The Interface is a daily column about the intersection of social media and democracy. Subscribe to the newsletter here. Reality has had a tough year. When the president of the United States is denying that thousands of Americans died in a hurricane, journalists face an uphill battle.
Jack Dorsey runs one of the most valuable, maddening, delightful and frustrating technology companies in the world. Now Dorsey is trying to make Twitter better, and he wants your help.
Twitter is a hellhole. Mastodon isn’t trying to replace the trashcan fire that is Twitter, but it is offering its users something different.
Twitter will now put live streams and broadcasts started by accounts you follow at the top of your timeline, making it easier to see what they’re doing in realtime. In a tweet, Twitter said that that the new feature will include breaking news, personalities and sports.
When 24-year-old fashion blogger Scarlett Dixon posted a picture of herself having breakfast, the internet turned nasty. “The best of days start with a smile and positive thoughts. And pancakes. And strawberries.
Facebook’s efforts to reduce misinformation in its news feed since the 2016 election have opened the company to all manner of criticism, including allegations of political bias from both left and right.
Social media can be a lifeline during natural disasters. It has become an essential tool for people to find accurate information–about highway closures, weather forecasts, evacuations–and to contact loved ones and emergency workers.
There’s a new social network in town. It’s called Mastodon. You might have even heard of it.
I rarely meet a Twitter user who doesn’t want more followers. A few argue that the numbers aren’t important. They are only concerned with “quality followers.” I’m not sure it is either/or, but I notice that most of the people making this argument have very few followers.
I have been on Twitter since 2008, accumulating nearly 100 thousand tweets and an inexplicable following of 42 thousand people. I tweet a lot, and I tweet often. My engagement is high. I drive decent traffic. I have been called "good at Twitter." I am not sure this is a correct assessment.
The act of melting down on the internet informs the world we live in. It has gone from a niche pastime of crackpots to the central animating force of our politics. It has moved some to run for office. It has created jobs. It has expanded our culture.
Twitter has rolled out its new @-replies to me about three or four times now, ambushing me with its unspeakable badness on the iPhone app or web Twitter. Today it rolled out for everyone and it makes me want to throw all my devices at a wall. Does anyone at Twitter even use Twitter?
On May 22, 2008, Ariel Waldman ran out of options. Waldman, then a community manager and blogger, had signed up for Twitter in March 2007 and in months had become one of the platform’s 100 most followed accounts. She was, by her own account, “addicted” to the service.
Yesterday Instagram announced that it has 200 million users for stories, which exceeds Snapchat’s 160 million users from their S-1 filing. Never mind that nobody outside these companies knows what those user definitions really mean or how to compare them.
Are you ready to learn more about your Twitter strategy? Do you want to keep a gauge on how it’s doing? There are Twitter tools that will show all the important engagement information you need to know, including things like:
If you’ve been following KISSmetrics for the last week or two, you have probably enjoyed our in-depth look at the science of blog timing and Facebook timing. Today, we’re going to take a deeper look into the ins and outs of Twitter timing. This includes how to determine:
How great is the Internet! One of the most impactful, viral, influential services you can perform online is to read stuff and tell people what you like. It’s true!
In this lesson we’ll cover what you need to know to grow your Twitter following as organically as possible, without spending tons of hours on engagement.
Twitter is a wonderful communication and social media platform. It has everything: breaking news, political opinion, humor, celebrities, entertainment, special interest chat, and, well, anything.
There’s an interesting problem here. UI is hard. You can’t just slap a button on the screen for every feature that could conceivably be used at any given time. Some features are only of interest to so-called “power users”, so they’re left subtle, spread by word-of-mouth.
Using SVG is currently the best way to create icon libraries for apps. Icons built with SVG are scalable and adjustable, but also discrete, which allows them to be incrementally loaded and updated. In contrast, icons built as fonts cannot be incrementally loaded or updated.
Twitter is a great tool for extending your influence. You can engage your “tribe” in real time, offering leadership and assistance in a way that would have been impossible just a few years ago. However, Twitter is not without its challenges. I have made just about every mistake you can make.
At one point or another, you’ve probably asked yourself if Twitter is actually helpful for growing your business or if it’s a total waste of time. The truth is, it’s only helpful for promoting your brand if you know how to use it in the right ways.
Footage of a Chinese 'click farm', which uses thousands of phones to give fake 'likes' to apps, has emerged online and it is so weird. According to Twitter account, English Russia, a Russian man made a visit to the 'farm', where he filmed the clip.
You may be able to argue about what is the best way to approach Twitter; but you can’t question the benefits of being on Twitter. It’s not just reserved for small, niche companies.
Author's Note: Thanks to Joe Manko, Liberty Elementary School principal, for inspiring this blog post during an impromptu edcamp at #SXSWEdu this year. For an example of a school trying to create a connected culture through Twitter, follow Liberty Elementary's hashtag and jump into the conversation.
Sitting in the Flickr archives is a nearly 10-year-old document uploaded a couple of years ago by its author, Jack Dorsey (@jack), who started Twitter in 2006 along with co-founders Evan Williams (@ev) and Biz Stone (@biz).
My 20-year-old son just moved into a fraternity house at his college in the US.
Last month KrebsOnSecurity published research into a large distributed network of apparently compromised systems being used to relay huge blasts of junk email promoting “online dating” programs — affiliate-driven schemes traditionally overrun with automated accounts posing as women.
With over 320 million users, Twitter is a traffic goldmine. But it can take a lot of time and effort to build a big enough following to drive meaningful amounts of traffic.
At some point in 2006, or possibly late 2005, Noah Glass walked into our office all excited about something. That in itself isn’t news because Noah was always excited about something. Dude had an energy.
Twitter is full of false information. Even Twitter co-founder Ev Williams recognizes that there is a “junk information epidemic going on,” as "[ad-driven platforms] are benefiting from people generating attention at pretty much any cost."
It’s early and dark. The alarm sounds, and you reach over to switch it off. After a short pause, you sit up. You swing your legs off the bed, touch the floor with your feet, and reach for your phone. You sit quietly while your phone’s screen illuminates the dark bedroom.
Marketers love Twitter as it is one of the last platforms that allows you to organically reach 100% of your audience. Tweet about a new blog article, and it will pop up in every follower’s Twitter feed (unlike on Facebook where your posts’ organic reach is around 2% and dropping).
Admit it. Sometimes, your Twitter life is messy. You follow hundreds of people — maybe thousands. Staring at your timeline is about as intelligible as reading a stock ticker.
Here’s a riddle: When is a tweet more than a tweet? We’re all pretty familiar with Twitter’s 140 characters—and of course, a photo is always an eye-catching addition.
As marketers, we’re always looking for opportunities to get traffic and links for ourselves (or our clients) in a natural way, and I believe ‘Rebound marketing’ is one of the best ways to do that.
If you read a list of mankind’s most important or influential inventions, there’s not far you could go without coming across those of Thomas Edison. Oddly, however, it’s unlikely you’d ever see the device he so-routinely identified as his favorite: the phonograph.
Have you ever drawn a map to show someone how to get to your house? Or how to get from your house to the park or the corner store? If you have, you know how to draw, how to visualize, and how to communicate a path in time and space.
We already gave you some genuine tips about how to be popular on Twitter. But earning thousands of followers and the adoration of the Internet takes time and effort. Don't you know you can just—instantly, inexpensively—buy as much Twitter fame as you can handle?
Kim Scott had one thing to do that day. She was going to price her product. It was the year 2000, she was the founder and CEO of Juice Software, and she had blocked off her whole morning to make this decision.
When you started your Twitter account, was it something you did as a hobby or emotional outlet, or had you thought, “Hey, this could eventually turn into something bigger?” I started Twitter because I was bored in college.
Steffan Watkins has spent days meticulously correcting Twitter users on the details of a Russian Air Force training flight in international airspace; a training flight that somewhat alarmed US media outlets.
We’ve all read those same old Twitter marketing techniques: use hashtags, speak with your followers, listen more than you talk, and a host of others that are all too obvious after using the service for more than a few days.
Going to an academic conference is an exciting opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and exchange stimulating ideas. However, to make the most of a conference requires a lot of hard work before, during, and after the meeting itself.
It was a book on the curious decline of the murder rate that gave Aja Bogdanoff her idea. Her job back then stopped short of actual bloodshed, but it left her no stranger to the dark side of human nature.
Like most nerds, I’ve played a bit with Moments this week to see what Twitter has been up to. At the risk of being the one millionth person to give Twitter product advice, here are a few thoughts I haven’t heard discussed much in the analyses I’ve seen this week.
I joined Twitter, with very bad grace, on March 5, 2010.
To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone app. It was hyperbole three centuries ago. But it is a factual description of social media, according to an ambitious and first-of-its-kind study published Thursday in Science.
Audio is amazing. Let’s just get that out of the way. As a medium, it is all consuming. Putting in your earbuds and diving into a podcast episode or turning the dial to a radio station is an intentional and intimate act.
With Twitter struggling for growth and focus, what better person to ask for advice than the head honcho of a rival social network that has emerged as one of the most valuable companies in the world?
It’s understandable that the world didn’t much care about Gamergate.
“I ’m leaving the company in two weeks,” Dick Costolo said abruptly, his face stricken, his fingers banging the wood-slab table before him.