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Twitter “While You Were Away” rolling out to some users

Twitter “While You Were Away” rolling out to some users

No, this isn't a title for the next thriller film. Twitter is starting to spread a new feature to its users that ensures that you will be up to date on what happening, even when you're not really paying attention. But while "While You Were Away" may feel heaven sent for those who want to stay abreast of whatever happens around them, even when they can't spend the whole day monitoring their timelines, some users have found the concept and its implementation rather confusing.

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Twitter comes under fire for new ad campaign

Twitter comes under fire for new ad campaign

Leave it to Captain Kirk to stir up trouble. Star Trek actor William Shatner took to Twitter today to complain about — well, Twitter. Their latest advertising move has ruffled some feathers, where the micro-blogging platform is essentially selling your friendship. By putting promoted accounts in your ‘Following’ list, Twitter is taking an interesting trip down a dark path. The first offender is MasterCard, where Shatner noticed they’d popped up in his Following list, though he didn’t follow them at all.

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Twitter’s response to harassing tweets lambasted by EA’s COO

Twitter’s response to harassing tweets lambasted by EA’s COO

Twitter is a wonderful place to share thoughts, but its open nature means users are sometimes subjected to abusive tweets from trolls and angry individuals. The microblogging site has been targeting that issue extensively this year, including changes to its 'Block or report' feature and its partnership with WAM! In light of its public efforts, EA's Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore has been vocal about its dismissal of his own harassment report.

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Netflix testing button that sends reminder tweets

Netflix testing button that sends reminder tweets

With all the new content Netflix is adding and has planned for the coming months, keeping track of what's new and shows you've been watching might be difficult. Potentially arriving in the future to help with that is a new feature Netflix is testing that leverages Twitter, something many of us check daily -- a "Tweet Me a Reminder" button, which does exactly what it suggests.

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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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