Twitter rolls out native video sharing and group messaging with up to 20 people

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Twitter on Tuesday announced it’s rolling out a pair of new features to its mobile app for iOS and Android, one letting you share short 30-second video clips and the other for private conversations with up to 20 people via Twitter’s Direct Messages.

The group messaging feature lets anyone communicate privately with a person or a group of people using Twitter’s Direct Messages which support text, photos, links, emoji and tweets, “so you can make your point however you please.”... Read the rest of this post here


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Twitter adds group direct messaging, 30-second video recording

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Twitter has rolled out a big update to its iOS app, adding group direct messaging and the ability to shoot video directly within the app.

The new direct messaging tool changes up the feature that’s been around since 2008. It’s a move to make messaging a larger part of the platform. The group function lets you start conversations with any of your followers, and they don’t all need to follow one another in order to chat. You can create a group by simply tapping a few names.... Read the rest of this post here


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Twitterrific gains multi-image uploading/viewing, more media previews and other goodies

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The Iconfactory on Monday pushed an update to its freemium Twitter client for the iPhone and iPad.

Twitterrific 5, now bumped to version 5.9, brings out multi-image upload support, multi-image viewing support, as well as the ability to watch Twitter animated GIFs and videos from Vine, Instagram, Moby and other services in the timeline.

Moreover, there’s support for rich media previews for a wide variety of additional links.

Finally, the latest edition of the app includes half a dozen improvements while squashing a few annoying bugs.... Read the rest of this post here


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Tweetbot for Mac pulled from Mac App Store over running afoul of Twitter’s token ceiling

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Bad news, Tweetbot fans. Developer Paul Haddad woke up this morning to the realization that his popular Twitter client for the Mac has been pulled from the Mac App Store.

As if the app’s disappearance wasn’t enough, existing copies are experiencing authentication issues, allegedly over reaching Twitter’s strict limits on how many users are permitted to login to a particular application, as first discovered by 9to5Mac.

“We are aware of Tweetbot for Mac authentication issues,” reads the official tweet from developer Tapbots. “We have contacted Twitter and are waiting for a response. Thanks for your patience.”... Read the rest of this post here


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Twitter is ready to replace your apps’ web passwords with phone numbers

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Ready to ditch old-fashioned passwords on the web? Twitter is, too. It just released a developer kit that lets mobile apps' companion websites use Digits phone number logins. While you still have to create an account on your phone to get things started, you'll have the option of using your number to sign in on the web from then on. About the only additional hassle is having to enter a confirmation code (sent to your handset) the first time you use the new method. It's going to take a while before developers add Digits to their sites and let you use it in the real world, but the framework is in place.

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More details surface for Twitter’s video feature: Shoot, edit, post videos from app

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Twitter plans to unveil its new video feature in the next few weeks, reports Recode, and apparently some of the past details shared were wrong. Instead of a 10 minute video limit for the Twitter Video service like previously believed, it will be closer to 20 seconds and actually have a lot of similarities to the six-second, Twitter-owned Vine.... Read the rest of this post here


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Twitter planning native video service to rival YouTube

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In an effort to drum up more engagement from users, Twitter plans a native video player as an extension of its Vine service, and as a rival to Google’s YouTube. Instead of just tweeting a URL to a video elsewhere, Twitter wants users to actually upload videos to its site to keep engagement and sell you products through advertisements.

The Twitter Video website, with limited access, appeared for a short time on Friday evening, clueing us in on some of the features Twitter Video may feature when it launches in the first half of 2015. While Twitter provided a few small details about its video service on a conference call in November, this is the first time we’ve gotten some real details.... Read the rest of this post here


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Twitter Video will be a lot more like YouTube than Vine

Twitter's plans for a built-in video player have been public for a while, but now we're finding out more details. TechCrunch points to Daniel Raffel's tweets, where he's cracked open the JS file on a placeholder page to uncover a "full blown YouTube" competitor. Its features are more like Google's video site than Twitter's existing Vine app, with support for videos of up to 10 minutes in length, with whatever file size and video bitrate users like. The FAQ uncovered is written with an eye towards commercial partners more than regular users, but it draws a clear line in the sand -- it won't simply accept a YouTube link, requiring uploads to Twitter. Bring your 16:9 MP4 or MOV files and you can enjoy more control over how it's presented than by using links from elsewhere is the promise -- we're just hoping that when this launches it doesn't turn into another Instagram-style fight that causes other thumbnails to disappear.

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Twitter has a new way to keep you up to date while you’re AFK

It isn't quite a "filtered feed" (yet), but it's looking like Twitter's rolling out a new feature to keep you up to speed when you aren't constantly refreshing your timeline. It's dubbed "while you were away," and, as TechCrunch points out, it appears to be rolling out to a large chunk of the microblogging service's users. What it does is compiles top tweets since you last logged in (likely based on amount of favorites and retweets, although the methodology isn't quite clear), and places them at the top of your timeline on mobile. Along with those daily email summaries, it seems like another way to keep people in the loop if they aren't the most hardcore users. And possibly to the dismay of them, it makes the service a bit more like Facebook's non-chronological news feed. We'd love to hope this recap function won't pull in sponsored tweets from a certain bikini model shilling a mobile game, but that likely won't be the case.

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Twitter brings ‘While you were away’ feature to your timeline on iOS

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Twitter has expanded its “While you were away” recap feature to more users worldwide, in a greater attempt to boost user engagement within its Twitter for iOS app. The “While you were away” feature posts a recap of tweets you may have missed, and is the first time Twitter has brought non-chronological tweets to your timeline.

The feature doesn’t appear to be in the hands of all users yet, but a Twitter search reveals it’s rolling out – with mixed reactions from users. Twitter had previously announced the feature in November, but it’s just now hitting the masses.... Read the rest of this post here


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