The past 12 months have been defined by kids and their smartphones, a group that proved to have the power to make or break an app in a matter of weeks or months.
In 2013, youngsters didn't exactly abandon Facebook, but they did tire of it. Instead, they focused their energy on searching for parent-free hideouts and private social zones, as evidenced by the climactic ascendance of Instagram and messaging apps, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Kik in particular.
In 2014, smartphone-toting youngsters will continue to influence trends in social with the dominant theme being that less is the new more … Read more
Twitter has a major Instagram problem, based on the latest findings from a new survey from the Pew Research Center's Internet Project.
The older social network for sharing 140-character updates is neck-and-neck with the Facebook-owned photo application when it comes to their respective audiences. Pew found that 18 percent of online adults now use Twitter, while 17 percent of online adults now use Instagram, and both applications have nearly identical audiences.
"Twitter and Instagram have particular appeal to younger adults, urban dwellers, and non-whites. And there is substantial overlap between Twitter and Instagram user bases," Pew concluded … Read more
As BlackBerry attempts to remake itself to stay alive, there continues to be a steady trickle of bad news for the struggling handset maker. The latest problem will be noticed by those looking to get their 140-character fix: BlackBerry has pulled the latest update to the Twitter app for BlackBerry 10.
"Twitter version 10.2.2 has been removed from BlackBerry World due to user reported issues," the company said in a blog post. "We are actively investigating and will provide an update here when Twitter 10.2.2 has been reposted."
Version 10.2.2 … Read more
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is the latest addition to Walt Disney's board of directors, Disney announced Monday.
The media giant's Board of Directors has elected Dorsey to take over the seat of Judith L. Estrin, former chief technology officer of Cisco Systems. Estrin has served on the board for 15 years, the maximum amount of years for the seat.
"I am honored and humbled to join the Disney Board," Dorsey said in a press release. "Disney is a timeless company, one we all grow up learning from and admiring."
Dorsey, who is currently chairman … Read more
Twitter has released open-source software that iOS and OS X programmers can use to build in Google's SPDY technology for faster Web connections.
The software, called CocoaSPDY, is a library of prewritten software that programmers can incorporate into their own apps, said Twitter programmer Mike Schore in a blog post Thursday.
SPDY is designed to speed up Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), the standard that governs how Web browsers fetch pages from Web servers. Some SPDY ideas are being incorporated into HTTP 2.0, but meanwhile, Google and other allies continue to advance SPDY.
Twitter said its tests have shown … Read more
It's not easy when someone tells you their woe is your fault.
Sometimes, you know it's their fault, but you can't find a way of telling them. Sometimes, these people need deep and serious treatment because their view of reality has become distorted.
One such case, certain fantasy football players have lost touch with reality. They seem to think that there's no fantasy. They believe that everything is for real. They believe that if a player lets them down, that player should pay.
You never know when a crisis will hit, which is why Twitter launched its "Alerts" system in September designed to help users get crucial information during an emergency. On Thursday, the social network added a few new features to this system to make it even easier for users to get notified on their mobile devices.
"Now, on your iOS or Android app, you can go to a participating organization's profile and easily subscribe to their Alerts as push notifications by tapping on the bell icon," Twitter product manager Gabriela Pena wrote in a blog post. &… Read more
Twitter will soon allow Vine users to claim vanity URLs for their profile pages.
The land grab begins Friday at 9 a.m. PT for users with verified Twitter accounts, the social network announced in an e-mail to journalists Wednesday. All other users of the video-sharing service will be able to register for vanity Vine URLs on December 23.
"Like your Twitter profile, a vanity URL … Read more
With its unobtrusive interface and multiplatform support, Twitterrific for Mac enables you to use Twitter without a Web browser. It includes numerous handy features such as timeline sync, multiple account support, and auto refresh, all neatly packaged in a pleasant interface. Twitterrific is an ad-supported application, but you can pay to remove the ads.
Apart from giving you a clean and intuitive interface, Twitterrific for Mac comes with a fully customizable toolbar and a sidebar, which both can be hidden if you would like a distraction-free reading experience. The app uses OS X's fullscreen mode, where each tweet occupies … Read more