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  1. Twitter Users Perfectly Hijack AMA Hashtag to Harass Twitter CEO About Harassment

    That is some knee-buckling irony right there.

    Several well-intentioned Twitter hashtags have fallen victim to a misjudgment of the Twitter audience lately and been used to criticize their creators. Unsurprisingly, the same thing happened when Twitter started #AskCostolo for users to ask Twitter CEO Dick Costolo whatever they wanted—and what they wanted to ask was, "Why does Twitter not do more about online harassment?"

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  2. Twitter’s CEO Says You Should Always Pronounce the @ in Twitter Handles, Here’s Why We Think He’s Wrong

    In other news, I'm having flashbacks to the GIF wars of 2013.

    Last month, the Twitter account for On The Media, an NPR-affiliated radio program and blog devoted to discussing current trends in media coverage, ran a tweet that contained the phrase "an @Guardian article." Apparently, this usage is supposed to be grammatically correct. We still have issues with this idea, and we bet some of you do, too.

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  3. Twitter Introduces New Feature to Download All Your Tweets

    Twitter is great way to communicate, follow trends, and stalk celebrities, but the fleeting nature of a tweet makes the whole thing pretty ephemeral. Thankfully, users who want something a bit more permanent will have that option soon. A new feature is coming to Twitter that will allow users to download all their tweets into a searchable archive, and for some, that feature is already here. Get ready to go back and find what kind of dumb stuff you did on Twitter.

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  4. Be Careful What You Wish For: Tweets Will Be Downloadable By the End of The Year

    Have you ever tweeted something really funny or clever, and wished you could store it somewhere so it won't be lost in some content-killing Twitter meltdown? Well, even if you haven't, apparently there are a quite a few Twitter fanatics who have been asking for the ability to download a record of their tweets without taking the time to copy and paste everything they've ever said. (Admittedly, that could take awhile.) Well, at long last, it looks like Twitter historians have gotten their wish: Speaking at an Online News Association conference, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said that users would have the ability to download their tweets by the end of the year.

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  5. Twitter Working On Way to Retrieve Stuff You Said Months Ago

    Remember that absolutely hilarious analogy comparing toast and Darkwing Duck you made on Twitter a couple months ago? Twitter doesn't. At least, there's no way to easily find that specific tweet using the service. Due to the growing demand for tweets of the past, however, they're now working on providing a tool that would let users export every single glorious tweet they have ever made.

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  6. Twitter’s Recruitment Video is Awful-Fantastic

    Twitter pushed out a home-brewed recruitment video yesterday and, friends, it's awful. But it's also fantastic. In it, you're taken on a completely self-aware, magical journey through all the perks of working for Twitter, while simultaneously lambasting the many tropes of terrible corporate-made videos. Is there awkward, forced conversation? Yes. Terrible green-screening? You bet. You might be wondering what exactly that has to do with a dry erase portrait of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo with superimposed lips ala Clutch Cargo. You're just going to have to watch it and find out. See the video, after the break.

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  7. Twitter is at 250 Million Tweets Per Day

    At a Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo made known that Twitter has gone from 90 million tweets per day in September 2010, to 100 million tweets per day at the beginning of this year, to 250 million tweets per day currently. Over the course of four or five days, Twitter is home to one billion tweets. At the beginning of this year, Twitter had 30 percent of its 100 million users active each day, which has grown to 50 percent today.

    Though signups for Twitter have increased threefold with the recent Twitter integration into iOS 5, Costolo feels that the one fourth of a billion tweets per day means there is a wealth of content that new users should be able to find relevant to their interests, and that Twitter has to figure out how to "capture the volume at the same time as separating the signal from the noise." Costolo also mentioned that Twitter feels they can be on two billion devices around the world, and the way to do that is through simplifying, which'll be interesting to see, considering Twitter is already fairly basic.

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  8. Twitter's Promoted Tweets Will Start Appearing in Your Stream Even If You Aren't Following the Accounts

    A few months ago, we reported that Twitter ads were taking the next step and putting Promoted Tweets, otherwise known as ads, in users' streams. The upside to this was that if a user wasn't following the Twitter account from where the Promoted Tweets originated, said user would not see the Promoted Tweets. However, that didn't seem to last very long, as Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said that Promoted Tweets are going to take another next step, and will appear to everyone, whether or not a user is following the account from which the promoted tweet originated. Costolo said:

    “We’re expanding Promoted Tweets. You’ll start seeing them from companies you don’t follow. We’ve been super cautious about that, we didn’t want to sacrifice user experience.”
    And yet, here we are. The Promoted Tweets, however, won't just be a random sampling of ads from Twitter.

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  9. Report: Twitter Launching Photo-Sharing Service This Week

    For all the tens of millions of Tweets sent daily and for all the importance of photos to the contemporary social media experience, Twitter has to this point left the work of photo-sharing to services like TwitPic and yfrog. According to reports from TechCrunch and AllThingsD, this will change as soon as this week, with a rumored announcement of an in-house photo-sharing service by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo at this week's D9 conference. Though this may be a shrewd move for Twitter to grab advertising dollars and strategic turf, if true, it's not likely to do much to heal already-tense relations between Twitter and third-party developers, who must ever be wary that Twitter will make their painstakingly built products redundant. TechCrunch:

    This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone,  as photosharing is the next logical step of Twitter expanding its in app experience. It’s basically grabbing at low hanging fruit. Twitter is flinging money around; It just spent $40 million on power user client Tweetdeck which represents 13% of its userbase. It’s only natural that they would spend more resources on photosharing, especially considering how much money is being poured into the white hot space and that images were the crux of the success of competitor Facebook.
    Obviously, the Twitpics and Yfrogs of the world would not be very happy about this, but how would consumers react? One likely sticking point: Photo rights. Twitpic alienated a broad swath of its users earlier this month with a terms of service change that some perceived as a rights grab, saying that Twitpic, not the users, owned photos uploaded to Twitpic. (Twitpic disputed this interpretation, but the damage was done.) A clear statement by Twitter that users own their own photos could go a long way. (AllThingsD via BetaBeat)

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  10. Twitter Lops Off the “Dickbar”

    Should we be thanking Jack Dorsey? Just days after the Twitter creator's return to the company, Twitter has announced that the infamous, ad- and trend-laden floaty bar atop the official Twitter iPhone app -- the QuickBar to Twitter, the "Dickbar" to its enemies -- has been killed off in the latest Twitter for iPhone update, rolled out for download today. The disdain for the Dickbar (named for relatively new Twitter CEO Dick Costolo -- what were you thinking?) was severe among techies. Marco Arment now-famously wrote that "It’s offensive because it’s deeply bad, showing complete disregard for quality, product design, and user respect, and we’ve come to expect a lot more from Twitter." Though Twitter's removal of the bar implicitly acknowledges the scorn ("After testing a feature and evaluating its merits, if we learn it doesn’t improve the user experience or serve our mission, we’ll remove that feature"), Twitter's blog post announcing the change defended its efficacy:

    Rather than continue to make changes to the QuickBar as it exists, we removed the bar from the update appearing in the App Store today. We believe there are still significant benefits to increasing awareness of what’s happening outside the home timeline. Evidence of the incredibly high usage metrics for the QuickBar support this. For now, we’re going back to the drawing board to explore the best possible experience for in-app notification and discovery.
    So: Score a victory for the vocal mobile Twitter users, at least for now. If the bar does make a comeback post-drawing board session, hopefully it will serve up relevant ads and trends rather than dumping the same ill-fitting stuff on every user. (via Twitter Blog. title pic via BlackWeb)

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  11. Jack Dorsey Will Return to Twitter, Continue to Run Square at the Same Time

    How is that Dorsey would be able to hold down a top product gig at Twitter and be CEO of a fast-growing startup? "Jack is amazing," said this source. "He works from 5 or 6 am until midnight." --It was considered a big blow to Twitter when bionic programmer and former CEO Jack Dorsey, who built much of the microblogging service's underlying technology, stepped down to focus on mobile payment service Square, for which he currently serves as CEO. The recent "dickbar" controversy has done little to warm the cockles of the hearts of Twitter's power users (just 20,000 of whom a recent Yahoo! Labs study found produce more than 50% of Twitter's content), and Dorsey's recently announced reascension has thus far been widely treated as a Good Thing by the digerati. Current Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced via Twitter that Dorsey "will be returning to the company day-to-day leading product as Executive Chairman." However, Dorsey's duties as CEO of Square, an up-and-coming service in its own right, will not abate. Hope the guy manages to sleep at some point. Twitter's official statement (via):

    Twitter is pleased to announce that Jack Dorsey has agreed to return to Twitter in an everyday role to lead our product development. Jack will also continue in his role as CEO at Square. Twitter's three co-founders --Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Jack-- have unselfishly played whatever role was most needed at the time to nurture the company and help the product reach its full potential. Jack has been involved with the company from day one in various roles. As executive chairman, Jack will dive in to work with more than 450 people, led by an experienced executive team. The timing is fortuitous; not only is Twitter experiencing record growth, but we also now have a new infrastructure that will keep us ahead of that growth and enable us to launch products that will make Twitter more instant, simple and always present.
    (via TBI, @dickc)

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  12. Dick Costolo In, Ev Williams Out as Twitter CEO

    Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, who has served as the company's CEO since 2008, is stepping down from the position to make way for Dick Costolo, who up to this point has seved as Twitter's COO. On Twitter's official blog, Williams writes:

    The challenges of growing an organization so quickly are numerous. Growing big is not success, in itself. Success to us means meeting our potential as a profitable company that can retain its culture and user focus while having a positive impact on the world. This is no small task. I frequently reflect on the type of focus that is required from everyone at Twitter to get us there. This led to a realization as we launched the new Twitter. I am most satisfied while pushing product direction. Building things is my passion, and I’ve never been more excited or optimistic about what we have to build. This is why I have decided to ask our COO, Dick Costolo, to become Twitter’s CEO. Starting today, I’ll be completely focused on product strategy.
    Twitter co-founder Biz Stone quipped that "#newtwitter was designed to be easier, faster, and richer but our#newtwitterceo is faster, older, and balder!" (via TechCrunch | Twitter's blog announcement; title pic via WWD)

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  13. Silly Third Parties, Only Twitter Can Profit From Twitter

    Twitter developers beware. TweetUp, which has been hailed as the "Adsense for Twitter," was announced today at TechCrunch's Disrupt event. TweetUp is an ad platform that would give its advertisers access to analytics, an algorithm designed to rank keyword searches in a promotions-friendly manner, and, most tantalizing, a 50/50 revenue split. Basically, individuals and businesses could pay to promote their tweets to the top of any search with a relevant keyword in it, chronological order be damned. But on the same day as the TweetUp announcement came today's post on the Twitter blog, wherein Dick Costolo, Twitter COO, plays the part of the valiant knight defending Twitter's integrity against those pesky third parties. In said post, he writes, "aside from Promoted Tweets, we will not allow any third party to inject paid tweets into a timeline on any service that leverages the Twitter API." This all comes shortly after the announcement of Promoted Tweets - tweets paid for by advertisers including Best Buy, Red Bull, and Starbucks that show up at the top of searches. Everyone wants to make money off Twitter. Even Twitter! But now, apparently, only Twitter actually can.

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  14. Twitter’s Ad Plan: “Promoted Tweets” for Search; Ads in Your Personal Timeline Next?

    Twitter is about to get serious about making money. They've just rolled out their long-awaited advertising program, which they call "Promoted Tweets," which consists, in a nutshell, of sponsored ads popping up at the top of Twitter search result pages. So far, so good, and pretty similar to what Google does. Here's the thing: In the Promoted Tweets FAQ, Biz Stone refers to this strategy as just "the first phase" of the platform. He writes that the next phase hasn't yet been decided, but the FAQ and an interview with the New York Times both give pretty good hints of what it could include: Advertisements that follow you into your personal timeline.

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