Microblogging

  • User revolt forces Twitter to revert changes to block functionality December 13, 2013

    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 their...
  • Saudis world's biggest Tweeters, India at 21st position November 17, 2013

    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, onethird or 32 per cent of the Saudi's online population are active monthly Twitter users. However, countries such as India,...
  • Twitter shares surge over 90 per cent on NYSE debut, hit $50 November 7, 2013

    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 offering...
  • Twitter: From a start up to nearly $ 14 billion company November 6, 2013

    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 800page IPO filing October 4, 2013

    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 800page filing Twitter Inc. released late Thursday on its way to an eagerly anticipated IPO contains tantalising tidbits about its growth and its...
  • Twitter files $1 billion IPO with 218 million active users, $317 million revenue October 4, 2013

    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 has...
  • How Twitter's new blue-line conversations feature is a workaround for the 140-character limit August 30, 2013

    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 August 3, 2013

    London: Twitter says it's handing down new rules to control abusive language after several highprofile 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 oneclick button to report abuse and updating...
  • Saudi Arabia may try to end anonymity for Twitter users March 30, 2013

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia may try to end anonymity for Twitter users in the country by limiting access to the site to people who register their identification documents, the Arab News daily reported on Saturday. Last week, local media reported the government had asked telecom companies to look at ways they could...
  • Twitter@7: 7 years since the first tweet; 7 first-of-its-kind tweets March 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Exactly seven years ago, on March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, posted the first ever tweet. "just setting up my twttr," read the tweet from @jack. At only 24 characters, the first tweet was way within Twitter's 140 character limit. The reason Jack Dorsey mentions Twitter...
  • Twitter releases the top trends of 2012 December 12, 2012

    San Francisco: An election victory tweet from US President Barack Obama "Four more years" with a picture of him hugging his wife was the most retweeted ever, but the US election was topped by the Olympics as the most tweeted event this year. Obama's tweet was retweeted more than...
  • Pope's Twitter handle @Pontifex; will be Q&A December 3, 2012

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI will start tweeting in six languages from his own personal handle @Pontifex on December 12. The Vatican said on Monday the pope will be using a question and answer format in his first Tweet, focusing on answering questions about faith in 140 characters. The pope...
  • Twitter adds instream email sharing feature November 16, 2012

    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 November 9, 2012

    Vatican City: He already has a billion followers. Now, Pope Benedict XVI will join the Twittersphere, 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 mixup resets passwords of users November 9, 2012

    San Francisco: Twitter says it mistakenly reset the passwords of some users as part of a routine security checkup. Thursday's mixup 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 on...
  • Over 20 million tweets sent as Hurricane Sandy struck US November 3, 2012

    San Francisco: Twitter users flocked to the micromessaging 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,...
  • Twitter CEO promises interactive tweets September 22, 2012

    San Francisco: Twitter will soon roll out a free tool for users to handpick and publish selections of tweets, reflecting the company's commitment to remain a neutral, interactive platform rather than become a media company, CEO Dick Costolo said on Friday. The new tool will allow users, including journalists, to manually...
  • Twitter adds header photo to profiles September 19, 2012

    New Delhi: Apparently inspired by the cover image on the Facebook timeline, Twitter has also introduced an header photo to Twitter user profiles. The new header photo will be visible on profiles on the Twitter website as well as the iPad, iPhone and Android apps. On the iPhone, Android and iPad,...
  • Turkish couple exchanges wedding vows on Twitter September 7, 2012

    New York: A Turkish couple has shown that they need far less than 140 characters to express eternal love for each other, after exchanging wedding vows via Twitter on their iPads. Cengizhan Celik, the Groom, and his bride Candan Canik got married by tweeting the Turkish word "Evet," or "Yes," on...
  • Twitter to let advertisers zero in on tweeters August 31, 2012

    New York: Twitter Inc will begin allowing advertisers to directly target users based on the interests they reveal in their tweets, the social media company said Thursday. No longer content to be a "dumb" bulletin board, with 400 million micromessages posted daily, Twitter has moved to a strategy of actively sifting...
  • Twitter tightens its stranglehold on apps August 17, 2012

    San Francisco: In a move to regulate how users access its microblogging service, Twitter announced new restrictions that sternly discouraged independent software developers from creating Twitter apps. While the move is not expected to immediately affect how current Twitter users across the world access the service, the new rules will likely...
  • Why Twitter apologised over NBC Olympics flap August 4, 2012

    New York: The microblogging site Twitter has been so abuzz about NBC's tapedelayed coverage of the Olympics that the #nbcfail hashtag was created last week as a way to consolidate criticism of the network. This week, when Twitter executives suspended the account of one of NBC's most ardent critics, a Los...
  • Iconic last tweets by celebrities: 'Be inspired' July 25, 2012

    New Delhi: If you did not know that death stared you in the face, what would be the last message you would send out to the world? Would it be mundane and impersonal? Last tweets of celebrities have assumed the same status as the last words before death. They tell...
  • How and why the porn industry embraced Twitter July 21, 2012

    Washington: After having charmed revolutionaries during the Arab spring uprising as an effective tool of communication, Twitter now appears to have caught the fancy of porn stars who are using it for personal branding through direct interaction with fans. Once relegated to sleazy redlight districts and the darker corners of the...
  • Is Twitter's ad focus at the cost of innovation? July 12, 2012

    San Francisco: Is Twitter a technology platform, a media company or both? With Twitter's recent moves pointing toward "media company," there is a growing concern among technologists that a trend for greater content control will compromise both innovation and Twitter's future in favor of shortterm profits. The days of fledging startup...
  • Has Twitter quietly killed its embeddable widgets? July 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Twitter is making a number of changes to its service. It has launched new apps for Android and iPhone, enhanced search, improved notifications, introduced expanded tweets and also got a new logo. Amidst this flurry of additions and improvements one long running Twitter feature has suddenly gone missing...
  • Twitter sees new record during Euro 2012 final July 2, 2012

    Warsaw: Twitter says its users fired off more than 15,000 Tweets per second when Spain made its fourth goal in Sunday's European Championship final, setting a new sportsrelated record on the social networking site. The surge in tweets came just weeks before the Olympics Games in London are expected to bring...
  • Two Twitter outages in the span of a few hours June 22, 2012

    San Francisco: Two service outages within the course of several hours rocked microblogging platform Twitter on Thursday, as users worldwide reported significant downtime and slow service across both Twitter's website and mobile applications. Amid speculation that Twitter had been crippled by a hacker attack, the San Franciscobased company blamed the outage...
  • Explained: Twitter's tailored trends June 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Avid Twitter users whenever they are on the microblogging service's Web interface, have an eye on the left column to keep a tab on what's trending. Twitter trends have so long been available for more than 150 locations in addition to the worldwide list. Now Twitter trends are getting...
  • Watch: Twitter's first seven television ads June 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Twitter is now leveraging the popularity of NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) to further boost its user count.On Sunday the world's top microblogging service broadcast the first of its television commercials. The initial series of seven television spots all revolve around the NASCAR theme. All...