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Twitter launches official app for WordPress. releases report on global connectivity. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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Twitter Now Has an Official WordPress Plugin (The Next Web)
Twitter has announced that it’s releasing its first official Twitter plugin for WordPress that brings a bunch of Twitter functionality to your site easily. The new plugin brings a plethora of features; it automatically generates Twitter Cards for your pages, enables Twitter Analytics, embeds video and adds a tweet button to posts in the admin interface. TechCrunch If you’re already happy with your third-party Twitter plugin or custom-built Twitter solutions, this new plug-in … might not do very much in terms of new stuff for you. Hell, your current plug-in may even do more. Marketing Land The plugin gives publishers the ability to customize the look — including the color of links and borders — of embedded tweets; and more. Issues Update on the State of Global Connectivity (SocialTimes)
A total of 78 percent of the population in the developed world has access to the Internet, compared with just 32 percent in emerging economies, according to the latest report from was created in August 2013 by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung, with the aim of connecting what at the time was nearly two-thirds of the world without Internet access.

Uber Goes Free in Seoul as Pressure from City Government Mounts (CNET)
Ride-sharing service Uber is once again offering customers in Seoul a free ride. Announced Wednesday, the move is the latest attempt by the company — which provides a car-hailing app that connects riders and drivers — to offer its service in a city that’s proved unwilling to budge on allowing Uber to operate legally.

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BuzzFeed Launches Cute or Not: It’s Like Tinder for Kittens, Puppies, and Wombats (VentureBeat)
The new app is called Cute or Not, and as you might imagine, it feels a lot like Tinder. Swipe right if the animal is adorable and cuddly, swipe left if it doesn’t strike your fancy.

Turner Launches TNT Go in Latin America (LostRemote)
Turner Broadcasting is making a foray into the Latin American market with a new OTT streaming service powered by IBM and Kaltura called TNT Go. It was launched this week with a livestream of the Oscars telecast.

Time to Silence Terrorists on Social Media (CNN)
If social media is being used to help radicalize thousands of people and raise millions of dollars from many more, the question all this raises is this: Why is no one shutting them down? Because American companies aren’t. And nor is the American government.

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Share Directly to Facebook Messenger via iPhone, iPad (SocialTimes)
Facebook Messenger users with iPhones or iPads can now share photos or links directly to the application following an update to the iOS app. Facebook vice president of messaging products David Marcus announced that in the 10 years since its launch, YouTube has become one of the top websites on the internet. In the Alexa rankings, the video streaming site is bested only by Google and Facebook.

Dick Costolo Thinks it’s OK to Never Tweet (The New York Times)
I meet people who say, “Oh, I don’t tweet.” I think there’s still a misconception that the reason they’d sign up is to tweet. When I meet them, I tell them, “No, you don’t have to.”

YouTube: 10 Years of Struggle Between Corporate Interests and Community Value (SocialTimes)
In the ten years since its launch, YouTube has become one of the top websites on the internet. In the Alexa rankings, the video streaming site is bested only by Google and Facebook. Hank Green, a popular YouTuber behind Vlogbrothers, Sci Show, and Crash Course, looks back on 10 years of YouTube in an article on Medium.

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