Twitter chatbots can now include buttons that push you to tweet, follow, click & more

 Twitter today is rolling out a new feature that will allow businesses to prompt their followers to take an action beyond a simple fav or retweet. The company is introducing the ability for businesses to add buttons inside their direct message conversations designed to encourage customers to do things like tweet about the company’s Twitter bot, visit their website, follow the… Read More

Ballmer explains why he invested in Twitter

Steve Ballmer Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage at Code Conference on Tuesday and talked about why he owns a large position in Twitter. “There’s a real opportunity to make that a valuable economic asset,” said Ballmer, defending his decision to invest in what has been a volatile ride for the social media company. He believes in its potential because it “gives people… Read More

Twitter for Apple TV adds live, 360 degree video and Periscope’s global map

Last fall, Twitter launched a version of its service on Apple TV and other media player platforms, in order to deliver its live video content to the big screen. Today, the company is updating its Apple TV app with a couple of new features, including support for Periscope’s Global Map and the ability to watch live 360 degree videos. The company notes that, with this launch, Twitter is… Read More

Twitter says Vine users’ emails and phone numbers were exposed for a day, but weren’t misused

 Twitter is alerting Vine users of a bug that exposed their email addresses and, in some cases, phone numbers to third parties. It’s also advising affected users to be cautious about any emails from unknown senders as a result. The company says the bug was only active for 24 hours before being patched, and doesn’t believe that the data was misused in any way, at this time.… Read More

Twitter is down for some users

 Twitter seems to be having some technical difficulties this morning, with the network going down for some folks. Down Detector’s live outage map shows Twitter suffering outages in Japan, the UK, and now parts of the East Coast in the United States. Around 2am ET, Twitter’s Support account tweeted that some users may have had issues sending tweets, but that the issue had been… Read More

BuzzFeed hires Twitter’s Jinen Kamdar as its new VP of Product

 Jinen Kamdar has spent more than seven years as Twitter, most recently serving as the director of product for Twitter’s media tools. Now he’s joining an actual media company — namely, BuzzFeed, where he’ll be the new vice president of product. He doesn’t start his new job until Monday, May 15, so he said it’s too early to know exactly what he’ll… Read More

Snap’s first earnings this week will give a heat check on the new ad ecosystem

 When Snap went public earlier this year, it revealed a break-neck level of growth in its nascent advertising business — and a dramatic burn rate along with it. But while it’ll be important for Snap to continue growing that business and get its costs in check, it’ll be nearly as important to convince Madison Ave. that it can be a mainstay ad buy alongside the big two (Facebook… Read More