In 2010, mandated that all developers adopt OAuth authentication with just 9 weeks of notice. Later that year, Twitter launched its own URL shortener, in direct competition with some of its most well-known third-party developers. And in 2012, Twitter introduced stricter usage limits for its API, "completely crippling" some developers. While these moves successfully increased the stability and security of the service, they were broadly perceived as hostile to developers, causing them to lose trust in the platform.


"Twitter removes hundreds of accounts it says are linked to Iran, Russia, Armenia". "Twitter removes accounts linked to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, other countries". On November 3, 2022, on the eve of expected lay-offs, a group of Twitter employees based San Francisco and Cambridge filed a lawsuit in the U.S.

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Whether you’re interested in sports highlights, pop culture memes or politics, Twitter is your source of information. An active Twitter Blue subscription adds a blue checkmark to your account and offers early access to select new features, like Edit Tweet. Check your Twitter Blue settings on iOS for the most up-to-date list of what’s available on your device, or learn more about all the available features atAbout Twitter Blue features. Twitter Blue is an opt-in, paid monthly subscription that adds a blue checkmark to your account and offers early access to select new features, like Edit Tweet. In a 2011 study, researchers found that young peoples use of Twitter helped to improve relationships with teachers, encourage interactive learning, and ultimately lead to high grades. People found that sifting through large amounts of data is challenging, however, with the simple nature of Twitter large amount of information became easily accessible.

  • The lawsuit concerned Twitter’s use of email addresses and phone numbers of Twitter users to target advertisements at them.
  • Naming five current or former workers as plaintiffs, the suit accused the company of violating federal and state laws that govern notice of employment termination.
  • As of September 2013, the company’s data showed that 200 million users sent over 400 million tweets daily, with nearly 60% of tweets sent from mobile devices.
  • If they are not about or related to Twitter the platform, company or business, they will be removed at discretion of the moderators.

In addition to the Home tab, the Connect and Discover tabs were introduced along with a redesigned profile and timeline of Tweets. On February 21, 2012, it was announced that Invest in Twitter and Yandex agreed to a partnership. Yandex, a Russian search engine, finds value within the partnership due to Twitter’s real time news feeds. Twitter’s director of business development explained that it is important to have Twitter content where Twitter users go. On March 21, 2012, Twitter celebrated its sixth birthday while also announcing that it had 140 million users and 340 million tweets per day. The number of users was up 40% from their September 2011 number, which was said to have been at 100 million at the time.

See how others are innovating with the Twitter Developer Platform is your go-to social media app and the new media source for what’s happening in the world, straight from the accounts of the influential people who affect your world day-to-day. For now, you will have all the same features as new Twitter Blue verified accounts, except that you will not get a blue checkmark nor will your Tweets be prioritized in the verified section of the Notifications timeline. TV networks had signed up to the Amplify program, bringing a variety of premium TV content onto the social platform in the form of in-tweet real-time video clips. In March 2014, ITV became the first major broadcaster in the UK to sign up to Twitter Amplify and Twitter introduced one-tap video playback across its mobile apps to further enhance the consumer experience. Many commentators have suggested that Twitter radically changed the format of reporting due to instant, short, and frequent communication.

By the start of 2019, Twitter had more than 330 million monthly active users. In practice, the vast majority of tweets are written by a minority of users.

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I value my privacy and do not care much about being interactive, building connections or being recognized. Tweet, Retweet, Reply to Tweets, Share or Like – Twitter is the #1 social media app for latest news & updates. We’ve launched the new Twitter Blue in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. In these regions, Twitter Blue is only available for in-app purchase on Twitter for iOS. You must be logged in to the Twitter account you purchased your subscription from to access Twitter Blue features.

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Since 2009, implementation has been gradually replaced with software written in Scala. The switch from Ruby to Scala and the JVM has given Twitter a performance boost from 200 to 300 requests per second per host to around 10,000–20,000 requests per second per host. This boost was greater than the 10x improvement that Twitter’s engineers envisioned when starting the switch. The continued development of Twitter has also involved a switch from monolithic development of a single app to an architecture where different services are built independently and joined through remote procedure calls. In April 2022, Twitter announced a ban on "misleading" advertisements that go against "the scientific consensus on climate change".

"twtr stocktwits overcounted active users since 2014, shares surge on profit hopes". In December 2012, Twitter and Nielsen entered a multi-year agreement to produce social TV ratings, which are expected to be commercially available for the fall 2013 season as the Nielsen Twitter TV Rating. Then in February 2013, Twitter acquired Bluefin Labs for an estimated US$50 million to $100 million. Founded in 2008 at the MIT Media Lab, Bluefin is a data miner whose analysis tells which brands (e.g., TV shows and companies) are chatted about the most in social media. MIT Technology Review said that Bluefin gives Twitter part of the US$72 billion television advertising market.

These Saudi accounts were working in two languages, English and Arabic, to influence public opinion around the issue. Many accounts commented directly on the tweets of US-based media houses, including The Post, CNN, CBS News and The Los Angeles Times. Users that frequently point to such sites may have their accounts suspended.

Priced at US$2.99 per-month it was released to US and New Zealand users on November 9, 2021; after first release in June to Australia and Canada users, with less features. Trending topics are sometimes the result of concerted efforts and manipulations by fans of certain celebrities or cultural phenomena, particularly musicians like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and One Direction, and novel series Twilight and Harry Potter. Twitter has altered the trend algorithm in the past to prevent manipulation of this type with limited success. Twitter also censors trending hashtags that are claimed to be abusive or offensive. Twitter censored the #Thatsafrican and #thingsdarkiessay hashtags after users complained that they found the hashtags offensive. Business magnate Elon Musk began speaking of buying Twitter, Inc. in early 2022, stating his concerns with the company’s commitment to free speech and whether Twitter’s moderation policies were undermining democracy. Musk reportedly planned major changes to Twitter’s treatment of spambots, a more lenient content moderation policy, revamp of its offered services, and cost cuts.

It feels a little like a cluge, but the latest update removed the button to mute sound on videos. It was always too small and too difficult to press without selecting the video, but now there isn’t one and so sound stays on. It’s hard to figure out how to navigate it reliably or find things again once you moved away from them.