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Instagram active users slams Twitter by 2x

Instagram active users slams Twitter by 2x

The folks at Instagram have announced that they've hit a major milestone in the brief history of their existence. They've racked up a cool 700-million monthly active users, with growth between 600M and 700M happening at a rate greater than any other 100M span they had before. Of course there were other major events in the history of this photo-based app, but none so supermassive as their most recent set of four months.

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Twitter’s not doing so well with money

Twitter’s not doing so well with money

Twitter today released a letter to shareholders documenting the progress it made in Q1 2017. Unfortunately for Twitter, the letter doesn't hold many surprises for those who have been following its business side for a while now. The good news is that things like daily active users are up year-over-year, but the bad news is that Twitter is still having a hard time making money from those users.

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Twitter Lite launches to save on data, storage space

Twitter Lite launches to save on data, storage space

Sometimes having and maintaining a social media presence can be difficult when you've got a tiny data cap, but today Twitter is looking to ease that particular burden for its users. The company has announced Twitter Lite, a pared down version of its mobile site for folks who need to make a compromise between data-light and feature-rich.

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Twitter starts testing auto Night Mode in its mobile app

Twitter starts testing auto Night Mode in its mobile app

Some apps automatically dim at night, such as Google Maps. This feature is generally designed to make the usage experience at night more pleasant, such as looking at your phone in the dark without being blinded by bright white backgrounds, and now such a feature may be coming to the official Twitter mobile app. The feature has popped up in testing, and prompts users to select one of three Night Mode options.

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Twitter ditches default egg profile photo

Twitter ditches default egg profile photo

If you joined Twitter at any point in the last several years, there's a good chance the default 'egg' profile photo is the only one you've ever known. The egg, while fitting with the service's bird-themed logo, has become synonymous with abusive trolls who create an account to spew hatred at others anonymously. This was one of three reasons Twitter has decided to refresh its default avatar, the first time it has done so since 2010.

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Twitter eases character limit restriction in reply tweets

Twitter eases character limit restriction in reply tweets

The very limited nature of tweets is part of Twitter's appeal, but at times the 140-character restriction can get in the way of expressing a full thought. To help solve that latter problem without opening the floodgates to long tweets, Twitter is adjusting how reply tweets count their characters, making it possible to produce longer replies without technically boosting the character limit.

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Periscope will soon have video ads

Periscope will soon have video ads

Ads have become a fact of Internet life, so it's not exactly surprising to hear that Twitter is planning on introducing such things even on its live streaming platform. Periscope, which at one point in the not so distant past, was the go to place for live streaming is in need of a new inflow of cash. But perhaps more interesting than the ads themselves is the way Twitter plans on giving advertisers some say on where their ads end up.

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Tweetdeck tipped to get advanced features for a price

Tweetdeck tipped to get advanced features for a price

Given its rather unpopular attitude towards third-party apps, there was some well-founded apprehension when Twitter acquired Tweetdeck. Indeed, the multi-column Twitter client has lagged behind the official Twitter client though it still remained the tool of choice for many professional Twitter users. It seems, however, that Twitter will be making up for lost time soon, by introducing advanced features soon. However, those features will apparently come at a monthly cost, though advanced users will probably be willing to pay whatever price Twitter demands.

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EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

Trying to fight consumer fraud on the internet as a whole is a never-ending battle due to its nature as an open system. Social media platforms, however, can be more directly controlled, with companies having the power to curb widespread scams. That's the way the EU feels, as regulators have ordered Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media networks to take steps to protect consumers from scams.

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Pulse is Twitch’s own brand of Twitter

Pulse is Twitch’s own brand of Twitter

It seems that Twitch is really out to expand its territory, or at least keep everything withing the confines f its kingdom. After the revelation that Twitch will be going after Steam by selling games itself, it is now taking on Twitter and Facebook with a social feed of its own. Called Pulse, the feature aggregates posts from all the Twitch broadcasters you follow into one single place, inside Twitch, of course, so you won’t have to wait for their next juicy update on Twitter or Facebook.

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Twitter’s latest security update: More muting options, follow-ups for reports

Twitter’s latest security update: More muting options, follow-ups for reports

Twitter's approach to combating abuse on its platform has been multi-layered so far, and today even more security features are being added to the pile. This week, Twitter users will find that they have more control over what they mute and how long that content stays muted, while Twitter itself is doing a lot more behind the scenes to bolster its anti-abuse measures.

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Twitter is now ‘temporarily limiting’ accounts that misbehave

Twitter is now ‘temporarily limiting’ accounts that misbehave

Twitter has been targeting abusive activities and accounts with a growing array of features and methods, and the latest among them appears to be a sort of 'throttling' that temporarily limits the extent to which a particular Twitter account can be viewed. News about the limitations surfaced via the affected users themselves, who have shared the notice they received from Twitter.

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