TWITTER

  • Twitter helps smokers get rid of the habit Yesterday

    New York: When people in a smoking cessation programme tweet each other regularly, they are more successful at kicking the habit, says a study. Specifically, daily "auto-messages" that encourage and direct the social media exchanges may be more effective than traditional social media interventions for quitting smoking. "Our results indicate that incorporating...
  • People from Maharashtra now have a beef with their government - Twitter's reaction to the ban on beef in Maharashtra 2 days ago

    Beef lovers in Maharashtra will now have a beef with the state government because of a certain thing that happened. President Pranab Mukherjee has given his consent to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, which was first passed in 1995, during the BJP-Shiv Sena rule of MaharashtraEssentially, this is a...
  • Twitter working with law enforcement officials to tackle online threats 3 days ago

    Washington: Twitter said today it was working with law enforcement officials on unspecified threats, amid reports that the social network had been targeted for blocking accounts linked to the Islamic State. "Our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials," a Twitter spokesman said, without...
  • Twitter, law enforcement investigate alleged Islamic State threats 3 days ago

    Washington: Twitter Inc and law enforcement authorities are investigating alleged threats made by Islamic State militants against the social media network's co-founder and other employees, the company said in reaction to media reports. Islamic State supporters, in online posts on Sunday, called for attacks against Twitter and its "interests," including death...
  • Telugu actor Vishnu Manchu returns to Twitter 5 days ago

    Chennai: On the occasion of his wedding anniversary Sunday, Telugu actor Vishnu Manchu returned to Twitter nearly a year after his account was hacked and subsequently suspended. "How wonderful Life is that you are in it @vinimanchu Happy Anniversary. As promised am back on Twitter (sic)," Vishnu tweeted Sunday. Minutes after Vishnu's...
  • Twitter adds 'dox' option in abuse-report system that will ask banned users to verify contact info to resume tweeting 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Pepping up the security on its microblogging plaform, Twitter has announced that its abuse-report system will now include an option for users to report 'doxing' content that intends to collect personal information like name, age, email, address, telephone number, etc. to be able to tweet again. Twitter's Vice President...
  • From expectations, to disappointment, to a bunch of jokes: Twitter reacts to the Union Budget 5 days ago

    The Union Budget is always a big deal on Twitter. Everyone has their opinions. And everyone thinks those opinions are stupid. And a price hike on some random thing is usually fodder for jokes for the week to come. ...
  • Twitter boosts efforts to to crack down on impersonation, data leaks 1 week ago

    San Francisco: Twitter said Thursday it was ramping up efforts to crack down on impersonation on the messaging platform as well as the leaking of personal, private data. The announcement came as an update to Twitter's online safety push announced in December. "We streamlined the process of reporting harassment on Twitter recently;...
  • Dia Mirza and Meenakshi Lekhi engage in a twitter fight on the Mother Teresa issue 1 week ago

    A war of words today erupted between actress Dia Mirza and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi over the latter supporting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remark that conversion to Christianity was the main objective behind Mother Teresa's service to the poor.Lekhi had claimed that Mother Teresa had admitted in an interview that...
  • Mother Teresa controversy: Dia Mirza and Meenakshi Lekhi engage in a Twitter fight 1 week ago

    A war of words today erupted between actress Dia Mirza and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi over the latter supporting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remark that conversion to Christianity was the main objective behind Mother Teresa's service to the poor.Lekhi had claimed that Mother Teresa had admitted in an interview that...
  • Suggestions on social media used in Railway Budget 2015-16, says Prabhu February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday said his ministry received an overwhelming response and suggestions on social media during the formative phase of the Railway Budget 2015-16. "We received over 20,000 responses from people on social media and some of the suggestions are there in the Budget," he said...
  • Lizard Squad hacking group defaces Lenovo website with goofy webcam selfies of teen February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: After the SuperFish controversy, Lenovo again got into trouble when hackers turned its official website into a teen's selfie slideshow. Lizard Squad, which is a hacking group, took over Lenovo's homepage and posted images of a teen with a funny haircut posing for the webcam and the song "Breaking...
  • Twitter can help you find a job. Here's how February 25, 2015

    London: Twitter is no longer just a plain micro-blogging site but can now also become your new job hunting ground. Twitter seems keen to position itself as a resource for job seekers. According to a Twitter survey, 77 per cent of polled British Twitter users think the service could help them...
  • Twitter extends 'while you were away' feature to Android users February 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Twitter has finally launched its 'while you were away' feature to the Android platform, a month after introducing it for iOS platform. In its blogpost last month, Twitter announced that it will bring in a recap of some of the top Tweets that the user might have missed from...
  • Gmail's auto-complete glitch sending mails to unintended contacts February 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Gmail users have been reportedly hit by what seems like a bug in its 'auto-complete' feature that is sending e-mails to the wrong contacts. The auto-complete feature ideally inserts names of people in the 'To' field whom the user has frequently e-mailed. However, the bug seems to be prioritising...
  • Joy, disappointment and Neil Patrick Harris: The Indian audience's reaction to The Oscars 2015 February 23, 2015

    The Oscars 2015 were fun, but it was no shocker. For starters, a lot of people had successfully predicted who would take which award. Also there was Neil Patrick Harris proving to be a disappointment as a host. Plus, for a resident Indian, it is really a pain to wake...
  • French minister asks Google, Facebook, Twitter to investigate, remove terrorist propaganda content from the web February 22, 2015

    San Francisco: The French interior minister said he asked Google, Facebook and Twitter to work directly with French officials during investigations and to immediately remove terrorist propaganda when authorities alert them to it. "We emphasized that when an investigation is underway we don't want to go through the usual government to...
  • Nations need to engage in online marketing of anti-IS messages to combat jihadist propaganda: Experts February 21, 2015

    Washington: The Internet has become a crucial battleground in the fight against jihadist propaganda and Western nations need to step up their game, according to participants in a Washington meeting on countering radical groups. Experts say governments must engage in corporate-style marketing if they are to combat the Islamic State, which...
  • Prime Minister Modi greets everyone on the 'Chinese New Year' in several languages February 19, 2015

    On the occasion of the Chinese New Year, our Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi tweeted out greetings to nations around the world. From Korea to Mongolia to Vietnam, everyone has been wished a very happy new year! ...
  • Tamil hashtag trending no. 1 on Twitter; #hashtags now in 12 Indian languages February 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Days after Twitter extended support for hastags in 12 Indian languages, #தமிழ்வாழ்க, became a trending topic on the micro-blogging site. The #தமிழ்வாழ்க means 'long live Tamil' and ever since the hashtag took centrestage on the Facebook-acquired site, users have started posting interesting facts about the Tamil language and...
  • What's making Arjun Kapoor spread love? February 18, 2015

    Mumbai: Actor Arjun Kapoor always keep his fans posted about his life through Twitter. And the actor was delighted as he amassed over 800,000 followers or -- as he calls them -- 'Arjunzaade's' on the social networking platform. "And the Arjunzaade's show their creative side yet again... Big Love to all...
  • Budget interviews to be streamed live on social media February 17, 2015

    New Delhi: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi's emphasis on utilising social media to reach out to people, the first interviews of the Finance Minister and Railway Minister, after they present their respective budgets, will be streamed live on 'YouTube' while questions will be invited from the people through 'Twitter'. The Information...
  • Not only Hindi, Twitter rolls out #hashtags in 11 other Indian languages February 17, 2015

    New Delhi: While Indians have been tweeting in languages other than English for quite some time now (Twitter announced Hindi support back in September 2011) one of the most talked-about Twitter features - the #hashtag - didn't lend itself to native Indian scripts. Until now. On February 15, when India beat...
  • 90 lakh discussed India-Pakistan match on Facebook, 17 lakh tweeted February 16, 2015

    New Delhi: The India-Pakistan World Cup cricket match at Adelaide was discussed by about 90 lakh people on Facebook, while nearly 16.94 lakh tweeted about the clash of the arch-rivals. There were also 2.5 crore interactions about the match on Sunday on Facebook, the world's biggest social media platform said in...
  • Twitter can help doctors understand patients better: Study February 15, 2015

    Toronto: Using Twitter can help physicians answer health queries from their patients in a better way, say researchers from University of British Columbia (UBC). The study found that more and more health care professionals are embracing social media. This challenges common opinion that physicians are reluctant to jump on the social media...
  • Twitter buys Niche, a startup that grooms social media stars February 12, 2015

    San Francisco: Twitter announced it is buying Niche, a startup that acts as a talent agency of sorts matching online video celebrities from Vine and elsewhere with advertisers. Twitter did not disclose financial terms of the deal, which technology news website Re/code said was valued at more than $30 million. "As more...
  • Narendra Modi crosses 10 million follower mark on Twitter February 11, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has crossed the 10 million mark in terms of number of followers on the popular social media platform Twitter. Modi, who made his Twitter debut in January 2009, is the second most followed politician on Twitter, behind US President Barack Obama and ahead of...
  • Twitter CFO Anthony Noto's account hacked; fires off spam posts February 11, 2015

    San Francisco: An official Twitter account for the company's chief financial officer unleashed a barrage of spam posts on Tuesday in what may have been a hack or a glitch. Anthony Noto's account @anthonynoto for a brief time fired off terse, slangy missives inviting people to click on a link that...
  • My kids teach me that it's never too late to have a happy childhood, says Farah Khan February 11, 2015

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Farah Khan's triplets - son Czar and daughters Diva and Anya - turned 7 Wednesday. The proud mother says they have given her a chance to enjoy a "happy childhood". "My kids teach me that it's never too late to have a happy childhood," tweeted the 'Happy New Year'...