Twitter Buys Spindle
Spindle today announced that it has been acquired by Twitter. Spindle is known for providing mobile phone users with up-to-the-minute information about what's happening nearby. It culls the real-time information by scanning social networks. According to Spindle, it believes that combining forces with Twitter will help it to deliver even better real-time search results for nearby events and attractions. Spindle's employees will join Twitter's in San Francisco. Terms were not disclosed.
Twitter Adds 'Connect' Tab to Help Find Accounts Worth Following
Twitter today announced a new tool meant to make it easier to find new people and accounts to follow. The "connect" tab will appear on Twitter for the web, and in the Android and iOS mobile apps beginning today, where Twitter will curate a list of accounts it believe users might like to follow.
Twitter Hopes Mobile Web Page Redesign Will Engage More Users
Twitter today hit refresh on its home screen experience when visited via mobile browsers. The new Twitter.com homepage makes it easier to follow Tweets and stories without requiring users to log into their account.
Twitter to Clamp Down On Abusive Tweets
Twitter today said it is changing its policies so the social network might better combat threats and other forms of abuse. First, Twitter has updated how it qualifies prohibited content, which now extends to "threats of violence against others or promoting violence against others." Twitter said its previous policy was a bit too narrow and restricted its enforcement options.
Tweets to Return to Google Search
Twitter has struck a deal with Google that will allow Google to publish tweets in search results. Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the deal, says Google will have access to Twitter's "firehose" — or all the data generated by Twitter's 284 million users.
Twitter Integrates SoundCloud for In-App Audio
Twitter today announced a new feature that will allow users of its Android and iOS apps to listen to music/sound clips directly from their timeline. According to Twitter, the new Twitter Audio Card can be docked and allow users to listen to the songs or clips even as they continue to browse through their timeline.