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25 Clever Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts

25 Clever Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts


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Tony Abbott Was Just Asking To Become A Meme When He Posted This Picture

Tony Abbott Was Just Asking To Become A Meme When He Posted This Picture

Apparently he missed the memo from David Cameron.

1. When UK Prime Minister David Cameron posted this serious selfie on Twitter, he naturally spawned a hilarious meme.

Tony Abbott @TonyAbbottMHR

Just got an update on the search for #MH370 from JACC Chief Coordinator Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret'd)

3. Literally — within minutes Twitter users got in on the action.

RRR @burntsugar

@TonyAbbottMHR me too

Dame Key Lime Pie @MrJosh9000

.@na_cotic @thombus @TonyAbbottMHR I'm patched in what's the sitrep

Dame Key Lime Pie @MrJosh9000

.@thombus @na_cotic @TonyAbbottMHR wait let me swap phones

Jess Clarke @Jess_Clarke

@pipequanta @MrJosh9000 @thombus @na_cotic @TonyAbbottMHR I’m here. What’s the sitch?

Fakeed™ Butler @fakeedbutler

Hey @TonyAbbottMHR tone. Tone. TONE. TOOONNEEEEE I am on the line now u wot m8

Kate Iselin @kateiselin

I'm on the line and listening in “@TonyAbbottMHR: Just got an update on the search for #MH370”

Doug Terry @TerryDougie

@john_weeks @kateiselin @TonyAbbottMHR everyone talk 1 at a time please, I've got you on speaker

Adam Brereton @adambrereton

.@TonyAbbottMHR patched in now prime minister

Ayden Cutajar @AydenCutajar

.@TonyAbbottMHR #selfiegame

21. Sadly, unlike David Cameron, no actual knights patched in for Tony’s call.

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23 Great British Values According To Twitter

23 Great British Values According To Twitter

Michael Gove wants British values to be taught in schools. The #BritishValues hashtag offers some excellent suggestions.

1. Booze.

Sarah M @sazza_jay

Binge drinking #britishvalues

2. Mr Blobby.

A Funking Good Time @HailBobbyGeorge

A nation responsible for Mr Blobby being number 1 once upon a time #BritishValues

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3. Comedy socks.

Craig Baxter @CraigBaxter

Wearing comedy socks #BritishValues

4. Traditional street names.

Political Chap @PoliticalChap

@turboholborn #BritishValues (overbearing State)

11. Spokey Dokeys.

Dirk @pugjoke

Purchasing overpriced cereal because it comes with free spokey dokeys #BritishValues

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Twitter: @zoomosis

12. Language skills.

Mr Wood @woodo79

Going on holiday to a foreign country & speaking English slowly & loudly to locals & getting annoyed they don't understand. #BritishValues

13. 8p curry sauce.

8p curry sauce.

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14. Having a stiff upper lip.

ArsenalTransferNews @TwittaTwats

#BritishValues refusing to smile or interact in a pleasant way with any strangers.

15. Acting appropriately to any sign of sun.

Anti-Cli Max @max_normal_

Walking around topless as soon as a smidgen of sun appears no matter how skinny I am. #BritishValues

16. Sitting on bins.

GARAM MASALA ™ © ® @SpamChopp


19. Choosing the right conservatory furniture.

not Darren @DforDerivative

Getting a conservatory and thinking that rattan furniture is the way to go. #BritishValues


20. Putting traffic cones on statues.

Mr Wood @woodo79

#BritishValues Seeing a rogue traffic cone and immediately working out the nearest sculpture in need of a hat.

21. Politicians trying to play sports.

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Are Tailored Trends Ruining Twitter?

Are Tailored Trends Ruining Twitter?


Mashable OP-ED: This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication.

“Snape” and “Serverus” are trending, my Harry Potter obsessed daughter told me. “On Twitter?” I asked. Yes and the theory she had was that it had something to do with a push for a National Harry Potter Day or that Potter’s fictional birthday is on July 31. She was excited that the Tweeting world shared her obsession — except it didn’t.

She was a victim of Twitter’s new Tailored Trends.

Later that same week, a co-worker excitedly told me how a Mashable Story was trending globally on Twitter. “The whole headline!” she cried. Except that wasn’t so.

She, too, was a victim of Twitter’s Tailored Trends.

It’s been almost a month since Twitter unveiled Tailored Trends, a recalibration of the old Twitter trends algorithm designed to “tailor Trends based on your location and who you follow on Twitter”. Twitter even made this adjustment the new normal. Now every Twitter member’s homepage would list Trends that said more about them than they did the Tweeting activities of the world at large.

Allow me to explain.

Before this change, Twitter Trends were a great window into the wider-world of Twitter activity. It’s true, you likely tweeted about things that interested you and followed those with either similar interests or those who would provide you with updates that aligned with your interests. The great thing about Twitter Trends, which you could set to show worldwide, your country (including the U.S. — you can even filter by state), was that you learned about things outside your own particular passion.

I’ve always treated Twitter as a news feed. Like others, I learned of the deaths of both Steve Jobs and Whitney Houston first on Twitter. While Trends covers big stories they’re just as often a reflection of busy conversations about smaller news events or unusual, viral stories that had people talking (and Tweeting). I’d see a trending hashtag or term and click the link to learn more. I guess my doing so was sort of self-perpetuating, but I swear I learned about stuff I would otherwise have missed thanks to Twitter trends.

I truly believe this was always Twitter’s intention with Trends. Take a look at the mobile app and you’ll find Trends under the “Discover” tab. According to Merriam Webster, Discover means, “to obtain sight or knowledge of for the first time.”

The new Twitter trends, which most of you likely now have by default, is an exercise in navel gazing, searching for the unknown, but only within your known. It makes Twitter a much more local activity since it filters by your location and shields you from things you don’t care about because it’s based on who you follow. This change is like a leech on Twitter, sucking all the serendipity from the experience.

It also leads to people thinking their interests are much more important, relevant and exciting than they really are. Yes, I know my daughter loves Harry Potter, but Mr. Potter does not own the Twitter stream. Prior to this change, she would, almost daily, mention odd Twitter trends she’d stumbled upon. She had no idea that Twitter had made a change that, in a matter of weeks, would shrink her Twitter world. When she did realize what was going on, she was not happy.

As soon as my co-worker mentioned her Twitter Trend discovery, I told her to make sure Twitter wasn’t filtering her Trends for her. It was and once she changed it, she saw once again saw the Twitterverse with fresh eyes.

I know that some people find unfiltered or non-tailored trends useless because, as one Twitter follower told me “most are meaningless” to him. For him, perhaps the filtered view is a boon. For most, though, I suspect that what Twitter friend @ds_33 told me is true: It projects a kind of “confirmation bias”. Your Twitter feed becomes a kind of “yes man” for your interests and will also serve to verify your beliefs because the trends you see are all generated by the people you choose to follow (and even where you chose to live).

When Twitter announced Tailored Trends, it didn’t spend a lot of time explaining the reasoning behind the change. In a short blog post, Twitter simply said it wanted to show “emerging trends that matter more to you.” Twitter is right, of course, you will see what matters to you most. If you like your world small and self-satisfying, this is a good thing. If you want Twitter to open up your world, then do as I’ve done and turn off Tailored Trends.

It’ll be an eye-opener.

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Twitter Thinks It May Know Your Friends

Twitter Thinks It May Know Your Friends



Love the “People You May Know” feature on LinkedIn? Then you may be happy to learn that Twitter is essentially copying the feature. Instead of a widget, though, Twitter will suggest potential contacts via a weekly email.

Twitter already offers suggestions for who to follow, of course, and those have gotten more prominent (and relevant) on the site as the company has refined the widget. It’s based on an algorithm that has gotten better and more personalized, and now even takes into account your location.

“People You May Know,” however, gets populated differently. Twitter said in a blog post that the people suggested are based on “signals” such as who your friends follow and the contact information imported by the people you connect with on Twitter.

As an example, Twitter says if several people you follow also follow someone, that person could come up as a person you may know. Twitter told Mashable “People You May Know” uses contact information this way: If your friend uploads his address book and it includes your email address, and then you sign up for Twitter with that email address, Twitter may suggest your friend to you as an account to follow.

In any case, Twitter users should begin to get suggestions via email in their next weekly update from the service. Don’t want them? It’s easy enough to turn off in your settings for email notifications.

The new feature strikes us as a little redundant considering the existence of to “Who to follow,” but we’ll reserve final judgment until we see the updates for ourselves.

What say you? Do you think “People You May Know” is extraneous, helpful or whatevs? Sound off in the comments.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, Logorilla

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62-Year-Old Swimmer Live-Tweets Swim From Cuba to Florida

62-Year-Old Swimmer Live-Tweets Swim From Cuba to Florida


Diana Nyad, a 62-year-old marathon swimmer from Los Angeles, Calif. is attempting to make history as she swims from Havana, Cuba to Florida, a distance of 103 miles, in what she calls the Xtreme Dream. Though Nyad’s in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, her support team is sharing updates from her journey on Twitter and her blog.

Nyad’s already encountered a storm and several jellyfish stings, though she keeps stroking at a strong pace, according to the team accompanying her who are updating her Twitter and blog.

The most recent blog post from this morning describes the conditions of her swim:

“We had quite a night. The weather was really ugly. All crew members safe. As of this morning, the weather is clear with light winds out of the SE. Seas are calm and Diana is swimming strong at 50 strokes per minute and has swum 33.81 statute miles. There have been no jellyfish sightings our experts report. Beautiful out!”

Her tweets include similar details from the experience:

Her website also includes a map of where she is in her swim between Cuba and Florida:

Nyad first attempted the distance from Cuba to the U.S. three decades ago when she was 29. Extreme weather on the course already teaming with sharks, jellyfish and pollution, left her heading toward Texas, rather than Florida.

Are you interested in following extreme athletes on Twitter? Let us know what you think of Diana’s social presence in the comments.

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Square Tweets Ultimate Humblebrag: $10 Billion in Payments a Year

Square Tweets Ultimate Humblebrag: $10 Billion in Payments a Year


Tweets that use the word “humble” in conjunction with an incredible boast are top targets for one of Twitter’s favorite hashtags: #humblebrag. Jack Dorsey’s mobile payments company Square offered a prime example of the genre Wednesday, when it announced that the company had hit a whopping $10 billion in money processed per year.

Still, if any milestone was worth humblebragging about, this one is it. A year ago, Square was processing $2 billion in payments per year. It took five more months to hit the $5 billion per year milestone.

To have doubled its annualized transactions in just seven months is a testament to the success of Dorsey’s platform, based on a dongle you plug into your smartphone or tablet and lets anyone swipe a credit card to pay you.

It’s particularly impressive given that Square is facing an increasing number of competitors in the dongle-based payment industry, from Paypal to Groupon to Bank of America. But Square is a surprisingly nimble 800-lb. gorilla in this space, where it seems important to be the one to get your platform out first.

Just in the last few weeks, Starbucks announced a Square partnership, and the payments company moved into the Canadian market. Square is now valued at more than $3 billion. Perhaps Dorsey can celebrate the milestone by favoring us with another display of power tweeting.

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