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Social networks, finance and robots: As the trader earned $2,4 million in 28 minutes by means of one tweet

1 year, 7 months ago


A few years ago one London hedge fund started the new project so-called "Twitter fund". The special computer system read 100 million tweets a week and defined a situation with the current economic trends on their basis.

If the general tonality of the message was positive, the fund took shares and if negative — that the probability of falling of stock market increased and it was necessary to think of sale of shares.

Invention it was awful — the fund warmed up in two years. However, perhaps, the idea was not so bad — managed to earn by spring of 2015 of one their traders in only 28 minutes more than $2,4 million, using a microblog service as a source of news.

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Twitter can lift a limit in 140 characters for a tweet

1 year, 7 months ago


According to the website re/code, Twitter already in the first quarter this year is going to give to users the chance to add posts more long than usual 140 characters. Sources of the website report that the amount of messages will be limited 10000 characters – the same restriction affects private messages (direct messages) at present.

At present the company tests the new version of service in which tweets in a tape of messages will look the same as now. From all message the first 140 characters will be by default visible, and click on it will show its complete version.

In such a way Twitter tries not to inflate individual messages in the amount of not to frighten off users. Last tests showed that the involvement of users falls with increase in the visible size of individual tweets (for example, with increase in the size of preliminary versions of the attached photos).

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Twitter patents the UAV managed by tweets

1 year, 7 months ago
The Twitter company submitted the patent application of the unmanned aerial vehicle, managed C the help of tweets. The drone will be capable to take the picture and video and to publish them in accounts of users. Whether the company will make such drones — it is unknown, but the patent can serve as the beginning of creation of similar devices.

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Photo: The Verge

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The unknown programmer sends SMS warnings by that who published the phone number on Twitter

1 year, 8 months ago
The TheVerge edition communicated to the unknown programmer who as a matter of fact sends SMS spam on phones of users, but thus is guided by noble motives. The citizen is forced to hide the personality as its actions from the point of view of the law are very doubtful. At the same time he considers that levity of the users who are freely publishing personal data in open access of social networks an addiction and considers a duty to point to it.



Those users of Twitter who had imprudence to publish a phone number directly in a tape in open access, began to receive on the Sms phones with "the interesting facts" about cats. However, an opportunity to unsubscribe was specified in the message. For this purpose it was necessary to write a tweet "to @Snowden Meow, I <3 catfacts", упомянув в нём аккаунт Эдварда Сноудена, известного своей борьбой за приватность личных данных.

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Twitter abolished functionality "Favorites" and replaced it on "Me it is pleasant"

1 year, 9 months ago
The leading service of micro blogging, Twitter, brings own functionality to opportunities of full-fledged social networks more and more. After emergence of the built-in videos and polls, service replaced one of two approvals buttons of a post, "Favorites", on more familiar "It is pleasant to me to the modern user".

Now tweets look here so:


Instead of a usual asterisk "Chosen" even more usual "heart" of like

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The executive director of Twitter apologized to developers

1 year, 9 months ago
Many remember opposition of Twitter with developers of third-party clients in 2012 when the company made changes in API and imposed a number of restrictions for operation of third-party applications. Developers extremely negatively apprehended these shocking actions. Three years of Twitter later at last understood the error. The new executive director of the company Jack Dorsey (Jack Dorsey) acted on Twitter Flight Developer Conference yesterday and brought public apologies for unseemly actions of the company in the past.

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Why it is impossible to edit tweets?

1 year, 10 months ago
Twitter actively works with opportunities for advertisers, starts new services like Moments, but did not add yet a feature for which many users of service wait: you cannot still edit tweets. The director of Twitter product Kevin Vail told why we will not see this function soon.


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Poor optimists: scientists revealed communication between the maintenance of tweets and the income of users

1 year, 10 months ago
Command of scientists, IT specialists from several American and British universities and Microsoft Research revealed communication between contents and an emotional color of messages on Twitter and the income of users. People with the high income publish news about policy and express anger, and with smaller — use obscene language and publish optimistical messages.

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Snowden forgot to disconnect the notifications Twitter and received 47 GB of e-mails

1 year, 10 months ago
It is probable when Edward Snowden created on September 29 the account of @Snowden in Twitter, he did not expect that literally for couple of days it will have more than one million subscribers. As a result Edward did not disconnect the notification of service on retweets, personal messages and new followers, he received huge number of letters with notifications on it on the e-mail — their amount made 47 GB. Snowden told about this trouble:

Also other moment giving the flavor about what service of e-mail the former employee of intelligence agency uses is interesting. If to try to recover the password from the @Snowden account, having used standard function of recovery of the password, then it is possible to find out that Edward uses email of the following type: sn ***** @a ***. ***. Besides, as journalists noticed, earlier the account belonged to the person by the name of Jay Snowden. At desire it is possible to find the only tweet of the previous owner.

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Opinions: Twitter shares software for testing

1 year, 11 months ago


You for certain know that the large companies quite often use own internal software, sometimes very interesting. And here share it with the public not always and usually quite reluctantly. The good example was decided to be set on Twitter — the company shared with public of Diffy, the tool for testers.

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