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  • This Chrome extension reverts Twitter’s character count changes

    Some people are really, really against Twitter's 280 character tweets. The list includes one Iggy Azalea, the Chrissy Teigen and a Steven King. But if you also really miss living in 2006, there's a Chrome extension that might help. "Whipped up in one night" by Slate's dev team, the aptly named 140 is a snarky, buggy solution to clipping Twitter's wings down to a more manageable and familiar length. "Install our new Chrome extension, 140, and keep the horrifying world of 280-character Twitter at bay for a bit longer," reads the extension's description. "If you’re visiting Twitter in Chrome, 140 will cut everyone’s...

  • It’s official: Twitter’s 280 character tweets are rolling out worldwide

    Christmas has come early for talkative tweeters. Starting this week, Twitter will roll out its 280 character tweet limit to all 330-million of its users. The trusty 140 character limit -- which has been in effect since Twitter's launch back in 2006 -- will now become a thing of the past for users not tweeting in Japanese, Korean or Chinese. The company decided to make the change official after a limited trial period in September. During said trial, a select number of users experienced double the number of characters available to use in a tweet. Granted, some didn't quite take it as...

  • Here’s which Twitter rules changed on 3 November

    Twitter took a note out of Dua Lipa's book this month, presenting us all with a list of new rules. The catch? The company didn't count them -- so just looking at the new list of rules won't provide any hints to what actually changed. Fear not: Having pored over the old rules (found here) and the new ones (here), these are the most noticeable changes to The Twitter Rules. Actions for rule breakers The company now starts its rules by clarifying how it intends to deal with those who violate them. Twitter's new rules contain changes around the use of graphic content, wishing...

  • Watch: Trump demonstrates the most efficient way of feeding koi

    It's not often that a wordless tweet goes viral, but when it involves Donald Trump, Japanese President Shinzo Abe and a koi pond, anything is seemingly possible. The tweet, or more importantly the picture within said tweet, depicted the US President at a koi feeding ceremony during his current visit to Japan. Sources suggest that he lost patience with delicately spooning the food into the pond below, and instead, dumped the remainder haphazardly into the pool below. pic.twitter.com/6u28ZYAJd9 — Alex Pfeiffer (@PfeifferDC) November 6, 2017 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Abe both look puzzled, while a woman standing ahead of Tillerson tries...

  • ‘Heroic’ outgoing Twitter employee deletes Trump’s account

    On their last day at the company, a Twitter employee removed US President Donald Trump's infamous account from the platform. Twitter first blamed "human error" as the cause; it later clarified the removal was purposeful. Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review. https://t.co/mlarOgiaRF — Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017 The account was down for 11 minutes before it was restored with all of its tweets, but that didn't stop others on the platform from declaring the unnamed employee the "Greatest...

  • South Africans take strong stance against murder-accused Henri van Breda

    Triple murder accused Henri van Breda took to the stands Tuesday to give his testimony on the incidents that led to the brutal murders of three family members and the attempted murder of his younger sister in January 2015. Van Breda told the court of a giggling, axe-wielding intruder that attacked his family in their home on a Stellenbosch estate -- but South Africans on social media were not convinced by the accused's version of events. One of the main contentions was van Breda's clear memory of unnecessary details, but forgetfulness over crucial moments in the case. #VanBreda can't recall which policeman said Marli is alive but he recalls...

  • 23 of Twitter’s top Halloween costumes 2017

    Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of clout. "To Twitter!" spooky users shout. So grisly ghouls in their costumes close on in to share your doom. And though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver. For no mere mortal can resist the evil fame on Twitter. (AKA: These are some of the costumes that got the most likes and retweets on Twitter this year. These numbers are as of 9.35am, 1 November.) 23. Eazy-E, @36O4Arin (34 500+) EAZY MF E pic.twitter.com/CylNkGozTC — BURLY BOY ARIN (@36O4Arin) October 30, 2017 This little kid is dressed as the rapper...

  • Twitter hits 330m MAUs in Q3 2017, sees booming ad engagement

    It's that time of year when the big tech companies announce their third quarter (Q3) financial results, and Twitter just happens to be on that very long list. The social network hasn't been enjoying a positive 2017 thus far, but its latest results suggests a mini turnaround of sorts is currently in progress. Twitter grew its monthly active userbase by 4% year-on-year (compared to Q3 2016), and now hosts 330-million monthly users. That's a four-million user increase from the previous quarter, which the company also made a point of correcting. "Reported average MAU reflects an adjustment for approximately 1-2 million users per...

  • 13 Twitter accounts to follow for #FeesMustFall2017

    Fees Must Fall 2017 has already kicked off on three South African campuses, marking the third year of protests for free tertiary education. So if you're looking to stay on top of the events at the various universities, here are 13 Twitter accounts to help you keep up with the quickly unfolding situation. The official accounts CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) Campus update This week has been punctuated by sporadic flare ups in violence which private security have... https://t.co/8UVmyEdQMr — CPUT (@CPUT) October 26, 2017 CPUT's official account mainly offers links to official statements on Facebook. It provides updates on previous happenings (like how security was "forced...

  • Twitter’s year-end calendar outlines steps to make it safer

    The year I stopped getting advent calendars in December was a sad one. Not only did it mean I was getting old, but the joy of going to sleep every night knowing a chocolate was waiting for me the next day was a feeling I'd sorely miss. But now there's a new calendar in town as we creep towards the Christmas season: one not filled with chocolates, but rather Twitter's updates on its safety work. And really, who can say which one is better? In a blog post Thursday, the company wrote that it had "far too often in the past said ...

  • #AirportShooting in Cape Town leaves Twitter users in shock

    A shooting at Cape Town International Airport this morning has reportedly left two wounded and many in shock. The shooting appears to be gang related, and EWN has reported that one of the victims is alleged gang leader Jerome Booysen. Police have yet to confirm his identity. The victim has been taken to hospital with minor wounds to his upper body. The airport's official Twitter account confirmed the shooting, and assured that all other operations were to continue as usual. @capetownint there was an incident where someone got shot. Airport operations are ongoing. — Cape Town Airport (@capetownint) October 18, 2017 Some at the airport took to Twitter...

  • #MeToo trends in SA as women share stories of sexual harassment

    Over the weekend, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged women to tweet the hashtag #MeToo if they had ever been sexually harassed, assaulted, or abused -- and by Tuesday morning it was trending in the top spot in South Africa. Just finished reading #Khwezi and decided to come detox on these streets. Then I see #MeToo. Women are going through the most 😭😭😭 — Thabi Pebane (@Thabip) October 16, 2017 The hashtag is in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal that revealed Hollywood's deep sexual harassment problem. Weinstein, one of the most influential producers in the industry, was found by The New York Times to have...

  • Twitter user figures out how to block Nazis from your feed

    Twitter users have been calling for the removal of Nazis on the platform for ages, but sometimes when the powers-that-be won't help, you have to find your own solutions. That's exactly what user @christopeterso did when she changed her country setting to Germany. One Weird Trick to get nazi imagery off twitter pic.twitter.com/pCDvRu5JwY — MicHELL🔥Spookcault (@christapeterso) October 12, 2017 Germany has strict laws about promoting Nazi imagery and ideology, and so have banned that kind of content online. To de-Nazify your own timeline today, head over to your settings, make sure you're on the account tab, and scroll down to "content" to change your country. Content...

  • #WomenBoycottTwitter to protest Rose McGowan’s suspension

    Some women on Twitter are taking a leave of absence from the platform on Friday the 13th to protest actress Rose McGowan's suspension for speaking out against Harvey Weinstein and his company's board. The hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter was adopted Thursday evening and was intended to take effect from midnight in New York. The intention is to limit Twitter's ad revenue for a day as fewer users log on. Many high-profile Twitter users have stood in solidarity with the boycott, and by Friday morning it was trending number one worldwide. #IStandWithRose .@rosemcgowan and all the other victims. #WomenBoycottTwitter tomorrow. https://t.co/XTXtFMv2CM — Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) October 13,...

  • Twitter suspends Rose McGowan after speaking against Weinstein Co.

    Actress Rose McGowan, who has been using her Twitter account to speak out against Hollywood production studio The Weinstein Company, has had her account temporarily disabled. TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY A post shared by Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) on Oct 11, 2017 at 9:19pm PDT Last week, The New York Times revealed that powerful producer Harvey Weinstein had been paying off sexual harassment accusers for decades. Rose McGowan was one of the first women to disclose that she had signed a settlement with Weinstein after an "episode in a hotel room" in 1997, and has been using...