social media
Currently one wouldn't post to Facebook, Twitter and other social media without hashtags to highlight keywords, at least not if you want the post to be found through searching. From the mundane activity to brand promotion and celebrities. So the question online marketing specialist and domain name expert Jennifer Wolfe asks in an article on ClickZ is "will hashtags take over the internet?" Wolfe writes that "many think the domain name space is dead in favour of search, user experience, apps, and social networks, mostly driven by hashtags. But I find when I talk to Millennials or even the next generation like my 12-year-old son, they still use a browser and search actual websites. Despite the fact thatthey have grown up in a world where we can all access the Internet in many different ways...
Pew Statistics: Social Media Update 2014, Facebook is still King though Overall growth Slowed

Pew Statistics: Social Media Update 2014, Facebook is still King though Overall growth Slowed

Business, Mobile, social media
In a new survey conducted in September 2014, the Pew Research Center finds that Facebook remains by far the most popular social media site. While its growth has slowed, the level of user engagement with the platform has increased. Other platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn saw significant increases over the past year in the proportion of online adults who now use their sites. The results in this report are based on the 81% of American adults who use the internet. Other key findings: Multi-platform use is on the rise: 52% of online adults now use two or more social media sites, a significant increase from 2013, when it stood at 42% of internet users. For the first time, more than half of all online adults 65 and older (56%) use Facebook. This represents 31% of all s...

Facebook Starts Auto-Enhancing Photos Tool

Internet, social media
Facebook has started an Auto-Enhancing Photos Tool. The tool could make it much quicker to post well-lit photos so you can share on the go and get back to what you were doing. Reports Pctechmag Facebook and the other social apps are locked in a battle for photo sharing. To the winner goes tons of engagement. That’s why Twitter just revamped its filtering interface, Snapchat started letting you dual-filter with color filters and its geo-filter titles, and Instagram todayadded five new filters. Google+ added a similar auto-enhance feature a year ago.

Twitpic to shut down due to trademark issues with Twitter

Business, Internet, social media
According to a post on its company blog, Twitpic which has been operating since 2008 is shutting down  due to trademark issues with Twitter. On its blogpost, the company explained the reasons behind the shut down. Twitpic is shutting down Twitpic will be shutting down September 25th. You will be able to export all your photos and videos. We’ll let everyone know when this feature is live in the next few days. This is an unexpected and hard announcement for us to make and we want to lay out what led us to this decision. A few weeks ago Twitter contacted our legal demanding that we abandon our trademark application or risk losing access to their API. This came as a shock to us since Twitpic has been around since early 2008, and our trademark application has been in the USPTO since 2009.

WhatsApp Hits 600 Million Active Users, Says Koum

Internet, Mobile, social media
When Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg held talks with WhatsApp over what would become a mega, $19-billion takeover deal last February, he told the founders he’d love for their popular messaging app to “connect 4 to 5 billion people over the next five years.” It was an extraordinary mandate, yet WhatsApp may be gradually getting there. On Monday founder Jan Koum announced on Twitter TWTR +4.49% that the free texting service he started in his Santa Clara townhouse in 2009, had hit 600 million monthly active users. reports Forbes In late April, the number was 500 million, meaning the app has been gaining roughly 25 million new active users each month, or 833,000 active users per day. Back in March, WhatsApp founder Brian Acton confirmed to Forbes that the service had been signing up 1 million new u