Category Archives: Twitter

Twitter details how it reviews and enforces rules around hate speech, violence and harassment

 Twitter has been under fire lately (slash always) for its methods to deal with harassment and abuse on its platform. In an effort to provide some insight into its thinking, Twitter has added some new articles to its help center that detail how the company reviews and enforces rules, as well as the factors it considers in its decision-making process. In a subtopic on “legitimate public… Read More

Twitter launches lower-cost subscription access to its data through new Premium APIs

 Twitter tried to mend its relationship with developers earlier this year with the launch of a new API platform which focused on streamlining APIs and the promise of additional tiers of access. Twitter said it would offer free APIs for testing ideas, self-serve access, as well as paid access for increased functionality, in addition to its enterprise APIs. Today, Twitter is delivering on its… Read More

Twitter, high on 280 characters, more than doubles the length of display names

What good are 280 characters if you have to shout them from a measly 20-character display name?

Just two days following the surprise announcement that Twitter would be doubling the character count allowed per tweet, the San Francisco-based company is back with another update — and you'd better believe it's about yet even more characters. That's right, as of Nov. 9, your display name can be more than twice as long as the old rules allowed. 

How long? 50 characters long. 

"Starting today, your Twitter display name can be up to 50 characters in length," the company announced via tweet. "Go ahead, add that middle name or even a few more emojis." Read more...

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Ditch Twitter’s annoying new character-count circle with this Chrome extension

The only constant is change ... unless you've got a handy Chrome extension fighting the tides of time, that is. 

And thankfully for anybody who dislikes the recent changes to Twitter, "tiny-tweets" is just such an extension. 

To the consternation of many, Twitter announced on Nov. 8 that all its users would henceforth be able to tweet with 280 characters. As a further blow to all the 140 diehards out there, the company removed the number-based character count from the bottom right of the "compose new Tweet" box and replaced it with a circleRead more...

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Trump Twitter notifications have completely ruined my year

On Nov. 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States and I made the horrible mistake of turning on mobile notifications for his Twitter account. 

It seemed like a logical decision for any human that works in media, or simply wants to stay up-to-date on American politics for that matter, but little did I know it would ruin the next year of my life, destroying the peaceful mornings and relaxing weekends that were crucial to my wellbeing.

In the 365 days since Trump's victory, he's tortured his Twitter followers, frequently using his account to fire off unhinged rants, personally attack his enemies, and even threaten nuclear war. But for those brave souls out there who've got Trump mobile notifications enabled, the past year has been so, soooo much worse. Read more...

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What 280 characters means for Twitter’s future

At its core, the internet as we know it exists in a state of permanent contradiction where everything both simultaneously lasts forever and is constantly in flux. 

It's perhaps fitting then that Twitter, the social media service most identified with brevity, has doubled the upper character limit its users can tweet, while at the same time insisting the fundamental change in no way alters its essence.

But can Twitter thrive in this liminal state of concise and verbose, and what does the change mean for a platform that struggles to add real users at the same time it fails to identify and delete fake onesRead more...

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