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Shares Jumps For The Twitter!

The Twitter’s Shares has been caught jumped on the Monday evening right after the prediction of a well-known analyst of the Wall Street in which he predicted that the Chief Executive Officer “Dick Costolo” is just about to set himself apart of the micro-blogging company soon.

Wall Street analyst – The chances of the Chief Executive Officer “Dick Costolo’s” exit from the micro-blogging company may be seen within the year – he said this in an interview with the news agency.

The day was ended at the higher side by 3.6% to the $38.43 for the Twitter a share.

During a rally for the stock-market, there was a clear rose seen in generally for the tech stocks on Monday. Right when it was 1 pm EST, there was a clear spike shown for the Twitter straightaway when the Peck went on air.

The Dick Costolo is regularly under questions for the company’s performance and he is facing many questions regarding his position and future in the company. The company is clearly underperforming as the stock is clearly down 39% for this year and right now it is trading lower than the initial publics offering closed price from the November 2013 of the $44.90/share.

So, that thing is clearly placing a negative mark for the Dick Costolo’s position and future in the company and he is facing the questions for the right reasons because the company is not performing and achieveing it’s targets at all that has made the Dick Costolo to face questions about his future in the company.

The investors are now feeling uncomfortable to hammer the stock because of the fears that the Twitter’s average user’s growth is consistently going down and the frustration over the Dick Costolo’s ability to prove the micro-blogging company as more than the niche product for the high profile peoples.

If the investors can’t feel safe or they feel uncomfortable about investing in the stocks, then it can be imagined that the company’s CEO is definitely under question for his ability to prove the company as a good place for the investors and that is what’s going on for the Dick Costolo right now.

The Dick Costolo is consistently under criticism because of his leadership tactics and the way he is changing the company’s strategy to improve the situation and that is what the investors are afraid of and why they are slowly pulling their hands of the stocks.

According to the Peck, “The only question that seems more important whenever I talk to the institutional investors and they all are asking the questions about the Dick Costolo’s and his performance and future in the company.”

The Peck even go to list the contenders that he thinks can be replaced and the Dick Costolo and the Ross Levinsohn (ex CEO of the Yahoo). The Dick Costolo also said that he think “a huge media personality” should join up with financial background of the Twitter’s CFO (Anthony Noto) who is also an ex banker at the GoldmanSach bank and who have been with the company from July.

Medium: The Twitter’s Co-Founder Plans About It!

SAN FRANCISCO – The Twitter’s Co-Founder really means the business now! The Co-Founder of the Twitter entered the room purposefully having a mug of coffee and with the words, “Get S—Done” that seems like a clear slogan.

The Evan Williams (the co-founder of the Twitter), who normally doesn’t speaks a lot to the media has broken the silence in order to discuss the revelation of Medium – a blogging newsy site that he co-founded.

In an interview that took some hours at the headquarters of the Medium the discussion also involved the Facebook, Instagram and the blogging.

He said that we want to explain that what we are going to do here and he said that the adding up the site has got a fresh homepage and a simpler design. The Williams said that there is a misperception about the “Medium” that adding or publishing to it needed to be a professional who is going to publish here, but it is not right as it is very simply designed.

This is started by the Williams and the Biz Stone who is also the Twitter’s co-founder and this is being used by the approximately 17 million people every month that also includes the US president Barak Obama and the Elon Musk as well.

If you are looking for the best online platform for the essays about the tech & design, book chapters and even the poetry, then it is a very impressive forum and has already got the popularity among the huge number of the people as well.

According to the Natalie Bartlett – It is very easy to visit and publish something pleasant at the Medium. For the last year, she has been posting the items of the entrepreneurs on the Medium and it is very simple and easy to post – she said.

Even after the 2-years life of this writing platform, this is still considered as the “work in progress” in the middle of many other online content outlets, instantly setting apart by the a number of as one more vanity project by the tech exec experiment in the journalism.

Heoppesed to such perceptions and he explained that a Venture capital organization “Greylock Partners” and the other investors have invested $20 million in the Medium that means that this is not at all a vanity project – he was smiling while explaining the things.

He also said that the Medium is getting the opportunities to get the revenue with the help of the sponsored content with the BMW and the Marriot and also the content and the distribution charges.

The Williams does not at all desire to engage in measuring the success of the Medium that shall be based on the customers.

The Medium has become a place for the noted writers in this and the publisher of the original writing in the course of its properties like, Re:frm, Matter and designed-focused journalism.

The Twitter is about to offer a link and the video comment options in a broad sense – according to the Williams. The Medium is just the upcoming wave of the perspective!

Twitter’s New Feature! Now The Users Can Purchase Items Directly From The Twitter App

Last week, the Apple Pay was revealed by the Apple Company to permit the Apple users to purchase different items by using the iPhone 6. A day before, Twitter introduced a “Buy” button on the official Twitter app to let the users buy items directly from the official Twitter app.

This attempt at the e-commerce is the company’s own attempt to let the users see and purchase items directly from the official Twitter app. This new service is experimented in the United States on a few selected users and it is available on both Android and IOS platforms.

Only the mobile users are allowed to use this new service from Twitter like the Apple Pay that uses the Passbook application of the credit information.

The Questions are arising that is Twitter Commerce a rival to the Apple Pay?

Adam Bain, who is the president of the social network, said at the CTIA that it is not a competitor to the Apple. Adam Bain also claimed that the Twitter is really excited that the Apple came up with the Apple Pay and that everything that can minimize the friction on buying from a Smartphone is really a “good thing”.

The “buy” button should always appear on the timeline of someone if the merchandise is available and he can take action right away by tapping that button. While talking to the media, Adam Bain also added that the Twitter can also be used as a tool to just look for the products if they don’t want to buy it. So, it is not necessary to buy the products and users can just discover the products by using this new tool as well.

Like the Apple Pay, the users can discover the products by using the Twitter Commerce and they can choose to purchase that item in a physical store by using the other payment methods.

The Adam Bain didn’t only discuss the Apple Pay at the trade show. Apple Watch is just another recently revealed product by the Apple. This device is an Apple Company’s version of a device that is wearable and it will probably not be available next year.

Twitter was also among the featured apps of Apple’s WatchKit. You can use the Twitter on the Smartwatch, view messages and read tweets and you can also view images.

According to the Adam Bain, “the wearable device is very interesting and it is a great thing for the Twitter to be available in large and small platforms”. He further added, features like the promoted videos are best fit for the larger screens, but he also think that the Twitter’s mobile nature will suit fine in a watch.

Adam Bain said, “Twitter users try to look on their timelines, many times a day, like they do with their wrist watches so combining the both things would make sense”. If the Twitter will be available on the wearable devices like the Apple Watch, then it would be more accessible.

When Bain was asked a question that if the Twitter ads will make the way to Apple Watch, he did not give a specific answer but he also didn’t rule out the possibility.

Adam Bain also gave a hint that in future, there may be a partnership deal possible with Apple when the right time comes.

Twitter Is Cool With Apple Pay And Apple Watch

Apple had unveiled Apple Pay last week, which is a new feature that lets users pay for items using their iPhone 6. One day before the launch, a company had first introduced a “Buy” button as its new service – Twitter.

Twitter Commerce is the company’s own attempt at e-commerce where its users can see and purchase items directly from the Twitter app. The service is only being experimented on selected users in the United States and is available on both iOS and Android platforms.

The new service is only available on mobile, just like Apple Pay, which uses the Passbook app to keep credit card information.

Is Twitter Commerce a competitor to Apple Pay?

Speaking at the CTIA, Adam Bain, the social network’s president of global revenue, said it’s not a competitor to Apple. He also claims that Twitter is really excited that Apple came up with Apple Pay and that anything that minimizes the friction on purchasing from a smartphone is a “good thing.”

The “Buy” button would appear on someone’s timeline if merchandise is available and he can act on it immediately by tapping the button. Bain added that Twitter can be a tool for people to look for and discover products so it’s not necessary that the users will buy from the app. Where they chose to buy can be changed, meaning that a Twitter user can discover an item on Twitter but he can choose to purchase the said item in a physical store, using other method of payment – like Apple Pay.

It’s not only Apple Pay that was discussed by Bain at the trade show. One of Apple’s most talked about recently-unveiled products is the Apple Watch. It’s the company’s version of a wearable device and won’t be available until next year but already the excitement of consumers is palpable.

Twitter was one of the apps featured in Apple’s WatchKit. You can use Twitter on the smartwatch, read tweets and also view images. The photos can fill up the entire small screen.

Bain said that the wearables arena is interesting and it’s a good thing for Twitter to be available in small and large platforms. He said that certain features, like promoted videos, are better suited for larger screens but he also thinks that Twitter’s mobile nature will suit well in a watch.

He added that Twitter users tend to glance at their timelines several times a day, like they do with their watches so combining the two together would make sense. Making Twitter available on wearable devices like Apple Watch would mean that it will be more accessible.

Bain also talked about the personal nature of reading tweets on a watch, saying that emotions and connections will be “more dramatic”.

Asked if Twitter ads will make their way to the Apple Watch, Bain did not give a specific answer but he also didn’t rule the possibility out.

Bain also hinted that a possible partnership with Apple is possible in the future, adding when the time is right.

How Twitter Takes Advantage Of Its Users With New “Buy” Button

Twitter announced this week that it’s adding a “Buy” button to its service, months after Facebook introduced the same feature on its site. The feature works once the user saves his payment and mailing information and that allows him to buy any item that would appear in his feed with just a single click -all of these without the need to leave the site and visit another.

According to the company, the service will be available to a small percentage of its users initially. The users who are part of the test will be able to get access to items and offers from dozens of participating retailers that they can’t find anywhere else.

The service is expected to work with discounts or deals based on what Twitter users are tweeting about or what the users are interested in based on the accounts they follow. What are also expected to entice the users to use the service are the so-called “flash” promotions. The social network focuses on the trends today and if e-commerce is doing the same thing, meaning using sales that that are available for a short period of time or a limited number of products, the “Buy” button will be able to function well.

How does Twitter work the service to its advantage? Looking at it from the perspective of consumers, when a “Buy” button suddenly appeared on their timeline, there is a feeling of urgency and exclusivity. The consumer is pressured to act quickly because if he does not, he will risk losing the deal. By the time the user looks for the same offer, think things through, or make price comparisons, the “Buy” button might be gone already.

The process of purchasing is also very quick – just a tap on your phone and the item is yours. That takes less time than thinking about what you will tweet about before posting your message on the social money. And what’s even better is that buying on Twitter does not feel like one is parting ways with any real money at all.

What’s happening here can be said to be a perfect formula to influence consumers to make impulse purchases that they will probably regret after making the purchase.

Anything from coffee shop to a fast food restaurant’s limited offer, merchants love to offer time-limited products because customers feel a sense of urgency when presented with these kinds of offers. If limited deals and discounts are always available, shoppers would not feel compelled to make any purchase right now.

Retailers tend to make consumers feel special because the offers cannot just be found anywhere else and they create the feeling that if the person didn’t buy the product at this instant, he won’t be able to get his hands on the item in any other time.

A Twitter user also tends to post anything that comes to mind and the company is relying heavily that the same user will also purchase something that pops in his feed without thinking first about the purchase.

ISIS Threatened To Assassinate Twitter Employees

ISIS has been broadly threatening the U.S. because of its airstrikes against the group that scandalously lead to killing of two American journalists. The group has also threatened to behead a British citizen as retaliation to the United Kingdom’s contribution to stop the group’s growth.

In a more recent social media strategy, ISIS fanatics have posted a string of threats to Twitter employees using a Twitter account associated with the group. The post said that if Twitter management does not stop its campaign in the virtual world, they will be bringing the war in the “real world.”

The account was immediately suspended by Twitter as other accounts associated with the group have been. Just hours after the series of threatening tweets, the company deleted the accounts and is doing an “official investigation” on the issue. The social network has been suspending accounts that depict extremism and hate speech, as well as post gruesome photos and videos of executions in Syria and Iraq.

The threatening tweets posted using the handle @dawlamoon urged “lone wolves” to target Twitter employees in its San Francisco headquarters.

After Twitter removed the accounts, fanatics have been sharing on forums how to get back to Twitter and avoid censorship. The tip, according to their posts on JustPaste.it forum, is to slightly change usernames and open new accounts. The forum is frequently visited by ISIS-associated groups.

British citizens who went to Syria and joined ISIS use Twitter to try and recruit other UK Muslims to join the group as well.

This incident has signified a couple of things. Number one, social media plays an integral part to the cause of ISIS, to the extent of making threats along with a hashtag, which translates to #attacking_twitter_employees, according to Vocative. Number two, Twitter has the resources and technical ability to take action against serious threats – something that the social network failed to do in some instances. It seems that the company is able to respond a lot quicker when its employees are involved.

Twitter has made it clear in the past that it prioritizes credible threats where the person/s making threats are not anonymous. However, users have been complaining that the company is taking long just the same to respond to threats, whether the threats are “merely” harassing or more credible.

There have been incidents were Twitter was not quick enough to respond to threats, one is a woman who was a victim of rape and death threats through the social network. Some of the threats even include the woman’s home address. It took days for Twitter to “verify” the complaints and even took longer time to finally remove the malicious accounts.

Twitter is both a corporate entity and a social network so it can be expected that there will be some differences. Twitter may have taken a shorter time to verify the threats since they came from a group of people who are known to carry out that kind of thing. However, the company proves that it can take immediate action against serious abuse reports – just not against all abuse reports.

Twitter’s Latest Attempt At E-commerce With A ‘Buy’ Button

With its 140-character capacity where you can share your thoughts, photo sharing feature, ability to break news like no other social media can, you’d think that there’s nothing more Twitter can offer. Just yesterday, the company has proven us wrong. Now, it can add “online store” to the list of things it can do.

The social network company made an announcement on Monday that it would test a “buy” button available to a small percentage of users in the United States that will allow them to buy items with just a few clicks.

The latest feature, which will be initially limited to Twitter’s mobile versions and focused on selling time-sensitive or limited-edition items such as event tickets and T-shirts, is a great prospect for possible new stream of revenues for the company. Twitter is solely relying on advertising at the present to generate income.

Twitter is not the first social media that had thought of entering the mobile e-commerce world – in fact, the competition is continuing to intensify. Apple is about to launch its own mobile payment system as part of its latest operating system, while Facebook, Twitter’s archrival, has rolled out its “buy” button service in July. Pinterest has long since let its users to buy products that they like on the social media.

These social networks have seen the potential of e-commerce and now they are using it as moneymaker. Each of them is testing out different ways that would make it easy for consumers to directly buy from their sites.

Online sales associated with different social media have generated billions of dollars as marketers, big and small, post messages on social networks like Twitter to promote their products and services adding links to their sites where potential consumers can buy from.

Now Twitter, like Facebook, Pinterest, and in the coming days, Apple, too, have come out with its own process that would keep consumers from leaving its app or site by allowing them to purchase advertised items instantly. This would also allow the company to charge third-party companies for using the transaction.

The new service is different from Twitter’s previous attempt at e-commerce that required buyers to post a public message along with a special hashtag before they can purchase the product.

Buyers will just click on the “buy” button that can be found within the Twitter post. They will then be asked to enter their credit card as well as shipping details. If they have used the service earlier, they will just be asked to confirm the purchase by clicking again.

This test will only be available to a small number of users in the U.S. with the number to grow in the future. In the meantime, the users who are part of the test can choose to buy from different products for sale. A group of marketers are already offering their items, including popular celebrities such as Eminem and Rihanna, big retailers like Burberry and Home Depot, and nonprofit organizations like Red, DonorsChoose and Nature Conservancy.

Twitpic Is Blaming Twitter For Its Demise

When Twitter was just starting out, it didn’t have its own photo sharing feature and people have been using third party services to tweet photos. One of the most popular and widely used services is Twitpic. The photo sharing service has its own fair share of helping Twitter spread viral photos including an image of a US Airways plane submerged in the Hudson River. The photo posted by Janis Krums had helped put Twitter on the map.

Last Thursday, Twitpic announced that it will be shutting down on Sept. 25. It was not a conscious decision made by the founder. In a blog post made by Noah Everett, Twitpic’s founder, he blames Twitter for the shut down.

He said that Twitter demanded that they abandon Twitpics’ trademark application or “risk losing access to their API.” API is the code that allows Twitpic users to share photos on Twitter. He further wrote that the demand came as a shock since Twitpic has been around since 2008 and that their trademark application has been in the USPTO since 2009.

Twitpic was being used by thousands of Twitter users and it was supported by third-party Twitter clients for years until Twitter added photo sharing feature. This move made it difficult for services like Twitpic to keep up with Twitter’s own photo sharing service but Everett is closing down its service not because it couldn’t keep up but because Twitter itself is making them.

Because Twitpic doesn’t have enough resources to battle Twitter legally, Everett just decided to shut down the service instead.

Over the last couple of years, Twitter has been giving a hard time to third party services, narrowing the number of companies it grants full access to its API. The social media has been forcing companies to close down or charging users for access to tokens that it restricts other developers with. This is in wild contrast to the social network’s policy back in 2008 where Twitter was just a growing microblogging site and was a free-for-all for companies and developers. It now has millions of users and investors so making a profit is more important than ever.

According to a Twitter’s spokesperson, Twitpic was to blame for its demise because it did not heed the company’s warning. The rep said that they are “sad to see Twitpic shutting down” and they have to, of course, “protect our brand.”

Everett, on the other hand, sees the situation differently. He said that Twitter basically gave them an “ultimatum” to either give up their mark or lose their API access.

For users who have used Twitpic for the last six years and have built a collection of their own photos, Everett has announced that they will launch a feature that will allow users to export all their photos and videos. The feature will be announced in the next few days.

Everett ended his blog post by thanking everyone for letting the service be a part of their lives. Everett will also be focusing on his messaging app, Pingly, that he’s been lately working on once Twitpic officially shuts down.

Twitter Introduced Flight, Its First Mobile Developer Conference

On Wednesday, Twitter announced Flight, the company’s first mobile developer conference. The event is scheduled on Oct. 22 in San Francisco. The company has not set an agenda but will start with a keynote from the company’s CEO, Dick Costolo. Technical sessions aiming to help developers to build on the social network’s platform will follow.

Flight is not the very first developer conference the company has set. Twitter held Chirp back in 2010, which is its first developer conference. However, that event did not take off and it was not followed up.

Twitter will not just allow the developers to build apps. Over the years, Twitter has built a complicated relationship with its developers as the company’s business strategy has changed, allowing the company to invade the territory developers were initially supported to build upon.

Twitter is known to acquire third party apps and clients like Tweetie and Tweetdeck, bringing third party services within its reach where the company can control them to mesh with its business structure that’s ad-driven.

Some developers such as Tweetro and Tapbots have fought with Twitter for creating their own clients while inventions from other developers were stolen outright by Twitter. The latest developer to throw a white flag is Twitpic after it was threatened by the company over a trademark dispute. You can pass all the drama as a late admission by the company that you can build things using its data but not an entire client or service that will compete with its functionality.

During Flight, the company will be showing off the developer tools that it has accumulated for the past year and a half.

The microblogging site has acquired companies engaged in mobile development for the past couple of years, including Crashlytics, a tool meant to report bugs and app crashes, and MoPub, which is a mobile ad exchange.

Twitter has also announced that it has revamped its developer site. It may be the company’s way of showing that it has not shut its door to developers, although recent events have led users and developers to believe otherwise.

Twitter has set up a website for the conference but it is not offering details. However, it can be expected that the two tools will be included in the program. What should not be expected in the event is the announcement of any product news for the users. Developer conferences like Flight tent to focus on technologies and engineering.

Flight is open to developers for a fee of $140 and more than 1,000 people are expected to turn up at the event.

Twitter is hoping to encourage a different kind of developer in the event – developers who would want to use the company’s streaming API to update decisions during live events, or build a better design for its website or Twitter cards with the company’s Buy button service.

While earliest developers may not be able to bring back their trust to the company, Flight will prove to be a great platform for Twitter and present and future developers to communicate with each other.

Twitter Will Be Paying Hackers Who Find Bugs

Twitter turns to volunteer security researchers to find potential bugs it might have before hackers found out about it.

This move is made after online services’ confidence wavered following security breaches that victimized a group of celebrities. Twitter has made its own move to prevent such things from happening to them.

The company introduced a “bug bounty program” that will offer a minimum reward of $140 for every report of bug or any vulnerability. They tapped the services of HackerOne, a program established for independent security researchers, to recognize the important role the program plays to keep Twitter “safe for everyone”. For every issue a researcher reports on Twitter’s iOS and Android apps, TweetDeck, apps.twitter, ads.twitter, mobile Twitter, and Twitter.com, the company will pay some cash as a thank you for their time.

While Twitter started working with HackerOne three months ago, it seems that the highly publicized celebrity photo hack has thrown cybersecurity to a higher level of interest and Twitter wants to show its users that they are serious in keeping them safe.

Big companies like Facebook have their own bug bounty programs but HackerOne is employed by other companies such as Yahoo, MailChimp, Coinbase, Square, and Slack. Twitter’s minimum reward is more than Yahoo’s $50 reward and Slack’s $100. Coinbase offers the highest reward with $1000; Square with $250, while Facebook provides $500 with its in-house program.

Twitter also says that there’s no maximum reward and that the amount depends on the severity of the bug that was reported.

However, Twitter has set a few qualifications that must be met before you can be eligible for the reward.

The reward will only go to the first person to report the bug, meaning even if you have discovered one and reported it, if someone else beats you to it, there will be no reward for you. You also can’t disclose the bug before Twitter has the time to fix it. This is to prevent malicious parties from taking advantage of the bug. This is a common practice for security researchers who finds vulnerabilities and bugs even if there are no rewards. Some security researchers, however, reveal the bugs in public if they deem that the company is not acting quickly to patch a problem.

There are also countries, such as Sudan, North Korea, Syria, Iran, and Cuba, where national law prohibits Twitter from paying hackers and if you’re living in any of these countries, you’re prohibited from joining the program.

Through the first three months of the early tests of the program, Twitter has already paid 44 hackers and closed 46 bugs, according to the HackerOne website. The hackers will also get the chance to be featured in a hall of fame, still as a part of the company’s way of thanking them.

Bug bounty programs are very important as it allows experts to try to find any vulnerability before they are found by malicious hackers.

Apple, whose iCloud service was faulted for the leaked photos, does not have a bug bounty program