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Twitter Trends Are Now Available In 160+ New Locations

Twitter has expanded the global coverage of its Trends feature, which lets users track breaking news and hot topics that are most relevant to them, to more than 160 new locations, including (and for the first time) Belgium, Greece, Kenya, Norway, Poland, Portugal and the Ukraine.

Additionally, more than 130 new cities have also been added to existing countries that are supported by Trends.

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There Are Now 6 Different Types Of Twitter Card (Including New Mobile, Gallery And Product Cards)

Twitter Cards, which allow brands to attach “media experiences” to Tweets that link to content, launched in June of 2012 and are already being used by more than 10,000 developers.

Yesterday, Twitter announced the availability of three new types of Card, one of which will allow brands to bring users directly to their app via a Tweet.

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Photo And Video Grid View For User Galleries Returns To Twitter.com

Twitter has started rolling out a grid view feature for user photo and video galleries on Twitter.com, and users can click the “View all photos and videos” on Profile pages to to view the media content of that user which will display in a grid.

You know, like before. This isn’t really a new feature from Twitter – the grid view-style gallery was an option on Twitter.com that premiered in August of 2011 before being quietly phased out towards the end of last summer, with no official announcement – or explanation – ever made.

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Twitter Adds “Top Tweets” Ranking Filter To API To Help Developers Reduce Noise

Over on its official Developers Blog, Twitter has announced two new fields that will be added to the metadata that is contained within all tweets, allowing developers using Twitter’s API to better filter and improve the overall quality of the stream.

A new filter attribute will let applications that display tweets by value, with a rating of “none”, “low”, “medium” and (eventually) “high”, with the latter two entries correlating with the “Top Tweets” results for searches made on Twitter.com.

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Twitter Introduces ‘Welcome Back’ Friends Feature To Encourage Inactive Users To Stay

Over at the AVC.com blog noted VC Fred Wilson has written about an interesting feature that he’s seen on his Twitter timeline this morning that encourages him to engage with a friend who has recently returned to Twitter after a period of inactivity.

This is an interesting development from Twitter who, like all the major social networks, continuously struggles with the problem of retention of users, and this prompt could play a significant role in keeping people interested. After all, who doesn’t like getting a “welcome back” message from a friend?

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Twitter Enhances Viewing Options For Photos, Videos and Related Tweets

Twitter is kicking that photo/video train into high gear, with its announcement of new photo and video features that are rolling out, starting today. Steamrolling out, rather.

And not only that, they’re making it easier to view related tweets, making Twitter more conversational.

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Twitter: The Land Of 140 Character Tweets . . . And Six-Second Videos?

Did you catch the quick video Twitter’s CEO shared on Twitter?

It’s a clip of someone making steak tartare in six seconds – using Vine (the video service Twitter acquired last October). Are six-second videos on the horizon for Twitter?

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Embedding Tweets Just Got Simpler

Ever have questions about embedding tweets and didn’t know we had a handy post explaining how to do just that?

Well, now you can also read this new post detailing Twitter’s enhancements to its “embedding tweets” feature. This was just released today!

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Twitter Adds Clickable Links To Tweets As You’re Writing Them

Have you noticed something new happening as you type your tweets out on Twitter.com?

It’s one of those features you would have missed if it wasn’t pointed out. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

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How Twitter Filters Were Born

Remember the old days (last week) when it took multiple steps to tweet your filtered, cropped and or dramatically faded photos?

Well, did you know that Twitter came out with photo filters just to save you this trouble? ‘Tis true.

That revelation and details around how the filters came to be were announced today.

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