Donald Trump has been insulting people on Twitter since long before he was the leading Republican candidate for president of the United States of America. Some would say it’s the only issue that he’s never flip-flopped on, but no matter what you think of the man, you can’t deny the impressive breadth of his demagoguery.
When Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey was named permanent CEO of the company this past October, it was assumed there would be some growing pains. Now, about three months in, Dorsey’s tenure has already been rockier than most would have initially anticipated. Earlier this month, shares of Twitter dropped below $20 for the first time in company history, with the stock now trading in the $17 range.
Even more worrisome, however, is that four of the company’s top executives recently indicated their intention to jump ship. Set to leave are Twitter product chief Kevin Weil, head of engineering Alex Oretter, VP of global media Katie Jacobs Stanton, and VP of human resources Skip Schipper.
In case you haven’t done so already, now would be a great time to disable cellular data use on your iPhone’s Twitter app. I recently made sure to do this after being appalled at how much data Twitter was eating up thanks to its autoplay Vine videos… and now it’s about to get worse. Per The Guardian, Twitter is now adding autoplay Periscope videos to your feed with a new update to its Twitter iOS app that’s rolling out today. This means that live streaming videos will automatically start playing in your feed whether you interact with them or not. More →
Earlier this week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey strongly alluded to the fact that there may some dramatic changes afoot for the popular microblogging service. Dorsey’s comments followed a Re/Code report suggesting that Twitter may consider upping its 140-character limit for messages – a constraint that has defined the site since it’s inception – up to 10,000. If this pans out, we’d be living in a world with tweets comprised of anywhere between 1500-2000 words.
Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Jimmy Kimmel has some pretty funny segments on his late-night show, Jimmy Kimmel Live. Among them, “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” has to be our favorite. In this recurring segment, Kimmel invites celebrity guests to sit down in front of the camera and read various mean things that have been posted to Twitter. Of course, the subject of each mean tweet is always the celebrity who is reading it.
The results are invariably hilarious, and Kimmel recently aired the ninth installment of his “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” series on his show. More →
Within the past week, Twitter has begun alerting users to attacks from state-sponsored hackers attempting to lift sensitive information from their accounts. This is a first for the popular social media network, although Facebook and Google had already implemented similar alert systems for their users. More →
The war on terror is also fought online, where hackers are targeting the ISIS online presence to limit its ability to recruit members to its cause. But it’s not just hackers and volunteers that get the job done. Companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, are actively helping law enforcement agencies fight against the online ISIS movement. But they’re doing it covertly, a new report reveals, both to prevent the public from getting the wrong impression, but also to avoid alerting ISIS about what’s done to put a stop to extremism online. More →
Around 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, U.S.-born Syed Rizwan Farook and Pakistan national Tashfeen Mali allegedly stormed a room and opened fire on attendees of a holiday party at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. The mass shooting left 14 people dead and another 21 wounded, and even more would have been hurt had the homemade explosives the perpetrators planted detonated as planned. Following a car chase with police later that afternoon, the two armed suspects were killed by police in a harrowing gun battle during which hundreds of rounds were fired.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is now on Twitter, sending out his first tweet from the @Snowden account Tuesday.
“Can you hear me now?” he asked, in his first post on the micro-blogging site. More →
Facebook’s mobile apps are some of the most popular apps in the world, used by hundreds of millions of people from all walks of life. The main Facebook app is obviously its most popular one, but other apps like Messenger and Instagram also have huge user bases. But did you know that Facebook has an app that almost no one uses by comparison? This particular app is unpopular by design, because it’s not open to the public. Instead, it’s intended for use only by famous people — but you’re about to get a rare inside look at this mysterious app. More →
Nothing ever really disappears on the Internet. It’s both terrifying and fantastic, depending on the circumstances — and on which end of the stick you’re on. Once an article is published… once a photo is leaked… once a tweet is tweeted… it’s out there forever.
In the case of politicians who have a tendency to tweet without stopping to think first and consider the ramifications of what they’re about to post, the permanency of the Internet can help the public see these elected officials’ true colors. Interestingly, however, Twitter just made it slightly more difficult for us to hold politicians accountable — and the company used the worst possible logic in doing so. More →
Social networks like Twitter and Facebook are often used for marketing, and many accounts hold contests to generate buzz around a product or event. Anyone can enter them and win the prizes, but one man took it upon himself to create a Twitter bot that would automatically enter every contest it could find, without raising any flags.
The robot entered 165,000 contests over the course of nine months, and it won prizes 1,000 of them. More →