Twitter Admits People Don’t Know How to Use Twitter

Twitter has released two new ads designed to persuade people to join Twitter. However, the social networking site, or rather its ad agency, has taken a rather novel approach to achieving this end. The ads admit Twitter can be hard to understand, before shattering that misapprehension. It feels like Twitter is more important than it actually is. It’s always getting cited on the news, especially when President Trump tweets, and every brand has a hashtag it wants you to use. However, in actual fact, Twitter “only” has 330 million users, and growth has virtually stalled. Romesh Ranganathan Is a Twitter…

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Is Giving $200M of His Twitter Stock to Staff

Twitter’s new CEO Jack Dorsey has enough cash to go round. So much so, in fact, that he’s announced that he’s giving one-third of his stock holdings in the social media company to his employees.

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Why Twitter Can and Will Make GIFs Disappear

You may have heard that Deadspin’s GIFs disappeared from Twitter. And then Deadspin disappeared from Twitter . And then Deadspin reappeared on Twitter. It all seems completely ridiculous, except all of it was a pretty standard blunt-force application of copyright law on the internet. The only unusual part was that Deadspin was able to fight back.

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The Extremely Shitty Way One Man Learned He’d Been Fired From Twitter

This morning, Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey announced he’s laying off 336 employees, but would do so “with the utmost respect for each and every person.” Also this morning, Twitter engineer Bart Teeuwisse woke up, checked his phone, and learned that he’d been laid off through iOS notifications.

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The USGS Now Uses Your Panicked Tweets to Help Track Earthquakes

People who live in seismically active areas are so good about posting earthquake tweets that you may even be warned of a quake via Twitter before the shaking actually starts at your house. Now two USGS employees have found that Twitter is also an accurate reporting tool when it comes to earthquake detection.

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Those Weird Auto-Emoji in Your Twitter Feed Are Called Hashflags and They Must be Stopped

Did you tweet a photo of the supermoon last night? Perhaps you used the #supermoon hashtag, only to discover that a round red welt had affixed itself to your tweet, as ugly and unwanted as a social media zit. These are called hashflags. And they’re an abomination.

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Politiwoops Is Still Dead, But You Can Read the Archive of Politicians’ Deleted Tweets Online 

When Twitter unceremoniously killed Politiwoops , the Sunlight Foundation-founded site that compiled politicians’ deleted tweets, we lost a valuable tool for political transparency. It sucks, but here’s a silver lining: You can still access the archive of politician saying stupid shit on social media.

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17-Year-Old American Sentenced to Eleven Years In Prison For Tweets Supporting ISIS

An American teenager was sentenced to 11 years in prison today for providing material support to terrorism. But Ali Shukri Amin, just 17 years old, never committed violence in the name of radical Islamic terrorism. His crime was running a Twitter account that celebrated the terrorist group and taught others how to send money through Bitcoin.

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Why Doesn’t Instagram Allow Me to Manage Multiple Accounts Like Twitter Does?

The other day I wanted to post a photo to Gizmodo’s Instagram account. I had to log all the way out of my personal account, dig up the password for Gizmodo’s account, log back in as Gizmodo, and post the photo—there was no way to save login information or move seamlessly between them. Why doesn’t Instagram make it as easy as Twitter to post to multiple accounts?

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The Best Operations Security Propaganda Posters From World War II

“Loose tweets destroy fleets.” That’s the slogan of the United States Air Force’s latest operations security (OPSEC) campaign, and if the phrase sounds familiar, don’t be surprised. We collected 50 propaganda posters from World War II that show an age when keeping military secrets was a matter of life or death.

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