Belgians Aid Police With Cat Pictures

After the recent events in Paris, police in Belgium have been operating to find Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the Paris attacks. The operations came to a height on Sunday when a search of Brussels was conducted amid requests from the police for people to not post information about their activities.

So how did the internet respond? By tweeting cat pictures! The hash tag #BrusselsLockdown became awash with images of kittens as people swamped out any reports of police activity amongst a sea of kittens.

The initial tweet reads as follows:

This (roughly) translates as:

For safety, please observe the radio silence on social media regarding ongoing police operating in Brussels. Thank you

The public’s response was simply amazing with the following tweets showing that not only do they care, they will do anything to help hinder those who weren’t willing to listen.

 

 

The police even posted this message in response to the overwhelming public support for their actions:

This translates to:

For cats who helped us last night, help yourself!

With both the public and the police using social media to not only help one another but also to help calm and entertain others in a time like this it goes to show that the internet does have a good side.

Thank you to the BBC for bringing these amazingly heroic cats to light.

Minecraft Creator “Notch” Tweets a Less Than Happy Circumstances

Success is a concept which many of us can relate to, building a company from scratch before selling it for a price tag of $2.5 billion, now that is unique. Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, founder of Minecraft creator Mojang has shared his thoughts on Twitter regarding how his life has evolved after selling up to Microsoft.

So, he must be enjoying his life right? Not as much as you might think as it turns out, one Tweet which is below outlines his predicament.

Followed by this

https://twitter.com/notch/status/637563038258868224

If that does not cheer you up, this Tweet won’t either

Does he like his former work environment? Erm

This sounds to be a person who did not have a plan once he left Mojang but rather self-defeated, long-term successful entrepreneurs always envisage the next venture, what will be next? How do I make it happen? To say that there is no reason to “keep trying” is an individual missing a huge opportunity, he has a big check book in order to constructively invest in many an avenue.

The appearance of wealth and fame isolates individuals to a point, there have been many a report of a celebrity spiralling out of control, but, the human being works at its best when it has routine, something to work towards and to plan your day around. Relaxing on a beach with “famous people” is fun at first, but it does not occupy a mind. Therefore, the more you party, the more you dip into self-loathing and concentrate on your regrets and problems.

This following paragraph may sound as if I am simplifying his next tweet too much, to paraphrase his statement, he mentions that he “met a great girl, but she went with someone else” Well, if that is the case then I guess it was not the right relationship and something did not click. If someone likes you then it should be for you, not someone’s money, not their lifestyle, not how many cars they have, but you. If two people want to know each other purely on financial means, then that is not what true love is, but a polluted bought notion of it.

Oscar Wilde coined a famous phrase, “There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” Markus ‘Notch’ Persson is caught in this paradox; a huge wealth is not all you need but direction, motivation and also who you have around you.

Thank you markus persson twitter account for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of gamespot

Twitter Prepares to Launch Human-Curated News Service

Twitter is a massive social network, implying that its primary use to help people connect and chat to one another but over the past few years it has become clear that a lot of users don’t actually interact with other people on the platform. Sounds crazy right! There is actually a reason behind this.

Most twitter users use the platform as a source of information. They never actually post anything or DM anyone, but follow other people and use trending topics / hashtags to find out what is going on in the world.

These passive users are arguably less valuable to Twitter than active users because tweets, retweets, favorites and other actions help Twitter generate advertising revenue. However, that may be about to change.

Twitter has revealed details of a new initiative called Project Lightning, which aims to provide a better way of curating and aggregating tweets and content for users in one place, so that they can follow live events.

The twitter app on iPhone and Android will soon gain another button in the center of the home row that will take users to another section of the app that will show events taking place that people are tweeting about. This could be things such as the world cup or the Oscars or ongoing events such as the Nepal earthquake.

It sounds like the developers at twitter are making the best out of their users and I can see me using the new feature rather a lot.

Thank you to Telegraph for providing us with this information.

Twitter Plans to Sell Your Tweets

Twitter’s Data Strategy Chief Chris Moody has revealed that the social network is planning to sell trillions of tweets to data miners to facilitate targeted marketing. According to Moody, tweet data could be used for a myriad of different purposes, both commercial and social, from targeting new parents with baby clothes to gauging mood while policing football matches.

Moody said, “Twitter gives this fascinating ability to understand people in a context like we’ve never been able to do before. It’s not ‘I know that Chris Moody is a 48-year-old male’ – which is how we’ve thought about marketing in the past – but ‘I understand that Chris Moody is dealing with the death of a parent because he’s talking about it on this public platform’.”

He added that by using Twitter, a person is effectively saying: “I’ve stepped up to the microphone and I’ve said I want the world to know that this thing is happening in my life.”

Twitter already sells some data garnered from its users, but so far it only makes up a fraction of the company’s income: $70 million out of its $1.3 billion turnover last year.

The social network has no plans to sell direct message data, but everything else is fair game, as suggested by Twitter’s unambiguous privacy policy: “What you say on Twitter may be viewed all around the world instantly.”

Source: The Guardian

Twitter Now Pushing Random Tweets into Your Feed

Recently we reported on Twitters change to start displaying your friends favorites on your timeline – now they’ve taken another step and made random tweet pushing a policy.

Twitter has officially updated its timeline explanation in recent days to reflect the fact that it will be adding tweets from people you don’t follow. The official website reads:

“Additionally, when we identify a Tweet, an account to follow, or other content that’s popular or relevant, we may add it to your timeline. This means you will sometimes see Tweets from accounts you don’t follow. We select each Tweet using a variety of signals, including how popular it is and how people in your network are interacting with it. Our goal is to make your home timeline even more relevant and interesting.” Twitter Help Center

This move signals another Facebook-esque change to the social media giant – following the way of promoted posts and now random ‘popular’ memoirs pushed into your timeline. As we reported in the previous Twitter favoriting article – this is another push by twitter to keep its userbase actively engaged and end up turning it into profit. After all, that’s why companies like this exist.

What do you think of these recent changes to twitter? Do they ruin some of the apparent ‘purity’ of this social media application, or is it now an acceptable part of an essentially free service?

Image courtesy of 3Q Digital

Facebook Outage Lasts Around 30 Minutes, Prevents Millions of Users from Connecting

The popular social media network known as Facebook appears to have been down for most users today. Reports were coming in from Europe, with countries such as Belgium, UK, France, Romania and others, as well as other countries from Asia and possibly the US.

Facebook users wanting to connect to the social media website or mobile applications such as the Facebook or Facebook Messenger application have noticed that the service was down and a “Connecting” notification constantly being present, indicating that the applications were attempting to reach Facebook’s servers, but were unable to do so.

Users wanting to connect to the website version were greeted with the following message:

Reports started to come in a few minutes after the outage, which appears to have started occurring at 08:50 UK time. Hundreds or even millions of users who noticed the outage started tweeting on about it, generating a small worldwide panic. However, questions regarding the cause of the outage is still unknown.

After roughly 30 minus, the service appears to have been resorted. Even so, users are still awaiting an explanation for today’s outage from Facebook officials. Until now, no official announcement regarding the cause of the outage has been made.

Update:
I appears that TechCrunch have contacted Facebook to shed some light on what exactly happened that took the network down worldwide. A Facebook spokesperson apparently told TechCrunch that they have experienced an ‘issue’ which led to the worldwide outage, without going into more details about what the ‘issue’ was exactly. The full statement can be seen below:

“Earlier this morning, we experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time. We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

Leaked Image of ‘Twitter Commerce’ Show ‘Buy’ Button Next To ‘Retweet’ and ‘Favourite’

Every Twitter account (for those who use one) is inevitably working as a waterfall, bringing you sponsored ads, breaking news and other tweets you may or may not want to see. However, leaked images from Twitter’s Commerce User Flow plans on adding a new feature to your already ‘busy’ stream.

Documents found on Fancy.com’s website propose a method of selling goods directly to Twitter followers by embedding miniature product pages directly in Tweets. The images, uncovered by Re/Code, show expandable, sponsored tweets that feature a sales blurb and product image underlined by a price tag and “Buy with Fancy” button. The mockup also demonstrates that purchases and package tracking could be handled completely within Twitter’s own app.

The images found by Fancy point to the project being named ‘Twitter Commerce’, but it’s unclear if the documents are merely a proposal to the microblogging service or something that’s actually in production. The setup is interesting, and it could be useful if treated right, however we need to know more about it before we can start judging. A Re/Code source, however, claims that Twitter is actively working with several companies to build a working commerce solution.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information
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