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Twitter revises policies and procedures for abusive tweets/accounts

Social media is both a boon and a bane to humanity for so many reasons. And while it is indeed interesting and fun to go on Twitter, read updates and opinions, and start conversations, a lot of times we encounter abusive tweets and users, whether directed at us or those that we see thrown at other people. Twitter is now introducing new policies and procedures to curb abusive tweets and to punish those who are sending said tweets.

Twitter releases new free-for-all DM settings (if you want to)

While it is fun to have public conversations on social media, there are some discussions that need to be taken to a more private setting. And if that convo you're having is on Twitter, your best recourse is Direct Messaging. But what if the person/entity is not following you or you're not following them? An awkward "Please follow me" is not great to see on your timeline. Good thing Twitter has now changed the way we can use DMs for a (hopefully) better interaction.

Meerkat live video streaming service now accepting Android beta testers

It's shaping up to be an almost battle between the live video streaming services. Twitter just recently launched their own service called Periscope, but they weren't the first one out the door. Meerkat caught mobile users' attention when it made its debut at the recent South by Southwest (SXSW) tech and arts festival in Austin. People thought that Twitter's entry into that still very small market will mean Meerkat will go away meekly. But don't count them out, as they have just announced that they are opening their Android beta for testers.

Twitter now explains why the trending topics are trending

This has probably happened to you once or twice (or a lot). You need to do some social media research on what are the trending topics or you're bored and just want to know what people are talking about on Twitter. So you click on the trending topics, but more than half of what's there is indecipherable to you (what the heck is a #KathNiel? A new breed of feline?). Twitter wants to help you solve the trending riddle with the latest update to the app.

Twitter’s revamped “quote tweet” functionality coming soon to Android

This is a common occurrence for Twitter users. You see a tweet that you really, really like but instead of just retweeting it, you'd like to add a short comment or reaction. Unfortunately, the 140 character rule means that you can't fully express your comment, which defeats the purpose of the quote tweet. Or you sometimes just use an emoji, which is always not enough. The micro-blogging giant has announced they are revamping this functionality, and hopefully, it will reach Android soon.

Twitter testing out built-in browser in Android app

If you've been using a third-party app to read your Twitter timeline, the idea of browsers within the app itself is not something new. But if you're still loyal to the native Twitter app, then you're used to tweets with links redirecting to your device's default browser, and sometimes, it's kind of annoying. Well, now apparently, your favorite 140-character social network is testing out a built-in browser, and it's about time, really.

Talon for Twitter Plus update: muffling users, activity timeline, etc

If you use Talon for Twitter Plus more than the micro-blogging giant's native app, then you'll be more than happy with this latest major update, which is actually their first since they launched last October. This new version brings new features that you can't find on the main app itself, like muffling some accounts you follow, and a streamlined Activity page that features all your account's activities that the app can gather from Twitter.

Twitter rolling out group messaging, 30-second video uploading

Different social networks are doing everything they can to catch up with each other as they unroll more new features that seem to be in response to other features that their competitors have. Micro-blogging juggernaut Twitter is no exemption as they are currently rolling out new features that include group messaging and uploading videos directly. While these already exist in other social networks like Facebook, Vine, etc, having them on Twitter will be a boon (or bane) to the dedicated user that prefers them over their competitors.

Twitter adds recap of top messages, Tweet translation with Bing

Twitter has got some new tricks up its sleeves to make reading tweets easier and more convenient. The micro blogging site introduced a new feature that lets you view a recap of some of the top Tweets of the accounts you follow. Twitter also announced Tweet Translation, a special feature that offers translation of a Tweet written in a different language. With these two new important features, you won't have to miss any action in Twitter whether you are away or use a different language.

New Falcon Pro 3 released, app rebuilt from the ground up

The Falcon Pro app for Android had been controversial a few years back. The Falcon Twitter client was removed from the Play Store but an update was still released outside the app store bringing offline improvements. The Falcon Pro V2 was first released as a public beta but when it was pulled from the Play Store, we didn't hear about it again until today. Yes, a new Falcon is back and it's not just an updated Falcon Pro 2. It's actually a new app built from the ground up.
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