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 “” 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 “” 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


Twitter announces Digits-based logins coming to Apple TV apps

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2015

Hot on the heels of Facebook’s release of an SDK for tvOS which lets developers create apps with Facebook Login based on eight-digit security codes, Twitter today announced bringing a similar feature of its own to the set-top box.

Digits, Twitter’s own login and verification system based on phone numbers and verification codes, is coming to tvOS. This means that developers can now start writing Apple TV apps that users can log into by entering a short alphanumeric code in Safari on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Read More


Vine update makes it super easy to remix your favorite videos

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2015

Vine on Wednesday announced a new update for its popular mobile video-sharing app. It appears that this is a backend update, as I didn’t have to download anything to see the changes (although I did restart the app), but there are a few new features worth noting.

The first is a new audio remix option. With Remix, users can make their own creations with sound from any Vine with the touch of a finger. Just tap the […] button beneath a Vine clip within the mobile app, and select “Make an audio remix” from the popup menu. Read More


Tweetbot for Mac updated for El Capitan’s Split View multitasking and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015

The Mac edition of Tweetbot, Tapbots’ popular Twitter client, has received an update this morning in the Mac App Store. The refreshed app now supports El Capitan’s Split View multitasking mode and can be taken to OS X’s native full screen mode as well.

With design refinements made to match Tweetbot 4 for iOS, this edition of Tweetbot for Mac also brings out muting changes and introduces an overahuled tweet details view that now shows conversation and replies in the same order as its iOS counterpart. Read More


Airfeed for Twitter lets you view your feed on your Apple TV

By Lory Gil on Nov 18, 2015

As if we didn’t already have enough ways to check in on Twitter, now we have TV to help us satiate our narcissistic tendencies. A new third-party Twitter client has popped up exclusively on the fourth-generation Apple TV so you can see what your friends are talking about.

Airfeed for Twitter sends the most recent tweets in your feed directly to your TV screen so you don’t have to, you know, get out your iPhone. We’ve got a hands-on review of Airfeed for Twitter for you today. Read More


Periscope gains skipping ahead in replays, Trending section, 3D Touch shortcuts and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2015

Twitter-owned live-broadcasting app, Periscope, was updated in the App Store last evening with half a dozen new features and refinements aimed at improving the usefulness of video replays whilst improving content discovery with new tools such as an-all new Trending section to help you find content from popular broadcasters.

Pericope also has a tvOS app for the new Apple TV and recently refreshed the iPhone version with muting, Handoff support, instant replays, finding location-enabled broadcasts, verified badges, Follower Only mode, Global section and more. Read More


Twitter app update makes polls available to everyone

By Cody Lee on Nov 9, 2015

Twitter on Monday pushed out an update to its mobile apps, bringing the iPhone client to version 6.40.3. The update doesn’t any major changes or improvements, but it does bring about full support for the social network’s new polling feature.

Introduced last month, Twitter Polls allows users to quickly and easily create two-choice polls. The feature has been rolling out to some users over the past few weeks, but after today’s update, everyone should be able to access it from within the app. Read More


Vine app updated with hearts and new ‘Similar Vines’ feature

By Cody Lee on Nov 6, 2015

Twitter on Friday pushed out an update for its popular video-sharing Vine app, bringing the iPhone client to version 4.3. The update is a minor one, as the release notes only mention a few changes, but there are two new features worth mentioning.

The first is the addition of Hearts, which bring the app more in line with Twitter’s other products. Like the social network did earlier this week, Vine has replaced its ‘Favorites’ (the smiley face) feature with a new, more meaningful heart-shaped icon. Read More


Facebook reportedly launching standalone news app next week

By Cody Lee on Nov 4, 2015

Facebook is preparing to launch a new standalone news app next week, according to The Financial Times. Citing sources familiar with the project, the outlet says that the app is going to be called Notify, and it is going to feature content from dozens of media partners including CBS and Vogue.

As reported by BusinessInsider in August, the app will look similar to Twitter, in that it will allow publications to blast short push notifications to “followers” when they have urgent news to share. If users want to read more about a headline, the can click a link that will take them to the full story. Read More


For better or worse, Twitter’s Stars and Favorites are now Hearts and Likes

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2015

So you’ve been starring and favoriting tweets for later use in your favorite Twitter client, just like many other die-hard Twitter fans do? Well, starting today all those Stars and Favorites shall be presented henceforth as Hearts and Likes, the micro-blogging startup unexpectedly announced today.

The rebranding effort is meant to permit Twitter fans to show how they feel on Twitter “without missing a beat,” but already the change seems to have drawn ire and ridicule from hardcore fans of the service. Read More


Twitter raises follow limit from 2,000 to 5,000 people for all users

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2015

Maybe you were totally oblivious to the fact that Twitter imposes a ceiling to how many people you can follow on the service, but that’s how they roll.

Be that as it may, you might be delighted to learn that the micro-blogging startup is raising its previous follow limit of 2,000 accounts per user to a total of 5,000 accounts.

Once you’ve followed 5,000 users on Twitter, there are limits to the number of additional users you can follow based on your specific follower-to-following ratio.

This change goes into effect today, said the company. Read More


As Mac app will be revamped soon, Twitter starts rolling out polls in tweets

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2015

Twitter today said that it’ll be rolling out the ability to embed custom polls in tweets to all users over the next few days.

Originally tested with a small subset of its user base, polls in tweets will permit everyone to interact with their followers and get the public’s opinion on just about anything by embedding customized polls in tweets.

In addition, Twitter’s Mac app will be getting a thorough revamp soon with a new dark mode alongside a bunch of new features borrowed from the mobile edition of the software, including in-line Vine and video playback, photos in Direct Messages and in-line replies and much more. Read More

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