Facebook slowly recovering from morning outage

It’s Friday, which means it’s prime time for making weekend plans with friends on Facebook, or at least enviously reading updates from friends who have weekend plans. But today, that’s hit a snag. The Facebook home page has been replaced with an error message saying that something has gone wrong, and users of the company’s… Read More


Twitter stock surges by 30% after Q2 earnings beat expectations

Twitter shares are up more than 30 percent in after-hours trading after the social media giant posted better-than-expected second quarter earnings. Twitter beat Wall Street’s predictions for both revenue ($312 million, up 24 percent year-over-year) and earnings per share ($0.02). Analysts expected revenue of $283 million and an earnings per share of -$0.01. The company also reported 271… Read More


Bing now shows Twitter hashtag, handle results directly within search

Three years ago, Microsoft was at odds with Twitter in regard to including tweets in Bing search results. Now, though, it seems those issues have officially gone away. Bing is now featuring Twitter hashtags and handles in its results as part of its exclusive partnership with the social media giant that was inked last November. Certain content from Twitter was already showing… Read More


How to braid your time: Teamwork for creative minds

[Editor's Note: Author and teacher Jon Bell is a designer in Twitter's Seattle office and a speaker at the upcoming HIVE technology design conference.] While it’s true that creativity and inspiration can be hard to explain, quantify, or reliably trigger, there are some things we do know. First, creativity requires headspace. Think of your favorite novel, painting, movie, or album. None of them were… Read More


Twitter shuts down Tweetdeck to fix nasty vulnerability

It’s been a rocky Wednesday so far for Tweetdeck, to say the least. The popular Twitter-owned dashboard app has been hit with a nasty hack and shut down its service at about 10 a.m. PT today. A cross-site scripting vulnerability allowed hackers to remotely execute javascript code, resulting in thousands of Tweetdeck users reporting spammed pop-up windows and… Read More


Xbox enables Twitter TV integration for Xbox One, adds 45 more apps including Vine, Major League Gaming

Twitter and the Xbox One are joining forces. As its June Xbox update rolls out globally starting today — which gives users access to apps like HBO and Netflix, even to those without an Xbox Live Gold membership — Microsoft announced today a new Twitter app that will include integration with the Xbox One TV viewing experience. By… Read More

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Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams: Not all foreign tech giants are a threat

The perceived threat by foreign companies on U.S. tech giants is totally over hyped. Or, at least, that was the opinion floated yesterday by Twitter’s Co-Founder Evan Williams at the Quartz conference in Seattle. In general, the idea contrasts with conventional wisdom, which suggests that U.S. tech giants are vulnerable to technology companies from far-flung markets, particularly from places like Asia…. Read More

Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams, who is now  focusing on a new publishing platform calle Medium. (Photo credit: Kevin Lisota)

Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams sees companies stressing aesthetics and design, not core technologies

Evan Williams is known for engineering some of the more popular consumer platforms today. He founded Blogger, now owned by Google, co-founded Twitter, and more recently started Medium, a publishing platform that is free and open to anyone wanting to share their ideas. But despite his deep knowledge in building Internet services that support hundreds of millions of… Read More


E-commerce meets social: Amazon racks up 157K #AmazonCart tweets in 2 weeks

Amazon.com introduced #AmazonCart earlier this month, giving customers an easy way to add items they see on their Twitter feed to an Amazon online shopping cart. But is the new feature catching on with social media-savvy consumers? Seattle-based startup Simply Measured perused the analytics and found that #AmazonCart was tweeted more than 157,000 times during the first two weeks… Read More

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Amazon shopping hashtags won’t be a boon for Twitter

Amazon will not be sharing revenue with Twitter when a person adds an item to his or her shopping cart from the microblogging service. The new program, called #AmazonCart, allows customers to quickly add products to their Amazon shopping cart while they use Twitter. But an Amazon spokeswoman told GeekWire this morning that Twitter is not… Read More


New UW football coach lifts Twitter ban for players, brings in social media advisor

During his previous coaching stint with Boise State University, Chris Petersen made sure to keep his players off Twitter. But now, it appears that the new University of Washington head coach is loosening his social media grip. Petersen, who became one of the first college coaches to ban his players from using Twitter while at Boise State, won’t implement a similar rule on… Read More


A dirty cloud? Amazon and Twitter receive failing grades in ‘green Internet’ report

Facebook, Google and Apple are considered leading innovators when it comes to deploying renewable energy to power its data centers and cloud-based technologies, while Amazon and Twitter are “stuck in a dirty energy past.” That’s the latest finding from Greenpeace’s report: Clicking Clean: How Companies are Building the Green Internet. The report, released today, details how… Read More


Pew study: Half of Facebook, Twitter users find news on social media

Pew’s annual State of the Media report reveals some interesting data on the relationship between social media and digital news consumption in America. The study found that half of Facebook and Twitter users find news while on the social networks, whereas sites like Instagram, Tumbler and LinkedIn had far lower percentages. Overall, three in 10 Americans now… Read More


Two thumbs up 2.0: How social media affects our behavior at the movie theater

Social media tools are changing the movie theater experience before, during and after seeing a flick on the big screen. Nielsen’s annual American Moviegoing report shows specifically how moviegoers are interacting with platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Before deciding which movie to see, 40 percent of those polled said they value recommendations they see posted by… Read More


Twitter tips: How to engage more people with your tweets

If you want ways to get more people re-tweeting your content, Twitter has some advice. The social media giant analyzed troves of its data from verified users in the U.S. to figure out what exactly attracts more retweets. Photos, videos and quotes were the most-retweeted types of content across all categories. Twitter grouped its findings into… Read More


Twitter is down, let the freak-out commence

Twitter has been down for the past 15 minutes or so. We’ve been unable to update our feeds from both the Twitter homepage and third party clients like TweetDeck. Twitter’s homepage notes that the site is “currently down for maintenance.” The Twitter Status page just posted that “most users are experiencing issues accessing Twitter on… Read More