It's a lot, right? It's a lot. It is a firehose of news. How are we supposed to live our lives, cook a meal, uncrimp our hunched-over necks? Even when I shut my computer, it still flashes its little light in the corner, ready to alert me to the horrors of the world like some kind of pulsing Hellmouth.
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Twitter has always baffled me. It's value as a way to send short messages to a broad audience is almost unparalleled but the signal to noise ratio makes it challenging to extract value and to have your message heard. But developers who create ways to make the platform more useful will be interested in some new APIs and other changes Twitter has added to the API Platform Roadmap.
Twitter just added a new feature that lets you add a seemingly infinite number of people to a conversation without affecting the 140 character limit. You can, essentially, @ everyone at once. It's fine when it's just a few people tweeting back and forth, but more annoying tweeters can take advantage of the feature and blow up your notifications.
I love Twitter even though my replies are filled with people calling me an idiot. I use it to follow the news and make stupid jokes, but I can barely tweet about politics without an army of anonymous trolls spamming my notifications. Now Twitter is finally giving users some new tools to keep the trolls our of your mentions.
Twitter’s video broadcast service, Periscope, is getting some love from the social media pioneer. A few months ago they released Periscope Producer so broadcasters could use external cameras, and not just smartphones, for sharing video. But a new API allows developers to add more controls so recording can be initiated from external hardware, software, cameras and web services without the need to connect them via the app.
You pick up your phone, glance at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, then peek in on your email. By the time you're done with that, it's time to see if anything's new on Facebook again. Then, you realise an hour has passed. Researchers call this a "ludic loop". Over at Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Eric Barker digs into Adam Alter's Irresistible for a solution.
You've probably tweeted something stupid at some point in your life. I certainly have, and while it's great for the rest of us to leave those idiotic ideas out in the open, you might want to clean up your online presence, especially when you're looking for a new job. Keep or Delete makes it easy to do so using a Tinder-style swipe system.
As you're doubtlessly aware, anything you publicly share online can end up in the hands of a prospective boss when you apply for a new job. Indeed, the number of employers actively searching social media accounts has increased by 500 per cent in the last decade.
You might think your social media accounts are private and/or faux-pas free - but it definitely pay to double check. As this infographic from Rawhide explains, there are many ways your social media "brand" can affect your chances at landing a new job - for better or for worse.
Vine, the weird looping video service powered by Twitter, is ending its service today. While the site will remain available as an archive, today's the last chance you'll have to download your videos easily.
Back in June 2016, Twitter released a standalone app called Dashboard that lets small and medium businesses (SMBs) track and communicate more efficiently on the social media platform. The product was launched in beta and was only available to US businesses, but it was expected to be released globally later down the track. Looks like that's not going to happen after all. Twitter has decided to kill off Dashboard.
Chrome: The best part of Twitter — or one of the few remaining good parts anyway — is that you can share short messages from nearly anywhere. Chromnitweet is an extension that adds your browser's URL bar to that list.
Twitter Moments isn't necessarily one of Twitter's most popular features (then again, it's not the worst either), but they're getting more interesting today. Now, any user can collect a group of related tweets and share it as a single Moment.