Tag: Twitter

Tweeps to get double tweet length to express themselves

Tweeps to get double tweet length to express themselves

social media
The 140-character limit is Twitter's defining feature and also its most controversial. Critics say that it makes the service confining and unfriendly to new users. Defenders say that enforced brevity is what makes the service so useful. For the first time in history, twitter is now changing its character limit. The service announced on Tuesday it is doubling its character count for tweets -- from 140 characters to 280 characters -- for some of its users. The test group will include those who tweet in certain languages, including English, Spanish and Portuguese. The cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey has hinted at expanding the character limit before. Earlier this year, Twitter removed user handles -- a person's Twitter name preceded by the @ sign -- from replies to tweets, instead linkin...
Social media #Hashtag turned 10 this week

Social media #Hashtag turned 10 this week

social media
You may have a hard time envisioning conversations on social media these days that don't have a #hashtag. The hashtag, the symbol attached to keywords to tag topics online, on Wednesday celebrated 10 years making social media just a bit more navigable. The sign has preceded the keywords that mark out all major events around the world since 2007, when it got its first outing on Twitter. Before long, it had spread to other social media including Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. It's become a part of pop culture, sitting at the bottom of the TV screen during an ad, or as a catchphrase for a celebrity's fans, just as the Justin Bieber's #Beliebers. Hashtags themselves have ranged from silly to serious. Meanwhile, there's been the campaign to draw attention to nearly 300 kidnapped Ni...
Twitter app becoming slicker with new features

Twitter app becoming slicker with new features

Mobile, social media
Twitter has been adding new features which allow users greater control over their Twitter account. The application now has new features that better its usage. Its now possible for users to Mute offensive posts and people on the platform. This new feature allows users to mute any words, phrases, usernames or hashtags from their timeline for a given time period (between 24 hours to 30 days) or forever. Users can also choose to not receive notifications for posts by people they are not following.  The invention of the lite app is another positive feature for users. The Twitter Lite is  more data-friendly for mobile users. offers a scaled down user interface with limited elements in comparison to the native Twitter app. So you can watch and upload photos and videos in your timeline, send d
Twitter Introduces a New Default Profile Photo

Twitter Introduces a New Default Profile Photo

social media
Twitter has unveiled a “gender-neutral” default profile picture in order to be inclusive and reduce trolling. The social media platform changed the default profile photo shown for users who don’t choose to upload a profile when they first sign up. The Twitter egg, used since 2010, has been replaced by a human silhouette. The white egg on a brightly coloured background started off life as a cute reference to the idea that the users are birds who hatch when they choose a profile picture, then start tweeting. The grey-on-grey image will, the social media giant hopes, change the connotation which is now tightly connected to the default egg image – that of the abusive troll. The reason for this change according to Twitter, last year they refreshed their brand, with a new look and feel hig
Twitter increases the methods to Live stream Videos

Twitter increases the methods to Live stream Videos

social media, Technology
Twitter is set to introduce a new live video API which will enable third parties to connect their own video tools with Twitter's Periscope Producer interface. It's thought the API will also allow high-end professional cameras and broadcast equipoment, including OB trucks, to directly broadcast live videos to the social media platform. The other three, Telestream's Wirecast software, Switchboard Cloud, and Teradek, are more professional video creation and management solutions. Twitter named four partners who have already been using the beta version of the API, but there's only one consumer camera so far: the Livestream Mevo. Periscope wasn’t the first notable live-streaming app, but it had a stretch run where it was certainly the most popular. It even helped drive live-streaming pion