Microblogging

  • User revolt forces Twitter to revert changes to block functionality 13-12-2013 10:13 AM

    New Delhi: Twitter encountered a user revolt for the first time as a public company after it tweaked its "block" function on Thursday, prompting an outcry from those who said the new policy empowered perpetrators of online abuse. Users could previously prevent their harrassers from following them or interacting with...
  • Saudis world's biggest Tweeters, India at 21st position 17-11-2013 07:34 PM

    In an unexpected finding, Saudis have emerged as the world's largest active Twitter users, while Indians ranked among the lowest tweeters on the microblogging site, according to new research. According to PeerReach, one-third or 32 per cent of the Saudi's online population are active monthly Twitter users. However, countries such...
  • Twitter shares surge over 90 per cent on NYSE debut, hit $50 07-11-2013 10:10 PM

    Twitter Inc stock soared 92 percent in their first day of trading on Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange as investors snapped up shares in the microblogging site, pushing its market value to a heady $25 billion. The shares opened at $45.10 a share, up from the initial public...
  • Twitter: From a start up to nearly $ 14 billion company 06-11-2013 11:30 AM

    Twitter began as any tech start up in the year 2006 with a couple of engineers in a small room surrounded by computers. However, the $ 14 billion now, Twitter will hit the public market this week. ...
  • 5 tantalising tidbits from Twitter's 800-page IPO filing 04-10-2013 04:14 PM

    San Francisco: Twitter, a privately held company built on blurbs, has finally laid itself bare in documents that read more like a treatise than a tweet. The roughly 800-page filing Twitter Inc. released late Thursday on its way to an eagerly anticipated IPO contains tantalising tidbits about its growth and...
  • Twitter files $1 billion IPO with 218 million active users, $317 million revenue 04-10-2013 06:54 AM

    New York: Twitter has unsealed the documents for its planned initial public offering of stock and says it hopes to raise up to $1 billion. The company is also revealing for the first time the amount of money it makes. Founded in 2006, Twitter has never turned a profit and...
  • How Twitter's new blue-line conversations feature is a workaround for the 140-character limit 30-08-2013 10:51 AM

    New Delhi: 140-characters - the biggest limitation on Twitter is also its greatest advantage. To say more within that restriction some users get clever with words, others use SMS lingo or third-party services such as TwitLonger. But all this could soon end as more and more users discover an innovative...
  • Twitter hands down new rules to beat abusive talk 03-08-2013 08:53 PM

    London: Twitter says it's handing down new rules to control abusive language after several high-profile British women reported receiving a flood of nasty, harassing, or threatening messages on the microblogging site. In a message posted to its website, Twitter says it is introducing a one-click button to report abuse and...
  • Twitter releases the top trends of 2012 12-12-2012 01:40 PM

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  • Twitter adds in-stream email sharing feature 16-11-2012 10:57 AM

    New Delhi: While it was always possible to email a tweet, but not directly from Twitter. Now Twitter has added a new feature that will let users to email tweets directly from the Twitter message stream itself. Twitter also announced improved Android and iPhone apps and also enhancements to Twitter...
  • Pope Benedict XVI to join Twitter 09-11-2012 07:49 AM

    Vatican City: He already has a billion followers. Now, Pope Benedict XVI will join the Twitter-sphere, tweeting from a personal account along with the world's celebrities, leaders and ordinary folk. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi made the announcement Thursday, saying details about Benedict's handle and other information will come...
  • Twitter mix-up resets passwords of users 09-11-2012 07:44 AM

    San Francisco: Twitter says it mistakenly reset the passwords of some users as part of a routine security check-up. Thursday's mix-up triggered warnings on technology blogs and in tweets that the online messaging service had been attacked by computer hackers. Twitter sought to clear up the confusion with a post...
  • Over 20 million tweets sent as Hurricane Sandy struck US 03-11-2012 02:58 PM

    San Francisco: Twitter users flocked to the micro-messaging network this week as Hurricane Sandy swept through the eastern US seaboard, sending more than 20 million tweets about the storm between Saturday and Thursday, the company said. This far exceeds the 13.7 million tweets sent during the Super Bowl in February,...
  • Cuba criticises Twitter for Fidel death rumour 05-01-2012 09:25 AM

    Havana: State media on Wednesday accused the social networking site Twitter of helping spread a rumour that former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had died, and criticised anti-Castro expatriates it dubbed "necrophiliac counterrevolutionaries" for jumping on the story. An article on the state-run Cubadebate website accused Twitter of allowing an account...
  • Beijing tightens controls over microblogs 16-12-2011 01:00 PM

    Beijing: The Beijing city government said on Friday it would tighten control over popular microblogs that have vexed authorities with their rapid dissemination of news, giving users three months to register with their real names or face legal consequences. China has repeatedly criticized microblogs for irresponsibly spreading what it calls...
  • China mulls crackdown on fast spreading online media 12-12-2011 09:32 AM

    Beijing: With the popular microblogging posing a major challenge to the tightly-controlled Chinese media, the country's internet watchdog has asked authorities to take "more forceful and effective measures" to manage over 200 million-strong microbloggers. The government should "strengthen the construction and management of online culture" and work to foster a...
  • China shuts over 200 microblogs for pornography 10-12-2011 11:18 AM

    Beijing: China has shut down 206 microblogs for distributing pornographic and vulgar content. The investigations were carried out following tips from people, said the State Internet Information Office (SIIO). All of the accounts were registered at four of China's largest microblogging sites - Sina.com.cn, Sohu.com, 163.com and QQ.com - with...
  • Twitter gives its website a #newlook 09-12-2011 08:56 AM

    San Francisco: Twitter revamped its website to make the microblogging service easier to use and to help companies better showcase their brands. The new version of Twitter, which the company is gradually making available starting on Thursday, will feature a new look and feel and faster performance, the company said....
  • Twitter reveals top subjects of 2011 07-12-2011 03:17 PM

    London: Twitter has revealed the most popular topics for tweets in 2011 - #egypt and #tigerblood. The first refers to the unrest in Egypt and the second to a comment made by actor Charlie Sheen following his sacking from a hit US comedy. A hashtag is used to group together...
  • Airtel users can access Twitter mobile for free 03-12-2011 03:36 PM

    New Delhi: Taking a cue from Facebook, Twitter in association with Airtel is offering free access to Twitter's mobile version. Airtel customers can enjoy Twitter services on http://mobile.twitter.com without incurring additional data usage charges. This offer is valid till March 1, 2012. Users will also be able to get Twitter...
  • Shanghai launches official microblog 29-11-2011 11:27 AM

    Beijing: The local government of Shanghai Monday launched its first official microblog where the public will be informed about new regulations, upcoming cultural activities as well as vegetable prices. The microblog "Shanghai City" was launched on China's popular Twitter-like service Weibo.com, Xinhua reported. Launched by the information office of the...
  • Twitter apes Facebook with Twitter Stories 02-11-2011 03:18 PM

    New Delhi: Opening a new page in the I-innovate-you-copy online saga, Twitter has announced Twitter Stories. Available on stories.twitter.com the idea is quite similar to Facebook Stories and to some extent Google Search Stories. The first series of Twitter stories include how "a single Tweet that helped save a bookstore...
  • China shuts 50 microblogs for porn, vulgarity 31-10-2011 06:35 PM

    Beijing: China has shut 50 microblogs for distributing pornography and carrying "vulgar content", state media said on Monday, as the government steps up monitoring of the internet. "The microblogs were shut down for violations that include carrying pornographic images and videos, information for prostitution, as well as illegal advertising for...
  • China vows stricter controls on social media 26-10-2011 12:45 PM

    Beijing/Shanghai: China will intensify controls of online social media and instant messaging tools, the ruling Communist Party said in an agenda-setting document that marks the government's highest-level reaction so far to the explosive growth of microblogs. Beijing's vow to strengthen Internet administration and promote content acceptable to the ruling party...
  • Bubbly's voice tweets to expand from Asia 25-10-2011 01:43 PM

    London: Fans of Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber looking for more than their 140-character tweets may soon be able to follow and hear their idols chatter over a new online service. Voice microblogging service Bubbly, which allows people to send Twitter-like short sound messages, has grown to reach more than...
  • Twitter gets 'tweet' trademark, drops lawsuit 12-10-2011 02:20 PM

    Washington: The word 'tweet' is to become a registered trademark of the micro-blogging website Twitter, company executives have said. They said Twitter had resolved a long-running legal dispute over ownership of the term by US advertising company Twittad which allows a network of 27,000 Twitter users to be paid to...
  • Twitter's board loses two early investors 17-09-2011 01:05 PM

    San Francisco: Two of Twitter's earliest investors have left the company's board of directors, the latest change to the fast-growing social media company's leadership. Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures and Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital are no longer on Twitter's board, the company said on Friday. It was not...