Twitter to Rethink 3rd-Party Developer Strategy, May Soon Welcome Them Back With Open Arms

If you are an Android user who also scrolls through Twitter from time to time, it is possible you do so on one of many 3rd-party applications built for the service. Back in early to mid-2013, Twitter began a war on 3rd-party developers, limiting the amount of information an app could gain from the network, and even going so far as to limit the amount of users an app could have thanks to “login tokens.”

Falcon Pro, one of the more popular clients, was severely hindered by this move. Now, with Twitter in search of a new CEO, it appears the company has come out and said this move was a “strategic error,” and may soon welcome developers back to the platform.  (more…)

Twitter is Removing 140-Character Limit in Direct Messages

Twitter’s CEO just quit (or was forced out – who knows), in case you were interested in executive shake-ups at big tech companies. If not, then let me direct your Twitter attention to a new announcement by the Twitter staff to developers concerning a lifting of the 140-character limit in direct messages. On the Twitter Community portal, Twitter staff made the change public while providing recommendations for app developers to follow in order to make sure their apps and services can handle longer format messages before they flip the switch.

That’s right! No limit when having conversations through direct messages come July on Twitter! Somewhere, Master P is makin’ ’em say uhhh. (more…)

Tweets Now Show in Google Search Results on Mobile

How much more useful would Google Search results be if they displayed real-time content? For example, if you searched last week for information on the Amtrak crash in Philadelphia, it might have taken longer than your patience could handle before a news outlet had any up-to-the-minute information on it that would display as a news result in Google’s listings for that search. Starting today, that will no longer be an issue as Google has teamed up with Twitter to add Tweets to search results, giving you real-time info as it happens through the voices of those on Twitter.  (more…)

Meerkat Beats Periscope to Google Play, Now Available in Form of a Buggy Beta

The day has finally come. To cap off this week, one of the super trendy streaming apps has finally hit Android in the form of a beta, Meerkat. Meerkat is the app that launched ahead of Twitter’s own Periscope, which allows users to stream feeds of video while linked to your Twitter account. Both apps have seen great success on iOS, and thankfully, Android folk can now join in on the fun.  (more…)

Twitter Intros ‘Highlights’ for Android, Delivers the Best Tweets Via Push Notification

Today, Twitter introduced a new feature for Android users called Highlights. With this enabled, users will be given a deep, yet brief look into the big things happening on Twitter. For example, if there is a big sporting event going on that everyone seems to be talking about, or a really cool TV show going on, Twitter will recognize this and then recommend the conversations to you via a simple push notification.  (more…)