Twitter is a popular microblogging service that is available in a bunch of countries around the world. Twitter celebrated its 8th birthday this week and was also blocked in Turkey. The blockage in Turkey came after the service didn’t respond to court orders issued by the Turkish government.
Twitter is one of the most popular ways for people to keep in touch with friends and for brands to keep in touch with fans and customers. Two of the hallmark features of twitter are the @replies that people can make and the hastags that help with searches. Those hashtags are often bizarre and long since #theycanbeashardtoreadasyoulike.
Twitter has decided to stop work on a project to encrypt its users' direct messages. The project would have helped ensure user messages sent in private would remain that away, encrypted against both snooping governments and hackers. The project has reportedly been nixed indefinitely, though it is possible it could be finished in the future.
Sorting through the glut of Twitter updates can be time consuming, particularly for those following hundreds or thousands of people, a problem one presently has to tackle with the use of lists. Building upon that foundation comes a new feature in testing called Fave People, which creates a separate timeline for favorited people.
Have you ever told a fable on Twitter, perhaps for humor's sake or as an accidental faux pas? Ever retweeted something, only to later discover it was false? Soon such tweets will be tested under the watchful eye of Pheme, a lie detector of sorts that aims to determine in real time whether a tweet contains the truth or is a lie.