Articles about Twitter

Twitter is an American microblogging-style social networking platform where users can post messages called "tweets" and interact with the community by liking, retweeting, and sharing tweets. Users who haven't signed up can only read tweets and not interact with them. Interestingly, prior to April 2020, Twitter could also be accessed via SMS. Now, it is a mobile-centric application that can be accessed on a website as well. It is called a microblogging platform because the length of tweets was originally restricted to 140 characters. In 2017, the limit was doubled to 280 characters. Time-limited audio and video tweets can also be posted. Further, Twitter has earned notoriety as a microblogging service because most tweets are written by a small minority of users. As of 2019, Twitter boasted 330 million monthly active users. Following the viral success of the audio-based social networking app Clubhouse, Twitter launched a rival service known as Twitter Spaces where users could create audio-based discussion rooms called "spaces". In this format, the host and few speakers can host discussions and address several listeners. Monetization options for creators are also available on Spaces and the Twitter app.

NewsBytes Briefing: Uncle Sam wants your YouTube money, and more

12 Mar 2021

Technology
NewsBytes Briefing: Uncle Sam wants your YouTube money, and more

YouTubers have been suffering lately from rampant demonetization, COPPA purges, and the overall decline in AdSense revenues, but Google isn't done just yet.

Indian government blocked 4,400 Facebook, Twitter URLs in 2020

11 Mar 2021

Technology
Indian government blocked 4,400 Facebook, Twitter URLs in 2020

The Indian government has blocked more than 4,400 URLs from Facebook and Twitter in the year 2020. The revelation was made to the Indian Parliament on Wednesday.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is auctioning off the first-ever tweet

07 Mar 2021

Technology
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is auctioning off the first-ever tweet

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has put up his first-ever tweet for sale as a non-fungible token (NFT). The tweet reads "just setting up my twttr" and was posted on March 22, 2006.

NewsBytes Briefing: Reliance is gunning for low-cost laptops, and more

05 Mar 2021

Technology
NewsBytes Briefing: Reliance is gunning for low-cost laptops, and more

After upending the telecom space with Jio, Reliance has now got its sights on the laptop segment. Like the JioPhone, the Indian conglomerate is rumored to be working on an Android-based low-cost laptop dubbed the JioBook.

Undo tweet feature spotted, could be launched soon

05 Mar 2021

Technology
Undo tweet feature spotted, could be launched soon

Application decoder Jane Manchun Wong on Twitter discovered an animation on the platform suggesting that Twitter is actively exploring the concept of an undo tweet feature.

COVID-19 vaccination drive gives people something to smile about

05 Mar 2021

India
COVID-19 vaccination drive gives people something to smile about

As the elderly population of the country is currently getting vaccinated against COVID-19, many social media users are professing their love for their parents and some are expressing it with a shot of healthy humor.

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter brings Clubhouse to the masses, and more

04 Mar 2021

Technology
NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter brings Clubhouse to the masses, and more

Even as Clubhouse tries to be a hipster and keep Android users from experiencing its new take on social media, Twitter has cloned the experience for them with Spaces.

Twitter Spaces arrives on Android before its inspiration Clubhouse

03 Mar 2021

Technology
Twitter Spaces arrives on Android before its inspiration Clubhouse

Twitter's Clubhouse copy Spaces is now available on Android. With that, the microblogging platform has brought the novel audio-based take on social media interaction to non-Apple users. The feature was restricted to iOS until now, just like Clubhouse.

Twitter hashtags must be seen as political advertisements, suggests panel

02 Mar 2021

India
Twitter hashtags must be seen as political advertisements, suggests panel

An expert committee has said that hashtag trends on Twitter must be seen as political advertisements during the election process, TOI reported on Tuesday.

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter will soon have paywalls, and more

27 Feb 2021

Technology
NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter will soon have paywalls, and more

Even as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey bloviates about making Twitter free, the microblogging site announced plans to introduce monetization and paywalled content. Dubbed as Super Follow, the upcoming feature allows Twitter to make money off paywalled content.

Twitter's 'Super Follow' will allow users to charge their followers

26 Feb 2021

Technology
Twitter's 'Super Follow' will allow users to charge their followers

Twitter announced significant new features dealing with user monetization and community-focused content.

Netizens decode message hidden in NASA's Perseverance rover's parachute

24 Feb 2021

Technology
Netizens decode message hidden in NASA's Perseverance rover's parachute

The parachute unfurled during the final descent of NASA's Perseverance rover had random pattern of red and white bands, on the face of it. NASA officials later said it contained an encoded message.

Twitter rolls out voice DM feature for users in India

17 Feb 2021

Technology
Twitter rolls out voice DM feature for users in India

Twitter has started rolling out the voice-based direct messages (DMs) for select users in India. This allows users to send voice messages as DMs, with the length being capped at 140 seconds, just like the original character limit.

Amid Twitter row, Centre to use Koo for quicker updates

16 Feb 2021

Business
Amid Twitter row, Centre to use Koo for quicker updates

The Indian government is reportedly planning to use Twitter rival Koo as its key mode of communication with the public amid a row with the US-based microblogging platform.

Ronaldo becomes first person to amass 500mn social media followers

13 Feb 2021

Sports
Ronaldo becomes first person to amass 500mn social media followers

Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has reached yet another milestone by becoming the first person ever to have 500 million followers across social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Twitter extends commitment to 'restructure' India team: Report

12 Feb 2021

India
Twitter extends commitment to 'restructure' India team: Report

Being slammed by the Indian government for not acting against objectionable content, Twitter has committed to restructure its team in India, a report in Indian Express claimed, citing government officials.

Facebook might be in the process of cloning Clubhouse

12 Feb 2021

Technology
Facebook might be in the process of cloning Clubhouse

It's tough even for the all-powerful Big Tech cabal to dispatch every new competitor like Parler, so sometimes they have to improvise. Facebook has instead chosen to copy the emerging new audio-based social media phenomenon Clubhouse.

Twitter rival Koo records 3 million downloads after government endorsement

12 Feb 2021

Business
Twitter rival Koo records 3 million downloads after government endorsement

Homegrown Twitter alternative Koo has seen a tremendous growth in its userbase this week. The microblogging app has crossed three million users.

Government readies draft rules to regulate social media

12 Feb 2021

India
Government readies draft rules to regulate social media

As it remains locked in an intense face-off with Twitter, the Indian government has prepared draft rules to regulate social media, OTT (Over The Top) platforms, as well as news-related websites.

'Work here, but...: RS Prasad talks tough amid Twitter-government row

11 Feb 2021

Politics
'Work here, but...: RS Prasad talks tough amid Twitter-government row

Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday told the tech companies that they are free to work in India only if they follow the Indian Constitution.

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter won't block politicians unless Trump, and more

10 Feb 2021

Technology
NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter won't block politicians unless Trump, and more

While Twitter found it easy to engineer regime change in the USA, India is proving to be a lot more resilient.

Twitter mulls giving control of newsfeed back to the masses

10 Feb 2021

Technology
Twitter mulls giving control of newsfeed back to the masses

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey may have committed high heresy in the eyes of his Big Tech peers. He envisioned giving people back the control of their newsfeed during the recent earnings call.

Government responds to Twitter's 'freedom of expression' blog on Koo

10 Feb 2021

India
Government responds to Twitter's 'freedom of expression' blog on Koo

Twitter, pulled up by the Indian government for failing to comply with its orders, on Wednesday released a verbose blog highlighting the measures it took and didn't take in the recent days, only to receive a scathing response from the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) on Koo, the homegrown alternative of the micro-blogging website.

Twitter's stock hits 52-week high after posting $1 billion quarter

10 Feb 2021

Business
Twitter's stock hits 52-week high after posting $1 billion quarter

Microblogging website Twitter posted a sizable $1 billion quarter, which is also the second time it has hit this mark. The resulting market frenzy propelled the stock value up four percent in after-hours trading, sending it to a 52-week high.

Amid Centre-Twitter row, IT Ministry moves to homegrown platform Koo

09 Feb 2021

Business
Amid Centre-Twitter row, IT Ministry moves to homegrown platform Koo

The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has set up an account on Koo, a homegrown platform akin to Twitter after the United States-based company failed to comply with the government's order of blocking some URLs in connection with the farmers' protests.

Indian government-Twitter row: All you need to know

08 Feb 2021

India
Indian government-Twitter row: All you need to know

In recent days, calls for Twitter to quit India have risen. The microblogging website is facing immense criticism for violating the Indian law by unblocking accounts it had been directed to withhold.

Twitter India Public Policy Director Mahima Kaul resigns

07 Feb 2021

Business
Twitter India Public Policy Director Mahima Kaul resigns

Twitter's Public Policy Director for India and South Asia, Mahima Kaul, resigned from her post in January citing personal reasons, a senior official confirmed on Sunday.

NewsBytes Briefing: Amazon caught stealing tips from employees, and more

04 Feb 2021

Technology
NewsBytes Briefing: Amazon caught stealing tips from employees, and more

Amazon is known to routinely work its employees to death, but it gets worse. The American technology giant has been caught stealing tips from drivers working under the Flex program.

Farmers' agitation catches world's eye, courtesy five-member social media team

04 Feb 2021

India
Farmers' agitation catches world's eye, courtesy five-member social media team

With their tweets, pop star Rihanna and Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg drew attention to the farmers' protest that has been continuing since November.

Twitter gets government notice for unblocking accounts backing farmers' protest

03 Feb 2021

India
Twitter gets government notice for unblocking accounts backing farmers' protest

The central government is reportedly sending a notice to Twitter for reinstating dozens of accounts backing the farmers' protest despite its directive.

Kapil Sharma, Ginni Chatrath blessed with a baby boy

01 Feb 2021

Entertainment
Kapil Sharma, Ginni Chatrath blessed with a baby boy

Comedian-actor Kapil Sharma and his wife Ginni Chatrath became parents to a baby boy on Monday morning.

Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli name their daughter Vamika

01 Feb 2021

Entertainment
Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli name their daughter Vamika

Film actor Anushka Sharma and cricketer Virat Kohli have unveiled the name of their first child, whom they had welcomed last month.

Jay Shah elected as President of Asian Cricket Council

30 Jan 2021

Sports
Jay Shah elected as President of Asian Cricket Council

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has been unanimously elected as the President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Saturday.

Starship explosion prompts FAA to investigate SpaceX for license violations

30 Jan 2021

Technology
Starship explosion prompts FAA to investigate SpaceX for license violations

Elon Musk's Mars mission has hit a regulatory hurdle. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched a probe into the failed December landing of the Starship prototype.

Manoj Bajpayee to star in investigative thriller 'Despatch'

30 Jan 2021

Entertainment
Manoj Bajpayee to star in investigative thriller 'Despatch'

Manoj Bajpayee, who is awaiting the release of the web show The Family Man 2, has been roped in to play the role of a crime journalist in the upcoming movie Despatch.

Civic officials dump homeless outside 'clean' Indore, videos go viral

30 Jan 2021

India
Civic officials dump homeless outside 'clean' Indore, videos go viral

Indore, judged as the cleanest city by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for four straight years, garnered attention for poor reasons when videos of civic officials dumping homeless elderly at the city's outskirts surfaced on Friday.

Kangana Ranaut set to play former PM Indira Gandhi

29 Jan 2021

Entertainment
Kangana Ranaut set to play former PM Indira Gandhi

Actor Kangana Ranaut is all set to play the role of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in an upcoming political drama to be directed by Sai Kabir.

Yash-starrer 'KGF Chapter 2' gets a release date

29 Jan 2021

Entertainment
Yash-starrer 'KGF Chapter 2' gets a release date

KGF fans, we have some good news for you!

Kunal Kamra refuses to apologize for his jokes on SC

29 Jan 2021

India
Kunal Kamra refuses to apologize for his jokes on SC

Comedian Kunal Kamra, who was issued a notice over controversial tweets by the Supreme Court, has refused to tender an apology.

Reddit's WallStreetBets goes private; banned on Discord for 'hate speech'

28 Jan 2021

Business
Reddit's WallStreetBets goes private; banned on Discord for 'hate speech'

Hedge funds have lost billions shorting GameStop and AMC stocks.

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