And then again, maybe it’s not. Rumors have surfaced which suggest Twitter is considering whether to allow users to video-tweet. These rumors appear to have originated from unsourced reports in a both the TimesOnline and the Telegraph.
Two problems seem to exist for video-tweeting. First, video-tweeting is currently available, but not very popular. Twiddeo and Tweetube, which require linking to their site currently offer the service, but there aren’t many takers. Second, video is contrary to Twitter’s standing rules. Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder, in an email to the social media website Mashable, makes this clear:“...no video hosting. 140 characters of text including spaces. You know the drill.”
Twitter already speaks both English and Japanese, which is twice as many languages as some of its American users, but it's only the beginning for the microblogging service. Expected to roll out soon, Twitter plans to add support for French, Italian, German, and Spanish.
"These languages are commonly referred to using the acronym FIGS and are often the starting point for services like Twitter when it's time for more language support," the microblogging service announced on its blog. "Later, we hope to offer Twitter in several other languages."
Twitter plans to add multi-language support by first tapping into its userbase. The microblogging service said it has begun offering a simple tool for people with experience in other languages to suggest translations for the Twitter website. Later on, Twitter plans to distribute the translations to Twitter platform developers, "making it easier for them to offer multiple language support as well."
Or to sum it all up in 140 characters: Twitter to add language support for French, Italian, German and Spanish. Wants volunteers to help translate website. See http://bit.ly/LIa4C
That’s right, not even Hannah Montana wants anything to do with Twitter. She reportedly ditched the social networking service yesterday much to the sadness of her loyal followers, all 1.1 million of them.
Cyrus isn’t the first celeb to start using Twitter, but one might hope that she starts a trend of twitter quitters among celebrities. She is not the shining beacon that makes Twitter the magical service it is today, so inevitably Twitter will live on. However, I am sure everyone can think of a couple people who should remain 140 characters quieter.
Please, break the news gently to any 8-year-olds you happen to know.
Twitter made an embarrassing mistake this week by suspending security researcher Mikko Hyppönen’s account for allegedly sending direct messages containing phishing URLs. Hyppönen realized Twitter had unexpectedly banned his account without any warning yesterday. He received a message from them last night with a customer-service-disaster of an explanation:
“I've unsuspended your acct. You were suspended for using the malware URL rnyspeceDOTcom in DMs. Be careful! We scan evrythng for malware.”
It’s all downhill from there. Hyppönen posted the tweet they are referring to months ago trying to deter users from visiting a particular phishing site. He took precautions to make sure it was not linkable and even included the warning “don’t go there” in the tweet. Not only is the post benign but its intent is actually altruistic.
StumbleUpon is swinging open the doors to some new features today that they hope begin to change its offerings as a web service. Founder Garrett Camp said the new approach lands itself “somewhere between a Twitter and Google.”
StumbleUpon’s prior services gave users the ability to bookmark, share, and randomly peruse the best of the interwebs. They are building on that service by indexing all the pages deemed worthy of the StumbleUpon community and making them searchable and sort-able. Further, they introduced a “Discover” tab that acts like a news feed, to keep you up to date on your friends’ stumbles and bookmarks.
“It is halfway between search and discovery. It is not as comprehensive as Google and not as real-time as Twitter,” says Camp.
Just how much could billions of bite-sized snapshots of everyday life be worth? Twitter is hoping a whole heck of a lot, according to Kara Swisher of All Things Digital. Twitter is engaged in serious discussions with both Microsoft and Google to data-mine the billions of tweets submitted by Twitter’s 54 million monthly users. Twitter is looking to score some big-time up-front cash in these deals, as well as some back-side money through revenue-sharing on search results.
Data-mining, which involves a little sleight-of-hand, involves tossing together a bunch of information and “mining” it for patterns that predict behaviors or preferences. It is widely used, we are told, to make for better consumer experiences. More often it’s used to sell us something.
The data Twitter controls is especially valuable, consisting of real-time and content-sharing information. This data would be used by Microsoft and Google to enhance the findings of their respective search engines. Basically, your tweets will be used by Twitter, Microsoft and Google to make a ‘better’ product, from which each of them will make more money. In return you get a ‘better’ user experience.
Welcome to the wonderful world of URL shorteners, where internet links hide behind abridged monikers to sheath their unwieldy length. You may have seen them fluttering about on the Internet; they’re currently infesting Twitter feeds, blog posts, Facebook status updates, and yes, even in print publications. Long winded web addresses, with tracking codes and web stats, have become so passé. Linking to one will make you seem like a Jurassic entity, which is why URL shorteners have shot up in popularity. The first of these services, TinyURL began rapidly proliferating when social networking and blogging stormed the web scene. Users everywhere needed a simple way to share their favorite links and ensure that their web friends and followers had an accessible way to navigate their content. With the advent of microblogging sites where every character counts, more of these services have emerged to become an essential part of internet life.
We take a look five popular URL shorteners, evaluate the merits of each, and ponder on the future of this link shrinking technology.
Twitter announced at the Future of Web Apps conference in London that they will be implementing a Twitter Labs feature. A seemingly familiar idea, the Twitter Lab will be a formal outlet for Twitter approved plug-ins that are submitted by developers using the API. They expect it to launch “soon” but were skimpy on the details.
Twitter is also testing out a new “Lists” feature that will allow users to compile lists of their favorite tweeters. Users can create their own buckets of Twitter accounts and share them (or keep them private). The lists are linked from the users profile and can be subscribed to by friends. Developer information will be released in the next few days as the feature is rolled out.
Do you find your Twitter account lacking cool, new, functionality? Are you looking forward to organizing your Twitter friends? Does anyone still use Twitter?
The social web can be harsh on the socially feckless. It is essential that those with a sizable internet audience - even if an unintended, uninvited one - possess a reasonable amount of savoir-faire. The Washington Post will not be assessing its editorial staff’s innate social skills, though.
“When using these networks, nothing we do must call into question the impartiality of our news judgment. We never abandon the guidelines that govern the separation of news from opinion, the importance of fact and objectivity, the appropriate use of language and tone, and other hallmarks of our brand of journalism,” Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli wrote in a staff note.
The paper has advised journalists against “tweeting or posting anything – including photographs or video – that could be perceived as reflecting political racial, sexist, religious or other bias or favoritism that could be used to tarnish our journalistic credibility.”
A Twitter phishing scam tore across the micro-blogging site over the past few days. It all started with direct messages sent to Twitter accounts saying “rofl this you on here? http://videos.twitter.secure-logins01.com.” The link leads to seemingly innocuous Twitter login page. However, to the keen observer of the URL you can see that it is obviously not an official Twitter site.
Once on the fake login page, if you entered credentials you were taken to a “Too many tweets page” explaining that Twitter is having technical trouble (is it that hard to believe?).
A day or two later, if you logged into your Twitter account you will have found hundreds of get-rich-quick, earn-money-at-home spam messages sent on your behalf.
If you are a victim, you had best change your credentials to your Twitter account and any other sites using similar login information. If you are a casual onlooker, try not to point and laugh.