Category Archives: Twitter

Periscope lets you buy and send Super Hearts that broadcasters can cash in

 Periscope has a new revenue stream and a new way to attract the best live video content to its Twitter-owned app. Today Periscope launches Super Hearts — in-app purchase virtual goods that users buy for real money, send to creators as animated hearts that get them attention in the comment reel, and that broadcasters can then redeem with Twitter for a monthly cash pay-out. After the 30%… Read More

Watching people retweet Trump in real time is both mesmerizing and depressing

One hundred and sixty-two thousand retweets. Two hundred and eighty-nine thousand likes. Donald Trump's tweets routinely garner engagement on such a scale that it's hard to really understand what any of those numbers actually mean. 

That just changed. 

A new Twitter feature, announced in a June 15 blog post, displays retweets and likes in real time as they come in — and oh boy is it both simultaneously totally captivating and super depressing. 

Here's the deal: When clicking on a tweet in the past, users were shown the number of retweets, comments, and likes the tweet had at that specific time. Wanted to check if the count grew? If you were on a smartphone, you'd have had to navigate out of the tweet and tap back in. Basically, you had to refresh the tweet to see any growth.  Read more...

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Twitter totally solves all of its problems with new profile photos

Twitter finally made it happen. With a simple redesign, the beloved social media giant has solved all of its problems. You heard it here firstEvery. Single. One. Of. Them

The racism, sexism, harassment, bots, fake news, Donald Trump, and all of its other issues — they're all taken care of now. 

How, you might ask? With groundbreaking changes to the platform, that's how. The company explained its newly refreshed product in a shiny new blog post. In short, Twitter promises going forward things will be different

"Today, with lots of feedback and ideas from you, we’re refreshing our product too and making it feel lighter, faster, and easier to use," Twitter said in a statement. "We listened closely and kept what you love. And for the things you didn’t, we took a new approach to fix and make better." Read more...

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Snap taps its IPO price as it continues to crash

 Update: It happened! Snap fell down to its IPO price (for a few seconds) of $17 per share after its continued steady march south over the past several weeks. The company is now barely holding just above its IPO price. Snap’s last earnings report resulted in a disaster, and while the company still managed to stay above $20 for an extended period of time, a string of bad days for the… Read More

Twitter tweaks its design again in an attempt to woo newcomers

 In an effort to better cater to newcomers, Twitter once again is redesigning its app across mobile, desktop and the web. The revamp isn’t a radical departure from its prior look-and-feel or user experience – unlike when it introduced its own stories-like feature called Moments, for example, or when began reordering the tweets in your timeline. Instead, the update involves a series… Read More

Twitter just changed almost every part of its iOS app

Twitter just got a major facelift.

The company just unveiled a series of changes, including a major overhaul of its iOS app, as well as changes to the look and feel of some of its most important features, like the reply button.

Among the most immediately noticeable changes: users' profile photos now appear as round icons instead of squares, and the reply button has changed from an arrow to a chat bubble. (Twitter's VP of User Research and Design Grace Kim says this was to make things less confusing for new users who often confused the reply button with a "back" or "delete" function.) Read more...

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In honor of Trump’s birthday, we dug up his completely real MySpace profile

To acknowledge Donald Trump's 71st birthday, we decided the ultimate present would be to dig up his rarely seen and completely real* — honest — MySpace profile for everyone to enjoy.

Sure, America knows 2017 Trump as somewhat of a Twitter snob — only communicating with his followers through 140-character-long snippets and midnight rants — but his apparent lack of a MySpace leaves a glaring hole in his efforts to dominate social media.

We've recently uncovered the now 71-year-old president's (very real, not fake, authentic) MySpace profile, which he appears to update regularly in an effort to Make MySpace Great Again. And boy, is it something. Read more...

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