Yahoo Mail Went Down And All They Got Was A Single Tweet

In this day and age, keeping your customers up to date is as important as getting them on board in the first place. Reports started circulating yesterday that Yahoo users weren’t able to access their email accounts, and all they got for their troubles was a single tweet.

Originally reported in the thread titled “Yahoo Mail has been down for 14 hours, affecting thousands of users in Europe”, users went from saying that having their service shut down without any response being unacceptable to the barrage of comments from users asking if the service was ever truly running these days or how many people were actually affected by the problem (including a rather large barrage joking about the use of Yahoo mail for business reasons).

After checking out Yahoo Mail’s twitter page (the quickest way to update people these days on issues it would seem), the page was filled with nothing but advertisements spread out over days with no communications regarding the reported outage. That was until we checked out their support page, Yahoo Care. Amongst a slew of advertisements for their fantasy baseball teams was a single tweet saying that some users were experiencing issues.

With people replying saying that they haven’t been able to access their account for extended periods and with no support, a single tweet hardly seems to be cut it (pun intended).

In this day and age, taking days to fix a problem with little to no support for your users seems like a quick way to lose people to other webmail solutions like Gmail and Outlook. We will try to keep you updated (as well as we can with the little information that seems to be available at this moment).

Twitter to Keep 140-Character Limit Afterall

Recently, Twitter had revealed plans to remove the 140-character per tweet limit that currently existing on the platform, 10,000-characters being the suggested new limit. This news did not have the desired effect amongst their user-base, as instead of bringing something new to the platform, instead the announcement saw shares tumbling. In a recent appearance on The Today Show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the social networking platform, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed that Twitter would be sticking to their current 140-character limit, stating that “it’s staying. It’s a good constraint for us.”

Whether Dorsey plans to stick to this decision is unclear, as some of his previous announcements regarding changes to the platform’s format ended up not holding true. This notably includes his statement that they “never planned to reorder timelines next week,” scant days before the new algorithmic timeline started to be rolled out to users.

Dorsey also reiterated Twitter’s position on balancing freedom of speech against the controlling and limitation of harassment, which has often been prevalent and that little has been done to prevent. “Twitter’s always been about controls. People can follow whoever they want. And it’s our job to make sure they see the most important things and the things that matter to them,” Dorsey said to host, Matt Lauer. “There are tweets that promote violence, which is against our terms of service, so people have controls to block and people have controls to mute.” In short, Dorsey believes that Twitter has enough rules and controls in place that users have enough control on Twitter to protect themselves from seeing unsavory content should they wish.

Machine Learning Algorithm Can Tell If You Are Drunk Tweeting

So you’ve had a few drinks and decide it would be a great idea to drunk text someone? The next morning you wake up and check your phone to see several responses which make you swear to never drink again (or at least until the next night out with your friends). The next worst thing? Drunk Tweeting.

Drunk texting is to a certain person, but drunk tweeting will see your message shared around the entire world for all to see. As a response Nabil Hossain at the University of Rochester, New York, has made a machine learning program that can spot drunk tweets.

After collecting thousands of geotagged twitter posts from New York state, the team created a machine learning program that could answer three questions.

  1. Does the tweet make any reference to drinking alcoholic beverages?
  2. If so, is the tweet about the tweeter him/herself drinking alcoholic beverages?
  3. If so, is it likely that the tweet was sent at the time and place the tweeter was consuming alcoholic beverages?

By answering these three questions the machine learning program could tell if you are talking about the past or present drinking and if so what are the chances you were drunk at the time. By getting the program to learn from 80% of their collected tweets, the machine learning algorithm was able to correctly identify the remaining 20% of tweets as drunk tweets 82-92% of the time.

By then adding “home detection” to the equation, Hossain was able to calculate who preferred to drink at home or out in the city using the geotagging information. Sadly the system won’t be able to spot and stop you drink tweeting next time you have a glass or two but maybe it could in the future.

Xfinity User Creates Bot to Tweet Comcast Whenever His Internet Speed Drops

An industrious Comcast Xfinity customer, disgruntled over poor internet speeds, has created a bot that auto-Tweets Comcast whenever his broadband drops below advertised speeds. Redditer AlekseyP used a Raspberry Pi to monitor his internet speed, checking every hour, which sends a Tweet to the official Comcast Twitter account every time it drops below 50mbps.

“I pay for 150mbps down and 10mbps up,” AleskeyP wrote on reddit. “The raspberry pi runs a series of speedtests every hour and stores the data. Whenever the downspeed is below 50mbps the Pi uses a twitter API to send an automatic tweet to Comcast listing the speeds.”

“I know some people might say I should not be complaining about 50mpbs down,” he added, “but when they advertise 150 and I get 10-30 I am unsatisfied. I am aware that the Pi that I have is limited to ~100mbps on its Ethernet port (but seems to top out at 90) so when I get 90 I assume it is also higher and possibly up to 150.”

After some redditors accused AleskeyP of recording skewed results, he responded: “We do not torrent in our house; we use the network to mainly stream TV services and play PC and Xbone live games. I set the speedtest and graph portion of this up (without the tweeting part) earlier last year when the service was so constatly bad that Netflix wouldn’t go above 480p and I would have >500ms latencies in CSGO. I service was constantly below 10mbps down. I only added the Twitter portion of it recently and yes, admittedly the service has been better.”

While adding that he is no “fancy programmer”, AleskeyP has made his Raspberry Pi speedtest Tweetbot code available on Pastebin.

Twitter CEO Speaks Out on Scrapping 140-Character Limit

When rumours emerged yesterday that Twitter was considering dropping its 140-character limit for tweets in favour of 10,000 characters, share prices plummeted and Twitter users revolted.

https://twitter.com/markhoppus/status/684471435612426240

https://twitter.com/joshuatopolsky/status/684421885917032450

Now, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has spoken out about the controversial move, effectively confirming the rumour. In a tweet, Dorsey claims that, by considering an increased character limit, Twitter is effectively providing users the means to bypass the means by which he conveys his very message: a screencap of text that exceeds 140 characters.

The tweet reads:

“At its core Twitter is public messaging. A simple way to say something, to anyone, that everyone on the world can see instantly.

We didn’t start Twitter with a 140 character restriction. We added that early on to fit into a single SMS message (160 characters).

It’s become a beautiful constraint, and I love it! It inspires creativity and brevity. And a sense of speed. We will never lose that feeling.

We’ve spent a lot of time observing what people are doing on Twitter, and we see them taking screenshots of text and tweeting it.

Instead, what if that text…was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power.

What makes Twitter, Twitter is its fast, public, live conversational nature. We will always work to strengthen that. For every person around the world, in every language!

And by focusing on conversation and messaging, the majority of tweets will always be short and sweet and conversational!

We’re not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people. As long as it’s consistent with what people want to do, we’re going to explore it.

And as I said at #flight, if we decide to ship what we explore, we’re telling developers well in advance, so they can prepare accordingly.

(Also: I love tweetstorms! Those won’t go away.)”

Does Twitter risk abandoning its identity by losing the 140-character limit? Or has the traditional tweet had its day?

Twitter Considers 10,000 Character Limit – Shares Plummet

New Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is considering dropping the site’s unique selling point, the 140-character limit for Tweets, in favour of up to 10,000 characters, according to a report by Re/code. Since the rumour broke, the price of shares in Twitter Inc. have dropped by 0.65 points (-2.86%) after normal trading hours.

“Twitter is building a new feature that will allow users to tweet things longer than the traditional 140-character limit,” Re/code’s Kurt Wagner claims, “and the company is targeting a launch date toward the end of Q1, according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. Twitter is currently considering a 10,000 character limit, according to these sources. That’s the same character limit the company uses for its Direct Messages product, so it isn’t a complete surprise.”

“There is no official launch date set in stone, these sources say,” Wagner added. “It’s also possible the character limit could fluctuate before it rolls out the final product, which people inside Twitter refer to as “Beyond 140.””

Twitter is aware that a greater character limit could leave the site open to exploitation and is working on a way to prevent spamming.

While boasting over 200 million accounts, Twitter has been haemorrhaging users for the past few years, and new Chief Executive Dorsey hopes that new innovations with the microblogging site can turn the company’s fortunes around.

Retweeting ISIS Could Land You In Jail In The US

This story is compelling for a number of reasons which include the potential ramifications, the FBI considers retweets as endorsements with the emphases squarely pointed at those containing IS statements. This theory has been proven again by the arrest of an individual by the name of Ali Saleh who is a 22-year-old Queens resident. His detainment followed an FBI investigation into his attempts to join ISIS; the reported mentioned evidence included the tracking of Twitter related activity by Saleh.

According to information contained and submitted within the complaint to the Federal Court in Brooklyn. FBI special agent Bret Luhmann stated that Saleh had attempted on a number of occasions to travel to Syria with the aim of joining the terrorist group. Among the social media activity which has been collected for evidence purposes from this individual includes the sentence “I’m ready to die (for ISIS) Prison is nothing” Saleh proclaimed while retweeting a message which was posted by another user.

On the face of it Saleh has been arrested for more than numerous incendiary retweets after being placed under the microscope by law enforcement, this includes alleged active attempts to travel to Yemen and Istanbul by booking a seat for a flight which he later decided to miss. The problem lays with the FBI and its interpretation, many users tweet hashtags and statements which are connected to terrorist acts for a variety of legitimate reasons, these could include informing followers of brutal acts which have been covered by many news outlets or other user experiences, to protest against such behaviour or simply to parody the situation.

Take the aftermath of the arrest of convicted Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a substantial amount of people retweeted the social media account of said person in a kind of expose to highlight the individual behind such tragic actions. To further convey the ambiguity, a 17-year-old Virginia resident was arrested this summer of 2015, after frequently retweeting flattering statements about ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Now, let’s take an extreme situation, how would the FBI or any other agency react to a user who felt seriously depressed and conveyed suicidal thoughts through tweets and phrase retweets, would they be considered ISIS sympathisers or in imminent danger or going on a shooting spree, if their intentions were considered to be terrorist related? This is the ambiguity, there needs to be more evidence which is garnered before a person is suspected of malicious intentions.

Logically, and I know governments struggle with this concept, you would only be arrested after a build up of various intelligence actions from a person who was under suspicion, otherwise, there is going to be a hell of a lot of people arrested if it is based on certain tweets, which no agency in the world has the resources to deal with on a continuous basis.

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Twitter Hope To Increase Users With Their New Homepage

Twitter has been cooking up a new homepage for its social media platform and it is now ready to launch. The social media platform plans to roll out their new homepage today, but what is the ultimate goal here?

From the looks of it, Twitter plans to get more people to join its platform. When you previously navigated to Twitter.com, the page would only display categories, but this is now going to change with the latest homepage. Twitter wants to draw more people in by showing a bit of what’s going on in and how the social media interaction is on the platform.

The new and improved homepage will display actual tweets by targeting and displaying ‘high value tweets’, something that Twitter hopes will get newcomers’ attention. In my opinion, Twitter was a bit of a mystery at first and it didn’t expose what you would expect from the platform. This made me a bit skeptical and I haven’t joined the platform until recently.

So, in a sense, Twitter’s Interim CEO Jack Dorsey has a good idea with the homepage. In addition to that, his ‘question everything’ perspective aims to get more out of user expectations and opinions in order to make the necessary changes and additions to expand Twitter even further. But until then, how do you find the new homepage? Is it something you were looking forward to?

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Nintendo “Pixels” Tweet Backfires

I would genuinely like to know who imagined a Pixels movie would be a worthwhile investment and was therefore taken seriously and not fired. I mean come on; it makes the world of gaming starring Adam Sandler as credible as Donald Trump becoming president. Just like to add an addendum here, if the business tycoon is sworn in after the US elections in 2016 and takes place as leader of the US, then no one remind me of this article.

Obviously Nintendo misread public opinion and thought it would be a great idea to tweet the following which is below.

Perhaps the company meant to change the words Donkey Kong with “person who came up with this idea”, keep hammer before erasing Pixels Movie and writing fingers instead. This Tweet plummeted to earth in flames with a selection of the following responses from irritated fans.

“@NintendoAmerica remove Adam Sandler and then I’ll watch.”

“@NintendoAmerica grab a hammer to smash your computer with when you start watching the trailer”

“@NintendoAmerica I hope this causes Nintendo to never lease out their properties again.”

“@NintendoAmerica You only had one job…”

“@NintendoAmerica how can you sleep at night”

I wonder what the target audience Nintendo had in mind while sketching the concept for this film. Hardcore gaming fans will despise it, casual gamers will not identify with it and non gamers simply won’t be interested in paying money to watch it. This is the problem with corporate companies; all too often business individuals will try to force a product on consumers with the “They will buy what we tell them to buy” attitude. Hollywood is all too often like McDonald’s, it delivers processed fast food goo which strips away any originality from the product before leaving an unrecognisable husk.

Who made this film? Columbia Pictures Industries which is part of Sony, who won’t be getting hacked this time for personal details concerning this film? Sony Pictures.

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More Characters in Twitter’s Direct Messages From Next Month

We all tried to explain some things to friends over Twitter, but it proved to be so difficult and frustrating. The social media giant still has its 140 character restriction and it’s just not enough when you type like a true writer. But that’s about to change, according to an announcement Twitter made on its Developer Forums.

Twitter is now officially dropping the character limit and encouraging developers to deal with the change before it goes live. And you know the best part of it? The limit will be dropped as soon as next month.

We’ve done a lot to improve Direct Messages over the past year and have much more exciting work on the horizon. One change coming in July that we want to make you aware of now (and first!) is the removal of the 140 character limit in Direct Messages.

Twitter also made some quick notes on what developers should take into account in the new API so it all goes smoothly from the start. Also, Twitter made it clear that nothing will change on the ‘tweets’ side, meaning that all tweets will still be 140 characters long.

Still, it’s better to send your friends an endless scroll message than have you scrolling down endlessly on the feed to get past that one tweet. But this does not mean Twitter will not be considering expanding the character limit of its tweets too. We might see that in the near future, but until we do, what do you think of the latest change? Do you like spending long DMs or are you scared you will be spammed? Let us know!

‘Tweet-A-Pizza’ Coming to Domino’s This Month

Do you fancy Domino’s pizza and use Twitter on a regular basis? Then you will be happy to hear that the company is looking into techy ways of attracting customers and will add a ‘tweet-a-pizza’ system starting from May 20th in the US.

What all of this means is that users who have a Twitter account will be able to order a pizza just by tweeting the pizza emoji to @Dominos. This will place Domino’s ahead of all other major restaurant industry companies just by adding a way for customers to order their pizza through social media.

However, the decision was no taken on a whim. Statistics show that the company already has more than 50% of its sales taking place digitally, so it was only logical to add such a feature and make it the next big thing. Through this move, Domino’s is likely to take advantage of the publicity and boldness to further increase its sales in the following months.

Twitter has a lot to gain from this as well. Other companies are already using the “Buy Now” service on tweets to promote and sell their products and Twitter can only benefit from all of this by offering their users a way to buy stuff in their social media environment, while also making more profit out of it.

While Domino’s looks to be expanding its technology and offering more purchase options to customers, we are likely to see more companies take the same approach in the near future. Domino’s also mentions that it is already looking into expanding the purchase option to Facebook and Instagram in the future. So what do you think? Would you ‘tweet-a-pizza’ from Domino’s?

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Characters from Mortal Kombat X DLC Will Be Free to Play

It looks like you won’t be required to buy the upcoming DLC for Mortal Kombat X in order to experience the new characters. The latest news reveals that all characters from the DLC will be free once players complete the Premiere towers.

The announcement has been made by Ed Boon via a tweet, where he announces the DLC’s free availability. Boon also said some of the characters like Jason will be available in this way through the Premiere towers.

Though the aforementioned characters are free to play (once completing a game requirement), the question remains if whether or not every paid character that comes out for Mortal Kombat X will follow the same pattern.

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Production Image of the Upcoming Mass Effect Title Revealed

Ken Thain, Bioware’s Cinematic Director, has tweeted a production image of the upcoming Mass Effect title. The tweet states that the team is getting their “motions on at TheCaptureLab in Vancouver. A very cool scene for the next #MassEffect.”

The image shows two actors in motion capture suits getting the animations ready for the game. An image of the game can be seen, though faintly, on the left side of the image. Though the image is not so great and does not reveal a whole lot about the title, it does seem to be a start for Bioware revealing some more content and information about the next Mass Effect.

Bioware’s latest Mass Effect title should be revealed at E3 in June, where the developer is expected to reveal some gameplay footage. Until then, producer Michael Gamble states in his tweet that the title is reaching another milestone soon.

“The ‘Mass Effect’ team is finishing another milestone soon? It’s almost like we are building a real game or something.”

While Gamble seems pleased with the end of the milestone, it still does not reveal what the milestone is exactly. Also, the producer has requested that a race selection should be added for the next iteration in the Mass Effect saga, since its universe was created to be so vast and features a variety of races.

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New Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Released

Marvel has just released a new trailer for their upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, and its full off… Ultron! This comes as a response to the Twitter “mission” set out by Marvel, encouraging fans to “unite & unlock” a new and possible final trailer for the movie by tweeting using the #AvengersAssemble hashtag.

Aside from all the eye-catching explosions and special effects, the trailer further explains that the main point of the story is not that Ultron became self-aware, but rather that Tony Stark caused a rift due to his accidental creation. While the rift is taking the Marvel heroes into uncharted territory, it also exposes some of their more vulnerable sides, making the action more intense and will surely deliver the unique experience that fans are anticipating.

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Miguel the Electric Eel Uses Raspberry Pi to Tweet

An electric eel at Tennessee Aquarium has been tweeting from his tank, thanks to a modified Raspberry Pi. The eel, named Miguel Wattson, triggers tweets whenever he expels an electrical discharge. The charge is detected by sensors hooked up to a Raspberry Pi, which triggers a tweet – purporting to be from Miguel, but written by the aquarium’s team – to the eel’s Twitter account, @EelectricMiguel.

“In the wild, Electric Eels use their voltage to navigate, stun prey and as a defense mechanism,” said Brad Thompson from the Tennessee Aquarium. “They have complete control of their discharges varying the amount of energy released to meet their needs.”

The project was set up in conjunction with the Tennessee Tech University’s Business Media Center.  “This was a really fun project for our multi-disciplinary team,” Kevin Liska, director of the Business Media Center, said. “They combined electrical engineering and emerging business communication to give the eel a voice.”

Source: PRWeb

Twitter Executive Fails at Twitter

Twitter’s new Chief Financial Officer, Anthony Noto, has failed miserably in using Twitter itself.

He posted the Tweet:

“I still think we should buy them. He is on your schedule for Dec 15 or 16 — we will need to sell him. i have a plan”

He’s now of course removed it, but still means he has an important Twitter lesson to learn – don’t tweet private and confidential information about your company’s acquisition plans.

For many of us, Tweeting something accidentally can be nothing but a simple mishap, with no further repercussions, but for the Chief Financial Officer to leak sensitive information about a potential acquisition at a multinational corporation, that’s another story.

Business Insider’s article on this story has an interesting look at how this indicates Twitter may be too tricky to use, and could be better. They point to the story of an American Congressman whose career pretty much collapsed after he posted naked pictures on Twitter, when he was trying to send them in a direct message.

Source: Business Insider

New Twitter Users to Follow Accounts Without Following Them

The CEO of Twitter revealed today that new users of the social networking site will be able to generate a pre-populated following stream, without following anyone in the first place.

Dick Costello’s announcement came most probably as a result of the fact that over 500 million Twitter accounts sit largely unused, or “logged out”. Many have cited this new initiative as a way to hold more new users back and to make the experience of setting up Twitter less daunting. Users will be given a page of interests they can choose from which will automatically lead to a stream of Tweets from relevant accounts. ‘Interests’ include “Popular Accounts”, “Sports”, “Technology” and “Funny” among others.

Source: TechCrunch

AMD Shoot Down R9 285X Rumour

Ever since the launch of the AMD R9 285 Tonga graphics card, there has been plenty of rumour that AMD would soon be launching another card in the series; the R9 285X. It was long suspected that the new card would feature 2048 SPs, a 384-bit bus and 3GB of GDD5 VRAM.

Unfortunately, a quick question on Twitter was quickly shot down by AMD, so for all it matters now the R9 285X may as well have featured 12GB of GDDR5 and have been powered by fairy dust.

Has the card gone completely or is AMD throwing a curve ball to make people focus on their current range of cards? Who knows, it wouldn’t be the first time a massive corporation has told a white lie to help their sales, but until some more solid information leaks about the next AMD graphics cards, I’m going to assume the 285X is no longer on the roadmap.

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AI Potentially More Dangerous than Nukes Says Elon Musk

I’m sure most of you have seen the Terminator movies, the effects of AI and what happened when SkyNet was put into service, sending the world into a downward spiral of destruction and war. Elon Musk has likely envisioned something similar as he tweeted;

Elon is a powerful man in this world, responsible for services such as PayPal, Tesla, space travel technologies and a whole lot more, so you have to assume the guy knows what he is talking about. This is especially true given that Elon is a major investor in AI startup Vicarious.

So while Elon may be working on AI himself, his warning is still valid and the next few years could certainly make a big impact on the world of AI, let’s just also hope we don’t have a SkyNet style situation on our hands, or further down the scale, Toasters that purposely burn your toast because you were rude to them.

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Man Asked to Leave Plane after Critical Tweet

A man from Minnesota and his two sons were asked to leave their plane last Sunday after a critical tweet about rude gate agents.

Mr. Duff Watson was flying from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday with his sons ages 6 and 9. As a frequent flyer privilege holder he tried to board early together with his sons despite them not having the same privileges. The gate agent following the rules told him, that if he wanted to board together with his kids, he would have to wait. Watson replied that he had previously boarded planes early with them that way and sent out a tweet that read: “RUDEST AGENT IN DENVER. KIMBERLY S. GATE C39. NOT HAPPY @SWA.”

After they boarded the plane they were asked to exit the airplane again via an announcement. When they arrived at the gate, they were told that they weren’t allowed back on the plane and the police would be called unless he deleted his tweet again. Watson agreed to delete the tweet and was allowed back on the plane and was able to return home with his family.

Duff Watson told the TV Broadcaster KARE in Minneapolis on Wednesday: “We get bounced off the plane, and it turns into a completely different situation and escalated for reasons that are quite honestly silly.”

Southwest Airlines has offered a statement that a customer was briefly removed from the flight and that they as an airline have no intention to stifle customer feedback on social media. They have also offered the customers vouchers as a gesture of good will and stated: “Our decision was not based solely on a customer’s tweet.”

This just goes to show that the old phrase ”If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” still is valid. Or wait until you’re at home. However it is to keep in mind, that in situations like this both sides were probably at equal fault, it could however have been resolved in a different way right away.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

Reddit Launches its Live-Blogging Platform, Reddit Live

Reddit has officially launched its own live-blogging platform by the named of Reddit Live. The platform was previously in ‘open beta’ for a few months, having covered Twitch Plays Pokemon and the conflict in Ukraine up until now.

It is said that only Reddit employees were able to create live streams and authorize trusted users to contribute to them during its beta stage. However, now anyone can user Reddit Live and submit their own threads to a dedicated subreddit. Compared to normal Reddit posts, these Live posts are said to automatically update in your browser in real-time. The Reddit Live feeds are said to feature embedded support for tweets, which can eventually host images, YouTube videos and article links.

While Reddit is not a traditional publisher, the new addition could become the default platform for user-credited live blogs. The Reddit platform has proven to be an effective crowdsource of online information, but with some difficulties since April 2013 when the website received some harsh reactions to the Boston Marathon bombings. Reddit should be careful in future endeavors if it wants its latest Live platform to steer away from such incidents in the future.

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Germany v Brazil World Cup Thrashing Broke Twitter Records

The Germany Vs Brazil Semi-final match in this year’s World Cup has certainly caught the attention of any football fan or anyone involved in football after their 7-1 thrashing against the home team a couple of days ago. The thrashing on the pitch was not the only top score to grab people’s attention as twitters servers also got a thrashing through a record-breaking 580,000 tweets per minute being sent around the world.

In a statement following the match, Twitter reported that the new record washed out the previous record which was set earlier this year during the Super Bowl which stood at 24.9m tweets. In comparison this match topped 35.6m tweets.

This new record has been great advertising for Twitter, showing that their growth is still going strong. Other events over the last few years that have stood out on twitter include Beyoncé’s half time performance during last year’s Super Bowl at 268,000 TMP (Tweets per minute), Miley Cyrus’ MTC VMA performance at 360,000 TMP and this year’s Brazil Vs Chile World Cup match, which during penalties topped out at 388,985 TMP.

Although some analysts say Twitter is a dying trend and social media such a Facebook is more popular, this record-breaking event has shown that this is far from the case. With the World Cup final now only a few days away, if Germany give their opponents yet another trashing there is a chance that we could see the current record being broken once again.

Source and Image courtesy: The Guardian

Apple iMac Spotted Running Windows XP in Austin, Texas Production Line

Microsoft products running on Apple hardware might not have been seen as a big thing, but given the ‘flavour’ added by Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, towards Microsoft during Apple’s WWDC, things are looking a bit awkward. Last Thursday, Cook apparently tweeted a photo of himself touring Apple’s Austin, Texas production line where the Apple Mac Pro is manufactured. This might not be such a big announcement if it wasn’t for something seen in the background of the tweeted photo.

Looking closely on the iMac in the background, it is clearly noticeable that the Apple hardware is running on Windows operating system. Whether it is Windows XP or 7, one guess is as good as the other. However, given the style of the bottom bar, most best are on Windows XP, which is funny since the OS has been discontinued by Microsoft some time ago. Cook looks to have not even seen the ‘issue’ here, but tweets and retweets have been issued, having people buzzing about the Microsoft operating system present in Apple’s production line.

As far as the application running on the Microsoft operating system, reports are that the operating system was used in order to run electronic design automation software (EDA), or something similar in the embedded analysis program software range. As for Apple’s PR, things are not looking so great, since the shot could have been taken from a different angle or at least the ‘issue’ could have been easily spotted before the image was tweeted.

The irony in all this is found in Cook’s speech during WWDC, having the chief executive mocking Microsoft’s poor adoption of Windows 8. Given the tweeted image, Apple might consider adopting Microsoft’s latest operating system themselves, given they are running on a 13 years old operating system with no further security support available.

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Twitter Hiring Marketing Specialists, Twitter Commerce Platform Confirmed?

Recent rumors point to a new ‘Buy’ button and Twitter Commerce feature, but lack of confirmation did not have a huge impact on its credibility. We now learn that the marketplace-style project might become a reality with new positions surfacing at the social media company.

Twitter posted job ads for people with experience in commerce services, marking it as one of the rare moments that the social media giant reveals what is planning to do according to recent rumors. The roles available are for a commerce product manager, a commerce product marketing manager and a senior manager for commerce partnership, as Tech Crunch specifies in an article.

“We’re hiring an experienced marketer for a PMM, Commerce role: https://twitter.com/jobs/positions?jvi=osOcYfwa,Job … Help build Twitter as a shopping discovery platform!” Twitter marketing official, Bryan Sise, posted in a tweet.

There is no clear information regarding a payment method, though Stripe and PayPal were mentioned as ‘to be considered’. Twitter seems to also focus on a link between the advertising sold on the Twitter platform and the goods which will be sold on Twitter, according to the product marketing manager role posted.

There is also more questions unanswered as to what products will be sold on Twitter. Though, we can expect to see third-party associates as well as Twitter specific content being available as per the description of the jobs recently posted.

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Twitter User And Comedian Alan Davies Fined £15,000 For Re-Tweet

Given the free flowing nature of Twitter, not to mention the amount of times we hear words like “freedom of speech”, one would be lost to think you can land £15,000 in fines for re-tweeting someone else’s message to your followers, but that is exactly what is happening.

People re-tweet lies, misinformation and more on a daily basis, it is pretty much a fact of the internet that this will happen, but one British Lord is targeting over 20 of the 10,000 people who re-tweeted a message that wrongly claimed the Lord was a child molester, Alan Davies was one of those 10,000 people and has since paid up £15,000 ($25,000) to settle the lawsuit with the Lord in question.

Now that is a serious accusation, but where do you draw the line on what can be fined and what cannot, how do you discriminate the 20+ people out of the other 10,000 who sent the message, how can £15,000 be a suitable fine for a simple re-tweet (regardless of its contents). Should the fine not be stuck to the person who actually wrote the tweet? Not just some people who believed it?

One thing is for certain, this case raises more questions that it answers and it certainly puts Twitter in a difficult position as it’s becoming harder and harder to keep track of what you can and cannot do on social media channels, especially when it comes to expressing personal opinion.

Thank you Gigaom for providing us with this information.

Tweet me some music – Wait, WHAT?!

It would appear that the long awaited ‘Twitter Music Store’ is now going to be live very soon. Putting it simply, not only can you now do a 150 character update about your life, but you can put some background music to it. I am a fan of twitter when it is done correctly, merely doing short and simple ‘status updates’ with a few # thrown in there for good measure. What I’m not a fan of is people just… well, being morons on it. Seems that now we will be able to find what music touches some people and what other people can then rip into you for. So Instagram has replaced real cameras, Twitter has replaced texting and is now aiming to hit out on music lovers as well.

But onto the actual bit of information rather then an opinion mixed with a bit of spite. The founder of “We Are Hunted” Stephen Philips has been tweeting several playable tracks coming from Both Rdio and Soundcloud, showing that both music wesites may be part of Twitter’s musical app.

We can only wait and see what comes out of this, but I’m seeing Soundcloud getting a lot more traffic their way.

Sourcehttp://mashable.com/2013/04/12/twitter-music-site-launch/