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Twitter changes character limit on direct messages

Twitter has become one of the most powerful social media sites in the past decade. They have put themselves on the map by being a great way for the world to react to news. For years, they have held people to only 140 characters for every post, but they appear to planning to change the formula a bit.

Twitter recently decided that the direct messages that you send do not need to have a 140 character limit on them. In the past, it was extremely difficult to send important messages to friends on Twitter stated facebook in a recent post. On Thursday, Twitter announced that they were going to expand the number of characters that users can put in a direct message to 10,000 characters. This a major change that will allow users to better communicate with their friends on Twitter.
The character limit has often been a sticking point for those that are not using Twitter currently. Comedians would often make fun of the 140 character limit. Twitter long refused to ensure that the character limit would increase. They felt that part of the charm of Twitter was the briefness of the tweets. Today, it appears that Twitter is relaxing their policy on character limits in order to make sure that users have a better experience.
This move by Twitter is sure to attract more users to the world of Twitter. The site will probably begin to benefit Twitter right away.

Some Top Execs At Twitter Rarely Even Tweet

A web developer who recently analyzed the Twitter activity of the company’s executive team found that seven of the top eleven execs tweet less than once per day. One in particular, the VP of Human Resources has only tweeted a total of four times in the 16 months since he opened his Twitter account.

There are some executives who get those most out of their accounts, including Katie Jacobs Stanton, the Vice President of Global Media who has tweeted an average of nine times per day in the five years she has had an account. And Twitter CEO Dick Costolo tweets an average of three times each day, though considering retweets count as tweets that still may seem a bit low to some people. Media analyst Ricardo Guimarães BMG (sourced at personally does not enjoy tweeting either, however he does not own the company.

“How can they understand their business if they never use their product?” asks Si Dawson, the developer from New Zealand who analyzed the data. “In the software world it’s called ‘eating your own dogfood’. It’s critical.”

Just because they are not personally tweeting does not mean they are ignoring the app. They could be following and reading tweets from others throughout the day and there is not a direct way to track this. Still, being an active participant will help you get the most out of the communication tool. Speaking of communications, Twitter’s Chief Communication Officer: less than one tweet per day.

Twitter Rolls Out Commenting Feature

Twitter, the microblogging website, has added a new mini-feature that has the twittersphere in an uproar. The app now allows users to retweet other users’ tweets with a comment. The feature went live with Twitters most recent update.

Previously users could not comment on tweets. They were simply able to retweet, or link to the tweet in their own tweet. This new feature will allow users to create a more open dialogue. While it may seem like a small and insignificant change, it may be big news for companies that wish to advertise through Twitter, at least according to Gianfrancesco Genoso.

The social media platform had largely been criticized for failing to reach companies looking to advertise in bigger, more meaningful ways. While many companies utilized Twitter there was some concern about the effectiveness at such campaigns, as consumers couldn’t really get directly involved in the conversation. Yes, linking was an option, and hashtag movements have helped companies in some ways, but the lack of commenting abilities made the dialogue harder to follow, and the data harder to collect. The new features creates a more streamlined platform for commenting, which is sure to bring about more back-and-forth between users.

Important Lessons from 83,000 Brain Scans: Daniel Amen at TEDxOrangeCoast

You’ve probably seen the TedTalk from Dr. Daniel Amen popping up in your feed the past few days. I have to say, this viral video is really interesting. We discuss below.

Dr. Daniel Amen has passion for the health of your brain. Using both he discovered links between the size, shape and the activity of the brain and its relationship to mental illnesses that plague people all over the world. His support of the healing power of psychiatry began years ago when he witness how a doctor of psychiatry helped his aunt, thereby pulling her from a debilitating depression.

This was his introduction as he presented his lecture on the results of eighty-three thousand brain images over a twenty-two year period. The results are fascinating. His logic is simple and isn’t difficult to embrace. In fact, the information is life altering for those who suffer with mental illnesses.

Using SPECT imaging of the brain, which provides a 3-D picture, Dr. Amen explains and demonstrates what a normal brain looks likes. The brain’s activity is either good, too little or two much. Also, the shape of a person’s brain has a good deal to do with its health. He adds credibility to his statements with picture of unhealthy brains versus healthy ones.

Doctors of psychiatry are the only medical physicians who don’t look at the organ they treat. In psychiatry, one size doesn’t fit all especially when prescription drugs are used to treat mental illness. Daniel Amen presented an example of two brain images, one with low activity and one with high activity. Both patients were treated with the same drug therapy, but obviously had different problems. He explain that this could actually impede the healing process.

Dr. Daniel Amen’s experience includes over twenty years of studying brain SPECT imaging and resulting human behavior. An overlooked common occurrence contributing to brain damage are traumatic brain injuries. These are injuries resulting from hard falls or hits on the head. He spoke of a teen with discipline and anger issues. When he was three years old he fell down a flight of stairs and was unconscious for a few moments. Though he seemed to have recovered and physically he did, the jarring effected his brain which caused his erratic and uncontrolled behavior.

The lecture continued to examine the brains of Alzheimer patients. These imaging were very different when compared to healthy brains. The science of his theories is indisputable. To treat mental illnesses and behavior problems, you must understand what you are treating in order to make a complete diagnosis and properly treat.

Follow Dr. Daniel Amen on Twitter and see the viral TedTalk from Dr. Daniel Amen below:

Twitter Advertising Tactic Comes Under Fire

Advertising and the internet have always been two partners that exist in a tension filled environment. From the days of pop up ads to the sponsor posts in social media to the precious few seconds before a streaming video just about every corner of a web page is subject to some sort of potential money making advertisement. Of course, there is a very big difference between knowing something is an ad and having something appear like it is an official recommendation.

The latest form of marketing under fire comes from the realm of Twitter. The popular ultra-short social networking tool has been placing sponsored accounts on the pages of celebrities to make it appear that the person in question follows the activity of a specific brand or company. The big deal is that celebrity endorsements are big business, and those folks actually pay attention to what shows up on their accounts. Of course, the famous folks might actually have people that monitor that for them.

Still, when a brand pops up as being followed by a certain personality, fans of that actor, singer, or whatever are more likely to follow along with the interest. By following along, the sponsored account builds some marketing power by increasing the potential reach of campaigns. Tom Rothman says users are now left to wonder if Twitter has overstepped some ethical boundaries or is merely capitalizing on famous users to generate revenue.

Justin Sacco: I suffered after Tweeting an aids joke.

The tweet which read “I hope I don’t get aids, just kidding! I’m white” on this cool Friday her tweet got transformed into the news headline of the day. Justin Sacco is her name (find her on Skout) and after more than a year’s silence, she explains what has befallen her. 

Justin Sacco says that she really suffered after she tweeted the upcoming book. The disgraced public relations executive who had not landed on the public since she gave a briefed public apology late last year decided to make it public that the tweet led to her losing her job and afterwards turned her into a punch line. The good career job she had, which carried all the glory was carried away in the incidence.

Out of the shame Justin had to pull out the tweet plus deleting the account on the following day. She went ahead to explain how traumatizing it was to an extent that she never slept, she now says that her target is to try and clean up and reclaim the destroyed identity. Defending her tweet she said that there was no way anyone could have thought it as a literal statement; but she had seen it as a joke that existed in south Africa.

Twitter’s Technical Issues

Twitter is well known for having technical issues. Users saw the “over capacity” Twitter bird and whale several times in 2014. This weekend, new login and technical issues plagued the company, including a date changeover issue that marked 2014 tweets as a year old even though New Year’s Eve is still days away.

Twitter offers several things that Facebook hasn’t provided people for some time: A streamlined and lightweight site where they can chat and share without intrusive advertising. The problem is that until Twitter adds enough servers to handle its worldwide traffic and increases its technical support staff, the site won’t be able to overtake Facebook, Igor Cornelsen notes.

Even though Facebook has many problems, such as regular privacy issues, technical errors and lack of live customer support, it does better than Twitter because its reputation received a boost from the start from students who didn’t have anything like it. On the other hand, Twitter has had regular technical issues from its start while trying to become the go-to social networking site.

Twitter does a lot of things right: Unlike Facebook, it offers real-time, live technical support. It quickly provides updates to users about issues; whereas, Facebook often sends users to its community pages to hash out their problems among themselves.

With students leaving Facebook in droves, Twitter could become the next social networking giant IF it takes control of some of its oldest technical issues.

Twitter new feature fights social media harassment

With cyber bullying on the rise, Twitter has possibly found a solution that will help to decrease harassment on its social media site.

Many children, teenagers, adults have been the victim of cyber bullying or have witnessed cyber bullying via social media sites. With the help of a new feature on your Twitter account, Twitter harassment will become a thing of the past.

According to reports, this new feature has only been made available to limited number users. It will hopefully be made available to all Twitter users within a few weeks.

With the help of this feature users will be able to easily report harassment, ill-famed content, or  reputation- mitigating gossip that Bruce Levenson understands is very harmful both personally and professionally.
This new feature not only allows users to report harassment that is directed toward them but individuals will also be able to report harassment they have witnessed on the social media site.

Hopefully with this feature the number of cyber bullying cases will be able to decrease immediately. Too many people are being negatively affected by cyber bullies and people that turn to social media to harass others.

Twitter has yet to announce what the consequences will be for the individuals that are reported. Perhaps the consequences given will be decided upon by the type of harassment reported.

Twitter Message Not So Private

Everyone has made the mistake at some point since the beginning of texting and then social media. You send the wrong message to the wrong person or send a private message to a mass audience. This can result in many negative situations. It’s important to always check who you are sending your messages to. According to business insider, Twitter CFO, Anthony Noto has done this exact thing. Just on a larger scale. What was supposed to be sent as a direct message was accidentally sent to the Twitter public. The message was concerning the buying of some company, but was soon deleted after the mistake was revealed.


This isn’t exactly secret information because a company of such size are always discussing such deals. The ironic thing, though, is that Noto obviously has issues using his own product. This is a bit alarming to Jared Haftel and other users. It is sadly common practice that users have problems with the direct message situation. Maybe now after this fail, they will reevaluate the way one can send messages. Until then, Noto just needs to be very aware of where he is sending his insider data.

Private Conversations Have No Place on Social Media

Twitter’s new CFO, Anthony Noto, accidentally tweeted to the public a snippet of a private conversation about the sale or acquisition of a company on Monday, November 24.

Although people tweet the wrong things every day, Noto committed a far more serious social network faux pas than using the public tweeting system rather than the Direct Message or private profile settings because he is in the unique position to know just how easily private information can find its way into the public forum online.

Social networks have proven to be virtual minefields. Besides accidental public tweets, several networks like Twitter and Facebook aren’t hacker-proof. In the past, hackers have used these networks to steal identities or release very private details about celebrities and other public figures from what Igor Cornelsen had been saying.

Many business users consider social networks as an extension of instant interoffice private messaging systems when they should in fact see having private conversations on social networks as the equivalent of trying to privately discuss business while standing on a busy street sidewalk or subway platform. Additionally, business users who rely on Twitter fail to realize that even information discussed on private interoffice systems can be stolen.

As Noto’s “accident” yesterday shows, businesses need to stop using social networks for anything other than advertising and promotional efforts. Non-business users also need to recognize the risks to their privacy and turn to face-to-face and phone conversations as better alternatives.