Twitter #Music for iOS now displays tweets on #NowPlaying feed, lets you interact with them

Twitter #Music for iOS now displays tweets on #NowPlaying feed, lets you interact with them

Hey, remember Twitter #Music? Yes, that Twitter #Music. Well, the jam-focused service is getting a little better on iOS thanks to the latest update. Today's changes aren't as major as the discovery features and additional languages the app gained last month, but #Music power users will most likely still appreciate the new additions. To be more specific, the app squeezes some new features into the #NowPlaying feed, allowing you to favorite, retweet and reply to tracks shared by others. Best of all, now you won't have to stop and switch between Twitter apps to share how you feel when someone's listening to Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop."

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Via: The Next Web

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Twitter debuts new Android beta tester program for interested bug catchers

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Given the apparent backlash over Twitter's decision to add blue lines to its conversation view, we can't help but wonder if things could be different had the company implemented an open beta test program before pushing it out to the masses. Whether or not that particular situation was the impetus, it looks like the company is following in the footsteps of Facebook and Snapchat and is launching an official Android beta -- known simply as the Twitter for Android Experiment -- for any interested souls. After agreeing to sign up for a Google Group, the beta actually replaces your current Twitter app, and you're alerted each time a new build is available. As any good beta program should, there are plenty of opportunities for you to offer feedback on bugs; we're not sure if you can report blue lines as a "bug," but it's still great to know that our voices can finally be heard before new features roll out to everyone.

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Vine more than triples user base to 40 million, shrugs off Instagram competition

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When Facebook launched Video on Instagram, some were quick to dig an early grave for Vine -- Twitter's video-only app was surely doomed, right? Wrong. Twitter just revealed that Vine now has over 40 million registered users, or more than triple the 13 million users it claimed before its Android app launch in early June. Twitter hasn't said how many of the new members run Android, but it's clear that Google's platform contributed significantly to the increase. Whether or not Vine maintains its pace is another matter. While Instagram frequently reports active users, the Vine team isn't as specific; there's a chance that some of those 40 million account holders tried Vine and promptly abandoned it. Still, the much larger audience suggests that there's room for more than one short-form mobile video service.

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Via: Marketing Land

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Twitter experiments with trending TV box on some users’ timelines

Twitter experiments with TV trending box

Twitter has already signaled its love of TV by negotiating deals for branded video, but it's not satisfied yet: the company has started limited testing of a timeline box for trending TV shows. The feature provides both the details of a given show as well as a list of associated Twitter accounts. Thankfully, the box isn't a permanent fixture; while it will appear on its own, users can close and scroll past the box to return to their personal feeds. The company isn't commenting on the test or the likelihood of a wider rollout, but the popularity of Twitter as a live TV companion suggests that the trending TV box could be here to stay.

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Twitter updates Windows 8 app with multiple account access

DNP Twitter update for Windows 8

While the latest Twitter update for Windows 8 doesn't feature a major overhaul, it adds a handful of useful functions to the app. Perhaps the most notable addition is multiple account sign-in that gives you power to easily juggle several Twitter personas. Another nice new feature is the ability to pin users' accounts and lists to your home screen, so you can follow them closely. Seeing as you can now also view lists on profiles, the list you pin doesn't even have to be yours. This makes it easy to discover new users you might want to follow... unless having Twitter feeds in plain sight makes you feel even more alone.

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Twitter search upgraded with photo results, recent query suggestions

Twitter search upgraded with photo results, recent query suggestions

In case you haven't noticed, text-based search results simply don't cut it anymore -- users are looking for people, pictures and social context. Naturally, Twitter is keeping up with the times, updating its own search bar with socially aware suggestions, previous search data and more robust results. The general search experience hasn't changed, of course, but the changes do tweak the experience for the better.

Suggested accounts, for instance, are now underlined by users you know that follow them, and simply leaving your cursor in the search field offers a preview of recent and saved searches. Results have more meat too, offering tabs for matching users and photos, as well as displaying them within the standard results stream. A revolution in social search algorithms? Probably not, but it should make it a little easier for you to keep up with the latest celebrity gossip.

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This is the Modem World: Social networking makes us feel alone

Each week Joshua Fruhlinger contributes This is the Modem World, a column dedicated to exploring the culture of consumer technology.

DNP This is the Modem World Social networking makes us feel alone

I was listening to someone, somewhere, on something -- not really sure where, and it doesn't matter -- but someone said that they'd rather be alone than have friends who make them feel alone. It's probably been said by many people in many different ways, but for some reason, that saying has attached itself to me as I engage in my twice-daily social networking while comparing it to what I'm actually doing in my downtime that doesn't qualify as "work."

Social networks make us feel alone. I'm not claiming to be the first to notice this, but now that there's a social network for pictures, for videos, for 140-character updates, for business networking, for food, for our pets...

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Zeebox update adds ‘replay tweets’ feature, brings time-delayed social commentary

Zeebox update adds 'replay tweets' feature, brings time-delayed social commentary

Twitter already put forward the idea of a social media "DVR," that might let you "playback" tweets, and see what was being talked about at a certain time. It seems Zeebox wasn't about to wait around for that to happen and took the initiative, bundling a similar feature into its latest update. The second-screen app will now recognise when you're watching something after the fact, and resurrect the tweets that went along with it, as if it were live. Great for seeing what your tweeple were thinking at the time. Still won't protect you from any Downton-eque spoiler debacles, sadly.

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Twitter for Android update brings in-line replies, sharing through direct messages

Twitter for Android update brings inline replies, sharing through direct messages

Twitter fans on Android just got a pair of small features that could go a long way toward streamlining conversations. An update to the app now lets socialites reply directly from a tweet's detail page, skipping a minor but sometimes annoying step. The refresh also permits sharing tweets through direct messages -- you won't have to broadcast your intentions to the world. If time or privacy is of the essence, Twitter's Android upgrade is already live at the source link.

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Via: Twitter Mobile (Twitter)

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