Twitter acquires London-based groups chat app startup ‘Sphere’

Social media giant Twitter has reportedly acquired a London-based startup company called Sphere that is known for their group chat app service. The team from Sphere will be joining Twitter and will work on various services within Twitter such as Communities, Direct Messages, and Creators initiatives.

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Twitter testing warning prompts when participating in heated or intense conversations

It isn’t uncommon for public conversations on social media platforms to become heated, intense and toxic. To help reduce the chances of having a negative interaction, Twitter is testing a new prompt that will warn users of the possibility of the conversation to become heated or intense.

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Twitter rolls out Tips payment, including tipping with Bitcoin starting with iOS users

A couple of months ago, Twitter began testing a new feature called Tips that would allow users to directly send money to their favourite account. The company has now begun rolling out the feature to iOS users first, supporting multiple payment services and multiple types of currency, including crypto.

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Twitter for iOS testing edge-to-edge videos and pictures for timeline

Twitter is testing yet another visual tweak to their mobile experience on iOS, where videos, photos and GIFs will now stretch from edge-to-edge on the display. The test comes nearly a month after Twitter introduced a number of visual changes on both its mobile and web platforms.

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Twitter API v2 update adds Spaces search endpoints to improve Spaces discoverability

Twitter appears to be quite invested in their their Spaces feature as they have announced new features in the Twitter API that will provide developers with tools to make Spaces more discoverable. Along with this, Twitter is also working on features for the future such as reminders and various tools for Spaces Hosts.

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Twitter introduces a number of visual changes and updates for web and mobile

Over the last few months, Twitter has been introducing a number of smaller visual changes and updates to their platform. The latest update now adds support for their ‘Chirp’ font, an updated colour palette to draw attention to the content on the platform and more.

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Twitter begins testing Shop module, an in-app shopping feature for select iOS users starting from the US

Twitter has begun a pilot test for their new Shop module for select users in the United States. The feature will allow users to explore shoppable products from profiles and provide a pathway for them to purchase it.

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Twitter reports $1.19 billion in total revenue during Q2 2021; reached 206 million average monetizable daily active users

Twitter has released their earnings report for the second quarter of 2021, recording a total revenue of $1.19 billion globally, which equates to a growth of 74% YoY. Along with this, their average monetizable daily active users have increased by 11% YoY to a total of 206 million users.

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Twitter is testing downvoting button for replies to understand which replies to show

When it comes to reacting to content found on social media, platforms often only offer a ‘Like’ button, and rarely provide the option to dislike something. Now, for some iOS users, Twitter is testing a downvoting button for reply tweets, with the goal of understanding what kind of replies to show users.

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Twitter is shutting down Fleets due to lack of engagement

Just a year after introducing the feature, Twitter Fleets will no longer be available in the platform after August 3, 2021. The feature was initially introduced to get around a user’s anxiety when tweeting their thoughts, however, the company noticed that it was being used by people who tweet the most.

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Twitter India publishes June 2021 IT rules compliance report; appoints grievance officer

Twitter has published their compliance report for the month of June 2021, according to the requirements of the new IT rules 2021. Along with this, Twitter also announced the appointment of Vinay Prakash as their resident grievance officer, which is also another requirement of the IT law.

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Twitter testing new privacy features that will allow users to hide their accounts from search

User privacy is a very important part of online social media platforms. Twitter is reportedly looking to improve their user privacy settings with a few features, such as the ability to toggle the discoverability of their accounts, check their account’s privacy setting with a one-stop “Privacy check-up”, and more.

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Twitter working on Reply Language Prompts, Trusted Friends and more features

Now and then, developers at Twitter tease upcoming features that are still in development. The company showed three new features that they are exploring at the moment, called Reply Language Prompts, Trusted Friends and Facets.

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Twitter opens applications to try out Ticketed Spaces and Super Follows

Twitter has finally opened the application process for users to apply for two premium services – Ticketed Spaces and Super Follow. These two features introduce new ways of monetization on the platform, allowing users to engage and earn money from their audience.

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Twitter for iOS now lets you share tweets directly to Instagram Stories

Last year, Twitter introduced a feature that allows users to directly share their tweets in Snapchat and Instagram Stories. While support for the feature was rolled out for Snapchat, sharing to Instagram was only being tested with a limited set of users. Now, the feature is rolling out to all Instagram users for iOS.

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