Twitter Ditches Favorites, Replaces With Hearts, Calls Them “Likes”

Twitter announced this morning that it is ditching Favorites, a feature that has been built into the service for years. Favorites allowed users to place a star on a tweet, so they could show tweeters how much they liked the tweet, or to save it for later reading. Now, instead of Favorites, you will Heart tweets, and we will all call them “Likes.” You know, because I wasn’t already liking enough content on social media.  (more…)

Google Intros AMP Project, Aims to Dramatically Increase Speed of the Mobile Web

This morning, Google announced a partnership with publishers and technology companies to build a faster mobile web experience for everyone. Named the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, or AMP for short, Google states that the goal of AMP is quite simple – dramatically improve the performance of the mobile web.

Using AMP HTML, an open framework built on existing web technologies, the idea is to build lightweight webpages, allowing for faster loading times on smartphones and tablets, regardless of the content they hold. Publishers will still be able to provide rich media content for readers, including pictures and videos, while also continuing to monetize the content with any ad network of their choosing. Essentially, it will be the same mobile web as we have today, complete with ads, but should load significantly faster.  (more…)

Twitter Intros Moments for Android and iOS, the “Best of Twitter in an Instant”

On Twitter, we really only see content from those we follow, which means it is possible we are missing out on a ton of great photos, tweets, and news. Today, Twitter announced Moments, “the best of Twitter in an instant.” Moments brings the feel of albums to Twitter, allowing you to find engaging, developing stories, regardless of who you follow.  (more…)

Twitter Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages

Two months ago, Twitter told us that it would soon be removing its 140-character limit from direct messages. Today, they came through and actually did remove it. Now, when you send private messages to another user, you can go on and on and on and likely never run out of room, unless you happen to have more than 10,000 letters to type.

The 140-character limit does still live on in regular Tweets, though, so don’t take to Twitter today hoping to post a book to your timeline. Again, this limit change only relates to direct messages.

The new limit removal starts rolling out today on Android, iOS,, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac.  (more…)

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…)