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Twitter is testing a UI change for retweet and ‘more’ menus on tweets

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Twitter's pretty well known for silently testing major and minor tweaks to its app on a small audience, and one of our tipsters spotted such a change. It's small, but Twitter is experimenting with changing the floating window popup for additional actions into a bottom-up "sheet" menu.

 

Left: Old/current UI. Right: UI in testing.

It's not the most drastic change, but it would affect the menu which appears if you tap the little arrow on the corner of tweets, which includes things like copy link to Tweet, mute, block, and report.

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Twitter is testing a UI change for retweet and 'more' menus on tweets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

???? All emoji on Twitter now count for only two characters

Friday, October 12th, 2018

In the biggest change the platform has seen since the switch to 280 characters, Twitter has changed the way it counts characters for emoji. Previously, some emoji — like those with additionally defined gender or skin tone — counted as more characters than others, due to the method of their encoding. But as of now, all emoji will be counted equally as two characters.

According to the Twitter Developers announcement post, this change is a result of recent updates to Unicode, which presumably allows for the affected emoji to be encoded more efficiently.

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???? All emoji on Twitter now count for only two characters was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter unveils new policy on dehumanizing speech, seeks feedback from users

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

They say you should always start with a joke, and boy did Twitter have a real knee-slapper at the beginning of its latest blog post: "The Twitter Rules apply to everyone who uses Twitter." Haha. With the joke out of the way, Twitter explains that it has developed a new comprehensive policy on dehumanizing speech. It's also asking for feedback from all of us on the new policy.

Here's the new policy, as well as what Twitter considers to be "dehumanizing."

Twitter’s Dehumanization Policy

You may not dehumanize anyone based on membership in an identifiable group, as this speech can lead to offline harm.

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Twitter unveils new policy on dehumanizing speech, seeks feedback from users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter API bug potentially allowed developers to read DMs and private accounts

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Earlier today, Twitter sent a message to a large number of users informing them about an API bug. According to the company, it identified a bug on September 10 that potentially allowed direct messages and protected accounts to be read by "Twitter developers who were not authorized to receive them."

Twitter went into more detail about the bug on its Developer Blog, explaining that it could have allowed data to be sent to the wrong developer's webhook URL (the mechanism that some Twitter applications use to retrieve data).

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Twitter API bug potentially allowed developers to read DMs and private accounts was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Some of Twitter’s most annoying ‘features’ can now be turned off

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Once upon a time, the Twitter timeline only showed posts from the people you follow. Then it started displaying tweets your friends liked, and recommendations for people to follow, and a 'What you missed' section, and tweets your friends replied to, and so on. This has led me to use Mastodon more and more, since there are no algorithms or recommendations on that platform, but most of the people I know are still on Twitter.

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Some of Twitter's most annoying 'features' can now be turned off was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter brings back purely chronological timeline — your turn, Facebook and Instagram

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Twitter's latest feature tweak offers a return to what many consider better days: the era of the chronological timeline (or, to be precise, the reverse chronological timeline). Now, users can escape the algorithm that dictates what the "best tweets" for them are, and simply see the latest ones. Will it solve all the ills of Twitter, substantially reduce trolling, and make for an entirely changed platform? No, probably none of those things — but it's incredibly nice to have a social media platform take into account what its users have been asking for, and actually deliver it.

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Twitter brings back purely chronological timeline — your turn, Facebook and Instagram was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter experimenting with new reply threading UI and status indicator dots

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Over the years, Twitter has undergone quite a few changes. Some recent ones that come to mind include threading and the upped 280-character limit. The latest changes the company is testing include a new interface for threads, as well as a presence feature that'll show when people are online.

The more noticeable test of the two is the new UI for tweet threads. Each tweet now gets its own bubble, and replies from the original tweeter are given a color fill.

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Twitter experimenting with new reply threading UI and status indicator dots was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google France shuts down its Google+ page, asks users to follow it on Twitter and Facebook instead

Friday, August 24th, 2018

No social network has been as equally loved and hated as Google+. Those who use it appreciate the tight community and fruitful discussions, those who don't use it see no reason whatsoever to start doing so and deride its many shortfalls. Plus, both the spam propagation and the lack of meaningful development haven't helped its case lately. But nothing has sounded the alarm bells of Google+'s slow demise into pointlessness as much as one of Google's own entities deciding to abandon the platform for good.

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Google France shuts down its Google+ page, asks users to follow it on Twitter and Facebook instead was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter introduces new DM-request filtering tool to save you from dealing with its charming user base

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Twitter is a fun place, isn't it? It's a friendly area of the internet where you can go to engage in meaningful, mutually respectful conversations. Oh wait, I meant the exact opposite. In any case, it's trying to improve and one of its latest methods is to filter out "lower quality" direct messages from your inbox. The social media giant announced its new feature this afternoon, to mixed response.

Many Twitter users in the announcement thread saw the feature — designed for those that leave their DMs open to anyone and frequently have to slog through spammy direct message requests — as a step that reduces abuse.

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Twitter introduces new DM-request filtering tool to save you from dealing with its charming user base was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Third-party Twitter apps got a lot worse today, thanks to Twitter

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Twitter has a long and complicated relationship with the app developers who connect to its platform. As far back as 2011, Twitter said devs should avoid making apps that feature the same functionality as its own clients, and the now-infamous token limit came along in 2012. After temporarily pausing the rollout of new APIs earlier this year, Twitter is now moving ahead.

According to Twitter, it's just trying to provide the best tools, and it never intended for features like the streaming APIs to exist for this long.

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Third-party Twitter apps got a lot worse today, thanks to Twitter was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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