Topic / Twitter

Twitter #Music is here, but it needs a bit more work

By on

After speculation on its release date, and constant tweets from musicians praising how great the new app is, Twitter #Music has finally launched. Similar to the Australian startup it bought, We Are Hunted, #Music is a music recommendation service and chart, with the lists of music based around tweets and your engagement with the artist. Twitter #Music has obviously taken some design cues from We Are Hunted – such as [...]

Twitter is getting new card types, but is its Android app getting a major update soon?

By on

Twitter’s developer meeting – closed for any bloggers (because that’s how they roll, apparently) – has revealed some brand new “Twitter Cards” including gallery and images. However, the big thing for me is that Twitter for Android might be getting a redesign sometime soon – and using the Holo design language. Images showing the new Twitter Cards taken by Dave McClure, from a startup accelerator called 500 Startups, reveal an [...]

Falcon Pro developer resets keys to get around Twitter restrictions

By on

Twitter Android app Falcon Pro – which became another victim of Twitter’s highly restrictive API rules – has decided to reset the app keys to access Twitter’s API; allowing it to accept new users for a few more months, and hopefully clear out the tokens of users who had pirated the app or refunded the app and forgot to revoke access to it. In a Google+ post, Joaquim Vegas wrote, [...]

Twitter for Android sucks? Here are NINE alternative clients to use

By on

Update: February 4 with Carbon. Think that the official Twitter app for Android sucks, or have you just outgrown it and need some better features – like tweet muting or Facebook integration? Do you want to have a snappier or even better-designed Twitter client? There are a lot of clients out there – but it seems for Android, there isn’t a go-to alternative to the official one. For iOS, it [...]

Windows 8 Twitter client ‘Tweetro’ hits user cap, now blocked

By on

Despite the absenceĀ of an official Twitter client on Windows 8, users of the popular social network have been able to access the service on Microsoft’s platform via a number of 3rd party apps. However, the free ride may be about to end. The first casualty of Twitter’s strict, and in my opinion pathetic, new rules for developers is Tweetro, the popular Windows 8 Twitter app, which in the last 24 [...]

A Paid Social Network – Is App.net worth the $50/year price?

By on

Ever heard of App.net? The tech community has, and it’s built on a simple premise: being a different kind of social platform. As it’s creator Dalton Caldwell said in its video announcing the project, “our product is what we sell, not our users.” It also promises to be ad-free and will respect its developer community. Sounds like a dream service to use. But, there’s a catch – you have to [...]

Twitter To Be Shut Down By May 1

By on

This isn’t an error. Twitter today announced that by May 1, the famous, worldwide service will have been shut down. This move has come after a string of reports claiming that Twitter has become to powerful for its own good. The reports claim that Twitter has been able to control everything in peoples lifes from what they wear, to what they want to call their child. In response to these [...]

TweetDeck gets an update – and becomes much more useable

By on

When Twitter acquired TweetDeck and brought out version 1.0 – it was universally panned mainly because it removed some of the features pre-acquisition. Well, a brand new update has been pushed out and some of the more wanted features are making a comeback. Media Previews and “Edit & RT” are some of the new features coming to version 1.3. The “Edit & RT” button replaces the “Quote” button, and actually [...]

Psychiatrist calls on use of Facebook, Twitter to treat youth mental health

By on

Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au While there is now a debate if Facebook and other social media websites could lead to addictions, a psychiatrist is calling for the use of such sites for treating young people suffering from mental health issues. Talking to the ABC’s AM programme, Associate Professor Jane Burns – who is also the CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre based in Melbourne – says that Facebook [...]

Meet @Horse_ebooks: The worst, yet also one of the most hilarious Twitter spambots

By on

Spam usually sucks. It’s everywhere, it’s constant and it’s generally annoying too. But in one case, it is hilarious. Meet @Horse_ebooks, a pathetically hilarious spambot on Twitter that, unlike other Twitter spambots, doesn’t bother anyone. Unless you decide to follow it. Based in Russia, @Horse_ebooks is a partĀ of a collection of Twitter spam accounts which are meant to sell terrible ebooks, in this case terrible ebooks about horses. But this [...]

Study: Facebook use may lead to psychological problems

By on

Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au A new presentation to the American Psychological Association has said that social media’s effect on children, especially in human interaction, may lead to them developing a narcissistic personality, antisocial behaviour and aggressive tendencies. The presentation, Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids by Larry D. Rosen from the California State University, was based on a number of surveys distributed to 1000 adolescents [...]

Infographic: Is Social Media Ruining Students?

By on

Since stumbling on Visual.ly, I thought it’s about time we decided to highlight some of the really good infographics out there. So, here’s our new segment – Infographic Sunday, where we post one infographic every Sunday. Today’s infographic is asking the question “Is Social Media ruining students?”, contrasting the pros and cons of the impact on sites like Facebook and Twitter on education. Embed the above image on your site [...]

Judge orders Malaysian man to tweet apology… 100 times

By on

Image by: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au You can be summoned to court on Twitter, but now you can use it as a punishment? Judges in Malaysia have ordered a man to offer an apology on Twitter 100 times after claiming one of his friends, who was pregnant, was treated poorly by her employers. Fahmi Fadzil, a social activist, was then sued by her employer, BluInc Media; despite Fadzil issuing an apology.

Rumour Mill: Twitter wants to buy Tweetdeck

By on

Tweetdeck, previously thought to have been acquired by Ubermedia – another developer of Twitter clients, is now in “advanced talks” with Twitter with an acquisition said to be around $50 million, according to a brand new report. According to the Wall Street Journal, the move is to add more tools to power users of Twitter. However, it could also be interpreted to have a “Twitter for Windows” and “Twitter for [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 37: Kicking in the Front Seat

By , and on

We’re back with a new episode, and while the tech industry is at a standstill, the Internet gets a red-light district, and the Zune bids adieu. Meanwhile, the week has been dominated by security flaw after security flaw, and Rebecca Black infects our Chris’ mind with the weekend. We also wonder why 13-year olds are driving cars, and Internet Explorer 9 is finally out – and Stewart hates it. Why? [...]