Twitter launches Direct Message button in timeline

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

Twitter is making it a lot easier to send direct messages to anyone right from your timeline with today’s introduction of an inline button that’s present on all tweets. The new Direct Message button is launching later today in Twitter’s mobile applications for iOS and Android.

Conveniently located to the right of the Reply, Retweet and Like buttons below any tweet, tapping it attaches a tweet to a Direct Message, ready to be sent to one or more of your followers. Read More

 

Apple starts promoting News stories on Twitter

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

I discover my news (mostly) on Twitter and I think many other technophiles do just that. Acknowledging as much, Apple has started promoting stories published on the Apple News platform on Twitter, via its @AppleNews handle that started tweeting out curated stories earlier today.

“Follow us here for top stories and great reads from your favorite publishers, curated by our U.S. editors,” reads their first tweet. That account is now officially verified by Twitter.

Another curated tweet links to a Wired story which explains how reporters from around the world secretly collaborated to unveil the complex web behind the Panama Papers, the biggest leak in whistleblower history. Read More

 

Twitter will live-stream Thursday Night Football broadcasts worldwide in the next season

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

Twitter has managed to sign an important deal with the National Football League giving it rights to exclusively live-stream as many as ten Thursday Night Football broadcasts worldwide in the next season, the companies said today.

According to Variety, Twitter will carry the games broadcast by NBC and CBS, to be simulcast on the NFL Network, too.

Free live-streams will leverage Twitter-owned Periscope.

In addition to the live games, Twitter will also stream in-game highlights from TNF and pre-game live broadcasts from players and teams before, during and after games. Read More

 

This Mac app tracks how often you slack off

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 30, 2016

A lot of us use our Macs not only for our daily lives, but also for our work. The problem is, with all of the internet at our fingertips, it can be hard to stay focused when the allure of social networking, like Facebook and Twitter, as well as other things you can do to slack off, are no more than just a click away.

That’s the idea behind the creation of an awesome free app for your Mac called Escape by FocusList, which tracks how much you slack off each day and provides you with a daily report for your viewing pleasure.

In this piece, we’ll give you a look at the software and how it works; you might even find interest in trying it out for yourself! Read More

 

FastShare: use Activator to quickly share content to Facebook, Twitter, and Messages from anywhere

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 11, 2016

FastShare is a new jailbreak tweak available in Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $1.49 that lets you harness the power of Activator to allow you to more easily share information with your friends, family, and followers.

The tweak comes with a unique interface for sharing information across your favorite social mediums, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Messages, and it includes options that you can configure to your liking so the tweak looks and behaves how you want it to. Read More

 

Why making a support account on Twitter was a great move by Apple

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 5, 2016

Within just a single day of launching a support account on Twitter, Apple has well over 130,000 followers and is answering over 100 people with questions about Apple products and services per hour.

Although it’s taken Apple quite a while to finally use Twitter as a support medium for its main products, depsite having Twitter accounts for Apple Music, Beats 1, and iTunes for quite some time, it’s still great to see Apple is using another method of communication to reach its users.

In this piece, we’ll talk about why we think creating the support account on Twitter was a great move for Apple. Read More

 

Apple creates support account on Twitter

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 3, 2016

Apple has created a brand new company-maintained account on Twitter dedicated to tips, tricks and customer service. @AppleSupport provides “tips and tutorials from the same Apple Advisors you know and trust,” according to the company.

The first tip shared on Apple Support on Twitter is about turning lists into checklists in the updated Notes app on OS X El Capitan and iOS 9. Read More

 

Delayd lets you schedule text messages, social media posts, & more

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 29, 2016

When you have lots of Birthdays and holidays coming up and you want to wish all your friends and family the best, it can be hard to keep track of these dates on a day-to-day basis.

Fortunately, a useful utility app called Delayd is available for free in the iOS App Store that will allow you to schedule messages to your loved ones so you don’t have to remember to send those special messages when the day finally comes.

In this piece, we’ll talk about how Delayd works and show you how you can use it to schedule messages to people, but keep in mind the app can also be used for scheduling emails, Facebook posts, and Tweets in addition to SMS messages. Read More

 

How to keep apps from spamming you on Twitter

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2016

A lot of people are saying that Twitter is not doing a very good job of stopping spammy posts from appearing in their timelines, and I concur.

My Twitter feed used to be infested with spammy weight loss messages from apps and unwanted tweets from games. Worse, I’ve noticed that some applications caused unwanted behavior on my account, like following other users and retweeting on my behalf.

For its part, Twitter lets users select which apps are allowed to post on the service on their behalf. It’s actually incredibly easy to stop unwanted apps from spamming you on Twitter with just a few clicks, let me show you how. Read More

 

Liven up your tweets and direct messages on Twitter with animated GIFs

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2016

The next time you tweet out an update or message someone on Twitter, try adding a little flair to your tweets or direct messages in the form of animated GIFs.

Earlier in the week, the micro-blogging startup announced it’s integrating a dedicated GIF search button in its mobile apps and on twitter.com to help you add that viral kitten GIF to your posts without leaving the compose window.

Twitter’s partnered with Giphy and Riffsy to help you find the right GIF animation to express your mood. You can search GIFs by keyword, or browse categories of different reactions like Happy Dance, Mic Drop, YOLO and more. Read More

 

How to enable ‘Show me the best tweets first’ on Twitter

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2016

Twitter recently unveiled a new feature that lets you elect to have the service surface new and interesting content at the top of your timeline since your last visit.

Called “Show me the best tweets first,” it’s a staggered release so not everyone may have it at the same time although the majority of Twitter’s user base should now see this option in their settings.

This post will take you through the steps you need to take in order to enable this feature in Twitter’s mobile apps and in the desktop interface, so that you never miss important updates from people you follow. Read More

 

Twitter rolls out a new timeline feature

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2016

The pressure mounts on Twitter to re-ignite growth, which has virtually come to a halt as average users increasingly find the service too confusing and difficult to use. Today, the micro-blogging service unveiled yet another refinement designed to adjust how the timeline surfaces interesting content.

Similar to the “While you were away” timeline feature which released a year ago, Twitter will now put recommended, not the newest, tweets at the top of your timeline so that you never miss important updates from people you follow. Read More

 

Latest El Capitan beta has fixed Safari’s mishandling of shortened Twitter “t.co” links

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2016

An annoying issue pertaining to broken Twitter links, which has persisted in Safari for Mac since November 2015, has been fixed in the third beta of the forthcoming OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan software update, according to user reports on the Apple Support Communities forums.

The “Safari can’t open the page because the server where this page is located is not responding” error page no longer appears when clicking shortened “t.co” Twitter links with the secure HTTPS protocol in Safari and third-party apps like Tweetbot. Read More

 

Twitter is testing a dedicated GIF button

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2016

Thursday, TechCrunch reported that some users of Twitter’s mobile application for Android had briefly seen a dedicated GIF button inside the app before it disappeared on its own. The new button gave them quick access to trending GIFs and was located between the camera and poll icons inside Twitter’s Android app.

According to user Phil Perlman, tapping the button lets you select trending GIFs, or tap through to choose a GIF reaction based on mood categories. Read More

 

Safari for Mac not resolving Twitter’s shortened “t.co” links? Apple’s identified a fix.

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2016

If you prefer to browse your Twitter timeline in Safari for Mac, you must have noticed the irritating issue where the browser won’t resolve shortened “t.co” links, resulting in an error message informing you that “Safari can’t open the page because the server where this page is located is not responding”.

What’s really surprising is that this persistent Safari bug, which basically renders most Twitter links unreadable, has been around since last November, as evidenced by the Apple Support Communities.

According to an Apple engineer, a fix has been identified but it’s unclear when an OS X software update, or a Safari patch, that would squash the bug might be issued. Read More

 

Live Periscope broadcasts are being integrated into Twitter’s mobile app

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2016

In a major move, micro-blogging startup Twitter today announced that live Periscope broadcasts are coming to Twitter for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, making it possible to watch broadcasts without leaving Twitter’s mobile app.

Now when you tap a Periscope link in your timeline, no longer does it take you to the Periscope app. Instead, those links are getting replaced with the broadcast itself that automatically plays right within your tweet. Read More

 

How to disable auto-play videos on Twitter

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2016

Having videos play automatically as you scroll through your Twitter timeline is cool unless the convenience comes at the expense of your mobile service bill. If you’re on a metered data plan, auto-playing videos can quickly eat into your data allowance and incur unwanted overage charges.

In this post, you will learn how to adjust your auto-play settings for videos, animated GIF images and Vine posts on Twitter, including turning off the feature entirely across Twitter’s mobile and desktop interfaces. Read More

 

Twitter is allegedly considering a 10,000 character limit for tweets

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2016

Micro-blogging startup Twitter is considering ditching the 140-character limit for tweets, one of its defining features, Re/code reported Tuesday citing sources familiar with the company’s plans.

According to the article, the company is considering a new 10,000-character limit which would basically allow users to post longer-form content in a single tweet, as opposed to spamming their followers’ feeds with a bunch of tweets. Read More

 

Twitter for Mac revamped, gains dark theme, inline video and GIF support, group DMs and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 30, 2015

Twitter today at last issued a long-expected update to its free of charge OS X desktop client in the Mac App Store. The new Twitter 4.0 experience starts with a brand new dark theme for those who prefer the Finder’s optional dark appearance in OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.

Other enhancements in this edition of Twitter for Mac include the ability to mute accounts, use a new Today widget to see Twitter Highlights in the Notification Center, group chats with up to 50 people and support for Twitter’s new quotation format, animated GIFs and inline video playback. Read More

 

Twitter hires Apple’s Director of Worldwide Inclusion & Diversity, Jeffrey Siminoff

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 29, 2015

Twitter has hired Jeffrey Siminoff away from Apple, TechCrunch discovered on Tuesday. Twitter’s human resources chief Brian Schipper has since confirmed the hire on Twitter, saying that Siminoff will serve as the micro-blogging startup’s new Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, replacing its departing director Janet Van Buysse who spent six years at the company. Read More

 
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