Twitter Brings Tweets To Life Through The New Support Of Animated GIFs

twitter-logo-600 Twitter may start looking a lot more like Tumblr soon thanks to the new support of animated GIF files. Across the web, Android & iOS platforms users will be able to view their favorite GIF images in full motion. This is a tad surprising since Twitter also owns Vine, the 6-second video social network. While a 6-second video is different than an animated GIF, the length is similar and may replace Vines in some cases. Starting today, you can share and view animated GIFs on http://t.co/wJD8Fp317i, Android and iPhone. http://t.co/XBrAbOm4Ya — Twitter Support (@Support) June 18, 2014 O [...]


New Twitter Test Allows Users To Embed Tweets In Their Tweets

Embedded-Tweets No longer will users have to hop around from Tweet to Tweet when looking to find the context of a linked Tweet. A new test available to some users  in the Twitter app allows users to paste a link to a previous Tweet, and when it is pushed live, it will become an embedded Tweet. This will help clean-up the linking process while adding more context to an update. This may have big implications for marketers. Imagine the ability to use this as a response for a customer or to joke around with another brand. Instead of requiring users to click from one tweet to another. This gives instant co [...]


Star This Study: Data Uncovers The Rationale Behind Tweet Favoriting

twitter-logo-600 A study from Advancement of Artificial Intelligence this year took on the task of figuring out how and why Twitter users interact with the favorite function. It turns out that there are more uses than you may think. There were 10 main types of favoriting actions that were identified -- showing that the little star button is more versatile than marketers likely suspected. Of the 606 participants polled, 65.1% of respondents were aware of the favoring function of which 73.5% ever favorited a Tweet. Only 5 percent of respondents tweet multiple times a day though the favorites list is rarel [...]


Twitter Announces Real-Time Notifications For Users Of Twitter.com

twitter-logo-600 It seems that Twitter really wants you to sign onto Twitter.com. After introducing a splashy new profile design  Tuesday, it announced today that users who sign in on Twitter.com will get real-time activity notifications. The feature, which Twitter said will be rolled out "over the coming weeks," will send users a notification when someone replies to, favorites or retweets a tweet. The notifications will be fully interactive; users will be able to reply, favorite, RT and follow from the notification. Read more on the Twitter blog. [...]


With Cover Buy Twitter Joins Battle Of Android Homescreens

Cover acquired by Twitter First there was Facebook Home, then Yahoo with Aviate and now Twitter with Cover. Cover is another Android launcher or intelligent homescreen. Yesterday Cover announced it was being acquired by Twitter. Terms weren't disclosed. Cover says it will be business as usual, at least for the time being. Like Aviate, Cover will show different apps in different locations, at different times of day. It's a personalization tool essentially. It's possible that the Cover team will be deployed to create more personalization and contextually relevant experiences on Twitter for mobile devices general [...]


Emojis For All! Twitter Emojis Make Their Web Debut

Twitter-Support Until today, it's been a bit of a sad experience for web-only Twitter users. While these users have been viewing Tweets on their large monitors they've been missing some crucial context in Tweets -- the emojis. While mobile users were able to visually express their feelings with emojis, web users would have no context, and would simply see a square box ✨ .   Thankfully, this week Twitter has announced they now support the use of emojis on the web client. Until this point, there was no real reason for brands and marketers to use emojis as the square box for web users typically [...]


R.I.P Retweet? Twitter Experiment Features “Share” Button Instead of “Retweet”

Twitter-Large The days of Retweeting may be numbered. Twitter has been testing more mainstream verbiage by replacing "Retweet" with "Share."  Twitter has been quite active in tweaking the user interface as of late. Last week, "views" were spotted and yesterday, we saw the introduction of tagging without adding a Twitter handle in the Tweet. Eli Langer of CNBC complied a custom timeline with examples of the share button in the wild (warning - some examples may contain NFSW language): Goodbye, Retweet? // Studies have shown that many users find Twitter too difficult to understand. This test is g [...]


Celebrate Twitter’s 8th Birthday By Traveling Back To See Your #FirstTweet

First-Tweet-SE-Land It's hard to believe that Twitter is turning 8 years old already. To celebrate their octennial existence Twitter has released a simple tool that allows users to head back in time to view their first Tweeting Experience.  The #FirstTweet tool allows users to look up any account's first Tweet. Users can then quickly share and interact with others using the #FirstTweet hastag. To view your #FirstTweet just head over to the tool or check the official Twitter blog post to view other notable First Tweets.  [...]


Consume Tweets From Only Your Favorite Twitter Accounts With “Fave People” Test

Twitter-Large While Twitter has always stood behind an unfiltered Twitter stream, testers now have access to a new feature named "Fave People." This functionality allows users to keep closer tabs on those accounts that they value in a separate timeline. Much like a Twitter List, users can be added by tapping a star icon on their profile. According to TechCrunch, the app has a swipe-able navigation that places the "Fave People" tab between Home and Discover in the main nav. In order to pull users into this tab a click-able star logo will show up next to their profile. Once clicked, they are officially a f [...]


Twitter Trends Now Showing In 50 Additional International Locations

Twitter-Large The most popular news, articles and entertainment have now arrived in 50 new locations. Twitter Trends help bring interesting, hot topics to users and effectively capture "the pulse of the planet." Twitter has been rolling out trends to new locations on a regular basis. Here are the new locations that now have trends enabled: For more information see the official Twitter announcement.   [...]


KLM Becomes First Airline To Take Payments Via Twitter

Twitter-Large Today, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced that its social media followers could pay for tickets and other services via Twitter. It's not quite the same as using Twitter to accept payments or using a stored credit card on Twitter (like iTunes). However, it points toward much more commerce happening on the social site. The airline said that it was responding to user requests in developing the system. The way that it works is that "KLM sends a link to the customer in a private message on Facebook or Twitter." The customer then selects a payment method from a list and completes the transaction [...]


Twitter Redesigns Web Version Aiming To Match Mobile App Design

Twitter logo Twitter announced they are rolling out a design refresh to make their desktop version more in line with their mobile app design found on their iOS and Android apps. Here is a picture of the new design: If you do not see the new design now, you should soon. Twitter tells us that everyone should see the new look "in the coming days." Here is Twitter's announcement: We're now rolling out a refreshed http://t.co/eNvqKTup1d reflecting the look & feel of our iOS & Android apps. pic.twitter.com/Mb6qjjP8Dm — Twitter (@twitter) January 13, 2014   For more on Twitter' [...]


Twitter Alerts Gains New Features, Rolls Out To Additional Countries

ip5_alert_screenshot_0 Twitter's Alert feature is becoming much more robust. Launched back in September, the goal of Twitter Alerts is to provide pertinent information in times of crisis. Users can subscribe to alerts from a specific handle, and alerts will be sent directly to their phone. Today both iOS and Android apps now give users the option to subscribe to the alerts directly on the app as 30 additional entities across the globe are rolling out. To subscribe to alerts from a profile users simply need to navigate to the account profile and click on the bell icon. You'll now begin receiving alerts from that e [...]


Twitter Rumor Roundup: 3 Active Tests & Enhancements Currently In The Works

Twitter Logo Much like rival Facebook, Twitter has been overly active since their November IPO. Over the past week many rumors, tests and trials have been uncovered so we've compiled a roundup of the top confirmed Twitter tests, reports and rumors over the past few days. Rumor: Edit Feature For Tweets In The Works Ever wish you could re-work any of the 140 characters that you just posted to your account? Well, your wish may soon be granted. According to The Desk, Twitter is working on a way for users to edit Tweets for a limited time after they've been posted. The article confirms this from three sources [...]


To Appease Users Twitter Blocks Their Own Change To The Blocking System

Twitter Logo Yesterday, Twitter was in an uproar over tweaks to the block system due to system changes. Today, Twitter should be back in users' good graces as they've quickly rescinded the functionality. The change to the blocking system allowed those users who've been blocked to view Tweets from the Blocker. Before this initial change, users weren't able to see anything from an account that had blocked them. This initial change allowed those that had been blocked to view and Tweet at the person who had done the blocking. This change effectively killed blocking users on Twitter. Clearly, this made many [...]


Twitter Announces Custom Timelines For Tweet Curation Around Events And Topics

Twitter logo Today, Twitter launched custom timelines to help users control and organize tweets that appear in a steam. Users can choose the tweets they want to include in their custom timelines programmatically via the API or manually via TweetDeck. For example, an event organizer can curate the tweets related to that event and even embed it on their website. Custom timelines are public and have their own page on Twitter.com so they can be shared easily. Here are several examples from Twitter of how custom timelines have been tested: POLITICO is using the new API to organize tweets from policy ind [...]


Twitter Ads Photo, Video Previews To Twitter.com & Mobile Apps

twitter-image-preview Twitter is bringing more visual content to your timeline. Starting today, Twitter will show previews of Twitter photos and Vine videos along with their tweets. These types of media were previously only appearing as a link inside the tweet. Here's how it looks in my timeline right now: Also new to the main timeline are Reply, Retweet and Favorite buttons. (Those were already in the Twitter.com timeline, as I recall, so they may be new only to Twitter's mobile apps.) All of this is rolling out today on Twitter's iPhone and Android apps (look for the update to download), as well as [...]


Twitter Gives Verified Users New Spam & Verified-Only Filters For Mentions

twitter-new-logo-blue Twitter's verified users have two new filtering options on their "Connect" tab that are aimed at weeding out spam and making it easier to communicate with other verified users. The two new filters are labeled "Filtered" and "Verified." In an email to verified users, Twitter explained how both tabs works: If you click on "filtered," you will see a new feed based on an algorithm we use to filter out spam. Clicking on the "verified" tab will give you a stream of Tweets from verified users only. The "All" option shows the standard, unfiltered look at the user's mentions. Here's a screens [...]


Twitter Updates The Way Conversations Are Displayed & Adds New Features To Mobile Apps

Twitter Bird Twitter announced today they have updated the way conversations are organized in a user's home timeline, as well as added new features to their Android and iPhone apps. From now on, up to three Tweets that are part of a conversation will be displayed chronologically. A user can tap a Tweet in the conversation thread to display all replies to that Tweet, including those from people the user doesn't follow. With the new updates, users can now share conversations over email as well. Android and iPhone users will be able to share individual Tweets over email, while Android users can share a [...]


Twitter’s New “Related Headlines” Section Highlights Stories Attached To Tweets

twitter-logo-2012-new Twitter announced a new feature today that "surfaces stories behind a tweet." The new "Related headlines" section highlights links to websites where a Tweet has been embedded, from the Tweet's permalink page. According to the announcement, the new feature will make it easier for users, "To discover stories that provide more context." Using a Tweet posted in April by Jason Collins, the first NBA player to come out publicly, Twitter demonstrated how the new feature lists the news stories where the specific Tweet had been embedded. From the Related headlines section, users can see where [...]


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