TwitPic to Shut Down Sept. 25
TwitPic has announced that it will cease operations on September 25. The company made the decision after being contacted by Twitter's legal team. TwitPic said Twitter demanded that it abandon its trademarked application or risk losing access to Twitter's API. TwitPic has been around since 2008, and was one of the first tools for sharing photos within Twitter. TwitPic called the decision to shut down "unexpected and hard." The company will soon release a tool that will allow users to download all their content from TwitPic before the September 25 closure.
Twitter Says It Has Improved the Way It Crops Images
Photos that appear on Twitter should begin to look better over the coming weeks. The company says it has changed the algorithms it uses to automatically crop images and the results are much improved.
Twitter to Post Larger Images In Timelines
Twitter today said it is improving the multimedia experience of Twitter.com by changing how it handles images. Moving forward, Twitter will now show full image previews, rather than crop them.
Twitter Debuts 'Happening Now' to Call Out Real-Time Events
Twitter has rolled out a new way to see what's happening live around the world with the addition of a "Happening Now" tool in users' timelines. Twitter says the Happening Now content will center on events and topics it thinks users will be interested in, though it is kicking off the feature with a focus just on sports in the U.S.
Twitter Debuts Block List Sharing
Twitter today added a tool that will dramatically improve users' ability to protect their experience on the social network. People can now share block lists.
All Twitter Users Gain Access to 280-Character Tweets
Twitter today made it possible for all users of the platform to compose and publish tweets as long as 280 characters. Since its 2006 launch, Twitter has limited posts to 140 characters, though over the years it has made it possible to add content such as links, photos, and hashtags without chewing up the character count.
Why don't they just change their name?