Nearly a year ago, Twitter announced it would begin distancing itself from the requirement that all tweets could only contain 140 characters by no longer counting some things – like media attachments or @ replies towards the character count. However, it didn’t begin testing the change with @ replies until last fall. Today, Twitter says this change to replies is rolling out to all… Read More
U.S. President Donald Trump is unprecedented in a lot more ways than could be listed in 140-characters. But his prolific and unpredictable use of Twitter is one difference that marks him out from presidents past… Read More
So-called fake news has real consequences and everyone in the U.S. keeps learning that the hard way. Not just executives at social networks like Facebook, Reddit and Twitter. Or disgruntled and brilliant Weather Channel meteorologists. Driven by misinformation masquerading as news, in the latest tragic incident, a gunman opened fire in a kid-friendly Washington D.C. pizzeria called Comet… Read More
I’ve been told by insiders at Twitter that “nothing is sacred” when it comes to making Twitter “easier to use” and ready to onboard the next few hundred million users that Twitter needs to be a powerhouse in media. The latest tweaks and horsing around have to do with the order of tweets you see in your timeline.
The hallmark of Twitter has been the reverse… Read More
This has been quite a few past couple of weeks for Twitter, with a new CEO, a renewed double-down promise to developers, love to its employees (after some “tough love” by way of layoffs), Ballmer being in for 4 percent…and more.
The street agrees, with Twitter stock jumping up 5 percent today. Read More
Back in May, Google and Twitter partnered to bring tweets into mobile search results. It was, and is, a pretty big deal for both companies. The relationship is apparently going well, as Google announced in a short update on its original blog post that it’d be including tweets within search results on desktop as well. Read More
Anyone crossing their fingers in the hope that they could convey a desire for bacon via text or social media without using words may soon have their emoji wishes granted.
Emojipedia, a website that lists images and meanings for every existing emoji, recently unveiled 38 new emoji characters that could be included on the next updated list of emoji updates. The candidates include emojis depicting crossed fingers, as well as bacon.
If the candidates are approved by Unicode Consortium, the company that standardizes emoji across different operating systems, they will become available in “mid-2016.” Earlier this week, Emojipedia said in a blog post that the next list of updates could feature such highly-requested ideograms as the Face Palm or the Selfie, the latter of which depicts a person’s hand holding a phone that has just taken a “selfie.”
In its blog post, Emojipedia notes that the list of candidates only features “mockups to show how these might look if approved” and that new icons could eventually join the realm of approved emoji in next year’s Unicode 9 emoji list if they are approved. Other new candidates include Clown Face, Nauseated Face, a Rolling on the Floor Laughing face (for those too busy to type the acronym “ROFL” on their keypads), fist-bumping hands, and a pregnant woman.
First used in Japan, the popularity of emojis has reached such heights — nearly three-quarters of Americans use an emoji every day — that the icons’ creators must regularly field requests for new versions of the shareable images. In April, there was a lot of buzz around Apple’s release of a new mobile operating system that included racially diverse emoji, though the software update led to some weird glitches when users texted contacts who had not yet updated their phones.
Unicode Consortium released its Unicode 8 list of new emoji characters earlier this summer, an update that introduced the Taco emoji as well as Unicorn Face.
Social data company Gnip, acquired by Twitter last year, has become an indispensable tool for all types of companies. Data, especially social data, is necessary to make decisions on things like timing a product launch or putting together a new marketing campaign. Until now, companies have been able to pull instant reports using up to 30 days worth of historical tweets. Today, through Gnip,… Read More