Twitter has added a new security option that lets you enable using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) by default when accessing the microblogging service. According to Twitter, this should help ease your mind when logging into the service from an unsecured Wi-Fi connection, like a public hotspot. The ability to use HTTPS to access Twitter has actually been around for some time, just in the past you had to manually navigate to https://twitter.com.
It took Twitter 3 years, 2 months, and 1 day to log its one billionth tweet. Now, Twitter users whip out 1 billion Tweets each week. We know this not because we counted them all, but because Twitter revealed these and other mind boggling stats in a blog post. To say that Twitter is growing at a record is an understatement.
In 2009, the NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $25,000 for criticizing referees via his Twitter account. Since then, comments made via the social networking service have led to a few libel lawsuits. Former Welsch mayor, Colin Elsbury, would have been wise to pay attention, as he's become the first British man fined for a libelous tweet.
For those of us whose love for the world is too big to be contained by one social network, staying on top of the updates to all of the services we frequent can be tough, especially when meat-space distractions such as our jobs and families become part of the equation. Fortunately, thanks to Yoono, our Browser Extension of the Week, you'll have ample time to keep up to date with the people you adore as well as take time for the ones you merely tolerate.
Want more Twitter followers? The formula is pretty simple and straightforward. Just become famous, be a little bit loony, run rampant through the talk show circuit, and voila, you'll have thousands of followers in no time. It seems to be working for Charlie Sheen, star of Two and a Half Men, who opened a verified Twitter account that attracted 50,000 followers before he even posted his first tweet.
A J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. fund is in negotiations with Twitter to take a minority stake in the microblogging service, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The investment would come from the bank's new $1.2 billion digital growth fund and would value Twitter at $4 billion. This is in addition to already purchased shares, which came on exchanges for private-company stock.
The not-so-shocking study of the day comes from Telstra, a telecommunications and information services company in Australia. No need to brace yourself for this one, but according to Telstra's research, Generation Y teens often user their smartphone apps in conjunction with social networking sites in order to boost their social cred. For example, a third of Gen Ys who participated in the survey admitted to downloading iPhone apps simply to appear cool.
Many users today are having issues logging into their Twitter accounts from mobile apps UberTwitter, Echofon, and Twitdroyd. According to Twitter itself, there's a really good reason for that. They've suspended the apps from the service for violation of Twitter's policies. The remedy? Twitter says you should use the official apps.
At Mobile World Congress today in Barcelona, Microsoft announced some of its plans to update Windows Phone 7 in 2011. Over the course of the year, the company has plans to roll out a number of updates to the operating system, offering several new features.
Oh Sony, how silly can you be? The PlayStation 3 maker has been stirring up quite the stink over the online publishing of PS3 jailbreak code that allows unsigned software to run. In its attempt to put the genie back in the bottle, Sony's been threatening to sue anyone who posts links to the code, but that's only the beginning. Did you watch the YouTube video made by PS3 hacker George Hotz, or even just comment on it? If so, Sony wants to know. In an ironic twist, Sony should consider suing itself.