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The Tweekender: How to camouflage your tweets

All the Twitter news that fits, in 140 characters or less. 


Kris Holt

Internet Culture

With hundreds of millions of tweets per day, it’s impossible to follow everything happening on Twitter. Every Friday, the Daily Dot rounds up notable Twitter news and stories from the past week—in 140 characters or less.

  • Twitter yanked support for Twitpic and other third-party photo services from its mobile apps, leaving only its own image upload service.
  • Farewell, animated GIF avatars. We barely knew ye.
  • Twitter is “whatever its users want it to be,” cofounder and chairman Jack Dorsey said.
  • Data provider Gnip is the first company to offer access to every tweet ever sent. It’ll cost you, though.
  • Did Twitter make a big mistake by pulling tweets from LinkedIn?
  • If This Then That removed some Twitter features. Here’s one look at why users are annoyed, though the move may be IFTTT’s own fault.
  • An app built by the Metal Gear gaming series team has an awesome-sounding “camouflage mode” for your tweets. Shame it won’t last.
  • Soccer player Michael Owen posted a few screengrabs of security footage as a would-be robber tried to break into his home.
  • Newsweek started the #MuslimRage hashtag to promote its latest cover story. The Twitter community showed good humor in hijacking it.
  • A judge is taking into account how many followers a troll had before passing sentence.
  • The people behind parody accounts @YourAwayMessage and @WillMcAvoyACN divulged more information about themselves.
  • Some TV show writers are being influenced by fans’ tweets and making changes to scripts accordingly.
  • Emirati women trust Twitter more than Facebook, according to a study.
  • Scots councils ran a 24-hour awareness campaign to tell citizens, “Hey, you can tweet your complaints to us, too!”

The week’s best new accounts: Though he registered his account last month, Welsh soccer star Gareth Bale started tweeting Monday. Pro wrestling fans will be pleased to see former WWE world champ Edge in the community, while parody account ThurstonHowellRomney brought a few laughs.

Photo of the week: If you live in the Bay Area like Twitter chairman Jack Dorsey, you too can take gorgeous photos of the Golden Gate Bridge in the morning. (@jack)

The Daily Dot