Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Dawn of Twitter and the Age of Awareness

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Dawn of Twitter and the Age of Awareness

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When it came into being in 2006, Twitter seemed perplexing. Publishing teensy, 140-character updates? Whatever was that good for? Twitter seemed like a ghastly mashup of the preening narcissism and nanosecond attention spans that defined the worst trends in digital culture. Tim Ferriss, writer of productivity books, called it “pointless email on steroids.” Who cares…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Twitter Finally Bans Alex Jones—Over a Publicity Stunt

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Twitter Finally Bans Alex Jones—Over a Publicity Stunt

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Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesDrew Angerer/Getty ImagesProfessional tragedy troll Alex Jones went to Washington Wednesday to claw back the attention he’s lost since Facebook, Apple, YouTube, Spotify, and other tech giants booted him from their services last month. He stalked behind Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey as they testified to the…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired How to Watch Twitter and Facebook Testify Before Congress Wednesday

Hexbyte Tech News Wired How to Watch Twitter and Facebook Testify Before Congress Wednesday

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Marla Aufmuth/Getty ImagesMarla Aufmuth/Getty ImagesIn what’s threatening to become an annual tradition, executives from Twitter and Facebook will testify before Congress Tuesday. And unlike last fall’s session, this round will include the top brass, including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. (Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg presumably gets a pass, given his solo…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired How To Use Twitter: Critical Tips For New Users

Hexbyte Tech News Wired How To Use Twitter: Critical Tips For New Users

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Hiroshi Watanabe/Getty ImagesHiroshi Watanabe/Getty ImagesSo you wanna tweet? Great—you’re gonna (mostly) love it. Everyone from the President to Malala is tweeting it up these days, but it may take some getting used to if you’re a new kid on the block.Twitter is where news is broken, links are shared, and memes are born. It’s also…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Tired of Twitter? Join Me on Mastodon

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Tired of Twitter? Join Me on Mastodon

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Twitter, the platform I once loved, has turned into a terrible place. It’s become a way to pervert the political discourse, to enable trolls, and to fuel the spread of conspiracy theories. And that’s just lately. Seeing people I generally like and agree with subtweeting and attacking others—on top of the world’s perpetually bleak news—has…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired When Twitter Engineers Speak Out, @Jack Listens

Hexbyte Tech News Wired When Twitter Engineers Speak Out, @Jack Listens

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That Twitter engineers felt they could speak out about Twitter policies reflects well on the company. It also reflects the power they have.Rolf Vennenbernd/APThat Twitter engineers felt they could speak out about Twitter policies reflects well on the company. It also reflects the power they have.Rolf Vennenbernd/APIn Silicon Valley, engineers are king. Tech companies succeed…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Twitter Continues Cleanup and Cracks Down on Malicious Apps

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Twitter Continues Cleanup and Cracks Down on Malicious Apps

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Several weeks ago, a friend signed up for a Twitter application that promised to delete old tweets. It was advertised as a simple way to clear your online presence, but after he used it, my friend noticed that his account began retweeting spam. Out of an abundance of caution, he deleted his Twitter account entirely.…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Julia Reda on Twitter

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Julia Reda on Twitter

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Welcome home! This timeline is where you’ll spend most of your time, getting instant updates about what matters to you. Tweets not working for you? Hover over the profile pic and click the Following button to unfollow any account. Say a lot with a little When you see a Tweet you love, tap the heart…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Twitter Will Show Who Pays for Ads and How Much They Spend

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Twitter Will Show Who Pays for Ads and How Much They Spend

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Twitter Inc. said it will show detailed information about advertisers on the social-media service, addressing concerns from lawmakers that the company let foreign meddlers run rampant during the U.S. presidential election. Starting on Thursday, anyone will be able to search for a Twitter account and see all the ads it has run in the past…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Twitter Users Are Analytical in the Morning, Angsty at Night

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Twitter Users Are Analytical in the Morning, Angsty at Night

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Wake up. Grab phone. Unlock. Open Twitter. Absorb tweets. Scroll. Absorb tweets. Scroll. Absorb tweets. What do they say? They say: [#twitter: https://twitter.com/adambvary/status/1006334904655753216 ] Well yes, that. But what else? Look closer. Disregard the topics; pay attention to the words. Soak up not just a few tweets, but a few million. Take them in not…