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Twitter tipped in plan to increase 140-character limit

Twitter tipped in plan to increase 140-character limit

Twitter. It’s obviously different from Facebook in many ways, but one of the best differences is the character limit — Twitter users are forced to think about what they’re saying, and you won’t have to slog through paragraphs of needless banter as a result. Still, URLs and image links eat up the present 140-character limit substantially, and not all succinct sentiments can be squeezed into such a small restriction.

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Twitter is toying with native polls feature

Twitter is toying with native polls feature

You can run unofficial polls on Twitter — you just ask people to tweet their votes — but in the future you may be able to add actual polls to your tweets, soliciting opinions from followers and others. It isn't guaranteed users will see the feature; it is being experimented with right now. Experiments aren’t guarantees, but do indicate areas of focus within the company, and are a strong indicator that such a feature could roll out at some point.

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McDonald’s all-day breakfasts approved, Twitter reacts with gifs galore

McDonald’s all-day breakfasts approved, Twitter reacts with gifs galore

McDonald's franchisees have voted to make all-day breakfast menus a reality at a select number of restaurant locations throughout the United States. The first wave of updates to McDonald's breakfast menu offerings will begin at 14,300 US-based restaurants starting on the 6th of October. After that, the whole world may be able to stomp out the tyranny of having to arrive at McDonald's before 11AM to receive the deliciousness of breakfast-like foods.

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Virginia teen behind ISIS Twitter account gets 11 year sentence

Virginia teen behind ISIS Twitter account gets 11 year sentence

The Virginia teenager who supported ISIS on Twitter, among other things, has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced. The matter concerns 17-year-old Ali Shukri Amin, the Virginia-based teenager behind the “@Amreekiwitness” Twitter account that offered support to ISIS and disseminated ISIS propaganda. Reportedly, the support included providing information on using Bitcoin to send financial support to terrorists. The teen plead guilty to running the Twitter account in mid-June.

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Direct Messenger lets you use Twitter DMs and nothing else

Direct Messenger lets you use Twitter DMs and nothing else

While Twitter has been revamping its Direct Messages feature recently, including the elimination of the 140-character limit, letting users message people not following them, and supporting pictures & URLs, its official apps still heavily focus on the rest of the social network's uses. For those who've been wanting to just use Twitter's Direct Messages as a stand-alone chat app, now there's the unofficial app Direct Messenger for iOS.

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Twitter desktop notifications for direct messages launch

Twitter desktop notifications for direct messages launch

Twitter has unveiled a new desktop notification that makes it easier to know when someone has direct messaged you. The notification will pop up on the right side of your computer screen and if you click the notification, you will be taken to the direct message interface. This is the latest move twitter has made to make it easier for you to keep in contact with friends and followers.

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Google desktop search now shows Tweets and Twitter accounts

Google desktop search now shows Tweets and Twitter accounts

Earlier today Google Search added Tweets from Twitter to their real-time search results on the desktop. This addition was implemented in the mobile Google Search console earlier this year, and is rolling out to desktop interfaces throughout the day. Google's results will now - or will soon, for you - show Twitter's Tweets along with standard search results on your desktop machine, especially when search terms have to do with keywords that are blowing up on Twitter at the time the search is made.

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YouTube Live Broadcast revealed: watch out Periscope

YouTube Live Broadcast revealed: watch out Periscope

If Periscope and Meerkat are to be believed, live-streaming video from your point of view is the new big thing, and so YouTube is getting in on the deal. YouTube Live Broadcast, revealed today as a feature on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, turns the smartphone camera into a live-streaming platform. That video can be shared privately with just a few contacts, or alternatively beamed out publicly to anybody with access to your YouTube channel.

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Vine app might soon offer soundtrack feature

Vine app might soon offer soundtrack feature

Vine is that wonderful service filled with footage that loops like GIFs but that has the quality of an ordinary video, and a new apparent tease that has surfaced hints that, just maybe, those looping videos will one day include soundtracks added directly within the Vine app. The speculation follows a Vine video published earlier this afternoon by Twitter's United Kingdom Director Bruce Daisley -- it is simply titled "Test", and though it is an uninteresting video it has a very interesting addition.

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Twitter 140-character limit lifted for DMs

Twitter 140-character limit lifted for DMs

Twitter lifts the character limit on direct messages while the standard Twitter Tweet limit sticks to 140. This update is coming in waves, so don't expect to be able to send a constitutional amendment to your best friend in a DM just yet. You might have to wait until the entire system is updated, which may take a few days. For those lucky enough to be allowed to send longer DMs, the world is now yours. Converse as long as you wish without having to limit yourself to the tyranny of 140 characters or less.

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Twitter expands transparency report with two new categories

Twitter expands transparency report with two new categories

Twitter has announced that it is, for the first time, expanding the scope of its transparency report, doing so to include two new categories: email privacy practices and trademark notices. This brings the report up to five categories. In addition, Twitter is making it easier to find its data with a redesign of its transparency site, including adding improvements to its mobile transparency portal. The new design is already in place, and the data has been refreshed with the two new sections.

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Twitter rolls out emoji for Premier League kickoff

Twitter rolls out emoji for Premier League kickoff

If you're both a Twitter user and big time soccer (football, if you're reading this from outside the US) fan, then there's a whole bunch of new emoji for you to fill your tweets with. The social network is marking the start of the 2015-2016 Premier League with a set of its custom emoji, called hashflags, featuring every team's emblem. So you can show your support for Manchester with #MUFC, or cheer for Southhampton with #SaintsFC.

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