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Twitter just sold your home screen to advertisers

Twitter just sold your home screen to advertisers

The folks at Twitter have announced a system called First View, one in which they've allowed advertisers to engage you ASAP. The first spot on your Twitter feed right AFTER your first normal tweet - that's where the first advertisement will reside. "Marketers can drive significant audience reach with the top ad spot in the timeline", says Twitter - alongside Promoted Trends and Promoted Moments. This is only the latest innovation Twitter has revealed in their effort to monetize their social network.

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Twitter CEO responds to timeline outrage, changes will be opt out

Twitter CEO responds to timeline outrage, changes will be opt out

Twitter went into a collective outrage yesterday, and rightfully so, after a report indicated that the social network would be abandoning the reverse chronological order of its timeline in favor of one organized by an algorithm. And while another source indicated that any such change would be strictly opt-in, it wasn't enough to stop a large number of users from threatening to leave the network. Fortunately, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has responded to the outcry — organized under #RIPtwitter — to assure everyone the real-time feed wasn't going away.

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Twitter tipped to ditch chronological timeline, users hate this idea

Twitter tipped to ditch chronological timeline, users hate this idea

Internet users who hate big changes to their social networks of choice, it's best you sit down for this. A new report has surfaced indicating that Twitter may be ditching its long-established reverse chronological timeline in favor of one that's organized by an algorithm, à la Facebook. Even more surprising is that the overhauled timeline may make its debut as early as next week.

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Twitter deleted 125k (mostly) ISIS accounts over last 6 months

Twitter deleted 125k (mostly) ISIS accounts over last 6 months

Twitter has at times been criticized for allegedly allowing extremists' accounts to remain live, though the company regularly squashes those accounts as they surface. In a statement today, Twitter got right at the heart of the matter, saying that since last summer it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts that were promoting or threatening terrorism, and that most of them were related to ISIS.

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Twitter has a GIF button in the works for its mobile app

Twitter has a GIF button in the works for its mobile app

Twitter users and GIF fans, praise your deity of choice! The social network is currently testing a dedicated button for the internet's new favorite image format, with select users discovering it this week in Twitter's official mobile app. As seen below, those who have the magical button of internet awesomeness find it between the icons for adding regular photos and polls to tweets.

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Twitter’s new update brings pop-out conversations

Twitter’s new update brings pop-out conversations

Twitter has pushed out an update that changes how users interact with tweets, and not everyone is happy about it. Click on a tweet now and rather than being taken to a page with the full conversations, users will now see the tweet and subsequent tweets in a pop-out window with their Twitter timeline behind it. Fancy? Yes. But many are already complaining about usability, saying the move is a step backwards.

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Peter Molyneux is not actually retiring, Godus remains

Peter Molyneux is not actually retiring, Godus remains

In what was either a momentary hacking or a brilliant use of PR, Peter Molyneux seemed to have been retiring for about 20 minutes this afternoon. In the moments after Molyneux's Twitter confirmed that he'd be taking the game Godus down from Steam AND he'd be retiring from the game industry, major news sources aplenty jumped on the opportunity to report. Not 13 minutes later, Molyneux appeared to have regained control over his Twitter account, suggesting he'd been hacked.

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Twitter was down, takes blame for downtime

Twitter was down, takes blame for downtime

Overnight Twitter was down, resulting in some less-than-thrilled Twitter addicts. As such, a cause was sought! Twitter has, as of this morning at 10AM Pacific Time, figured out what the cause was and has fixed their system to compensate. It would appear that no external factors were at play, only internal. So no worries, only Twitter accidentally breaking on the inside on its own.

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Lawsuit accuses Twitter of indirectly supporting ISIS

Lawsuit accuses Twitter of indirectly supporting ISIS

Twitter has been sued by Floridian Tamara Fields, the widow of Lloyd Fields, an American who was killed in an ISIS attack in Jordan last year. The lawsuit accuses Twitter of letting ISIS use its platform for attracting new recruits, disseminating propaganda, and raising funds. According to Fields’ lawyer, this may be the first time a social media company has been accused of violating the Anti-Terrorism Act, a federal law.

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Periscope broadcasts now play instantly on Twitter

Periscope broadcasts now play instantly on Twitter

In this age of smartphones and tablets, information of all kinds is at your fingertips. Information is transmitted so quickly via social media that you can literally watch major events right as they unfold. Well starting today, one of the easiest ways to share and view live video just got a lot easier.

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Twitter 10,000-character Tweets rumored for Q1

Twitter 10,000-character Tweets rumored for Q1

Twitter may move "Beyond 140" within the first quarter of 2016, bringing on 10,000-character Tweets before the end of March. Word comes several months after the first whispers of such an expansion back in September, where the size of Tweets was first mentioned to be growing to the size of Direct Messages in Twitter. Happily it would seem that this limit may be joined by a "Read More" button, but still - keep it simple, stupid, does not seem to be in effect.

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Twitter for Mac v.4 adds group DMs, timeline GIFs, more

Twitter for Mac v.4 adds group DMs, timeline GIFs, more

You'd be forgiven for thinking Twitter had forgotten all about its Mac app, but the 140-character social network has squeezed out v4.0 just before 2015 closes. A free download through the Mac App Store, Twitter for Mac 4.0 catches the desktop software up with some of the features its mobile counterparts have been enjoying for months now, like inline video playback.

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