BuzzFeed: Now You Can View Tweets By Topic, Without Having To Make A List. “Now you can view tweets sorted by topic, without having to follow anyone, right in Twitter’s Explore tab. The social platform released the new feature globally on iOS and Android Tuesday, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed to BuzzFeed News. Twitter’s algorithms will show you these topics based on what they know about your interests. Eventually, the platform will give users more control over what they see, the spokesperson said.”
Advertising Age: Not Even Twitter Knows When Brands Should Stop Tweeting. “Twitter has never really been for people who shy away from politics and news, and the sometimes-harsh landscape has been a drag on its expansion. Just as its relevance was being reaffirmed daily by the ultimate power user, the president of the United States, user growth last quarter declined in the United States from a year earlier and stalled worldwide. Ad revenue fell as well.”
BuzzFeed: People Seem To Be Creating Fake Accounts Of White Women To Push Anti-Feminist And Racist Agendas. “The @thetaclair account, at the center of a controversial tweet about Target, appears to be one of a handful of newly created online personas sloppily stereotyping white women to push alt-right and anti-feminist ideologies.”
Washington Post: Now you can see what Donald Trump sees every time he opens Twitter. “Users of Twitter will understand…that it can be tricky to know what someone else sees when he or she fires up the application. Everyone follows a different group of people, and that colors the information they receive. To that end, we’ve created @trumps_feed, an account that checks whom Trump follows every five minutes and then retweets any new tweets from them over that period. The net result is a replication of what Trump would see on those occasions that he switches over from the Mentions tab.” I think this is fascinating because you can see what’s driving a person’s thinking and reactions (to a greater or lesser extent, of course). I would love to see a tool like this for all world leaders on Twitter.
CNET: Twitter to livestream the solar eclipse chase across the US. “Add Twitter as yet another way to catch Monday’s total solar eclipse, the first to cross the US from coast to coast in nearly 100 years, if you somehow miss it in person. The social network is partnering with the Weather Channel to livestream the ‘once-in-a-lifetime celestial event,’ when the moon blocks out the sun for up to a few minutes.”
Vice: Twitter just suspended accounts linked to the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer. “The Daily Stormer is running out of places to post on the Internet — Twitter kicked several accounts associated with the prominent neo-Nazi website off its platform Wednesday.”
Los Angeles Times: Obama tweeted a response to the Charlottesville violence. It’s now the most ‘liked’ in Twitter history. “The former president tweeted a Nelson Mandela quote on the day of violent chaos in Charlottesville. He included a photo taken of him in 2011 on a visit to his daughter Sasha’s school in Bethesda, Md. With more than 2.8 million likes already, it’s the most ‘liked’ tweet in Twitter history.”