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Twitter introduced an updated privacy policy this week that has users worried about how their private information is being tracked, stored and used. In the policy, the micro-blogging platform announced its plans to discontinue a privacy preference it previously honoured, store your cookies for a longer period of time, and change how Twitter shares your private data.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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If you use the favourite function on Twitter to save the best tweets, you may have found you've overdone it to the point it's useless. To go back and unfavorite tweets on Twitter takes a lot of time, but Unfavinator speeds up the process.

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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.