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Twitter increases follow limit to 5,000 accounts

Twitter increases follow limit to 5,000 accounts

Twitter has a somewhat complex system of checks and balances in place when it comes to following other Twitter users and being followed by them. This is to avoid so-called "aggressive following," that is, the practice of following tons of people at once, then unfollowing everyone who didn't follow you back in a day or two. To help curb aggressive following, Twitter has a standard cap that all accounts are subjected to.

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Twitter Moments, now with a side dish of advertisements

Twitter Moments, now with a side dish of advertisements

Twitter introduced a new feature call “Moments” on October 6, and now, less than a month later, the service has announced that it will be adding advertisements to Moments. They’ll be called “Promoted Moments”, and they’ll kick off starting tomorrow with ads for the movie Creed. These Promoted Moments are akin to Promoted Tweets, and are the latest way by which Twitter is looking to get advertisers on board with its platform.

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Twitter polls coming to iOS, Android, and desktop

Twitter polls coming to iOS, Android, and desktop

This week the folks at Twitter are releasing "Twitter Polls", a way to gauge interest in topics without a large amount of commitment from users. This system will be coming to iOS, Android, and desktop (web browser) versions of Twitter within the next few days. Once users like yourself are able to see the "poll" icon in their compose box, they'll be able to create their own poll with ease. Please feel free to ask all of your followers whether they like ham or cheese better - or which of the Star Wars films is their favorite.

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Notify is a Facebook app for real-time news

Notify is a Facebook app for real-time news

It seems this is the time for the big social networks to revamp with new features that change the way users interact with the service. Last week was Twitter's new Moments tab, and now we're hearing about a new, standalone app from Facebook that focuses on real-time news. As The Awl details, the app is tentatively known as Notify and is said to be nearing release. Notify seems to be a direct competitor to Twitter itself, providing notifications on breaking news stories in real-time, as they're published.

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Twitter to lay off 8% of workforce, cutting 336 jobs

Twitter to lay off 8% of workforce, cutting 336 jobs

With Jack Dorsey officially back in place at Twitter's CEO, the company has confirmed recent rumors, unfortunately, that it's eliminating a significant number of jobs throughout the company. As part of an effort to streamline operations, the social network is laying off 336 employees, making up 8% of its staff. As Dorsey put said in an email announcing the news to employees, the company is "moving forward with a restructuring of our workforce so we can put our company on a stronger path to grow."

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Twitter tipped in plan to layoff workers

Twitter tipped in plan to layoff workers

Following Jack Dorsey being name the new permanent CEO of Twitter, a new report has surfaced claiming the company is planning on laying off workers across the company some time this week. The unnamed sources do not state the anticipated number of workers who will be let go; however, they do say it is likely every department in the company will be affected, and that engineers will most likely be the most greatly affected by the upcoming purge.

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Twitter brings pre-roll ads to the videos in your timeline

Twitter brings pre-roll ads to the videos in your timeline

Following the news about Twitter's new Moments feature, designed to make the social network more appealing and easier to navigate for new users, the company has announced a new service to make it more appealing for advertisers. Dubbed "Amplify," the program will allow advertisers to have 6-second pre-roll ads play before videos. If that sounds familiar, it's because that the same approach YouTube has adopted.

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How to cut your Facebook stress to zero

How to cut your Facebook stress to zero

The most important pull-down menu on the entirety of the world's most used social network sits right up front and center of your best friend's profile page. This menu hides under the "Following" button, and inside you'll find the most excellent option Facebook has ever offered. The menu item you're looking for is "Unfollow." With this option you'll retain your friendship 100% without having to see your friend's posts in your news feed. You have the power to sort out what you want to see and what you're tired of seeing on Facebook without any negative repercussions.

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Twitter Moments debuts for curating tweets, topics, and events

Twitter Moments debuts for curating tweets, topics, and events

Previous known as Project Lightning, Twitter has just rolled out a new feature that curates and collects tweets about important events and trending topics. Now called Moments, the feature compiles media and information from tweets in a user's timeline that they may have missed into a single slideshow-like presentation. Moments seems to be Twitter's solution to its problem of giving new users a quick and easy to discover new content, as well as offering experienced users more control over their timeline.

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Tweetbot 4 released for iOS with iPad support, split-screen, landscape view

Tweetbot 4 released for iOS with iPad support, split-screen, landscape view

Twitter client Tweetbot 4 is released after an extended development time by Tapbots LLC. This release includes support for the iPad - universal support - meaning you're going to be able to use it with (almost) any iPad. This new version has a "Column View" for the newer iPads and iPhone 6 Plus, and Split View multi-tasking on the iPad. More granular mute filter settings are enabled, and users are now able to work with statistics and activity views, too.

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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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