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Twitter testing out new ‘Nearby’ feature: report

Twitter testing out new ‘Nearby’ feature: reportTwitter, one of the world's most popular social-networking services, is reportedly testing a new feature that lets users to see tweets posted in their local area in real time.

The feature, which has been aptly named "Nearby," shows a map of tweets posted by other users in the local area in a separate column in the company's native app. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), it shows tweets from other users regardless of the follow relationship among them.

Twitter rolls back ‘block’ function change

Twitter rolls back ‘block’ function changeResponding quickly to negative user feedback, Twitter on Thursday rolled back the controversial policy change announced Thursday that would allow users block others on the micro-blogging site.

Twitter on early Thursday had tweaked its blocking mechanism to allow unwanted Twitter followers re-tweet, like or peer at messages in public accounts of users who block them.

Twitter updates redesigned Mac app with image preview

Twitter-Mac-appWashington, Dec 13 : Twitter has reportedly updated its Mac app with a new look and an option for image previews.

The update includes redesigned profiles and main navigation buttons, apart from the banner image along with the main profile for the first time.

According to the Verge, clicking on a tweet pulls up an expanded view that displays which people favorited or retweeted it, along with the replies.

Earlier this year, the company added retweets, follows and favorites to the Connect tab, after last year's updates that included added support for notifications inside the app and Retina Display support.

Twitter beats Facebook for 'best tech company to work for' title in 2014

Twitter-FacebookWashington, Dec 12 : Twitter has been reportedly rated as the best tech company to work for in 2014, booting three-year winner Facebook in Glassdoor's listings.

The ranking by Glassdoor took into account experiences shared by current and former employees as deciding factors.

According to AllThingsD, Facebook has been pushed to the third place, behind professional networking site LinkedIn.

Employees have said that the feel at Facebook has changed in recent years, likely due to the rapid scaling-up of the company and many senior employees left the company after it debuted on the Nasdaq in 2012.

Twitter adds media lingo, synonyms for ad firms to better target users

TwitterWashington, Dec 12 : Micro blogging site Twitter has added some keywords to its ad targeting system, which will help the advertisers understand how the users feel about their products, even when they use synonyms, alternative spellings, and "Twitter-specific lingo" in their tweets.

The new feature, called "broad match for keywords," could provide a boost to Twitter's efforts to monetize its ad service by making it easier for marketers to reach users at the right moment and in the right context, PCWorld reports.

Twitter CEO wants Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Melissa McCarthy to join site

Dick-CostoloNew York, Dec 7 : Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, has confessed that he wants female comedians Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Melissa McCarthy to join the social networking site.

During an interview on the 'Today' morning show, Costolo said that he has made it his "goal" to pull a few of them onto the platform, the New York Daily News reported.

The micro blogging site currently features many female comics, including Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler. (ANI)

Facebook's 'high quality' News Feed tweaking decoded!

FacebookWashington, Dec 7 : Facebook recently announced that it will be tweaking the News Feed of its users in order to deliver them more 'high quality' content by pushing down things like ' meme photos' harder to see, however, this has apparently upset publishers of such content.

Google had adopted a similar move in 2011, and changed the way it ranked websites, to punish spammers and 'content farms' that showed up high in search results but delivered crummy pages.

Fake Twitter accounts boosting popularity of celebrities

Fake-TwitterWashington, Nov 25 : Celebrities around the world have been reportedly hiring professionals for generating fake Twitter accounts to "follow" their accounts on the social network to boost their popularity.

Jim Vidmar admitted to have been managing 10,000 robots for around 50 clients, who pay him to make them appear more popular and influential, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Rapper Dave Murrell hired Vidmar, who bought 1,000 fake Twitter accounts for 58 dollars from an online vendor in Pakistan, to manage Murrell's popularity online.

Zuckerberg says US 'really blew it' on surveillance programmes

Mark-ZuckerbergWashington, Nov 25 : Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has criticized the government's data collection programmes, saying that the government the US 'really blew it' out.

Zuckerberg said that the US 'really blew it' on surveillance programmes that have recently drawn criticism as lacking respect for citizens' privacy.

"I think that these things are always a balance, in terms of doing the right things and also being clear and telling people about what you're doing,"

India leads social networking growth; set to top Facebook

FacebookWashington, Nov 20 : With more and more Indians logging onto social networking sites, India has recorded the highest growth in their usage and is set to control the largest Facebook population worldwide by 2016.

The US remains the single country with the greatest number of Facebook users, at 146.8 million this year, and India comes in a distant second with a mere 7.7 percent penetration, according to a new study by New York based eMarketer, an independent market research company.

Twitter shares 'pop' 72% higher than IPO on first day of trading

TwitterWashington, Nov. 8 - Twitter's share reportedly soared more than 72 percent above its public debut price, as soon as the company started trading on Thursday.

The microblogging site's shares, listed under the New York Stock Exchange, with the stock symbol 'TWTR', were bought by investors at the opening price of 45.10 dollars, initially priced by Twitter at 26 dollars each.

According to Fox News, after Facebook's hot public debut last year, Twitter's IPO generated huge-first day pop, underscoring how intrigued investors are with its potential and their willingness to shrug off its relative financial immaturity.

Twitter hikes IPO range amid strong investor demand

Twitter IPOMicro-blogging site Twitter Inc. on Monday hiked the top end of its initial public offering (IPO) price range by 25 per cent, dropping a strong hint that the upcoming offering is enjoying strong investor demand.

The widely popular social network announced that it had hiked the top end of its IPO price range to $23-$25 per share. The company however kept the IPO size untouched at 70 million shares.

It means the offering would generate up to $2 billion in case it exercises an option of overallotment of 10.5 million shares.

Facebook lifts ban on graphic content on site

facebookWellington, Oct. 22 - Facebook has reportedly lifted the temporary ban on graphic content and resumed allowing users to post violent content on the site.

The social media giant defending the move said that gory photos and videos are permitted on the site as long as the content was posted in a manner intended for its users to 'condemn' the acts rather than celebrate them.

The company further said in a statement that people share experiences on the site, particularly when they're connected to controversial events and share its videos to condemn them, stuff. co. nz reports.

DoubleClick to include space at Facebook

DoubleClick FacebookDoubleClick, which is a leading online ad-placing service owned by Google, has said that it has now included space on Facebook.

The two internet rivals were competing against each other directly for a pie of the online advertising revenue, which is the most important source of income for both the giants. Google had earlier shunned the social network's advertising network but had not provided any reasons for not including it earlier or a change of stance to include the social network.

Facebook CEO's sister writes 'ironical' children's book on need to stop tech addiction

Randi ZuckerbergWashington, Oct. 19  : Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's sister Randi Zuckerberg has reportedly written a children's book titled 'Dot' in which she gives the message about the need to stop being addicted to the digital technology and enjoy the real life.

In what appears to be an awkwardly ironical incidence, the book comes from the sibling of someone who is apparently part of the digital addiction many adults and kids face today.

According to the ABC News, the book talks about a tech-savvy girl that is reminded to stop and smell the roses every now and then.

Facebook removes option to exclude name in search option

Facebook removes option to exclude name in search optionSocial networking giant, Facebook has removed a feature that allowed users to exclude their names from the search option on the social network.

Facebook is removing the setting and has informed those who have hidden their names that they will now be searchable by the users. The "Who can look up your Timeline by name?" feature also created confusion as users were still able to reach the profile page through alternative ways like clicking the name on a photo with a tag or finding your name in a friend's friend list, etc.

Zuckerberg buys four houses in neighbourhood to save them from becoming 'Taj Mahal'

ZuckerbergSydney, Oct. 12  : Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rpoertedly bought out neighbours, literally, as he spent 30 million dollars for four houses adjacent to his own five-bedroom home in Palo Alto.

The 29-year-old multibillionaire decided to buy the houses after discovering that a developer planned to buy one of them to build a mansion.

According to new. com. au, local media reported that the techie had no plans to build a ' Taj Mahal' on the newly acquired properties and has leased them back to their original owners.

Updating status on Facebook, taking 'selfies' 'most annoying habits' for Brits: Study

facebookLondon, Oct. 10  : A new survey has revealed that updating status on Facebook and posting 'selfies' are the most annoying habits in Britain.

More than a third of Brits said that a friend's addiction to posting 'meaningless twaddle' on social network sites was their worst trait.

According to Mirror, other habits that Brits find annoying include people biting nails and partners cracking knuckles.

The survey by search engine Bing found that nine out of 10 adults admitted having at least one bad habit and half said that they wished they could stop.

Twitter slammed after refusing to pay in fight against child porn

Twitter slammed after refusing to pay in fight against child pornLondon, Oct  7 : Twitter has been reportedly slammed for resisting request of an increase of 5,000 pounds in contribution to fight against child porn on the internet.

The microblogging site was asked to raise the sum to 75,000 pounds but it disputed the amount and wanted clarification over why it had to pay the sum to Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and if it was calculated in relation to users.

Sources said that Twitter thinks Facebook should also pay much more than it has.

Twitter IPO fervor helps bankrupt Tweeter

Twitter IPO fervor helps bankrupt TweeterSocial-networking service Twitter recently unveiled the plan for its initial public offering (IPO) providing a boost to the fervor that apparently misled many investors, sending bankrupt home entertainment group Tweeter’s up.

Tweeter, a bankrupt electronics retailer, saw an impressive increase in the market value of its shares on Friday, Tweeter shares jumped to as high as 15 cents a piece on Friday, up 1,400 per cent up from the stock’s closing price of 1 cent apiece on Thursday.

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