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Instagram is busted; it’s not just your feed

Instagram is busted; it’s not just your feed

Have you noticed a few issues with Instagram today? If pics or videos not loading has you scratching your head, you’re not alone. Not only have we here at SlashGear noticed it, but others around the world have as well. In addition to a spike in reported problems, Instagram took to (oddly enough) Twitter to let everyone know they were aware of the problems, and were working on a fix. Still, the popular photo-sharing service remains hamstrung for many users.

 

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Twitter’s new photo filters pinch Instagram’s cool

Twitter’s new photo filters pinch Instagram’s cool

Maybe it’s all the Instagram-linked posts on Twitter that brought this on, we don’t know. What we do know is that Twitter has updated their photo filters, replacing the ones they last instituted in 2012. Aside from just plain looking like they belong in 2014/2015, the filters bring in a new bit of functionality and features to the mix. If nothing else, it looks like Twitter is trying to pinch what makes Instagram cool, as the filters are almost a dead ringer for what you get via Instagram.

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Hashtag Gloves, the first Tweeting clothing

Hashtag Gloves, the first Tweeting clothing

You might need your iPhone or an Android smartphone to make them work with Bluetooth, but these Hashtag Gloves remain the most mobile, strangest way to Tweet in the world today. Connected to the web direct through a PC for now, and with Bluetooth wirelessly in the future, Hashtag Gloves have been invented Mount Holyoke College - they're real, and they're coming your way soon. All you need to do is make the hashtag hand gesture and speak, and you'll have a Tweet with ease.

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Twitter beefs up ‘block’ feature to thwart bullying

Twitter beefs up ‘block’ feature to thwart bullying

Social media should be a safe place, and Twitter is taking additional steps to make sure it is. Today, the company is announcing additional features to their “block” feature aimed at calling out those with bad intentions. The aim is not meant for users actually being abused themselves so much as its for others who see abuse happening. When you open up the settings menu in a tweet, there will now be an option for filing a report as well as blocking the account.

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Twitter ‘App Graph’ collects data about other apps you have

Twitter ‘App Graph’ collects data about other apps you have

Twitter, the app, will soon starting looking around your home screen to see which other apps are there. In a blog post, the microblogging platform is announcing App Graph, which is just their way of finding out which apps you have on your phone. Twitter won’t be looking at your messages, or checking on your activity; they just want to know what apps you have on your phone. The reason, admits Twitter, is advertising. The more data they have, the better their ad network becomes.

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Rumor: Twitter wants to buy selfie-sharing app Shots

Rumor: Twitter wants to buy selfie-sharing app Shots

Not too long ago, Twitter CFO Anthony Noto had quite the social media fail. Rather than a Direct Message, he tweeted that Twitter should “buy them”, and that a meeting was scheduled for December 15 or 16. He also has a plan on selling whoever they’re meeting with on selling. Quickly, curiosity got the better of us all, and we wondered who Twitter would be trying to snap up. Another advertising arm? It seems Twitter is about to take a shot at buying Shots.

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Twitter Offers will bring coupons to your timeline

Twitter Offers will bring coupons to your timeline

Twitter has been working on several projects lately, all of which tangentially tie-in to one another. Their latest, Offers, might tie some of their more recent service together nicely. The aim of Offers is to let you grab a coupon right from Twitter, done via Promoted Tweets. All you have to do is click a button, and the coupon is yours. If you also have a credit card stored with Twitter (for their ‘Buy’ button), the coupon is then associated with that card.

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Twitter rolls out tweets via direct messages

Twitter rolls out tweets via direct messages

Most twitter users have probably run across something on twitter before that they wanted to share with one person without posting it to your main feed. There hasn’t been a good way to do that sort of messaging someone a link in the past. That has now changed with twitter unveiling a simple new way to share tweets privately.

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Delete your Tweets: Twitter Search is here

Delete your Tweets: Twitter Search is here

This week Twitter enabled the search of every Tweet in the history of the Twitterverse. This means that everything you've ever Tweeted is searchable. They weren't before now, not in their extreme entirety, now they are, for the first time ever. For most people this won't be an issue - they've never said anything embarrassing on Twitter, ever. But you - oh my goodness. You need to delete more than your fair share of Tweets, and you need to do it right now.

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Twitter opens up archive, lets you search all tweets

Twitter opens up archive, lets you search all tweets

According to Twitter, hundreds of billions of tweets have been sent out since the service launched in 2006. If you’re dubious of that number, you can now count them all to verify the claim. Today, Twitter is announcing they’re making the entire catalog of tweets sent available via their search index. Until today, the aim was on providing an account of the more recent tweets sent, but now they’re all up for grabs. The new, all-encompassing index is also 100-times larger than the real-time index we’ve been using.

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Facebook Techwire wants to bring you the news

Facebook Techwire wants to bring you the news

A lot of news breaks via a lot of avenues. Twitter, personal blogs, and even website exclusives. Though over one billion users digitally inhabit the site, the source for breaking news is almost never Facebook. With a special focus on technology, Facebook is launching FB Techwire, a companion service to their Newswire service. The service will have photos, videos, and status updates. Like Newswire, Techwire uses Storyful as its back-end provider. According to Facebook, users can expect Techwire to be real-time, too.

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Twitter may copy Facebook, make features into apps

Twitter may copy Facebook, make features into apps

Some like to poke fun at Facebook for making several impressions on our devices. We’ve got Messenger, Instagram, Facebook, Paper (for iPhone users, at least), WhatsApp — it’s a lot. At their “Analyst Day” soiree, Twitter is teasing that they may do just the same. Executives at Twitter told analysts they were working on improving their direct messaging service, and were very high “applications that can live outside of Twitter”. The microblogging platform may also get a “best of” feature to show you what cool things you might have missed, and will get some interesting video features.

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