Listen up all you single ladies and gents, if you're looking for a long-term relationship, don't date an active Twitter user. Turns out that relationships might be taking a backseat to microblogging, at least according to data by Match.com's OKCupid portal, which suggests that Twitter users make for flighty boyfriends or girlfriends and bail on their mates faster than non-Twitter users (or maybe it's the other way around).
Everyone from Congressional heavyweights to Joe Internet on the street is concerned about privacy these days. So it's a fitting time for the EFF to release their updated Privacy Score Card. This handy document tells you which companies are looking after your online privacy, and which aren’t. You might be surprised by the standings.
A preliminary report from the Wall Street Journal claims that Twitter is in "advanced talks" to buy the popular Twitter client TweetDeck for $50 million. Neither company is talking, but The Journal apparently has multiple sources on the matter. If true, Twitter will have taken yet another step toward controlling the application ecosystem for their platform.
Does searching through Twitter suddenly feel faster to you? It should. According to Twitter, the microblogging site's integrated search engine is now 3x faster than it used to be. Twitter has actually been working to improve search performance since the spring of 2010 and launched a real-time search engine in October of last year. Last week, Twitter says it launched a replacement for its Ruby-on-Rails front-end, a Java server it's calling "Blender," and that's the reason for the performance gain.
TweetDeck is one of the most popular desktop Twitter clients out there, and a new beta program is aiming to bring the app into the web. TweetDeck is preparing to open a limited beta test of the new HTML5 TweetDeck web app. The product will initially support Chrome, Firefox 3.6, Firefox 4 and Safari. Internet Explorer 9 and Opera support will be added later.
We're all familiar with stories about Apple pulling an app from its App Store for suspect reasons. Even Google has gotten in on the fun as of late, but now its Microsoft's turn. An app called Imagewind is in imminent danger of being pulled from the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. The developer was originally told the app was being pulled immediately, but has now been given a grace period of indeterminate length.
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.