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Twitter Highlights lures lazy users with friends’ activity

Twitter Highlights lures lazy users with friends’ activity

Twitter has rolled out Highlights, a new feature aiming at summarizing some of the peaks from your timeline that you might have otherwise missed. The new tool automatically cooks up a summary of the most interesting things the people you're following are tweeting, along with local trending topics, twice a day. For Twitter, meanwhile, it's another way to try to maintain active users.

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Twitter abuse now requires your phone number

Twitter abuse now requires your phone number

As one of several new means of combating abuse on their social network, Twitter is bringing on phone number verification for users. This system will not require that every Twitter verify their account using a phone number, but would potentially have some users required to verify their account or risk having said account destroyed entirely. Twitter is also enacting a feature which hides abusive Tweets from those that abused users do not follow. Abuse, Twitter hopes, will soon be a thing of the past - or it'll be hidden from view, at least.

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Twitter testing new search page for web client

Twitter testing new search page for web client

Twitter, which has undergone a series of updates lately, is again toying with what you see once you’re logged in. The new-look search results in Twitter don’t toy with your results, but do feed them to you in a flashy new way. When you perform a search in the Twitter web client, you might see a new layout designed to engage and entice followers. It’s not available to all users, nor is it working with all search queries just yet.

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Twitter tightens security after messaging snafu

Twitter tightens security after messaging snafu

Today Twitter is updating their Policy and Product outlines to further combat abuse on their social networking platform. This comes just one day after Twitter announced that they'd be opening the proverbial gates to more Personal Messaging between users, creating a feature update which needed to be turned on to be used. Today, Twitter updates their violent threats policy as well as expanding their coverage of suspected abusive Tweets. In short - Twitter isn't taking this whole "public abuse" thing sitting down - they want you to feel safe and comfortable in their social networking environment.

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Deactivating Twitter’s “Direct Messages from anyone” as fast as possible

Deactivating Twitter’s “Direct Messages from anyone” as fast as possible

Worried Twitter's newest feature "direct message from anyone" will put a kink in your private life? You're not the only one. Earlier today Twitter's update and blast on their newest feature update made more than one social network explode in a fury of misdirected madness. The key to this puzzle wasn't that this new feature was coming, however, but that it wasn't turned on by default. This feature, as it turns out, is something you need to turn on for it to work.

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Twitter DM feature is opt-in: NOT on by default

Twitter DM feature is opt-in: NOT on by default

Please feel free to chill - today's announcement of direct messaging for everyone on Twitter is not just a Wild West situation. You will not be flooded with DMs this afternoon. While you CAN turn on DMs from anyone, this is not an open-door policy sort of deal. You DO NOT HAVE TO TURN THIS FEATURE ON. Twitter is just allowing DMs to appear in your inbox - IF YOU WANT THEM TO - from anyone on Twitter. Again - if this isn't clear enough - you DO NOT need to turn this feature on if you do not want to, and it isn't on by default.

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Twitter adjusts DM settings, now lets anyone contact you

Twitter adjusts DM settings, now lets anyone contact you

Getting Direct Messages via Twitter isn’t as good as a standalone chat client, but it’s a handy feature when you just need to have a quick chat with a contact. Today, Twitter is giving users a bit more control, and once again allowing Direct Messages from anyone (if you opt in, of course). Similarly, accounts you follow can now Direct Message you. While that sounds a bit sketchy, Twitter is a pretty profound customer service portal in addition to providing newsworthy content in 140 characters.

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Twitter patents hint at new security API, SDK for apps

Twitter patents hint at new security API, SDK for apps

Twitter, who have been quite busy of late updating their service, have filed for a few trademarks that suggest they’re again ready to combat a competitor. With their trademarks for the term “The Future of Identity” and an icon for what seems to be a service concerned with real-time sharing of news and info (that somehow isn’t Twitter), the microblogging platform may be set to take on one (or more) competitors it hasn't yet dealt with. It also fits Twitter’s current ploy to keep us all tied to them via outlier apps and services.

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Twitter uses ‘the Force’ to bring out new Star Wars emojis

Twitter uses ‘the Force’ to bring out new Star Wars emojis

Disney and LucasFilm are really going full "Force" to market Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Twitter is helping to spread the excitement of the upcoming movie by offering new Star Wars emoji. Now, you can join in the conversation about all things Star Wars, especially what's happening at Star Wars Celebration Con in Anaheim, April 16 - 19th. We've analyzed the latest trailer, watched the convention panel, and marvelled at the latest adorable droid, the BB-8.

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New Twitter tools could make any app a Twitter app

New Twitter tools could make any app a Twitter app

For the past few months, Twitter has made big strides toward making the microblogging service more ubiquitous. On top of being social, Twitter is also contextual, and new tools for Developers will bring that context to a wider audience. With ‘Timelines’ and ‘Guest Authentication’, apps that aren’t Twitter will get deeper access to the Twittersphere, which could make your ho-hum 140-character rants and comments a bit more useful to others. Best of all, the update is available for both Android and iOS.

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