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Twitter sees first ever profitable quarter, fewer users and more tweets

Posted on February 15, 2018

According to microblogging site Twitter, users are starting to tweet more, but are not using the full quota of characters since the company upped the limit to 280 characters.

CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey has (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

The problem when social media shares news about social media

Posted on February 14, 2018

The rise of social media, especially Twitter, has opened up a whole goldmine of potential content for journalists, who can instantly find what people are talking about and the range of opinions they are expressing on it.

This is potentially a positive thing, but it can also lead journalists to become a little prone to exaggerating the (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Road sign error sends Twitter into a spin

Posted on January 30, 2018

If there’s one thing we expect of road signs, it’s for them to be clear and accurate. If they say ‘no entry’, they should mean no entry, and if they’re directing us somewhere, they should point in the right direction and to the place they specify.

When something as instructional as a road sign is wrong, it (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Cabinet reshuffle causes Twitter kerfuffle

Posted on January 9, 2018

Yesterday saw #CabinetReshuffle trending on Twitter as Prime Minister Theresa May appointed some new names to key governmental positions, but it was a bad day at the office for the Conservative Party’s social media gurus.

A gaffe-strewn day of tweeting caused some perplexity among journalists and other observers over who was to be appointed to what position, and led opposition party representatives to (more…)

Posted by John Murray

What is Twitter like for children?

Posted on January 8, 2018

Recently, author Michael Wolff has been in the news for his book about U.S. President Donald Trump. Among the claims he makes is that almost everyone working with Trump claims that he is “like a child”.

Trump has become arguably the most associated name with Twitter. For me, it’s got to the stage where if I’m (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Germany introduces anti-hate speech laws for social media

Posted on January 2, 2018

It’s fair to say that the last year or so has seen social media develop from a fun and useful way to communicate, into something much darker and more sinister. Terms like “fake news” have become heard a lot more readily – sometimes accurately, sometimes misguidedly – and people are becoming a lot more suspicious of (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Teenage social media use to soar over Christmas

Posted on December 22, 2017

A new study has been released revealing that British teenagers are more likely to increase their use of social media over the Christmas and (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Was Twitter right to ban Britain First?

Posted on December 21, 2017

In the last few days, Twitter has cracked down on accounts it deems to be associated with spreading hatred and inciting violence. Among the accounts to have been suspended are those of far-right political party Britain First, as well as Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen – the party’s leader and deputy respectively.

The ultranationalist party was in the news last month when (more…)

Posted by John Murray
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