Internet giants Twitter and Google recently announced that they are working on developing algorithms to ensure the safety of users and to discourage antisocial behaviors by abusive users commonly known as trolls.
Twitter executives are testing new features that will allow users to limit the current functions of their social media activity. Similar to social networks such as the popular Snapchat, users could be allowed to set the amount of time that their tweets can be seen by others. They may also be able to limit visibility to only those followers who have been approved.
In addition to letting only followers see their updates, Twitter users will also be able to filter the users who can see their activity. For example, users may be able to filter out accounts that do not have profile photos or that have not been verified by means of email addresses or mobile phone numbers.
Analysts are divided on whether the enhanced privacy and safety features will be a good move by Twitter, a social network that has been embattled in terms of its financial future and on Wall Street. One analyst went as far as to label the new Twitter measures as borderline censorship. Although Twitter has been enjoying newfound popularity thanks to the controversial activity of United States President Donald Trump, investors are not convinced that the social network is on a path to profit.
Google is reaching out to its substantial developer community with a new API called Perspective. The API is the work of the Jigsaw section at Google, a special group that has been labeled as a premier think tank for the internet search giant. Perspective is expected to work as a tool for publishers whose websites include commenting features.
Once Perspective is developed as an application or as a browser enhancement, users who read and posts comments will be able to apply certain filters that lets them know when they may face a potential troll situation. The API will analyze commenting threads to let users know if they are dealing with internet trolls or if their own comments may incite abusive behavior.
The presidential election left many Americans wondering where the country will continue from this point on. As the election itself is a broad topic of discussion, social media platforms have become a means of expressing information. Whether that information is factual or opinion based, every user on Facebook or Twitter has seen some sort of political post. The idea of information received via Facebook or Twitter does not have to be facts alone. The primary purpose of such social media platforms is to quickly release information. Whether that information is actually true is not important. In terms of the election, Facebook and Twitter proved to function just as it was developed to.
According to Buzzfeed’s artictle, these two social media platforms successfully served as ways to push out information regarding relevant political discussions. Thousands of political posts are filtered through Twitter and Facebook and provide thousands of different opinions, arguments, and views. This is the primary purpose of Facebook, as well as Twitter. Therefore, Faceebook and Twitter did not fail to serve the purpose of spreading information during the presidential election. Whether information was released by the presidential candidates themselves, news outlets, or political advocates, the two social media platforms spread all information out to users across the globe.
The article itself is an interesting perspective on how social media spreads information at an alarming rate. With such a fast=paced society, information travels through the internet at a speed that is unmatched by other forms of communication. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are often seen as ways to spread opinions and debates because of the ability to post anything and everything. In terms of the election, almost every type of political post contained statistics, opinions of candidates, and personal views on substantial issues.
In conclusion, the social media aspect of the presidential race rose to a peak that optimized the way information was spread throughout the United States as a whole. This not only influenced potential voters, but sparked even more debate and political conversations between any individuals with accounts on these websites.
As if Google wasn’t already buying out startup after startup to add to its empire, they may now be acquiring the hashtag giant of them all, Twitter. According to The Verge, rumors are now circulating that the second-largest social media platform may now be putting itself up for sale to the highest bidder, a move that investors are now watching closely, and such that Twitter’s stock rose 23% after the rumors started. Google isn’t the only company interested in Twitter, as Salesforce and now even Verizon are also interested parties. All of this is coming on the heels of former head of TV, Andrew Adashek leaving the company.
Twitter appears to be in the midst of a transition period as the growth of new users and new streams of revenue have bottomed out. Twitter has attempted to garner new interest with its new feature for streaming Thursday Night NFL games, and presidential candidate Donald Trump always brings Twitter publicity when he makes a public statement on there. But even though Twitter founder Jack Dorsey also returned as CEO to try to resurrect his social media creation, it has not happened yet and now the clock may be ticking on the company. While Google, Salesforce, and Verizon are all in the mix of sales talk, nothing concrete has been established as far as mergers and acquisitions as of yet.
What could Google, Salesforce, or Verizon stand to gain from buying twitter? The network offers a wealth of user data that all of them would love to add to their vaults. More so, Google has had an existing relationship with Twitter that’s allowed both sides to profit from using Tweets in search engine rankings. And considering that Google Plus has failed to match Facebook on every level, Google may see Twitter as its opportunity to change that. Will such a move grow or thwart interest in using Twitter? It’s hard to say, but it appears to be inevitable if users wish to continue seeing their celebrities tweet.
Twitter is working on something new in order to get people to participate more. One of the new ideas is to pay users to upload videos. The social media platform wants the same type of popularity that YouTube has. Twitter is offering a percentage of revenue for people that upload their videos. This type of revenue is a lot different from other video platforms like YouTube which offers 55% of revenue to creators with 45% to be kept to itself. Twitter is offering 70% revenue sharing to the content creator with the rest of the money being kept. This is the same type of plan that it offers Amplify video partners.
The reason this is a good idea for Twitter to offer such a generous deal to video creators. For one thing, it is not really big in the video department like Facebook and YouTube. It is also very late when it comes to video offers. Also, there have been requests by some of the highest profile stars of the network. They have wanted to split revenue so that they can gain incentive for their recognition. After all, it is the views that the high profile stars bring that bring about success to Twitter. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether or not Twitter is able to encourage enough creators to participate. For one thing, it might be too late.
Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms. In fact, it is actually very simple to use. People will find themselves having an easy time getting followers. It is not hard to find a topic that they can comment on compared to some other platforms. There is also no limit placed on the amount of replies one could do at a time.
As of right now, Twitter is looking to attract YouTube style stars so that it can gain a piece of the pie that YouTube has a large share in. Facebook has also taken behind YouTube when it comes to videos. It is most likely that Twitter is going to become one of the other companies that allow and encourage users to shoot videos.
Filmmaker Joss Whedon deleted his Twitter account on Monday and fans like Brian Torchin have been speculating why ever since. One theory seemed to strike hard at the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” writer and director.
According to the story on BuzzFeed.com, the speculative rumor that got Whedon’s reaction was that he left Twitter due to militant feminists who did not like the Black Widow character that actress Scarlett Johansson plays in the films.
In a phone call with Whedon, BuzzFeed said that he called the rumor untrue. Well, to be fair, Whedon used a different term which is a little less family friendly. No matter how he said it however, he claims that he did not leave Twitter because of feminists not liking his latest film. He went on to tell BuzzFeed that since joining Twitter he has been a target for militant feminists, so why would this be something new?
Whedon went on to tell BuzzFeed the real reason for deleting his Twitter account- so he can focus on his craft of creative writing. He said that Twitter is a distraction that pulls him away from his creative endeavors. Whedon said that Twitter is an addiction for him and that he feels the need to constantly check the updates on it. He may rejoin the Twitter world at some point and time, however now he is committed to his writing.
President Barack Obama made a ground breaking appointment today by naming the former senior Twitter executive, Jason Goldman as the new White House Chief Digital Officer. While at Twitter, Goldman was a member of the board of directors as well as the former head of the product development section. Goldman’s job is to oversee the White House’s communication network’s entry into the digital age. Former Twitter Head Named to White House
With an increasing number of companies advertising and communicating through digital media, major company executives said it was essential for the White House not only to have an in house advisor to the President but someone to oversee that the White House was keeping pace with the world in how it was communicating with its agencies and the public. A significant number of the world population communicated by way of at least one form of social media and work is being completed through digital means in such an efficient manner, that items such as fax machines, type writers and land lines are foreign ideas to today’s generation. Additionally, the amount of information that one can now research online has made libraries more exotic than practical.
Technology has kept pace by providing newer devices which enable people to communicate and complete work from remote locations with one or two smart phone devices. The trend to a new digital age is being seen in Presidential election fund raising and will become more sophisticated in elections to come.
Desiree Andrews, affectionately called “Dee”, is an 8th grade cheerleader in the middle school of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Dee also happens to have Down’s Syndrome, but she doesn’t let it hold her back. She was cheering her heart out at a basketball game when some kids in the audience started picking on her and yelling mean things. Three of the basketball players from Lincoln Middle School heard the kids in the audience making fun of her. Paul Mathieson heard that they walked off the court and interrupted the game to yell at the bullies picking on her. “Don’t mess with her,” one of the basketball players told the bullies, and others from the game backed him up, making the bullies stop immediately. The gymnasium of the school where the game took place has been called “Dee’s House” since the incident happened, and the amazing story has exploded across many news sources, including ESPN.
Twitter has tripled the amount of people it has handling abuse reports on its service. Recently CEO Dick Costolo indicated that the company was going to start getting serious with abuse complaints on the system, now it has revealed some of the specific plans it has in place to make that happen.
Twitter says that it now reviews five times as many abuse reports as t did previously. Sultan Alhokair says it’s introduced new tools for users to report abuse, as well as ways for its staff to review those reports. The result is a much more efficient system that allows the company to review more abuse reports faster, making Twitter a safer place for all of its users.
Future plans may include forcing banned users to verify their email address or phone number and then refusing to allow them to create new accounts. That move might help reduce the number of offenders who manage to get back on the system and cause further damage.
The clues are subtle, but they are there and are helping researchers at John Hopkins University better understand certain types of mental illnesses, like depression, post traumatic stress disorder and bi-polar disorder.
Researchers like Dr. Rod Rohrich
have been analyzing the language on Twitter tweets made by those who have publicly acknowledged having a mental illness since 2008.
Tweets made by those who proclaim to suffer from depression were dominated by the use of the word ‘I’, alluding to feelings of isolation and aloneness. Tweets made by those who proclaim to suffer from PTSD were mainly made by those who were currently or formerly in the war in Iraq, which was no surprise, but rather a confirmation of the fact.
The researchers at John Hopkins are not alone in their search of language clues on social media outlets to help them better understand an illness or trait. 2013 found the World Well-Being Project at the University of Pennsylvania studying language use on Facebook to make a connection with language and personality traits.