US to use Facebook, Twitter to issue terror alerts

Recently the Department of Homeland Security is planning to substitute its color-coded, five-level system of terrorism alerts with a new two-tiered approach this month, as said in a report. By using this in a way, it will issue some public alerts via Facebook and Twitter.

Today the department has received a classified, departmental document outlining the plan. This plan is not yet decided but it is hoped to be in effect by 27th of April as reported by the Associated Press (AP).

Twitter trimming down on features

From Tuesday, there were many changes in Twitter that have become visible. Some of its most prominent features like "New Twitter" interface and "Trends” have been totally removed from the site.

While some are seeing it as a means of the social networking site to revamping itself for the others, it is like a beginning of some long time trouble. Even Twitter has reported that there are some problems in displaying home timelines when it comes to showing the status of the site.

Twitter Celebrates Its 5th Birthday

It’s now time to celebrate twitter’s 5th birthday, one of the most popular and talked-about Internet companies all over.

On the occasion, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone wrote in a blog post that Twitter is just five years old and the Twitter users are now easily sending more than 140 million 140-characters-or-fewer tweets a day adding up to a billion Tweets every eight days. Also the personality added in his statement that Twitter is adding close to 500,000 accounts every day.

Twitter tightens rules for third-party apps

Twitter has its own service official apps which are duplicated by third party client applications, reported by company developers on Friday. To stop the duplicity the company developers have thought of tightening the third party client applications.

Third party Twitter client developers have been warned by Twitter platform that Twitter intends to be the primary interface that all consumers use and for this Twitter had developed its "State of the Platform". Twitter has also changed the terms of service for third-party developers.

Apple opens App Store Twitter account

World's leading technology firm Apple has recently created a Twitter account for its App Store, which offers more than 300,000 paid and free apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

On last Saturday, the tech firm announced that its App Store hit the 10 billionth app download. Phil Schiller, firm's marketing senior vice president, said that App Store's achievement was better than expected.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based consumer electronics giant decided to open a Twitter account for the App Store as would further promote its available apps.

Social-networking sites make us ‘less human’: US academic warns

Users of Facebook, Twitter and the like are becoming `less human' as the social networking sites are isolating them from reality, a US academic warns.

Prof Sherry Turkle, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), said that people are devoting more time to social-networking sites for chatting than to real human interactions.

In her new book "Alone Together", Prof Turkle writes, "We have invented inspiring and enhancing technologies, yet we have allowed them to diminish us.

Fake gunman tweet causes panic

London's Oxford Circus turned into a panic zone on Wednesday after Twitter-users misunderstood a training scenario and started tweeting and re-tweeting that a gunman was on the loose.

Users of the micro-blogging site urged others to stay inside, warning them about a rogue gunman who was on the loose on Oxford Street.

The soaring number of tweets and re-tweets about the illusive gunman forced Scotland Yard to disclose the fact that it was a routine training exercise.

Protect your personal information while surfing the web

Increasing cases of privacy breaches on the Internet have raised concerns. However, taking some precautions can guard personal information from falling into wrong hands.

Social networking sites such as Facebook and twitter have simplified their privacy settings. You can now decide whether your profile should be shared only with approved friends, or with their friends too, or with the whole world. Now, users can draw privacy lines according to their desire. You can lock your public account from public view.

Twitter to open office in London

San Francisco-based micro-blogging site Twitter has plans to open its first overseas office in London.

According to a report published in the Sunday Telegraph, Twitter representatives were in London previous week looking for potential offices in the West End and East London.

Twitter used by 8% of American internet users: Pew Research

Micro-blogging site Twitter, which allows users to post updates in up to 140 characters, is more popular among American young adults, minorities groups, and those living in cities.

A research carried out by the Pew Research Centre's Internet and American Life project claimed that three-fourths of the American adult population use Internet and eight per cent of the Internet users make use of Twitter.


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