The U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms Office put out word via Twitter's new alerts system that there had been gunshots Thursday on Capitol Hill.
Launched just last week, the Alerts system was designed to let public agencies and other institutions quickly alert people about disasters and other events. Today, after word began spreading about shots being fired on Capitol Hill, the Sergeant at Arms Twitter account tweeted, "USCP investigating … Read more
The stars seem to be aligning for Twitter to announce, within a day or two, that it has filed its S-1, the formal registration that it plans on going public.
Though not much is known for certain about Twitter's plans, its initial public offering is the most anticipated in the tech industry since Facebook went public last year. Earlier this month, Twitter said it had already started the process with a "confidential" IPO filing with the Securities and … Read more
The "Say no to Internet censorship" petition has tallied nearly 100,000 signatures in the past week -- showing that opposition to possible government proposals on stricter Internet laws is growing.
Launched by advocacy organization OpenMedia, the petition calls on world leaders to reject proposed controls on the Internet and protect citizens' rights to Web access.
OpenMedia started its campaign in order to target the leaders of the 12 countries involved in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement talks, which includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, and the US.… Read more
It's a strange serendipity that this morning I was talking, from my sofa, to a class at the University of Missouri Journalism School.
Highly engaged and polite, they were too. (How will they ever make it as journalists?)
During a conversation about philosophy, technology, and dancing, they brought up an alumna, Marina Shifrin. Some seemed undecided exactly how proud of her they should be.
Shifrin, you cannot have forgotten, is the writer who quit a Taiwanese animation company by posting a YouTube video that has now been viewed by millions.
Twitter was witness to a simple back-and-forth between the social network's co-founder Jack Dorsey and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday. And, despite being a small exchange, it could be a signal of a change to come for Iran's citizens.
Dorsey first tweeted, "Good evening, President. Are citizens of Iran able to read your tweets?" And, in response, Rouhani said, "Evening, @Jack. As I told @camanpour, my efforts geared 2 ensure my ppl'll comfortably b able 2 access all info globally as is their #right."
Newly elected Rouhani has been making waves in … Read more
Good morning! Perspective - Sunday is a fine day to go for a walk with a friend. pic.twitter.com/P3uDfjYsEU— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) August 11, 2013
Twitter said Thursday that it will now put a greater emphasis on the presentation of photographs embedded in tweets.
In a blog post, Twitter said that it is now going to put photos "front and center" in embedded tweets, a move designed to give embedded images a more prominent look.
The point, Twitter wrote, is to give photos a "bigger and bold visual focus," something that's important to … Read more
Twitter said Wednesday morning it has launched Alerts, a new system designed to help users get crucial information in the event of an emergency.
Following on Twitter's implementation of a similar system called Lifeline in Japan last year, Alerts is meant to deliver the most important -- and accurate -- information from "credible organizations during emergencies, natural disasters or moments when other communications services aren't accessible."
Pinterest is introducing a new look for articles that users share on the Web site, the company announced Tuesday in a blog post.
When a user posts an article, it will now include more information, such as the story's headline, author, description, and a link back to the original post. Users also can save a story to read later, create different boards to categorize stories by topic, and follow specific writers -- like the Washington Post's Tim Devaney -- to see more of that author's work in their Pinterest feeds.
Pinterest said the extra article information will … Read more
Twitter and CBS have signed a deal that will enable the TV network to embed video clips from a wide variety of its shows in its tweets.
Under the Amplify program, which Twitter unveiled in May, users will see video clips from the social-networking company's partners, accompanied by short advertisements. Those tweeted videos tie in with TV programs from Amplify partners, as well as commercials. The Amplify partners, like CBS, will target their videos at … Read more