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Twitter Character Count to be Lifted to 10,000

Posted: January 11th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News, Twitter | Tags: | Comments Off on Twitter Character Count to be Lifted to 10,000


@Dan Tweet Being limited to 140 characters on Twitter means brevity, creativity and speed are the aims of the game. However, the company is experimenting with expanding its character limit to more than 70 times that number — to 10,000.

It is part of efforts to grow its user base, according to technology news website Re/code. Twitter is reportedly aiming to launch the feature towards the end of March, though no date has been set.

Tweets with the expanded limit will continue to only show 140 characters, and will provide an option for users to expand the Tweet to see more, the report said. Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey appeared to confirm the report in a tweet.However, the character expansion does not appear to be what Twitter users want, with many tweeting criticism of the news :: Read the full article »»»»


Twitter Fights Off the Thought That it’s Peaking

Posted: February 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: BLOGGING!, Social Media, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Twitter Fights Off the Thought That it’s Peaking

Twitter Fights Off the Thought That it's PeakingTwitter has suffered a massive loss in its first published financial results since the social networks highly anticipated US stock market debut last year, and though the company might not have been surprised, punters took a different view, with shares dropping almost 25 percent in value.

Twitter told shareholders it lost $US511 million/$AU573 million in the last three months of last year, that’s despite a doubling of revenue from 12 months ago to a better-than-expected $US243 million/$AU273 Million.

Financials aren’t the only woes the micro-blog are suffering, Twitter seems to be testing a new heavier design and it’s users haven’t been receptive of the changes. The new layout is reported to include a look described by many as a cross between Facebook and Google plus. Format changes in the past – including their most recent small change – have upset a bunch of users :: Read the full article »»»»


Twitter Launches Australian Real-time Emergency Alert System

Posted: December 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Social Media | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Twitter Launches Australian Real-time Emergency Alert System

Twitter Launches Aussie Emergency AlertsTwitter has launched a feature allowing emergency services to provide real-time warnings to mobile phones during bushfires and other natural disasters.

Organisations will be able to hashtag tweets carrying critical information as #alerts which will feature an orange bell for added visibility.

Twitter Alerts launched in the US, Japan and Korea in September, followed by the UK and Ireland in November, and have already been used in a number of emergency situations.

On launching the Aussie alerts the social media behemoth said “…all the organisations participating already use Twitter as a tool to communicate important information to their followers.”

The added functionality of Twitter Alerts will help emergency services reach their followers with fast, accurate information during emergencies, natural disasters or when other communications services aren’t accessible :: Read the full article »»»»


Steve Ballmer’s Retirement Imminent!?

Posted: August 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, News From the web, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Steve Ballmer’s Retirement Imminent!?

Microsoft CEOMicrosoft’s outlandish chief executive Steve Ballmer has announced he’s got his heart set on retirement. The gregarious CEO reckons he’s pensioning himself off within the coming 12 months.

It is the opinion of this blogger that Microsoft under Ballmer’s helmsman-ship has missed many obvious opportunities, leaving the once mighty company languishing in cyber-nomans land.

Ballmer’s retirement might just open a new chapter for Microsoft, while its Windows OS is used in the vast majority of personal computers. Microsoft during Ballmer’s 13 years of control has had little impact in the fast-growing mobile device segment.

The tech-behemoth has faced a slurry of criticism for not keeping pace with this fast-evolving tech-sector. A large part of Microsoft’s problem seems to be a huge lack of self-concept, 15 years ago the company quite willingly accepted that it wasn’t the cool-kid on the block, Mr Gates indeed embraced his uncoolness.

15 years ago the tech-galaxy seemed balanced. Apple had creatives covered, the NASDAQ had a bunch of competitors to fill each niche between Microsoft’s dullness and Apples glistening stardom. This was a plus-place for Microsoft to be, so long as it stayed away from Apples end of the market, so long as it stayed boring.

While Apple has gone from strength to strength, Microsoft’s continuous failure at recognizing what it does super-well, the dull stuff, OS and Office, and there isn’t a thing wrong with that. Unless of course you’ve become slightly insecure, forgotten who your buddies are and you’ve grown a need to play with the good-looking kids. Microsoft has sacrificed it’s solid image in a futile attempt at cornering the glamour-end of tech. I realise this sounds like a bit of hot air, but (I need to say this: old people love Microsoft)

Old people love Windows 8, the OS and amazingly the phone. The fastest – and most ignored – group of technology consumers LOVES WINDOWS 8! So who does Microsoft market Windows 8 to… clever little bumpkins, trendites and fashion conscious iPhone owners? :: Read the full article »»»»


REBLOG! Australians Addicted to Smartphones, the Rest of the World is Addicted to Social Media

Posted: February 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, News From the web, REBLOG, Smartphone, Social Media | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on REBLOG! Australians Addicted to Smartphones, the Rest of the World is Addicted to Social Media

Serious Addiction WARNING!Blogger and ABC contributor Peter Ryan has a superneat post on a new report confirming what most of us  already knew: Australians are addicted to their smartphones. The survey of smartphone users by tech behemoth Cisco reveals that the daily ritual for Gen Y Aussies kicks off with a quick txt.

Many of the survey participants admitted that they checked for messages, emails and updates at least twice an hour, many becoming anxious when their phone goes astray.

Kevin Bloch isn’t alone, our favourite news agency – Reuters – has an ubercool post on our latest addiction, Social Media.

Social media is now apparently a recognised addiction, a study undertaken last year by the University of Chicago found that Liking and Tweeting can be even more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol. The research showed that social networking sites gave users a burst of the addictive neurotransmitter dopamine :: Read the full article »»»»


TWITTER BOMB

Posted: July 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Social Media, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on TWITTER BOMB

Twitter BombA UK man who joked on Twitter that he would BLOW UP an airport after it closed because of snow has had his conviction for sending a “menacing” message overturned in a landmark ruling for users of social media websites.

Paul Chambers, 28, had sent the message in what he called a moment of frustration at not being able to catch a flight from Doncaster Robin Hood airport. Mr Chambers had later been arrested and sentenced but the High Court on Friday upheld his appeal against conviction. Speaking outside the court afterwards, Mr Chambers’ barrister John Cooper, who had argued it was wrong to associate the tweet with terrorism, said it was a milestone ruling.

In Friday’s High Court ruling, three judges headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, allowed Mr Chambers’ appeal against a Crown Court judge’s decision upholding the 2010 conviction. They said: “If the person or persons who receive or read it, (the message) or may reasonably be expected to receive, or read it, would brush it aside as a silly joke, or a joke in bad taste, or empty bombastic or ridiculous banter, then it would be a contradiction in terms to describe it as a message of a menacing character.” :: Read the full article »»»»


REBLOG! Twitter Acquires Email Marketeer RestEngine

Posted: May 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News From the web, REBLOG, Tech-Business News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on REBLOG! Twitter Acquires Email Marketeer RestEngine

Twitter Acquires Email Marketer RestEngine

TechCrunch has reported that Twitter has just finalized a deal to acquire RestEngine, a developer of personalized email marketing services, which could help Twitter deliver email digests of great tweets you’ve missed.

The acquisition fits well with Twitter’s recent talent acquisition of Summify, which creates these kinds of personal news digests. The boostrapped RestEngine had spent the last few years generating and distributing re-engagement emails for social game companies like Crowdstar.

The emails often enticed users to start playing again by telling them what their friends had been accomplishing in the game.

Three of four founders will be joining the flock, and the company’s technology will come along with them. Co-founder Joe Waltman won’t be moving to Twitter, though, as he tells me his entrepreneurial spirit is too strong and he’ll be working on new projects after a vacation. Waltman tells me RestEngine will shut down, and has already begun helping clients migrate to other email providers :: Read the full Techcrunch article »»»»

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