Category Archives: Twitter

Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

 Today Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter collectively announced a new partnership aimed at reducing the accessibility of internet services to terrorists. The new Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism adds structure to existing efforts by the companies to target and remove recruiting materials for terror groups from major web platforms. Together, the four tech leaders say they… Read More

Periscope lets you buy and send Super Hearts that broadcasters can cash in

 Periscope has a new revenue stream and a new way to attract the best live video content to its Twitter-owned app. Today Periscope launches Super Hearts — in-app purchase virtual goods that users buy for real money, send to creators as animated hearts that get them attention in the comment reel, and that broadcasters can then redeem with Twitter for a monthly cash pay-out. After the 30%… Read More

Meditation app Headspace hires a new chief business officer

 One of the first times Ross Hoffman met Headspace CEO Rich Pierson when talking about a role running the company’s business, Pierson was not talking a lot about business. Instead, he was peppering Hoffman with questions about himself, telling stories about users, and talking about work ethos. The business questions came later, of course, but that kind of introduction and vetting for a… Read More

Crunch Report | Twitter Redesigns Desktop and Mobile

Twitter gets a redesign to their Desktop and mobile expereince, Slack is raising $500 Million at a $5 billion valuation, Musically starts creating original content and Careem raises $150 Million. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Snap hit another major low and is rapidly tumbling toward its IPO price

 We aren’t fully sounding the :siren: bells just yet, but Snap today took yet another dive as it tapped as low as $17.11 this morning — and is now hovering just above the price that it set for its initial public offering. Snap’s last earnings report resulted in a disaster, and while the company still managed to stay above $20 for an extended period of time, a string of bad… Read More

Twitter tweaks its design again in an attempt to woo newcomers

 In an effort to better cater to newcomers, Twitter once again is redesigning its app across mobile, desktop and the web. The revamp isn’t a radical departure from its prior look-and-feel or user experience – unlike when it introduced its own stories-like feature called Moments, for example, or when began reordering the tweets in your timeline. Instead, the update involves a series… Read More

Twitter chatbots can now include buttons that push you to tweet, follow, click & more

 Twitter today is rolling out a new feature that will allow businesses to prompt their followers to take an action beyond a simple fav or retweet. The company is introducing the ability for businesses to add buttons inside their direct message conversations designed to encourage customers to do things like tweet about the company’s Twitter bot, visit their website, follow the… Read More

UK and France to jointly pressure tech firms over extremist content

 The leader of the UK’s new minority government, Theresa May, is in France today for talks with her French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, and the pair are slated to launch a joint crack down on online extremism. Read More

Some of the best art on Twitter comes from these strange little bots

Michael Christophersson

On Twitter, bad news comes at all hours, with the latest political scandal chasing the most recent military action. The site is an informational storm surge, and it's tempting to log off forever. But I’ve found another strategy for coping with the deluge: I follow a small army of artistically inclined Twitter bots, peculiar creations that intermittently populate my dispiriting feed with subtly strange images. Scattered amongst the day’s more troubling reports, they provide brief moments of solace—soothing without suppressing real facts.

Call them the social media version of escapism. They're like kitten pictures, except they're built from code instead of fluff.

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