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Twitter Says It Has About 23 Million Active Bots [UPDATED] Twitter Says It Has About 23 Million Active Bots [UPDATED]

UPDATE: To clarify Twitter’s statement in the filing, the (up to) 8.5 percent of accounts that “automatically contacted our servers for regular updates without any discernable additional user-initiated action” could include apps pulling content and displaying it without manual user …

This Infographic Will Help You Plan Your Social Strategy This Infographic Will Help You Plan Your Social Strategy

There’s certainly no shortage of social media infographics, but this might be helpful to businesses still trying to figure out which platforms they should be using for one. It comes from Merchant Money, and breaks down the user bases of …

LeVar Burton Takes Kids on a Tweeting Rainbow Adventure

With apologies to Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel has the best Twitter-themed bits on late night. And with apologies to Reading Rainbow, I’m pretty sure that I’m more interested in watching LeVar Burton host Tweeting Rainbow. Maybe we can just start …

Twitter Axes Bing-Powered Translations Twitter Axes Bing-Powered Translations

About a year ago, Twitter began offering instant tweet translations, powered by Bing. As with any basic translation tool, it wasn’t always the most accurate thing around, but it worked in many instances. And now it’s gone. There are tweets …

Twitter Gives Advertisers Objective-Based Campaigns, Pricing Twitter Gives Advertisers Objective-Based Campaigns, Pricing

Twitter announced a new way to optimize Twitter Ad campaign performance with objective-based campaigns, reports, and pricing. Advertisers will be able to create and optimize successful campaigns, while only paying for the actions that are “aligned with” their marketing objectives. …

PETA Offering Reward for Squirrel Kicker Identity

In a video that went viral online, an unnamed Frenchman was shown kicking a squirrel into the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Now the UK branch of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering a $17,000 reward for …

Twitter Tips Big Ecommerce Move Twitter Tips Big Ecommerce Move

Rumor has it, Twitter is planning a big move into the realm of ecommerce – and this is a pretty big hint that the company is headed in that direction. A handful of users spotted something interesting in their mobile …

Bruce Jenner Debuts Tangerine Mullet

Bruce Jenner, patriarch of the first family of reality television and self-proclaimed world’s greatest athlete, was spotted sporting a new mullet-esque hairdo on Friday in Calabasas, California at a local Starbucks. Jenner, 64, who is no stranger to reinventing his …

Mark Cuban Attacks Tax Inversion Companies

Billionaire Mark Cuban didn’t get where he is today by not thinking things through from all angles before making a decision. So when he took to Twitter and threw down the gauntlet on U.S. corporations that are taking their tax …

Jodi Arias Representing Herself in Court

Convicted killer Jodi Arias will be allowed to represent herself in the sentencing phase of her capital murder trial. On June 4, 2008, Arias attacked her boyfriend Travis Alexander, and ended up stabbing him repeatedly, slitting his throat and shooting …

William Shatner and NASA Share Twitter Exchange

Iconic actor William Shatner tweeted to NASA on Saturday, and received an update on the status of the International Space Station. Back in April, NASA honored Shatner with its highest award bestowed upon civilians, the Distinguished Public Service medal. The …

Star Trek: William Shatner Is Cooler Than You

William Shatner has the life. He’s had one of those roles that was not only famous for the usual pop culture reasons, but it endeared him to a generation or two as an icon. Shatner’s voice is not just associated …

Twitter May Help You Figure Out Confusing Hashtags Twitter May Help You Figure Out Confusing Hashtags

Ever wondered what people are talking about when they use a hashtag like #OITNB? Are you confused by the #tcot hashtag that always seems to accompany Twitter’s most inane drivel? If you’re lost in a sea of hashtags, Twitter might …

Twitter Acquires Mitro Labs, As EFF Helps Turn Mitro Into Open Source Project Twitter Acquires Mitro Labs, As EFF Helps Turn Mitro Into Open Source Project

Twitter is apparently on something of an acquisition spree. This week, we already learned that Twitter acquired Madbits, which specializes in deep/machine learning. Earlier this week, it announced the acquisition of CardSpring. On its earnings call this week, Twitter also …

Sharknado 2 Beats the Original, on Twitter and on TV

Did you watch the Syfy original movie Sharknado 2: The Second One Wednesday night? Did you talk about it on Twitter? Good for you – you’re just like everyone else. Nerd. The B-movie series that has captivated a nation premiered …

Twitter Would Like to Be More Transparent, If They Could Twitter Would Like to Be More Transparent, If They Could

Twitter has just released their fifth-ever transparency report, and it shows that requests for user data, content removal, and copyright takedowns are all on the rise. But the main focus of Twitter’s announcement isn’t really the report itself – instead, …

David Duchovny Defends Russian Beer Ad

Actor David Duchovny recently defended a controversial Russian beer commercial he stars in, telling TMZ that he does not support Russian policy of late, especially the invasion of Ukraine. In the Sibirskaia Korona ad, which runs over two minutes long, …

Orlando Bloom Punches Justin Bieber

Early Wednesday actor Orlando Bloom took a swing at teen idol Justin Bieber after the two encountered each other at Cipriani in Ibiza, Spain. Apparently, Bieber made a snide comment about Bloom’s estranged wife, Victoria’s Secret Angel Miranda Kerr. A …

Twitter Acquires Machine Learning Company Madbits Twitter Acquires Machine Learning Company Madbits

Twitter has made another acquisition, picking up Madbits, which specializes in deep learning/machine learning, and has been working on technologies that can help extract information from raw media, such as images. This is the kind of thing that a company …

Twitter Revenue Up 124%, Monthly Active Users Up 24% Twitter Revenue Up 124%, Monthly Active Users Up 24%

Twitter just released its earnings report for the second quarter. This is the company’s third such report since going public last year. The company beat analysts’ estimates, and stock is quickly taking off. Revenue was was $312 million, up 124% …

Good News For Your Facebook Traffic Good News For Your Facebook Traffic

Changes to the Facebook News Feed made over recent months may have angered some brands and publishers. Such changes may have even pushed some to abandon their Facebook strategies in favor of competing social platforms like Twitter or Google+, but …