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Twitter accused of hypocrisy over Trump tweets

Twitter is a social networking site that was created in 2006. Users send “tweets” to let people know what they are doing. It was created by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams. Prior to building the service, they were working on a podcast directory called Odeo.

Odeo was a directory and search destination website for RSS-syndicated audio and video. It employed tools that enabled users to create, record, and share podcasts with a simple Adobe Flash-based interface.

When iTunes 4.9 was released, it ultimately made Odeo irrelevant. The people behind the company went on to create a service called Twttr. Twttr would eventually be called Twitter. iTunes 4.9, believe it or not, ultimately led to the creation of one of the most popular social networks in the world.

The major turning point for service’s popularity was the 2007 South by Southwest Interactive conference. Over the next few years, Twitter began to see rapid growth. For mobile devices, it originally relied upon third-party apps. In 2010, Twitter acquired application developer Atebits. Atebits had built the Twitter app known as Tweetie for the Mac and iPhone. It was renamed as Twitter and released for free.

Over the years, the apps have seen various revisions. There are currently versions available for iOS while desktop users must either use the web interface or a third party app like Tweetbot or Twitterrific.

Twitter Stories April 17

Twitter facing its second partial outage in 24 hours

Twitter is having another partial outage this Saturday morning. If you’re having trouble using or logging into the social network, you’re not alone.

Twitter Stories April 14

Twitter announces new initiative to analyze its own algorithmic choices

Twitter announced today the “Responsible Machine Learning Initiative” to take responsibility for its own algorithmic decisions after several controversies about what its algorithm chose to display.

Twitter Stories April 7

Following the huge success of Clubhouse, companies like Twitter and Facebook have begun work on their own live audio chat platforms. Interestingly, it seems that Twitter has already considered acquiring Clubhouse for a whopping $4 billion — although the plan has not turned out as expected.

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Twitter Stories April 1

Twitter has been working hard on Spaces, its new live audio chat platform that works similarly to Clubhouse. Ahead of launching the platform for all users this month, Twitter has now confirmed that Spaces will also be available on the web for desktop users.

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Twitter Stories March 31

Twitter today announced some nice changes coming to Fleets, which are basically stories shown within the Twitter app for iPhone and Android. Starting today, users can now add GIFs and stickers to Fleets, which makes the feature even more like Instagram Stories.

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The popular live video streaming service Periscope is now saying goodbye. Owned by Twitter, Periscope will be completely shut down on April 1, 2021, following the app’s removal from the iOS App Store and Google Play.

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