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Posts Tagged ‘Twitter clients’

Twitter Kills Rival Image Services From Its Apps (And The New Profile Cover Photos Really Suck)

With its latest update (and as we speculated yesterday), Twitter has removed all third party image services – which includes yFrog, Twitpic, Mobypicture, Twitgoo, img.ly and Posterous – from the latest update of its official apps for iPhone, iPad and Android.

As of right now, the only image service option you have with one of these official Twitter apps is Twitter’s own internal photo sharer, which is another step in the micro-blogging firm’s planned journey to an all-consuming media empire powerhouse. After all, ads on external photo services don’t pay those mounting server bills.

You’ll have your own views on this. I rarely upload photos using Twitter so it’s no big deal to me. However, what is a big deal is how my profile page looks, and this new update from Twitter has also unveiled Facebook-like profile cover photos… except they’re utterly, utterly hideous.

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94% Of All Twitter Employee Tweets Are Sent Via Official Twitter Products [STATS]

Last April, I took a look at the products that Twitter staff members were using to send their tweets, publishing the results on our sister blog, Social Times. Back then, some 85 percent of all tweets from Twitter employees came via official Twitter products, with 32 percent of those from Twitter.com.

Fast-forward almost a year later, and Twitter’s stranglehold on how its employees tweet has increased – a heady 94 percent of all staff tweets now come from official Twitter products.

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Latest HootSuite ‘Upgrade’ Breaks Scheduled Tweets (And Paying Customers Aren’t Happy About It)

Earlier today HootSuite announced an upgrade which included a new set of tools they’ve bracketed within a new option on the site called Publisher, which is intended to provide greater control, options and reportage for HootSuite Pro and Enterprise users when scheduling tweets.

I can see where they’re coming from with this idea but I’m not a fan of this change for a number of reasons that I’ll get to in a moment. More importantly, however, is that this upgrade appears to have broken the scheduling functionality completely for a lot of people, meaning thousands and thousands of tweets have gone unpublished throughout the day. And as HootSuite is a business tool for many users, and one that they pay for, they’re not very happy about it. And have taken to Twitter to complain.

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Twitter Buys TweetDeck For $40 Million (But The Real Cost Will Be Met By TweetDeck’s Users)

Back in April we wrote about speculation that Twitter was in ‘advanced talks’ to buy the popular Twitter client TweetDeck, based on a story in The Wall Street Journal. This, of course, followed rumours that TweetDeck had been acquired by Twitter-competitor and eternal thorn, Ubermedia.

Earlier this month, TechCrunch quoted sources that suggested that Twitter had indeed bought TweetDeck, but no further evidence materialised.

Now, finally, the deal is done. CNN announced last night that TweetDeck has been officially purchased by Twitter for more than $40 million in a mix of cash and stock.

So… what happens next?

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An Open Letter to Twitter Developers

All of your users are ultimately Twitter’s users as well. However, they choose to use your applications for various reasons from preferring your user experience over Twitter’s own to features you offer that can’t be found elsewhere to not having other options on their desired handset/OS/language. In many cases they have voted with their wallets, preferring to purchase your app or pay for your monthly service over using Twitter’s free apps and services. Yes, paying customers expect support, but they are also less likely to move on to something else and lose their investment in money and time.
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How Private Are Your Private Messages?

Earlier this week Twitter announced on their blog and to the developer community a change to their API permissions system to give users greater control over what applications can access and do with each user’s account. This seemingly minor change has caused big ripples in the development community.
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Twitter Bots Aren’t Just for Spammers Anymore

The @TwitterSuggests account has been around for a few months, tweeting nearly 200k recommendations of “interesting” users to follow so far. And yes, it has received some press from famous misfires recommending everything from dormant accounts to some very NSFW accounts. A quick sampling of today’s timeline from @TwitterSuggests still shows accounts without a tweet since 2009, accounts with only a couple of tweets and tweeters with quite a bit of adult content being “officially” recommended. It makes one wonder where these suggestions come from because they obviously aren’t screened by actual humans.
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Twitter Acquires TweetDeck For $40-50 Million, Says Source. Now, What Are They Gonna Do With It?

Back in April we wrote about speculation that Twitter was in ‘advanced talks’ to acquire the popular desktop client TweetDeck for $50 million, based on information provided to the Wall Street Journal.

This followed a story in February that potential Twitter-competitor Ubermedia was attempting to acquire TweetDeck themselves for $25-30 million.

A post last night on TechCrunch cites a source that states that Twitter has acquired TweetDeck, and an announcement will be made in the coming days.

If accurate, what does this mean for Twitter, and perhaps more importantly for its current users, what does this mean for TweetDeck?

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HootSuite Responds To Amazon Server Downtime With $50 Credit For All Users

Last week a partial failure on Amazon Web Services’ cloud-based infrastructure brought down a number of popular websites, including Reddit, Quora, FourSquare and HootSuite, which we documented here.

In a post on their blog entitled “Making It Right”, HootSuite, which was offline for about 15 hours before service was restored, have offered a 50 point credit (worth $50) for their social analytics tool to all affected users, an additional credit for pro subscribers, and shared one or two interesting stats.

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Featured-Packed, TweetDeck v2.0 For iPhone “Re-Imagining” Available Now

TweetDeck, the popular social media desktop client, have announced the release of what they are calling a “re-imagining” of their iPhone app, making the development analogy from the campness of Batman And Robin to the “cool car and new suit” of Batman Begins.

The software has been re-built from the ground up to take advantage of the new features offered by Apple’s iOS4.

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