Twitter Launches ‘Threads’ For TweetStorm

Twitter users across the globe will now be able to post easily tweetstorms. This comes after news that Twitter rolls out a new feature called “threads” this month. The company’s “threads” feature is still on experimental stage, a report from Techcrunch said.

Twitter has confirmed earlier about its new “threads” feature. In case you don’t know, Twitter’s tweetstorm is a format that is only known to a small number of people. One of the celebrities using the tweetstorm format is Marc Andreessen.

What is Twitter’s tweetstorm?

Since Twitter is a microblogging social media platform, tech-savvy users define tweetstorm simply as a series of related tweets that are posted by a certain Twitter user in quick succession. For some users, tweetstorm is a welcome development because it allows them to share more information. Others opt not to use Twitter because of its characters limitation.

Presently, the microblogging site is implementing a character count restriction policy. Originally, users are only allowed to post 140 characters, but the said restriction was doubled, making the new character limit of 280.

“We understand since many of you have been Tweeting for years, there may be an emotional attachment to 140 characters – we felt it, too. But we tried this, saw the power of what it will do, and fell in love with this new, still brief, constraint. We are excited to share this today, and we will keep you posted on what we see and what comes next,” the company said in a blog post.

Why tweetstorm?

Hence, Twitter saw the need to have a new feature because of this restriction. The “threads” feature is surely creative and innovative add-ons to the microblogging site platform. After all, brevity is core to Twitter’s platform. It delivers the information straight to the point where it matters most.

With this, Twitter users can use the tweetstorm feature when they want to share personal experiences, share breaking news, rant about love life and other personal issues, among others, using the platform.

Facebook to launch new feature Find Friends Nearby?

If the report by TechCrunch is true, then Facebook would again be on the hot seat, as the social networking giant is set to unveil a new feature that allows its users to view their Facebook friends that are nearby.

Find Friends Nearby is a Facebook feature that enables individuals to find new friends at locations or events, without keying in their name/s on the search bar.

Facebook hasn’t announced the new feature as of yet. But according to TechCrunch, Find Friends Nearby is currently operational on iOS and Android devices.

CNET asked Facebook to comment on the issue. The company was tight lipped and said, “We are constantly testing new features but have nothing more to share at this time.”

But Facebook engineer Ryan Patterson told TechCrunch regardind Find Friends Nearby, “For me, the ideal use case for this product is the one where when you’re out with a group of people whom you’ve recently met and want to stay in contact with. Facebook search might be effective, or sharing your vanity addresses or business cards, but this tool provides a really easy way to exchange contact information with multiple people with minimal friction.”

Will this new feature cause a stir and violate privacy issues?

Would you be interested to Find Friends Nearby?


Facebook to roll out Hate Button

According to TechCrunch, Facebook is going to roll out its Hate button in response to the billions of likes being generated each day by the social networking site. They also reported that the latter is considering adding other buttons including Meh, Love, Who Cares and +11.

And oh by the way, Happy April Fool’s Day.

According to the TechCrunch, “When the original like button was announced, Facebook Co-founder and Chief Executive officer Mark Zuckerberg made a bold prediction that there would be more than 1 billion likes across the Web in just the first 24 hours. Sources at Facebook say mark is estimating 2 billion hates on the first day. Facebook studies have shown the sad fact that people hate things on the Internet more than they like things. There’s also an internal debate onwhether the new button should be called ‘hate’ or ‘dislike’.

Other buttons under consideration are the ‘meh’, ‘love,’ who cares,’ and ‘+11’ but there is also a fear this could lead to a button explosion.

Our sources say the hate button is not a sure thing. It’s being heavily debated inside the social networking company. This new feature would fit with Facebook’s mission to ‘build tools to help people connect with the people they want and share what they want,’ whether that’s love or hate.”

Many individuals were happy upon reading that report from TechCrunch as people would love to hit the “hate” or “dislike” button. But will the social networking site roll out the said button? We really don’t know.

Would you want to have the “hate” button on FB? Hit the comments section for your reactions.

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Go Daddy losing clients over piracy stand

Bad news for website hosting giant Go Daddy. They have lost at least 37,000 domains in the past few days due to their Stop Online Piracy Act.

After Go Daddy appeared on the list of companies supporting the S.O.P.A., thousands upon thousands of their most valued clients stopped their subscription. Go Daddy initially belittled the effect on their decision to support the online act after individuals staged a boycott by switching their domains to another provider. Their early estimates of losses now seem to be inaccurate.

Now, Go Daddy has taken back their support to the S.O.P.A., but it was after 37,000 subscriptions were pulled out. This was according to a report by The Domains. They also added that the initial number of individuals who switched domains were at 15,000. 21,054 subscribers followed suit the next day. With the huge number of switching occurring, Go Daddy is about to lose a significant amount.

But TechCrunch and Gizmodo said that they are downplaying Go Daddy’s support of S.O.P.A.. The community link sharing site Reddit says that Go Daddy’s CEO Warren Adelman is really neutral in his stance when it comes to supporting S.O.P.A.. Adelman said that the bill still needs some tweaking.

The bill gives the U.S. government and copyright holders the authority to fail charges versus sites that are infringing, piracy and intellectual property.

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