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  • Vendor: Twitter, Inc.
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  • Price: Free

Is there possibly a bigger overnight success story than Twitter? Launched in 2006, it was a quirky little thing that let people post short messages — a mere 140 characters — and follow the posts of others. What could you possible have to say that other people would want to read? Or, what could you possibly say in so few characters?

Turns out, quite a bit.

As of March 2014, Twitter boasted 225 million monthly active users. It does somewhere near a quarter-billion dollars in revenue in a quarter. You can't turn on a TV or watch a morning show or see a billboard or visit Facebook or load a website without seeing a reference to Twitter. Or to a "hashtag" — the unofficial method by which Twitter users began making their tweets more easily searchable. It's not quite as ubiquitous as, say, text messaging, but it's not that far off, either. Twitter is a way for celebrities other members of the famous ilk to "connect" with their fans. It's a way for anyone to communicate with everyone.

And mobile quickly became Twitter's go-to medium. The ability to post from anywhere, at any time, be it via app or mobile site or text. The ability to post a selfie or countless pictures of food. Or, more important as we started to see with the Arab Spring uprising, the ability to share news as it's happening (much to the chagrin of the occasional government).

It's not all been without controversy, however, especially when it comes to apps. Twitter still provides APIs for developers to tap into, but it has significantly capped the number of users new apps can have, thus limiting the usefulness of apps as a revenue source for developers. Meanwhile, Twitter's own apps have been a bit of a mess, off and on.

With Twitter, you have to take the good (social change and the connecting of the world) with the bad (anything and everything Kardashian and Bieber). And that's OK. Because you only have to take it for 140 characters at a time.

Oh, by the way be sure to follow us on Twitter.

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Twitter makes policy changes to help combat abusive users

Twitter has announced some changes in its policies, along with some revised enforcement options, designed to combat the abusive users of its social network. The changes include expanding the definitions of Twitter's violent threats policy, along with more options for the company's service team...
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Twitter will now allow users to receive direct messages from anyone

Twitter is making a big change in its direct messaging feature, allowing users the option to receive direct messages from any other Twitter user. Previously, Twitter only allowed for direct messages to be sent to people who followed each other on the service. Now users can make a change in their...
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Twitter adds 'Highlights' to Android app, a daily summary of the best tweets

Highlights is Twitter's latest feature addition which delivers a push notification daily summarizing the day's best tweets. Twitter wants to make sure that users are not missing out on things when they are busy with other tasks, and Highlights is the companies latest way to keep you informed of...
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Twitter says it's working on tonight's meltdown [update: resolved]

If Twitter suddenly logged you out of your mobile apps and won't let you back in — or a device or a desktop, actually — you're not alone. In fact, you're in damned good company. We're locked out, too. Twitter's official status page says they're aware of the problem and are working on it. One...

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Twitter adds Highlight feature to Android first

Twitter adds 'Highlights' to Android app, a daily summary of the best tweets

Highlights is Twitter's latest feature addition which delivers a push notification daily summarizing the day's best tweets. Twitter wants to make sure that users are not missing out on things when they are busy with other tasks, and Highlights is the companies latest way to keep you informed of...
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Twitter makes policy changes to help combat abusive users

Twitter has announced some changes in its policies, along with some revised enforcement options, designed to combat the abusive users of its social network. The changes include expanding the definitions of Twitter's violent threats policy, along with more options for the company's service team...
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Twitter will now allow users to receive direct messages from anyone

Twitter is making a big change in its direct messaging feature, allowing users the option to receive direct messages from any other Twitter user. Previously, Twitter only allowed for direct messages to be sent to people who followed each other on the service. Now users can make a change in their...
Star Wars #stormtrooper emoji invade Twitter

Star Wars #stormtrooper emoji invade Twitter

Sure, there's a newly expanded set of ethnically-diverse and more-useful emoji out there (and already integrated into iOS), but do they have stormtroopers or protocol droids? Didn't think so. Thankfully, Twitter does. Today's bringing us not only the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer (...
Twitter's revamped 'quote tweet' feature is now rolling out to Android

Twitter's revamped 'quote tweet' feature is now rolling out to Android

Twitter has announced tonight that its revamped quote tweet feature is now rolling out on Android. The revamped feature, which Twitter announced last week, lets people fully embed quoted tweets within their own without eating up their character limit — as opposed to the previous behavior that...
Twitter dumps the 'Discover' and 'Activity' tabs for new Trends section

Twitter dumps the 'Discover' and 'Activity' tabs for new Trends section

Twitter has announced a change to its mobile apps today that will see the "Discover" and "Activity" pages replaced with a single trends page — now nestled in the search menu. Twitter says that the new experience will make it much easier to keep up on what's trending around the social network,...
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Twitter's latest feature makes it easier for you to comment on quoted tweets

Annoyed by not being able to comment on retweets without messing with text to get within the 140 character limit? This is a problem of the past with Twitter's new quote feature. Twitter has released a new feature for iOS, web (and soon Android) users of the service that will separate quoted...
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Twitter will soon allow specific location tagging with help from foursquare

Twitter is working with Foursquare to turn your location from a town name to a specific location. Users will soon be able to tag locations on Twitter with more information than just a generic location thanks to Foursquare. Previously Twitter only allowed for locations to be tagged with the name...
Rhapsody will now let you share full songs on Twitter

Rhapsody will now let you share full songs on Twitter

Rhapsody has announced a partnership with Twitter to allow users to share full songs from the music service using Twitter Cards. The full Rhapsody catalog, some 34 million songs, is available for sharing. Users will be able to listen to a song from Rhapsody without leaving the Twitter app....
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Barclays Pingit will allow you to send money using your Twitter handle

Barclays has announced that Pingit users in the UK will be able to use their smartphones to send money using Twitter handles, which would remove the requirement for mobile numbers and bank account details to be exchanged. The new feature will go live on March 10. All that will be required is...

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