A Southwest Airlines passenger said he was deplaned and then forced by the airline to delete a Twitter post critical of Southwest's customer service before he and his two children were allowed back on their flight.
It all started with a harmless little tweet poking some fun at Ed Schultz. I don’t have that many followers on Twitter, so he could’ve just ignored it and the tweet would’ve been swallowed up, lost in the vast expanse of the twittersphere.
Ali Rowghani has resigned as chief operating officer of Twitter, the first casualty of decelerating growth and a steep stock decline since the company's initial public offering in November.
Rowghani will stay on as an employee and advise CEO Dick Costolo, the San Francisco company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday. The resignation was effective on Thursday. A Twitter spokesman declined to comment.
In a tweet, Rowghani said "Goodbye Twitter. It's been an amazing ride, and I will cherish the memories."
In response, Costolo tweeted: "Thank you for being an incredible executive & partner. Twitter could not have succeeded without you."
Twitter does not plan to replace Rowghani who was once viewed as a possible successor to Costolo. Costolo will now directly oversee product development.
Twitter has generated growing revenue but user growth has slowed. Rowghani was charged with attracting new users and broadening Twitter's appeal.
Twitter's first-quarter results in April showed that growth was continuing to slow, dampening expectations from investors who had hoped Twitter could one day rival Facebook. With about 255 million users, Twitter lags far behind Facebook's 1.3 billion.
Costolo decided product and engineering should report to him, not to Rowghani, so that Twitter could move more swiftly to reignite user growth, but Rowghani disagreed, said a source familiar with the situation but not permitted to discuss is publicly. "They arrived at an impasse," the person said.
Friction with Rowghani was reported by the technology blog Re/code on Wednesday.
Though the US Central Intelligence Agency may use Facebook, Twitter, and the like to keep tabs on targets of interest, the spy agency has only now officially joined social media--a move hastened by an imposter who was using the agency's name online.
There’s been a lot of talk about how women are underrepresented in the tech world and the voice of tech tends to be more male-centric. Especially when it comes to the Twitter conversation, it can feel a bit XY heavy.
If no one wants to own a Facebook-centric phone, why should we think a Twitter-centric phone would fare any better? Nonetheless, it seems that Twitter might be trying to come up with a Facebook Home-type product of its own because it’s just acquired Cover, a replacement Android lock screen that was designed to help Android users manage the plethora of apps that clog up their device’s home screen.
In announcing its acquisition by Twitter, Cover said that it will now “be building upon a lot of what makes Cover great… to create something even better at Twitter.” Cover also says that both it and Twitter share a “vision that smartphones can be a lot smarter — more useful and more contextual” and that they’re going to work together on their own project that will presumably be Twitter-centric.
Tellingly, Cover didn’t commit to keeping its app on the Google Play store indefinitely and only said that it would stay there “for now” and that it would “provide another update” if that changes in the future. So while Cover will still be available to download, the company says that it’s putting most of its efforts into its new project at Twitter that will be different from what it’s worked on before.
Of course just because Facebook Home was a flop that doesn’t mean whatever Twitter is working on with Cover is necessarily doomed to a similar fate, especially if Twitter takes a lighter touch and doesn’t try to actively take over users’ Android phones. At this point, though, we’re holding out until Reddit creates its own modified version of Android and starts selling the Doge Phone.
(CNN) -- Twitter announced Wednesday that it's adding new photo tagging and collage features.
It's no $2 billion purchase of a virtual-reality gaming company, but the update will have an impact on Twitter's 241 million users who post to the service each month.
The change lets you tag up to 10 people in one photo. Previously, you could work around Twitter's lack of image tags by just mentioning people from the photo in the tweet itself. But with precious few characters to work with, that could gobble up a lot of tweet real estate, especially if you were taking crowded group selfies.
Image tagging is not an original idea. Facebook has offered photo tagging features for a long time and Instagram added its own photo-tagging option last year.
Twitter also is now making it possible to pack more images into messages with a new collage option that lets you share up to four photos in a single tweet. Select the images and it will tile them into a neat rectangle. Previously you would need a third-party app to make a collage.
These are just the latest features to make the jump between major social networks, which happily borrow the most popular aspects of competing services. Last summer, Facebook copied one of Twitter's best features when it added clickable hashtags to its newsfeed, and it tried to clone Snapchat with its Poke application. When Twitter added short, 6-second videos with its Vine service, Instagram quickly followed suit with 15-second videos.
The new Twitter image tags won't count against a tweet's 140-character limit. Any tagged images will pop up under the Interactions tab, just like regular tweets in which you are mentioned.
Twitter is rolling out the new features to users starting with its Android and iPhone apps. Once you have the new powers, you can start identifying friends in images by selecting an image and then hitting the "who's in this photo?" link below it.
If you're not comfortable being tagged in images, immediately take a trip to the Twitter privacy settings. The default setting for the photo tagging is "Allow anyone to tag me in photos." It can be changed so that only people you already follow can tag you, or it can be turned off completely. It's also easy to untag yourself from any photos. Tap the three dots below the tweet and select "Remove tag from photo."
People who have their Twitter accounts set to private can only tag people who follow them, and the default privacy setting for protected accounts is to not allow people to tag them in images at all. If you've blocked someone on Twitter, they cannot tag you.
Latest research has proven that businesses will lose 15% of new Twitter followers within three weeks unless they make an effort to engage early.
According to SocialBro’s sample data, famous or influential individuals (100,000+ followers) will lose 1-3% of new followers in the first week and 10% after three weeks. The baseline churn rate increases to 5% and 15% for companies while ‘ordinary’ individuals can expect to lose 20% of new followers in the first week and 40% over three weeks unless they make an effort to engage with these users.
Follower retention metrics and management are more important than ever as businesses invest in Twitter advertising to increase the size of their communities. In a bid to increase follower numbers, brands are spending far more on social and Twitter announced ad revenues of $220 million in the last quarter of 2013; a 121% increase on the same period in 2012.
SocialBro’s Follower Retention analysis tool is designed to help users hold on to their hard won followers and ensures the best possible return on Twitter ad spend.
Javier Buron, CEO and founder of SocialBro, says: “Unsurprisingly, the more influential you are, the more likely your followers are to stick with you. But the bigger your community, the greater scope there is to gain an edge over your competitors by engaging your followers. Our new Follower Retention reports make this much easier by providing you with insight in to how you are performing and helping you to draw conclusions about the quality and relevance of followers you are attracting and keeping.”
Using the Follower Retention analysis tool, you can track campaigns in terms of quality and engagement and which strategies work best for their community, and work to improve follower retention figures by implementing some simple actions:
Javier says: “Make an effort to ‘follow back’, using lists to listen to your most important followers. Behind every profile is a real person, so do your best to interact with them, just as you would if they came in to your shop. Mention them; thank them for following you; favourite their tweets. Obviously you need to prioritise those that are real accounts and those that represent a real opportunity, but try not to ignore new followers or they will soon say goodbye.”
The news: Toronto-based editor Lyndsay Kirkham has started a firestorm this week after overhearing what was apparently an incredibly sexist conversation between IBM executives at lunch — and live-tweeting it. Unaware that they were transmitting sexist nonsense to cyberspace, the IBM executives openly discussed "why they don't hire women." If you take Kirkham's account at its word, it actually gets way worse.
The Associated Press Twitter account is a must-follow for breaking-news junkies. It's also a great guide to the many ways you can fuck up breaking news. Like when it reported the status this morning of an aircraft carrying the bodies of MH17 victims back to Holland:
Jada, a 16-year-old girl in Houston, Texas, was recently raped at her classmate’s house after she says she blacked out during a party. If that wasn’t horrifying enough, she found out she was raped after she spotted videos and photos of her taken of her during the rape on her social media feed. And if that wasn’t horrifying enough, people are now mocking her rape by tweeting photos of themselves lying down in a splayed position as Jada does in the video, with the hashtag #jadapose.
Where can you find the sex capital of America? What about drugs and gambling? A new study tried to find out the answers to these burning questions by analyzing 451,484 tweets in order to determine America’s vice capitals. The results vary from expected (Las Vegas loves gambling and Denver loves pot) to completely out of left field.
Twitter today has made another acquisition to build the social network’s ad tech business — specifically in the area of native ads. It has acquired Namo Media, a specialist in “native ad” content that integrates with the site where the ads are being viewed, with a focus on mobile ads. Twitter is not commenting on the price, but I have heard from reliable sources that it is around $50 million.
Namo Media is closing down its standalone operation and integrating into the MoPub platform that Twitter acquired last year, the startup wrote in a blog post announcing the news. There are around eight people working for the startup now and from what I understand most will be joining Twitter.
The idea of seamless ads fits in with how Twitter has been trying to ramp up its own advertising business both on desktop and mobile versions — eschewing banners and ads in the margins in favour of tweets, and more recently cards, that appear in a user’s Twitter stream in the form of Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts.
“Since we acquired MoPub last October, we have been working to bring native ads to mobile app publishers in order to create a more seamless and less intrusive ad experience for users,” Twitter’s ad head Kevin Weil wrote in a blog post announcing the deal. “We believe strongly that all app developers large and small should be able to monetize their applications without sacrificing the user experience.”
The cards that Twitter has been integrating into its stream have been growing in terms of the kinds of features that they cover — from buttons to get people to request more information, to videos and so on (with commerce potentially coming soon too?). So what Namo will bring is technology and engineers/expertise to expand that set of features. One recent example included adding a carousel-style feature to Namo’s ad format
Twitter is rolling out "pinned tweets" to a select group of high-profile users for free. The feature allows a limited number of politicians, musicians, and other celebrities to pin a tweet to the top of their stream. Paying customers will also have access to this feature.
A "pinned tweet" will not be constrained to time limits. It will be labeled as "promoted" at the top of a user's profile and is always displayed as shown below:
Access to video-sharing site YouTube has been cut off in Turkey, following a new leak of a government meeting compromising Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Other social media outlets have already been blocked ahead of a tumultuous election.