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April 29 2013

An invitation to #ComedyFest (BYOB)

This week Twitter is turning into a comedy club, and you’ve got the best seats in the house, all for the price of free. We’re not saying that enjoying your favorite comedians on Twitter is a cheapskate’s way to avoid the cover and two-drink minimum at your local club. By all means, pull up a chair, get on Twitter, and pour a couple of glasses as Comedy Central’s #ComedyFest unfolds on Twitter from April 29-May 3.

Almost from the beginning of Twitter, comedians have been pushing the boundaries and creating a new form of comedy within the limits of 140 characters.

And this week, Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) is celebrating that comedy and those comedians, with the Comedy Central #ComedyFest, running from today through Friday. On Twitter, on ComedyCentral.com and on the air, you’ll be able to enjoy over 20 events featuring 67 comedians, including Q&As, roasts, and live-tweeting stand-up specials and favorite funny films.

Wait - make that 68 comedians. In the first event of #ComedyFest, the incomparable Mel Brooks will be joining Twitter today as @MelBrooks. He’ll be participating in a discussion with another legend of comedy, Carl Reiner (@CarlReiner) -- the 2,000 year old men, if you will -- hosted by contemporary funnyman Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow). Everyone is invited to watch the conversation between these icons of comedy: the event will live-stream in @MelBrooks’ first tweet, as well as on cc.com, starting at 2pm PT. You can ask these legends questions of your own by tweeting with #ComedyFest... and if you’ve ever seen their routines, you’ll know that nothing is off-limits.

And that’s just the beginning! Make sure you don’t miss a single laugh by checking out the full schedule here -- and be sure to follow @ComedyCentral for updates and programming. To find and follow all the participants on Twitter, visit this page. Here’s a small sampling of what you’ll find during the week-long #ComedyFest:

Key & Peele episode live-tweet 
Monday (4/29) 8:00 p.m. ET 
Tune-in to COMEDY CENTRAL and follow creators and stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as they live tweet an episode of their hit show "Key & Peele."
Featuring: Keegan-Michael Key @KeeganMKey, Jordan Peele @JordanPeele

Tweeting All Up Inside Amy Schumer 
Tuesday (4/30) 10:30pm ET 
During the premiere of the new COMEDY CENTRAL series, “Inside Amy Schumer”, Amy Schumer herself will be livetweeting--giving you the inside scoop, telling you things that went right and wrong during shooting, and more!
Featuring: Amy Schumer @amyschumer 

The Comedy Directors of Comedy: A Panel 
Wednesday (5/1) 12:30pm ET 
This panel gathers some of the best comedy directors out there--Paul Feig, Lance Bangs, Neal Brennan, and more--and gets them to discuss the ins and outs of directing comedy successfully.
Featuring: Jordan Vogt-Roberts @vogtroberts, Lance Bangs @lancebangs, Rob Schrab @robschrab, Paul Feig @paulfeig, Neil Brennan @nealbrennan; moderated by Oren Brimer @orenbrimer

Reno 911! Movie! Reunion! 
Wednesday (5/1) 2:45pm ET 
Stars Tom Lennon and Kerri Kenney-Silver livetweet their opus, Reno 911!: Miami, with the help of Kumail Nanjiani. Watch the movie with them and get lots of behind-the-scenes stories.
Featuring: Tom Lennon @thomaslennon, Kerri Kenny-Silver @kerrikenney, Kumail Nanjiani @kumailn; moderated by Michael Ian Black @michaelianblack

#ComedyFest kicks off tomorrow with a Q&A with @melbrooks & @carlreiner hosted by @juddapatow.What Qs do YOU want As to?
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) April 28, 2013
Excited to be moderating the directors panel for #comedyfest on Wednesday.Check out the lineup @comedycentral: on.cc.com/11Eo6zv
— Oren Brimer (@orenbrimer) April 28, 2013
@twittermovies#comedyfest 4 both Gr8s - did an actor ever really surprise you in a good way either in audition or while shooting? How so?
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) April 28, 2013
This week marks the evolution of Twitter’s role as the great public square to now include a special corner for the smartasses, fools and funny people. BYOB.

Posted by Fred Graver (@fredgraver)
Head of TV

This Week on Twitter - Apr. 29

On most Mondays, we post “This week on Twitter” to alert you to key things happening in the coming week. Whether it’s a live chat with the cast of your favorite TV show, a Q&A with a political candidate or a pro sports team Tweepstakes, keep current about can’t-miss moments on Twitter in the week ahead. - Ed.

Monday, Apr. 29 - May 3; 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT
This week kicks off #ComedyFest from Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral). Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) and Carl Reiner (@CarlReiner) will answer questions in an “in-Tweet” Livestream event hosted by Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow). Fans should follow @ComedyCentral and @MelBrooks (who will be posting his first Tweet on Monday) for more information. The rest of the festival will celebrate comedy, comedians and everyone who likes to laugh.

Want to get digitally roasted by @realjeffreyross for #ComedyFest on 5/2? Reply to this tweet with #RoastMe!
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) April 25, 2013

Monday, Apr. 29; 12:35 a.m. ET / PT
Retta (@unfoRETTAble) will live-tweet her appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (@LateNightJimmy). She'll be performing a stand-up set and promoting the finale of Parks & Recreation (@ParksAndRecNBC). Fans should keep an eye out for behind-the-scenes Tweets throughout the day!

Wednesday, May 1; 9:00 p.m. ET / PT
The Office (@TheOfficeNBC) viewers can vote for Dunder-Mifflin’s most valuable employee this week by using the hashtag #DunderMifflinMVE. To see who won, check @TheOfficeNBC on Monday, May 13.

Wednesday, May 1-4; check local listings
It's #Derby week! Catch all of the behind-the-scenes action by following NBC Sports Network (@NBCSN). Fans will find everything from backstage photos, to celeb Tweets and Tweets from the horses themselves (yes, they have their own accounts). For the latest fashion trends (specifically hats) #Derby fashionistas should follow along using the hashtag #DebryHats.

Check back next week for more!

Posted by Alexandra Valasek (@AlzValz)

April 26 2013

#OnlyOnTwitter: A Presidential Week

It’s been a historic week on Twitter, as two former U.S. Presidents let their presence be known on Twitter. Bill Clinton joined the ranks of President Barack Obama, all 100 U.S. Senators and 95 percent of the House of Representatives, while the dedication of George W. Bush’s new Bush Center brought us closer to all 5 living presidents via Twitter.

Earlier this week while making an appearance on the “Colbert Report”, Bill Clinton officially  joined Twitter as @billclinton. He sent his first Tweet to the show’s host Stephen Colbert (@stephenathome) and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton (@chelseaclinton), both of whom responded.

Excited to join @chelseaclinton and my good friend @stephenathome on Twitter!
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) April 25, 2013
I taught @billclinton to tweet! This is almost as exciting as the time I taught Cheney "Dance Dance Revolution."
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) April 25, 2013
One of my favorite photos of me & my #NowOnTwitterDad @billclinton! #TBT twitter.com/ChelseaClinton…
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 25, 2013

Since then, everyone from fellow politicians to former staffers to other popular Twitter personalities tweeted him with warm welcome messages.

Welcome to Twitter, President @billclinton - you're a little late!
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) April 25, 2013
@billclinton, Welcome to Twitter.it was an honor to serve in your admin…even if we didn't have email, smart phones or social media!
— Dee Dee Myers (@deemyers) April 25, 2013
#ff @billclinton, new to the Twitter. Welcome, Mr. President: good luck with 140 characters!
— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) April 25, 2013
Welcome to @twitter @billclinton. Always happy to see another champion for #aid in the 'sphere!
— Bill Gates (@billgates) April 25, 2013
Welcome to Twitter @billclinton (SFS '68)! #HoyaSaxa
— Georgetown Univ. (@Georgetown) April 25, 2013
Everybody- be cool. President @billclinton is officially on Twitter.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 25, 2013
“@billclinton: Excited to join @chelseaclinton and my good friend @stephenathome on Twitter!” Why them? What about @beyonce ? @tomarnold ?
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) April 25, 2013

Also making a splash on Twitter this week was the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and the George W. Bush Institute (@TheBushCenter), the first to open since 2004. Every living president, former world leaders and dignitaries, as well as Bush Administration alumni and other notable guests attended the dedication, many of whom live-tweeted the event using the hashtag #BushCenter.

May be no more patriotic moment in United States than opening of presidential library. Surpasses inauguration, annual holidays #bushcenter
— Rick Klein (@rickklein) April 25, 2013
— Karl Rove (@KarlRove) April 25, 2013
@TheBushCenter also captured a historic and behind-the-scenes view of the reunion of all five living presidents and the first families.
Living Presidents share a laugh before taking the stage #BushCenter twitter.com/TheBushCenter/…
— TheBushCenter (@TheBushCenter) April 25, 2013
A great American moment #BushCenter twitter.com/TheBushCenter/…
— TheBushCenter (@TheBushCenter) April 25, 2013
Congratulations George and Laura on opening @thebushcenter. Proud Hillary and I could be here. twitter.com/billclinton/st…
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) April 25, 2013

While a ceremonial affair, there were many lighthearted moments captured on Twitter as well:

Favorite pic so far. Adding to my collection. Dikembe Mutombo is here to celebrate @thebushcenter (I'm in 5" heels) twitter.com/DanaPerino/sta…
— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) April 25, 2013
One of the cutest, sweetest men I know, loves a good sock! Happy to be with family! twitter.com/JennaBushHager…
— Jenna Bush Hager (@JennaBushHager) April 25, 2013

We’re excited to hear more from and about the 42nd and 43rd presidents in 140 characters. Be sure to follow @gov to get the latest updates on the world leaders, politicians and organizations that matter most to you.

Posted by Bridget Coyne (@bcoyne) and Sean Evins (@evins)
Government Team

April 25 2013

New improvements to Twitter for Mac

Today we’re announcing a few improvements to Twitter for Mac:

  • Photos: It’s easier than ever to share photos. Simply click the camera icon in the lower-left corner of the Tweet compose box, and choose a photo to share. If you prefer, you can still drag and drop photos from the desktop.
  • Retina display support: Now Twitter is even more vibrant and detailed on the highest resolution Mac notebooks. With this update, Tweets will be clearer and sharper, creating a more vivid experience.
  • 14 more languages: In addition to English, Twitter for Mac now supports Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, and Turkish.

Along with these updates, Twitter for Mac offers keyboard shortcuts, support for multiple accounts and timelines, and other features that you’ve come to love.

You can get this update now in the Mac App Store. Keep an eye out for more improvements to come, too.

Posted by Ben Sandofsky (@sandofsky)
Tech Lead, Twitter for Mac

This Week on Twitter - Apr. 22

On most Mondays, we post “This week on Twitter” to alert you to key things happening in the coming week. Whether it’s a live chat with the cast of your favorite TV show, a Q&A with a political candidate or a pro sports team Tweepstakes, keep current about can’t-miss moments on Twitter in the week ahead. - Ed.

Monday, Apr. 22; 8:00 p.m. ET / PT 
It's a hashtag war! Tune into Love & Hip Hop Atlanta and vote on the characters' actions with hashtag #LHHATL. Follow @LoveHipHopVH1 for the questions and after the show for results.

Countdown: ONE DAY until #LHHATL season 2 premieres at 8/7c on @vh1!!! Who's having a viewing party + are we invited??
— Love & Hip Hop (@LoveHipHopVH1) April 21, 2013

Tuesday, April 23; 8:00 p.m. ET
The following @NFL greats and ESPN analysts will be live-tweeting the premiere of @30for30 "Elway to Marino": @TDESPN, @MelKiperESPN, @DarrenRovell, @BillSimmons, @wingoz and Bill Polian will take over the @ESPNNFL account. Fans should use #ElwaytoMarino to join the conversation.

Wednesday, Apr. 24; 9:00 p.m. ET / PT Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) will host a Twitter Q&A prior to The Following (@TheFollowingFOX) season finale. Fans are invited to tweet Kevin questions on Wednesday using the hashtags #TheFollowingFOX and #AskKevinBacon on Twitter, and he’ll respond on Thursday with a WhoSay video message.

I will be answering some of your ?'s next Thursday #TheFollowingFox #AskKevinBacon
— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) April 21, 2013

Thursday, Apr. 25; 8:00 a.m. Central Time
Follow @TheBushCenter to experience the real-time opening of The George W. Bush Presidential Center — home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute. In addition to each living President, the First Lady, several campaign surrogates, former staffers, and other noted guests will be in attendance, many of whom will live-tweet using the hashtag #BushCenter.

Thursday, Apr. 25-27; check local listings
Catch live coverage of the #NFLDraft including photos from the red carpet by following @NFL and @NFLNetwork. Stevie Johnson (@StevieJohnson13) and Will Allen (@WillAllenWAF) will be among the current players live-tweeting the event. Vote for your picks on Twitter in real time with the broadcast. Check back next week for more!

Posted by Alexandra Valasek (@AlzValz)


April 18 2013

Now playing: Twitter #music

Today, we're releasing Twitter #music, a new service that will change the way people find music, based on Twitter. It uses Twitter activity, including Tweets and engagement, to detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists. It also brings artists’ music-related Twitter activity front and center: go to their profiles to see which music artists they follow and listen to songs by those artists. And, of course, you can tweet songs right from the app.

The songs on Twitter #music currently come from three sources: iTunes, Spotify or Rdio. By default, you will hear previews from iTunes when exploring music in the app. Subscribers to Rdio and Spotify can log in to their accounts to enjoy full tracks that are available in those respective catalogs. We will continue to explore and add other music service providers.

So, if you’re interested in the songs that have been tweeted by the artists and people you follow on Twitter, you can navigate to #NowPlaying to view and listen to those songs.

Or if you’re scrolling through a chart and you want to learn more about a band, like Chvrches, you can tap their avatar to see their top song, follow them right from the chart, or tap their Twitter username to go to their profile.

Or if you want to listen to music from the artists Wiz Khalifa follows, you can search for his name using the search icon in the top right corner. Then tap one of the artists you’re interested in and hit the play button to begin listening, or press play on the player to listen to all the artists.

And as you discover new songs that you want to share with your followers on Twitter, simply tap the spinning disc in the lower left corner. This opens the player, and you can tweet from there using the Tweet icon in the top right corner.

You can download Twitter #music from the App Store today, or enjoy the web version, which will be rolling out over the next few hours: music.twitter.com. Right now, the service is available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Over time, we will bring the service to Android as well as to more countries.

Twitter and music go great together. People share and discover new songs and albums every day. Many of the most-followed accounts on Twitter are musicians, and half of all users follow at least one musician. This is why artists turn to Twitter first to connect with their fans — and why we wanted to find a way to surface songs people are tweeting about. We offered music artists an early look at the service. You can see some of their reactions below. We hope you like it, too.

playing with @twitter's new music app (yes it's real!)...there's a serious dance party happening at idol right now
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) April 11, 2013

Man this new Twitter music app is insane!
— Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) April 13, 2013

Hey @twittermusic thanks for sending me the new music app... Y'all are the shit!
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) April 13, 2013

playing with this new @twittermusic service. this is going to be really cool for music discovery when it's released
— ŦҤE GŁłŦ₡Ҥ MØB (@theglitchmob) April 12, 2013

Just got the Twitter #music app!! WAIT til ya see this shit!!it's epic!
— TOMMY LEE (@MrTommyLand) April 15, 2013

Twitter has some insane things in the pipeline. The new twitter #music app is big! Shout out to my peeps over at twitter ;) #HUGE
— Ne-Yo!! (@NeYoCompound) April 15, 2013

trying out the new @twittermusic service... it's really fantastic.gonna be huge!
— Soft Reeds (@softreeds) April 12, 2013

just listening to @jamesblakeon @twitter's new music app. not sure when it launches, but it's a really interesting music resource.
— moby (@thelittleidiot) April 16, 2013

Loving the new app by Twiiter #Music.I think this is gonna revolutionize things real fast...
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) April 16, 2013

Thanks to my friends @twittermusic for sharing your new app and connecting us thru music. Congrats!
— Jason Mraz (@jason_mraz) April 16, 2013

Posted by Stephen Philips (@huntedguy)
Founder, We are Hunted

April 15 2013

This Week on Twitter - Apr. 15

On most Mondays, we post “This week on Twitter” to alert you to key things happening in the coming week. Whether it’s a live chat with the cast of your favorite TV show, a Q&A with a political candidate or a pro sports team Tweepstakes, keep current about can’t-miss moments on Twitter in the week ahead. - Ed.

Saturday, Apr. 20; 12:00 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT 
Comedy legends Cheech and Chong (@CheechandChong) will host a Twitter Q&A in celebration of their new animated feature-length film, “Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie”. Fans can follow the conversation or participate by using the hashtag #CC420.

Sunday, Apr. 21; 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Phil Keoghan (@PhilKeoghan) will live-tweet “The Amazing Race” (@AmazingRace_CBS) using hashtag #AmazingRace. Viewers are invited to tune in and tweet in, or simply follow along.

What's better than an all-new #AmazingRace? Watching & tweeting w/@philkeoghan! Join the live tweet Sun @ 8pmET/5pmPT on.fb.me/Zf71NI
— The Amazing Race (@AmazingRace_CBS) April 12, 2013

Sunday, Apr. 21; 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
Fans of “The Good Wife” (@TheGoodWife_CBS) can follow set decorator Beth Kushnick (@GoodWifeSetDec) and join the conversation as she live-tweets this week's episode.

Don't miss the first of 3 episodes left of #TheGoodWife this season.I will be tweeting live on Sunday at 9:00 PM EST.
— SetDecTheGoodWife (@GoodWifeSetDec) April 11, 2013
Check back next week for more!

Posted by Alexandra Valasek (@AlzValz)

April 12 2013

Cast your votes for the MTV Movie Awards

For this year’s MTV Movie Awards, the judges are stepping aside and letting the viewers’ voice be heard: fans can now cast their vote via a Tweet. As movie buffs tune-in, they can also tweet-in as they vote, comment on their favorite acceptance speeches, share their picks for best dressed, or join the conversation as their favorite actors live-tweet the show. Viewers can check out the MTV Movie Awards Discover page, for specially-curated content live, leading up to and during the show.

#BestHero Award
Fans can use the following hashtags to cast their vote:
#VoteBilbo - The Hobbit
#VoteBatman - The Dark Knight Rises
#VoteCatwoman - The Dark Knight Rises
#VoteHulk - The Incredible Hulk 2
#VoteIronMan - Iron Man 3
#VoteSnowWhite - Snow White and the Huntsman

It's K. Stew's birthday today and she's neck and neck with Bilbo for #MovieAwards Best Hero: on.mtv.com/XhsEOU #JustSayin
— MTV (@mtv) April 9, 2013

The “Giffies” 
Viewers should follow @mtv to keep up-to-date on the first-ever real-time awards show about the awards show.  @mtv has teamed up up with @VH1 to offer a unique perspective, creating gif categories based on the show that will be tweeted-out in real-time. Fans can keep an eye out for “giffie” categories like “Best smirk," “Best long drawn-out acceptance speech,” and more.

Live-tweeting cast 
Whether they’re at the show or on their couch at home, stars will be putting in their two cents on Twitter, live during the show. Fans can follow these VIPs to get an insider’s look:

Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT): performer
Andrew Jenks (@AndrewJenks): creator/host of MTV’s “World of Jenks”
Hana Mae Lee (@hanamaelee): nominee, performer
MTV (@mtv): Official Account

Couch commentators: 
Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia): Creative Director of Marie Claire
Shawne Merriman (@shawnemerriman): former NFL player
Harry Shum (@iharryshum): Glee actor
Rebecca Minkoff (@RebeccaMinkoff): designer
Arlene Van Dyke (@Speakyteeth): costume designer
Gregory Smith (@Ju_Smith4): NBA player

Getting so excited to reunite with all of my fellow Aca-people at the MTV #MovieAwards this weekend!! #musicalreunions
— Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT) April 11, 2013
My bellas. Rehearse'n for #mtv #movieawards @alexisknapp@esterdean @therealannacamp @brittanysnow twitter.com/hanamaelee/sta…
— Hana Mae Lee (@hanamaelee) April 11, 2013
Posted by Grace Chu Lee (@gracelee)
TV Partnerships

April 11 2013

Trends in 160+ locations

Today, we’re introducing Trends in more than 160 new locations. Included in that list are a number of countries that will be getting Trends for the first time: Belgium, Greece, Kenya, Norway, Poland, Portugal, and Ukraine, plus more than 130 new cities in countries that already have Trends.

Trends are an easy way to find out what people are talking about right now –– around the world, in your country, or in your city. By checking out Trends, you can easily find breaking news and current hot topics that are most relevant to you. To find these new locations, click “Change” in the Trends sidebar on twitter.com, and select the city or country you’re most interested in.

To make Trends more convenient and relevant for people around the world, we’re constantly working to bring Trends to more locations –– be on the lookout for even more in the future. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to check out our support article on Trends for more information.

Posted by Royce Cheng-Yue (@rchengyue)
Software Engineer

April 04 2013

Tweet Week on CBS

Day in and day out, tuning in with Twitter makes watching TV all the more enjoyable. You can talk to the stars of your favorite scripted shows, see behind-the-scenes peeks of what happens on talk show sets, or receive exclusive color commentary about a big game. Bridging its primetime, daytime, and sports programming, CBS is kicking of #CBSTweetWeek today, offering viewers an exclusive weeklong tweetstravaganza.

Between April 4-10, the network’s stars and talent will be live-tweeting programs ranging from March Madness to The Price is Right to NCIS. All in all, 47 stars will hold Twitter chats for 19 programs throughout the week. For a full schedule of live-tweeting lineups, visit http://www.cbs.com/TweetWeek.

Be sure to follow your favorite shows and stars this week:
Don’t forget that @drewfromtv will be live tweeting tomorrow’s episode @ 1pm ET/10am PT as part of #CBSTweetWeek. cbs.com/tweetweek
— The Price Is Right(@PriceIsRight) April 3, 2013
As part of #CBSTweetWeek ill be tweeting & answering questions bout #LMAD this Fri (behind the scenes dirt, scandal, & maybe some recipes)
— Jonathan Mangum (@Mangum1) April 4, 2013
Don’t forget that @melissarauch will be live tweeting tomorrow’s episode @ 8pm ET/5pm PT as part of #CBSTweetWeek. cbs.com/tweetweek
— The Big Bang Theory (@BigBang_CBS) April 3, 2013

You can follow (and contribute to) the conversation with the hashtag #CBSTweetWeek.

Posted by Grace Chu Lee (@gracelee)
TV Partnerships

April 03 2013

New mobile updates for Android, iPhone and mobile web

We just released a new version of Twitter for Android. Its new design reflects a native Android experience: wider and taller timelines that fill the screen, a flat navigation bar, tap and hold for quick actions, and more. You can now quickly navigate between tabs by swiping across your screen. And as you type your Tweet or search, you’ll see username and hashtag suggestions, making it easier to connect with friends and join conversations.

In addition to the Android app, we’ve also updated Twitter for iPhone and mobile.twitter.com. All three mobile apps, plus twitter.com, now show more types of content in expanded Tweets: photo galleries, apps and product listings.

You’ll also see a new link right below content that is shared from another mobile app, such as Foursquare or Path.

The link lets you open or download the app right from the Tweet, depending on whether or not you have it installed. As an example, if you expand a Tweet to view a photo from Flickr, you can tap the link to open the photo in Flickr. If you don’t yet have the Flickr app on your phone, you can tap to install it from the Tweet.

These updates, which are rolling out to users over the next several days, are part of our ongoing effort to make it easier for you to connect with interesting and relevant content on Twitter. If you’re interested in the under-the-hood details, there are more on our Developer blog.

You can download these updates from the Google Play or App Store.

Posted by Jonathan Le (@jle)
Technical Lead, Android

April 01 2013

Hack Week @ Twitter

Our second Hack Week of the year has just begun. (Yes, it is April Fools Day; no this is not a joke.) This is one of my favorite parts of each quarter –– as a company, we take a full week to work with people from other teams, explore new ideas, experiment with different projects and let our creativity run wild.

Some projects are hobby projects, and they may inspire new ideas or cause teams to think about a core feature in a new way. Other projects ship –– awesome and unique products have come out of Hack Week. Have you downloaded your Twitter archive yet? That was a Hack Week project. Or have you seen the Tweets from @twisitor, a birdhouse you can tweet from when you visit Twitter HQ? That was one of last quarter’s Hack Week projects.

Thanks for inspiring new ideas and motivating us to build this week.

Posted by Raffi Krikorian (@raffi)
VP of Engineering

This Week on Twitter - Apr. 1

On most Mondays, we post “This week on Twitter” to alert you to key things happening in the coming week. Whether it’s a live chat with the cast of your favorite TV show, a Q&A with a political candidate or a pro sports team Tweepstakes, keep current about can’t-miss moments on Twitter in the week ahead. - Ed. 

Ongoing; check local listings
NCAA (@NCAA) March Madness continues this week. For instant replays, updates and the latest throughout the tourney, be sure to follow @MarchMadness, @MarchMadnessTV and @HoopsonCBS. Tweet along during the final games with the hashtag #MarchMadness.

Real-time highlight: @uoflsports draining a final three before earning their ticket to Atlanta. #marchmadness - snpy.tv/YMznP0
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2013

Monday, Apr. 1; 8:00 p.m. ET / PT (ongoing)
World Wrestling Entertainment (@wwe) fans of "Monday Night Raw" will tune in to discover a big Twitter moment and help unlock the #BigReveal. @wwe will also feature Twitter elements in shows leading up to @WrestleMania. Look for live on-air Tweets, hashtag voting, Q&As and exclusive behind-the-scenes photos throughout @WrestleMania weekend, culminating in the big event on April 7 at MetLife Stadium (@MLStadium).

SIX MORE DAYS until @wrestlemania 29 at @mlstadium!!Full details on tickets, match previews and more at WrestleMania.com!
— WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) April 1, 2013

Check back next week for more!

Posted by Alexandra Valasek (@AlzValz)

Annncng: Twttr

Starting today, we are shifting to a two-tiered service: Everyone can use our basic service, Twttr, but you only get consonants. For five dollars a month, you can use our premium “Twitter” service which also includes vowels.

We’re doing this because we believe that by eliminating vowels, we’ll encourage a more efficient and “dense” form of communication. We also see an opportunity to diversify our revenue stream. Here’s our mockup of the most retweeted Tweet of all time as it would appear in the new Twttr:

A E I O U and sometimes Y 
Because our users come first, we believe that “Y” should always be free to everyone — today and forever. You’ll notice in the Twttr example above, the “y” is clearly visible. Also, the vowels in URLs will be also be free for everyone, forever. You can also Tweet in non-Latin characters based languages, like Japanese, Chinese, Arabic or Korean. These languages will remain unaffected by our service change.

Extra room, better Tweets
In addition to our normal suite of Promoted Products for advertisers, we are now also offering a single character extension, expanding the length of a Tweet to 141 characters, for those moments when you need just one more character to finish your thought. The price of the extra character is based on a bidding system reflecting the popularity of the character you would like to add.

Sorry, only one-letter bidding is allowed. There is no option to purchase a second additional character at this time.

Early resultsWe tested this new breakthrough product change with a few key partners in order to get the details right. For example, just moments after we rolled this out, it was inspiring to see how just quickly people are taking to the new service.
Twyttyr? Why byy vywyls whyn yyy gyt "Y" fyr fryy? Syckyrs! #nvwls
— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) April 1, 2013

@twitter Y R y00 d0yng thys? #nvwls
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) April 1, 2013
Product inspiration
Our own VP of Product, @sippey, got his inspiration for the new Twitter Tiers from several (perhaps surprising) sources. “I was carpooling home after Twitter’s seventh birthday party,” he told me, “with my head filled with images from our past, like our early logo where we spelled it TWTTR, in neon green toothpaste. And then Prince’s song “I would die 4 U” came on the radio. I felt like there was something there, but I wasn’t sure what or how to bring it to market.

Then later that night, I was watching “Wheel of Fortune” with @adambain, and a contestant yelled out ‘I wanna buy a vowel’. Everything just sort of clicked. Adam and I turned to each other and high-fived. It was one of those product moments that just felt like magic.”

Twttr will roll out slowly to a small percentage of users, growing to 100% over the next few days. We recommend that you practice using only consonants (and “y”) with the hashtag #nvwls (or if you have paid for our premium service, use #icanhasvowels).

To make the transition easier for you, we’ve built a site that automatically transforms your Tweets into a Twttr friendly format. Try it today at twttr.com.

We bet you’ll appreciate the time you save. Hr’s t mr twttng!

Posted by Kvyn Wl
Director of Product, #nvwls

March 25 2013

This Week on Twitter - Mar. 25

On most Mondays, we post “This week on Twitter” to alert you to key things happening in the coming week. Whether it’s a live chat with the cast of your favorite TV show, a Q&A with a political candidate or a pro sports team Tweepstakes, keep current about can’t-miss moments on Twitter in the week ahead. - Ed.

Monday, Mar. 25; 8:00 p.m. ET / PT
“Dancing with the Stars” (@DancingABC) viewers can cast their vote via Twitter for which couple will enjoy an encore dance. Tune in Tuesday night to find out who won.

Monday, Mar. 25; 8:00 p.m. ET / PT
Fans of “Bones” (@BONESonFOX) can enter a Twitter sweepstakes for the chance to win a walk-on role in the season’s finale episode. Viewers will be prompted to tweet using specific hashtags, and the winner will be chosen randomly from the pool of entries.

Monday, Mar. 25; 9:00 p.m. ET / PT
FOX’s “The Following” (@TheFollowingFOX) is encouraging viewers to tweet using the hashtag #TheFollowing for a chance to get swag from FOX. Fans can also tweet to unlock a series of clues throughout the show.

Get the "Guilt" badge for tomorrow's all-new episode of #thefollowing! - fox.tv/FollowingWatch…
— The Following (@TheFollowingFOX) March 24, 2013
Monday, Mar. 25; 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT
“Young and the Restless” (@YandR_CBS) actors Christian LeBlanc (@CJLeBlanc) and Daniel Goddard (@DanielGoddard) will be answering Twitter questions during their live video chat using the hashtag #AskYR.

Monday, Mar. 25; 9:00 p.m. ET / PT
“2 Broke Girls” (@2BrokeGirls_CBS) actor Matthew Moy (@TheMoyWonder) will be live-tweeting. Follow along or join the conversation using the hashtag #2BrokeGirls.

Exciting news #2BrokeGirls fans! I'll be live tweeting the east coast airing of Monday's all-new episode at 9/8c! Don't miss out.
— Matthew Moy (@TheMoyWonder) March 20, 2013
Tuesday, Mar. 26; 8:00 p.m. ET / PT
“NCIS” (NCIS_CBS) fans are invited to follow actor Sean Murray (@SeanHMurray) and join in as he live-tweets the show with hashtag #NCIS.

I'll be live tweeting during the East Coast feed of "Squall" on Tues. March 26. #NCIS
— Sean Harland Murray (@SeanHMurray) March 22, 2013
Wednesday, Mar. 27; 10:00 p.m. ET / PT
Viewers of USA Network’s “PSYCH” (@PSYCH_USA) will have a unique interactive opportunity to determine the show’s ending live. This social, crowdsourced event marks the show's landmark 100th episode, ”100 Clues”. Fans can vote for one of five suspects via Twitter using hashtags #PsychButlerDDit, #PsychGroupieDDit, #PsychManagerDDit, #PsychAuthorDDit or #PsychHostDDit.

Your dream to solve mysteries with Shawn & Gus has come true. Interact & help them solve the #SocialSector mystery! usanet.tv/SocSctr
— Psych_USA (@Psych_USA) March 24, 2013

Friday, Mar. 29; 8:00 p.m. ET / PT
During the premiere of “Four Weddings” (@fourweddings), TLC will feature fan Tweets curated live into the program. Tune-in and tweet-in using the hashtags #FourWeddings, #BallroomBeats (for Rachele), #PepRallyParty (for Nicolle), #BlingtasticDiva (for Travia) or #RetroBookwork (for Alexandria). Additionally, viewers who tweet will be entered to win a year’s worth of #BrideDay cupcakes from TLC.

Check back next week for more!

Posted by Alexandra Valasek (@AlzValz)

March 21 2013

Celebrating #Twitter7

There’s an old English saying, “Keep a thing seven years, and you'll always find a use for it.” Today is Twitter’s 7th birthday, which we observe on the day @jack first tweeted. Since then, we’ve seen breathtaking velocity in Twitter’s growth, which is due entirely to your many uses of it. We’re gratified that so many millions of you have made Twitter yours.

It’s thanks to all of you that our open, real-time platform is thriving: we have well over 200 million active users creating over 400 million Tweets each day. The steep trajectory of Twitter’s momentum is something @jack, @ev and @biz only dreamed about back in 2006.

As we’ve grown, Twitter has become a true global town square — a public place to hear the latest news, exchange ideas and connect with people all in real time. This is where you come to connect with the world at large. Get on your soapbox to critique elected officials, or go sotto voce to the neighbor next to you. And as in other gathering places, commerce happens too (and jokes and art-making and debating, and — you get the idea).

This global town square even extends into space: an astronaut like Commander Chris Hadfield can express himself — and so can Captain Kirk. And we can all enjoy the moments when they connect with each other:
@cmdr_hadfield Are you tweeting from space? MBB
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) January 3, 2013
@williamshatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we're detecting signs of life on the surface.
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 3, 2013

We made a video celebrating some of the many moments on Twitter so far. Here’s to your creativity, curiosity and experimentation on our platform. And again, thank you for making Twitter everything it is today.

Posted by Karen Wickre (@kvox)
Editorial Director

March 18 2013

This Week on Twitter: 18 March

On most Mondays, we post “This week on Twitter” to alert you to key things happening in the coming week. Whether it’s a live chat with the cast of your favorite TV show, a Q&A with a political candidate or a pro sports team Tweepstakes, keep current about can’t-miss moments on Twitter in the week ahead. - Ed. 

Tuesday, Mar. 19 - Apr. 8; check local listings 
NCAA (@NCAA) March Madness kicks off this week. For instant replays, updates and the latest throughout the tourney, be sure to follow @MarchMadness, @MarchMadnessTV and @HoopsonCBS. Tweet along during all 67 games with the hashtag #MarchMadness.
Getting #MarchMadness? Follow @marchmadness for your fix.
— NCAA (@NCAA) March 16, 2013
Tuesday, Mar. 19; 12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT 
Melody Scott (@MelodyThomasSco) and Eric Braeden (@EBraeden) will be live-tweeting "The Young and the Restless" (@YandR_CBS) using the hashtags #AskYR and #YR40.

Wednesday, Mar. 20; 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT 
David Berman (@davidberman88) will be live-tweeting CSI (@CSI_CBS), #CSI. Tune in to join the conversation.

Friday, Mar. 22; 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT 
The Bold and the Beautiful (@BandB_CBS) stars Don Diamont and Heather Tom (@BBHeatherTom) will conduct a live video chat on Twitter. Follow along or submit questions with the hashtag #AskBold.

Sunday, Mar. 24; 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT 
Amazing Race (@AmazingRace_CBS) fans can tune in and tweet in as Phil Keoghan (@PhilKeoghan) live-tweets the episode using the hashtag #AmazingRace.

What it looks like racing to the pitstop #AmazingRace twitter.com/PhilKeoghan/st…
— Phil Keoghan (@PhilKeoghan) March 18, 2013
Check back next week for more!

Posted by Alexandra Valasek (@AlzValz)

March 14 2013

Welcome Twitter for Windows 8

Today, we are releasing Twitter for Windows 8, a new app that makes it easier than ever to share and discover content on Windows 8 devices. In addition to familiar Twitter features, including the Home, Connect, Discover, and Me tabs, this app introduces new functionality that takes advantage of unique Windows 8 features.

  • Snap view: Use another app alongside Twitter. Snap Twitter into the left or right side of the screen and then start using another app. You’ll be able to keep up with the conversations that are happening on Twitter while you watch a streaming video or read a news story. With snap view, you can adjust the size of the app to one-third, two-thirds or full screen.
  • Photos: Large and center. With an all-new landscape view, not only can you view a larger version of individual photos, but you can also swipe horizontally to view multiple photos in the Discover tab or a user’s profile. Tap a photo to view it in full screen, which showcases large photos in the center of the screen, or view the photo gallery from your favorite users.
  • Share charm: Tweet from any app, at any time. Simply swipe from the right edge of Windows 8 and then choose the Share charm to share content from any app, such as a photo or news article, to Twitter.
  • Search charm: Search when you’re inspired. Similar to the Share charm, the Search charm makes it easy to find an account or see Tweets using a certain hashtag. Just swipe from the right edge of Windows 8 from any app and select the Search charm.
  • Live Tiles and notifications: Don’t miss a beat. Keep up with what’s happening on Twitter using the Twitter Live Tiles and notifications, which show no matter which app you’re running.

Twitter for Windows 8 is available now in the Windows Store in 22 languages*. We’re excited to bring this Twitter app to Windows 8 users, and hope you’ll enjoy it too.

Posted by Mike Kruzeniski (@mkruz)
Design Lead

*English, Danish, German, Spanish, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Chinese (PRC), Chinese (Taiwan)

March 13 2013

The new @Pontifex

While thousands of people gathered at St. Peter’s Square to celebrate the announcement of Pope Francis, the rest of the world came together on Twitter. As speculation about the new pope swirled about, much like the white smoke from the chimney at the Sistine Chapel, people across the globe tweeted with anticipation. After 45 minutes of post-smoke waiting, the new @Pontifex was announced.

Throughout today, as anticipation mounted about an announcement, we saw over 7 million Tweets about the papacy. As people reacted to Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran’s announcement of the new Pope, we saw more than 130,000 Tweets per minute. The Pope’s official account, @Pontifex, weighed in as he concluded his first address:
— Pontifex (@Pontifex) March 13, 2013
Meanwhile, a glimpse into the global conversation:

Since Pope Francis is the former Cardinal of Buenos Aires, good wishes poured in from his home country of Argentina. In fact, the President tweeted her formal congratulations:
A su Santidad Francisco I twitter.com/CFKArgentina/s…
— Cristina Kirchner (@CFKArgentina) March 13, 2013
A prominent Argentine rabbi shared a photo of himself with the Cardinal:
Tengo el honor de que el Papa #FranciscoI haya escrito el prólogo de mi libro "Argentina Ciudadana" #Bergoglio. twitter.com/sergiobergman/…
— Sergio Bergman (@sergiobergman) March 13, 2013

Back in Rome, others witnessing the historic reveal shared their experiences from St. Peter’s Square:

— Elisabetta Piqué (@bettapique) March 13, 2013

Papa Francesco mi ha fatto commuovere con le sue parole. Semplice e generoso, ciò di cui tutti sentiamo necessità. twitter.com/MatteoBraconi/…
— Matteo Braconi (@MatteoBraconi) March 13, 2013

#Habemuspapam #FrancescoI #VescovodiRoma: 'ci vediamo domani' . Grande emozione a #Sanpietro. twitter.com/Mario8863/stat…
— Mario Greco (@Mario8863) March 13, 2013

Crowd at St Peter's Sq awaiting new #Pope's tweets. #twitter twitpic.com/cb37js
— Cara Swift (@cswift2) March 13, 2013

People excitedly running towards St. Peter's Square! #pope twitter.com/TVMarci/status…
— Marci Gonzalez (@TVMarci) March 13, 2013

I was just walking by and saw this going on. Looked important. #HABEMUSPAPAM twitter.com/mccrumagic15/s…
— Brian McCrum (@mccrumagic15) March 13, 2013

I cannot believe I just witnessed the election of Papa Francesco twitter.com/ErinMishu/stat…
— Erin Mishu (@ErinMishu) March 13, 2013

Those who couldn’t make it to Rome still tweeted their reactions to the new Pope, wherever they were:

South America is where it's at now: the Olympics, World Cup and now the Pope
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) March 13, 2013

First Messi, now the Pope. You're killing it, Argentina.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) March 13, 2013

May Francesco reboot the Church, recoverlinks that are broken, delete the errors that hurt my faith #HabemusPapam
— Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) March 13, 2013

Un Papa che davvero può cambiare la Storia.
— fabio fazio (@fabfazio) March 13, 2013

L'emozione per un papa che sceglie di chiamarsi Francesco
— enrico mentana (@ementana) March 13, 2013

Posted by Claire Diaz-Ortiz (@claire)
Social Innovation Team
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