With a drunk text, you always run the risk of embarrassing yourself in the eyes of whoever is on the receiving end of the message. But with a drunk tweet, you run the risk of embarrassing yourself to an untold number of followers. Worse yet, if a drunk tweet of yours goes viral, well, you may be forever associated with an ill-conceived message resulting from a long night spent out on the town.
From a number of different angles, Twitter seems to be plagued by problems. Not only is the company having a tough time attracting new users, but it’s also performing poorly on the financial side. Indeed, shares of Twitter are now trading in the $16 range, representing an all-time low.
In an effort to help inject a bit of life into the social networking service, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey earlier this year floated the idea that Twitter might increase the 140 character limit that has defined the site since its inception. While seemingly outrageous, Dorsey teased the idea of supporting tweets with as many as 10,000 characters. More →
Last month, following what seemed like years of speculation, Twitter finally launched its new algorithmic feed. It was turned off by default, but that didn’t stop a huge bloc of users from immediately expressing their outrage.
It might have been a premature reaction, but starting this week, many users have begun to realize that their feeds are showing them “the best tweets first,” indicating that the feature has switched on across the entire network.
Soon after learning that Apple had the audacity to challenge the FBI in courts over the iPhone that was used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, Donald Trump blasted the iPhone maker and called for an Apple boycott. He did so minutes after tweeting something from an iPhone.
The often-annoying and doughy Republican candidate then said he owns both an iPhone and a Samsung phone and that he would use the Android device until Apple gives into the FBI’s demands.
Three weeks later, the Donald is back at tweeting from an iPhone. Like hundreds of millions of users, he probably just can’t stay away from the handset. More →
On Sunday morning, the political world was abuzz following a curious and somewhat controversial retweet sent out from Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s official Twitter account. The tweet in question read, “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”
Seems innocent enough, but Twitter users were quick to note that the quote was originally said by Benito Mussolini, the fascist Italian dictator.
ISIS has issued a threat to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey over the companies’ effort to take down terror-affiliated accounts, according to a published report.
Vocativ reported Wednesday it had uncovered a 25-minute video allegedly created by ISIS on the instant messaging app Telegram. The video shows a photo of Zuckerberg and Dorsey with bullet holes across their faces. More →
Twitter might have a serious growth problem on its hands but there’s one thing that will never be in short supply on Twitter: trolls. Imagine the comments section of a technology blog or a politics blog and multiply it by about a million, and only then will you begin to approach the level of trollishness you can find in the deep dark basement that is Twitter.
Of course, it can also be pretty hilarious.
Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has a fantastically funny recurring segment where he has celebrities read mean tweets about themselves in front of the camera. It’s amazing, and a new installment in this ongoing series was posted recently. More →
After months of rumors regarding a revamped Twitter timeline, the company finally announced an official change on Wednesday morning. From now on, you’ll see all of the most important tweets you missed while you were away at the top of your timeline as soon as you log in… but only if you turn on the feature first. More →
It’s one thing to tweet out when you’re at the ball game or a concert. But when you’re allegedly robbing an apartment?
That is what a Virginia man is accused of doing. Police in Washington, D.C. allege that Thomas Matthew Collodel burglarized a hotel, a restaurant, the front desk of an apartment building and other Northwest Washington businesses, according to The Washington Post. The burglaries allegedly occurred from Dec. 30 to Jan. 24. More →
Twitter on Friday offered some interesting new information about its efforts to fight against terrorist organizations such as Islamic State, as the social networking site revealed that it has shut down over 125,000 different accounts related to terrorism since mid-2015. This sort of effort is important because ISIS in particular has proven very adept at using Twitter and other forms of social media to reach prospective recruits. More →
If you’ve got the skills to pull it off, there’s a very simple thing you can do to simultaneously shame and troll your ISP for your underperforming Internet service. At least one Comcast customer has pulled off a brilliant scheme that works by setting up a Raspberry Pi bot that automatically tweets at Comcast whenever Internet speeds are far below what’s promised in the contract. More →
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.