Why Twitter Decided to Stick to Brevity

Why Twitter Decided to Stick to Brevity

There was this one eventful day in January 2016 when Twitter announced its bomb — it was going to expand its famous 140 character-limit to up to 10,000 because the Twitteratti was finding new ways to make the most of every tweet. Users were creating ‘tweet storms’ where they strung a series of tweets together in numeric succession to make a loud, long statement. There were also some other ingenious users who would attach screenshots of longer texts in an attempt to circumvent the character restriction. This led to the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, to tweet a screenshot of text that had 1,317 characters, explaining his thinking behind wanting to expand the character limit. He said “We’ve spent a lot of time observing what people are doing on Twitter, and we see them taking screenshots of text and tweeting it, instead, what if that text…was actually text? [+more]

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Edward Snowden Joins Twitter; 1 Million Followers In 24 Hours

Edward Snowden

Twitter has found a way with Edward Snowden—the man of the moment who doubles as a fugitive and is best known as an erstwhile National Security Agency contractor. He opened an account on the micro blogging site on Tuesday from Russia, where he is currently on exile. Within 24 hours, he has reached 1 million followers. Best known for leaking massive surveillance secrets of the US government, Snowden is clearly not just a speck in the digital world anymore. And his handle seems to be as uptight as he is @snowden. His Twitter bio says: I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public. The whopping followers’ saga Right after he opened an account, Snowden attracted 171,000 followers—all within one hour and by the time the day was half way through, this followers’ list grew to 740,000. That speaks a lot about the fan-dom this man [+more]

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Twitter Could Have New Platform For Longer Notes

Why Twitter Decided to Stick to Brevity

Twitter users often struggle because there are some things that cannot be said in 140 characters. Knowing this need, the social media giant is supposedly designing a new platform that would let people write longer tweets, reports Re/code. Plans to  increase character count It seems Twitter executives are busy discussing how the character limit would be measured. They would probably stop considering user handles or links as characters. It will be interesting to see how they even come up with ideas to allow a higher character count without spoiling Twitter’s original feel. Also Read: Why Instagram Took Over Twitter? People Talk Why Instagram Took Over Twitter? People Talk Why Instagram Took Over Twitter? People Talk Struggling with competition Twitter is trying hard to keep up with stiff competition and bring in a new user base. This move is probably one of the ways to fight with the situation. Reports suggest that [+more]

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Why Instagram Took Over Twitter? People Talk

instagram took over twitter

With 400 million active users monthly, Instagram is riding high on success leaving its immediate rival Twitter far behind. The recent development is going to boost advertising revenues to a great extend for Instagram. In about nine months, the photo sharing website owned by Facebook has pulled in the latest 100 million users including celebrities like former athlete Caitlyn Jenner and soccer player David Beckham. It is worth mentioning that more than 50% of the newly-joined users are from outside of the USA. Most of them are from Europe and Asia with Japan, Brazil and Indonesia topping the list for having maximum number of users. While Instagram users seem to be rising fast, Twitter seems to be struggling to draw in new users. Analysts are of the opinion that it is not Snapchat or Instagram, which are pulling down people’s interest on Twitter but the business model of the company [+more]

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Twitter Bans Jokes Due To Copyright Issues

Twitter jokes ban

Every day, lots of content is being created on social networking website Twitter. This has led to people complaining about  their 140 characters being copied without giving them due credit. The Twitter jokes ban; therefore, seems to have come into place to prevent copyright infringement. Reports suggest that the social media network is deleting jokes and other content that has been copied from other Tweets. It has come to light that Twitter will delete copied Tweets to prevent copyright issues. The Verge has pointed out that a Los Angeles-based freelance writer Olga Lexell filed a case because many people had retweeted her joke that said, “saw someone spill their high end juice cleanse all over the sidewalk and now I know god is on my side”. Lexell’s Twitter account has since become private but she had earlier Tweeted that she spoke to the social networking site and told them that she [+more]

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Lumia 950 And Lumia 950 XL Release Rumors: May Run On Windows 10

Project Juggernaut Alpha to be launched as Surface Mobile

In a run up to the Windows 10 release on July 29, Microsoft is busy focusing on its Windows 10 Mobile. The American giant is set to launch a flagship phone that runs of its latest OS very soon. We are anticipating an IFA 2015 release or launch at Berlin in Germany. However, contrary to our thought that the maker will release just a single smartphone, you can expect a slew of Windows 10 handsets, according to Evan Blass who uses the Twitter handle @evleaks. A Tweet pointed out that there are six different handsets Microsoft will launch in the next few months. Lumia 950 Sneaks In Surprisingly, we have heard from the same source that Microsoft may skip the Lumia 940 line altogether and will release its premium line christened Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL next. At the Worldwide Partner Conference keynote last week, Terry Myerson from Microsoft also confirmed [+more]

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Blackberry Phone’s Leaked Image Hints At Android OS

Leaked images shows Blackberry to get Android anytime soon

Blackberry phones may soon shift to Android OS. Evan Blass, who earlier  worked with Engadget as a senior editor recently tweeted an image that hinted Blackberry phones with Android may hit the market anytime soon. The Image Decoded The image at Blass’ Twitter handle @evleaks has a great resemblance to Blackberry Passport. It also appears to have a keyboard on its screen and when the keyboard is observed a bit carefully, it seems to be an Android keyboard. Though the image posted on Friday created a sensation among the Blackberry users, who are anxiously waiting for the introduction of Android operating system in their favorite phone, this is not the only hint he offered. Blass earlier tweeted that Blackberry slider displayed at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress came with an Android version, which according to the reports would be launched in the United States with AT&T carrier. While users are [+more]

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Turkey Lifts Ban On Twitter, Facebook And YouTube

Instagram overtakes Twitter in terms of user base and popularity too!

Amid a global furor that exploded after Turkey blocked YouTube and Twitter access in the country yesterday after the order of an Istanbul court, the ban stands lifted now. The country has lifted the ban after these channels and websites removed ‘objectionable content’. The step was taken after social media channels, which includes Facebook and about 166 other websites, published pictures of a prosecutor held at gunpoint as a hostage to a terrorist far-left group. The prosecutor had been slain and later the extremist group responsible for this was killed by Special Forces. This is not the first time that the country has resorted to blocking or banning social media and internet channels. Even last year, this had been the case until a legal academician from Turkey, named Yaman Akdeniz appealed and got the ban recalled. Today, he believes that the blockade has been a careful and “disproportionate exercise” in [+more]

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Instagram Overtakes Twitter In Terms Of User Base And Popularity Too!

Instagram overtakes Twitter in terms of user base and popularity too!

Instagram has overtaken Twitter in terms of user base and perhaps popularity too. Instagram has announced that it has 300 million active users. This has placed it ahead of Twitter. By the end of March, Instagram had 200 million active users. The user base has grown by almost 50 percent in 2014 and over 100 million users have accessed Instagram during the last nine months. Kevin Systrom, the co founder of Instagram has said that a partnership between two friends that began four years ago has now transformed into a strong global community that shares over 70 million photos and videos each day. In the latest innovations announced by Instagram, the users will now be able to see verified badges for brands, athletes and celebrities. They can then connect with authentic accounts just as they do in Facebook and Twitter. These verified badges will be launched in the coming next [+more]

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