Twitter Users Condemn Company’s Decision to Ditch Chronological Tweets

Twitter is one of the most popular forms of online communication due to the 140 character limit which allows users to discuss topics in a very quick manner. Additionally, the retweet system means it’s easy to share stories, and other entertaining content. Twitter relies on a chronological order so the end-user can scroll through each tweet and catch up with anything they’ve missed. In direct contrast to Facebook, Twitter offers a more streamlined user-interface and it’s always been my preferred method of social media interaction. However, the company has been making some bizarre decisions of late including replacing the favourite button with a like/heart icon. I’m still baffled why they went to the trouble of implementing this, and it really hasn’t altered the overall experience.

Furthermore, Buzzfeed reports that Twitter is now going to list tweets in a non-chronological order and arrange them based on the reckons it predicts you want to read. As a result, popular accounts will have their tweets heavily promoted which is bound to make the UI extremely cluttered. This has caused widespread outrage from Twitter users who voiced their viewpoint via the hashtag #RIPTwitter. Many have compared the revised Twitter to Facebook and initial reports suggest the changes could be brought in as early as next week! Here we can see a brief snapshot of the reception so far:

https://twitter.com/somaticvibe/status/695856191398768640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

https://twitter.com/z0mgItsHutch/status/695852789168107520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

In a short space of time, #RIPTwitter has already become the hottest trending topic in the US, and I’m guessing it won’t take long before it’s the number one throughout the world. Clearly, Twitter’s management is obsessed with promoting Tweets from celebrities and trying to move beyond the service’s basic premise. This really is a shame because Twitter has the potential to bring like-minded people together. Unless there’s some kind of change in management, I cannot see this ending well. Maybe, the widespread outrage will make them reconsider the situation, but I’m not hopeful.

Angry Birds Developer Rovio Lays off 110 Employees

It’s no surprise that the company that found luck with the insane success of Angry Birds has started to lay off employees.

Despite being the most downloaded mobile game of all time, Angry Birds is a simple game, with a simple concept, a game that arguably got in early and captured the hearts and minds of bored smartphone users before anyone else. This makes it easy to see how Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish company behind the game, hasn’t really been able to match the success of Angry Birds with any other game since.

It’s a problem that faces many mobile games – a game is an overnight success, they rely solely on that game to keep the business going, but once practically everyone owns it, there’s too few people left to buy it.

The layoffs mean the shutting down of the company’s Tampere studio, with their only presence in Finland being at their headquarters in Espoo.

Source: Wired

 

Angry Birds short cartoon series due to launch March 16th

Angry Birds is one of the most successful mobile games going in recent years and its franchise has grown and grown to more than just game downloads. We first saw the plush stuffed toys, then t-shirst, mugs, hats, phone cases, the list just goes on and its going to stop there. Rovio, the games maker has announced that that game is now going to have its own TV show, coincidently named “Angry Birds Toons” is due to hit our screens on 16th March and will be pretty much as you could imagine if you know the game.

Launched way back in December 2009 originally for iOS, the game has streached way past the point that anyone could have imagined and now there are six main game titles, a spin off game and dubbed as “one of the most mainstream games out right now”, it has seem well over 1 billion downloads happen across all its compatible platforms that include PCs, Android, Windows Phone, iOS, games consoles and Symbian.

Angry Birds has also become the biggest mobile phone app that the world has seen so far and unless something goes horribly wrong for Rovio, this isn’t going to change any time soon.

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There is no definite answer as the where and when the show be available to view means other than the shows official site, but we do know so far that there will be 52, 3-minute episodes that will run for the first series, but it looks like this is not where the line will be drawn. Rumours are flowing after the company has given word that there is a movie in the works as well. Believe it or not this is not a joke, as the little birds are due to smash on to the big screen in full 3D in 2016.

Is this all a step too far or will we all eventually absorbed in to Piggy Island where the show is set and end become one with Bomb Bird or King Pig? Time will tell, but for now, just have a look at the trailer above and decide for yourself if you think this is going to go big or end up smashing through the floor.