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Twitter, high on 280 characters, more than doubles the length of display names

What good are 280 characters if you have to shout them from a measly 20-character display name? Just two days following the surprise announcement that Twitter would be doubling the character count allowed per tweet, the San Francisco-based company is back with another update — and you’d better believe it’s about yet even more characters.[…]

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Twitter shares its roadmap to curb abuse

Twitter prides itself on being “what’s happening,” but unfortunately for the company’s users, what’s frequently happening is unchecked harassment. CEO Jack Dorsey apparently has plans to change all that, and today put forth a roadmap for curbing abuse on the social media platform.  In an Oct. 19 post, the Twitter Safety team published a detailed[…]

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Twitter can keep its extra characters, I want to edit tweets

Geez, Twitter, have you not been listening? Yesterday, in an unsolicited act of largess, Twitter doubled the number of tweet characters from 140 to 280 characters for unspecified number of Twitter users. The change was announced by Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey. This is exactly what we don’t need. Forget brevity. I’ve spent a[…]

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Twitter is actually ditching the 140-character limit (for some)

Twitter just changed the rules of tweeting. The company is now testing a change that doubles Twitter’s character limit for “a small group” of accounts. It’s not clear when the change will roll out more broadly. SEE ALSO: Twitter finally breaks silence on why it’s never suspended President Trump Under the test, users will be[…]

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The Miami Airport Twitter feed is working overtime to correct Hurricane Irma misinformation

The people running social media for Miami International Airport deserve some hazard pay. The airport’s Twitter feed has been feverishly countering bad information and responding to inquiries, as Florida is slammed by Hurricane Irma. SEE ALSO: This Snapchat feature can help you keep tabs on Harvey’s devastation The airport, which sits on the southeastern tip[…]

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High Court’s same-sex marriage survey result sent Twitter into a frenzy

One of the biggest decisions in Australia’s marriage equality debate drew just about everyone onto social media on Thursday. Australia’s High Court handed down a decision Thursday to allow the federal government to lawfully use $ 122 million to implement a postal plebiscite on the matter of same-sex marriage. The non-binding, no-compulsory survey will ask the[…]

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Reddit, Twitter offer an oasis of info, resources for Harvey victims

The historic impact of Tropical Storm Harvey has everyone from federal agencies to the National Weather Service reeling from the storm’s power, but in the midst of it all, once again, social media is proving to be a vital life line. This time in the form of Reddit.  SEE ALSO: Apple is accepting donations through[…]

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Trump says he doesn’t ‘do Twitter storms’ – uh huh, ok, sure

President Donald Trump, who can both make the world cower in fear and belly laugh in response to his very well-known tweetstorms, wants you to know a very important fact: He doesn’t ‘do Twitter storms.’ “Do you notice when I go on and I’ll put out like a tweet or a couple of tweets, ‘He’s[…]

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Twitter hashtags are 10 years old and they wouldn’t have happened without old-school texting

Yes, it’s really been 10 years.  Twitter’s most iconic feature is celebrating a big birthday today. Exactly 10 years ago, before there were iPhones, Android phones, or a Twitter app, one Twitter user came up with the idea of using the “#” symbol to group tweets together. SEE ALSO: Twitter is testing a subscription service[…]

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Nobody is joining Twitter, so let’s just blame Trump

Twitter may be President Donald Trump’s favorite tool, but for the average person, its appeal has apparently become a bit lackluster.  In three months, Twitter’s growth has remained flat, sitting at 328 million monthly active users, the company reported on Thursday as part of its quarterly earnings release. Even worse, the company also saw a[…]