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Pope hits 40 million mark on Twitter

Vatican City - The pope has racked up 40 million followers on Twitter, the Vatican said on Wednesday, underlining the Catholic leader's status as one of the world's biggest social media players.

Op-Ed: White House response to Puerto Rico crisis is downright shameful

San Juan - San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said on Friday night, "We're dying here. We truly are dying here." President Trump was quick to respond, Tweeting some leaders in Puerto Rico "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort."

Op-Ed: White House response to Puerto Rico crisis is downright shameful

San Juan - San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said on Friday night, "We're dying here. We truly are dying here." President Trump was quick to respond, Tweeting some leaders in Puerto Rico "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort."

Mining 3.5 billion tweets confirms sunny weather makes us happier

The largest study of its kind has demonstrated that good weather makes people feel happier by analysing over three billion Facebook and Twitter posts made over a seven-year period. The volume of data assessed for the study far exceeds previous attempts.

Twitterverse atwitter over expanded tweet limit

Washington - Twitter's test of an expanded 280-character limit is aimed at luring new users, but some of the social network's passionate loyalists fear the change will strip it of its unique appeal.

Trump won't get expanded tweet space, for now

Washington - US President Donald Trump won't be part of the group testing the expanded character limit for messages on the Twitter the social network.

Twitter aims to boost appeal with new 280-character tweet limit

San Francisco - Twitter is testing allowing tweets to be expanded to 280 characters -- double the existing limit -- in the latest effort to boost flagging growth at the social network.

Twitter touts victories in war on extremist content

San Francisco - Twitter on Tuesday touted victories in the battle against tweets promoting extremist violence, saying it has been vanquishing those kinds of accounts before governments even ask.

Online social life is a poor predictor of reality

Warwick - Social media platforms like Twitter are poor predictors of how people respond and feel in real-life, according to new research. Social media analytics have some way to go before they approach accuracy; something which affects marketing.

After 20 years, Cassini spacecraft to make ultimate sacrifice

On Sept. 15, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will complete its remarkable story of exploration with an intentional plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, ending its mission after nearly 20 years in space.

Using Twitter for big data analytics to analyze disasters

There are 500 million tweets sent every single day. Can some of this data be put to good use, such as aiding communities in responding to a disaster? Researchers think so.

Twitter tests $99 subscription to automatically boost your tweets

Twitter is testing a new monthly subscription that automatically promotes the tweets of members. The company is looking for new ways to increase revenue and user engagement as its platform becomes increasingly stagnant and fails to continue its growth.

Governments need to realize the potential of social media

London - A new report has concluded that governments around the world need to embrace social media. The report calls out the U.K. government as an example of a leading innovator in online communication.

Twitter will put up with abusive Trump tweets for now

Washington - Some Trump critics claim that some of his tweets breach Twitter's rules of use. But it appears that the company will not close Trump's account even though Twitter has been cracking down on users it feels have violated its terms of service.

Twitter shares collapse as social network's growth lies flat

Twitter's shares have fallen to their lowest value in nine months on the news the social network hasn't gained users during the second quarter of the year. Analysts are losing their optimism in the social network as it fails to remedy its growth problem.

US tech giants join forces against terror content

San Francisco - Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube announced Monday the launch of an anti-terror partnership aimed at thwarting the spread of extremist content online.

Jack Dorsey's advice to entrepreneurs: 'Get out of PowerPoint'

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Jack Dorsey's main piece of advice to entrepreneurs is don't spend too long dreaming about your idea — get out there and build it.

Twitter talks about its bot problem and fake news

Twitter has elaborated on how it's approaching the spread of fake news and misinformation on its platform. After facing heavy criticism for allowing giant "botnets" of fake users to proliferate, the company said it's "doubling down" on the bot problem.

Twitter completely redesigns its app in attempt to stay relevant

Twitter has announced a complete overhaul of its mobile apps that introduce a new look and feel based on a "flatter" design. It reflects the company's growing desperation as it tries to attract new users and stay relevant amongst rival social networks.

Trump and Hillary trade jabs in Twitter skirmish

Washington - President Donald Trump has taken a swing on Twitter at one of his favorite punching bags, Democrat Hillary Clinton -- and his former presidential rival has hit back with her own zinger.

Trump switches from Android to iPhone that has one app: Twitter

President Donald Trump made good use of Twitter in 2016, when he was running as a candidate for president of the United States. Up until two months ago, the president was using an Android phone to Tweet.

The most ‘tweeted’ tweet exceeds three million

Social media records are there to be broken and this has happened with Twitter, where a new record for the most tweeted tweet has been set. The record-breaking tweet is consumer focused and it comes from a teenage boy.

U.K. MPs want social media companies fined for illegal material

A Commons committee is recommending social media companies be fined for not removing illegal material from their platforms quickly enough or at all. The report also recommends these firms be required to pay policing charges regarding illegal content.

Twitter returns to growth, surprising its investors

Twitter has unexpectedly returned to growth, causing its stock price to rise significantly. Although the company is still losing money, it has made large gains in user activity. Its losses have consequently been reduced even though ad revenue has fallen.

Mastodon is an open alternative to Twitter

Mastodon is a rapidly growing social network that's like a more open, less abusive version of Twitter. Open-source and decentralised, Mastodon gives you a say over how your data is used. It takes away the algorithms and returns to simple chronology.

Twitter tests new chatbot to handle support requests

Twitter is testing a new chatbot that will take responsibility for basic customer service exchanges, handling your feature requests and responding to complaints. The development comes as Twitter tries to make its platform a safer place.

Twitter rejects US effort to unmask anti-Trump users

Washington - Twitter filed suit Thursday against the US government, asking a court to back its refusal to hand over the identities of users claiming to be dissenting federal employees.

Twitter Lite cuts back the bloat, launches 30% faster

Twitter has become the latest social network to offer a pared-back version of its app for people with sub-standard mobile connections. Twitter Lite is tailored towards the 2G networks used in many emerging regions of the world, improving user experiences.

Man uses GoFundMe to try and buy $15,000 engagement ring

Atlanta - A 30-year-old Atlanta man decided to buy his girlfriend an engagement ring. Not just any old ring he could afford but one costing $15,000. Unable to afford that amount, he started a GoFundMe page to raise the money. People on the Internet were not amused.

Theft of $45,000 worth of lettuce spawns puns from police

Hamilton - While police in Hamilton, Ontario may never solve this crime, they are sure having a lot of fun using puns when informing the public of what happened and asking for help in locating the culprits.
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