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Twitter Launches Facebook-A-Like Redesign in the Continuing Search For New Users (AllTwitter)
Tuesday Twitter announced a radical redesign of profiles that the company hopes will help them both attract and retain new users to the service. While Facebook-like in styling, the new Twitter profiles are significantly slicker in both look and feel than they’ve ever been before, with a greater emphasis being made on photos and popular tweets. The Next Web The news follows on from the broader refresh that came into effect back in February, which included a whiter design and bigger buttons. With this latest overhaul, you will be able to pin one of your tweets to the top of your profile page. Reuters Tweets that have received more retweets or replies will also appear slightly larger to spur more user engagement. The new layout, which will be available to a small group of users initially, will be widely deployed to Twitter’s 241 million users in the coming weeks, the company said. Wired Almost everything about Twitter’s new profile design — from its horizontal cover photo to its photo-centric timeline — looks a whole lot like Facebook. And that, says Gartner analyst Brian Blau, may be the point. Forbes There is nothing that stops Twitter doing this and with a pinch of fiduciary responsibility to the shareholders, Twitter has to do this. It’s just another reminder that the online services that many of us rely on do not have our ongoing interests at heart, and should always be regarded as transient.
FarmVille 2 Lost Nearly 4M DAUs in Past Year (AllFacebook)
In one year’s time, FarmVille 2 lost nearly 4 million daily active users, dropping from No. 4 in AppData’s Power Ranking to No. 20. Meanwhile, Candy Crush Saga has held onto its No. 1 spot, gaining more than 35 million DAUs in the same time period.
Facebook Prepares Trio of New Privacy Tweaks (CNET News)
Small Facebook changes can seem monumental when they affect user privacy, and so the company heavily researches even slight privacy adjustments before delivering them to its 1.2 billion users. Three new privacy-related tweaks are in development, said two members of its privacy team. Raylene Yung and Michael Nowak, Facebook’s privacy engineering manager and privacy product manager, respectively, told reporters gathered at its offices in Menlo Park, Calif., New York City and Washington, D.C., that the company uses more than 4,000 daily surveys in 27 languages to help fine-tune its privacy interface.
Airlines Discover the Efficiency in Using Social For Customer Service (SocialTimes)
When a plane is grounded or there are delays, customers sometimes vent their fury on Twitter. Airline companies recognize this reality and are getting wise to this sort of oblique customer service request.
Biz Stone on Being Twitter’s ‘Best Supporting Actor’ and His Secret Startup Idea (Re/code)
Opting for the house white, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone headed onstage for his interview with Re/code co-executive editor Kara Swisher, during which he talked about his feel-good if somewhat vague new book, “Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind.” “My perspective tends to be hallucinogenically optimistic,” Stone said. His goal in writing was to “allow readers to look at the world through my eyes.”
Al Jazeera America Wins Shorty Award for Best News Twitter Account (LostRemote)
Eight-month old news startup Al Jazeera America took home the Shorty Award honor for best news Twitter account at the Shorty Awards in New York City. Adding to the hardware, their deputy news editor, Sarah Jones, won the best social media journalist award (@SarahJReports).
Teacher, 79, Quits After Refusing to Unfriend Pupils on Facebook (CNET)
Middleton McGoodwin, superintendent of schools in Claremont, N.H., told the Union Leader: “In essence, we told her [Carol Thebarge] if you cannot comply with school board policy, you cannot work for us. That means we’re not going to call her anymore.” Some might think that feels like a firing.
The Nature of Online Privacy is Changing (SocialTimes)
Between simply choosing not to share things and the anonymous sharing apps, there are some novel ways to preserve your privacy online. While the temptation exists to constantly detail every aspect of your life, the rules of acceptable sharing seem to be coalescing.
Dropbox’s Nuclear Weapon: A Line of Credit of Half a Billion Dollars (VentureBeat)
File-sharing company Dropbox has secured a line of credit just north of $500 million, a source familiar with the matter tells VentureBeat. This is more cash than the amount the Financial Times reported over the weekend.