Twitter Suspends UberTwitter and Twitroyd Apps
Twitter has blocked the UberTwitter and Twitroyd applications, which are third-party apps used by select smartphones, from accessing and using Twitter's services. Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner said it took these actions due to policy violations. "These violations include, but aren't limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users' Tweets in order to make money." Both applications are developed and distributed by a company called UberMedia. "We've had conversations with UberMedia, the developer of these applications, about policy violations since April 2010, when they first launched under the name TweetUp — a term commonly used by Twitter users and a trademark violation," said Penner. UberMedia hasn't responded publicly to Twitter's suspension. Users of the UberTwitter and Twitroyd applications will need to use an alternative application order to access Twitter from their handsets.
Twitter Discovers New Way to Spot Trends
Twitter has canned the Discover and Activity tabs in its mobile applications in favor of a new way to sift through trending content. Moving forward, when people use the search bar they'll also see trending stories as well as descriptions of those stories.
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.
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 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.
Photos, Videos No Longer Count Toward Twitter Character Limit
Twitter today made good on a promise it made four months ago: moving forward, photos, videos, quoted tweets, and polls will not count towards the 140-character limit in tweets. This means people can now respond to others on Twitter as well as include photos or GIFs and still have 140 characters to write what they want.