‘Buy Now’ buttons appear in tweets, suggesting Twitter Shopping is on its way

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It looks as though Twitter Shopping is finally about to make an appearance. Some users have been reporting that they’ve seen “Buy Now” buttons in tweets, mostly in the Twitter mobile app.

The products that are being shared with the “Buy Now” buttons come from a shopping app called Fancy. Fancy originally pitched the idea to Twitter back in January, but Twitter didn’t do anything about it. Until now, it seems.

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Twitter acquires SnappyTV in order to bolster its video content for media partners

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Twitter has announced the acquisition of a company that it has worked over time with. That company is SnappyTV, who works partners with various media entities to better serve video content through social media. The kind of video content served involves live events such as sports, award shows, or breaking news. Twitter’s acquisition of SnappyTV will allow it to expand its offering for media partners and improve the quality of video content. Rather than working separately, Twitter can provide direction to improve SnappyTV for itself.

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Twitter adds ability to upload GIFs

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Today Twitter gave users the ability to upload GIFs using the same process used to upload pictures. The file size cap is 5MB, just like images, and GIFs show up simply as an image with a play button.

The addition of the play button means that users don’t have to worry about loading and playing of GIFs while they’re trying to scroll. This update has been awaited by many users.

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Twitter may be changing appearance of linked tweets

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Reports have surfaced indicating Twitter may be in the process of either testing or rolling out a new method for displaying embedded tweets in your timeline on mobile devices, including Android powered devices. Apparently when linking to another tweet, the mobile interface will display a linked tweet in its entirety with the posters name, Twitter handle and avatar. » Read the rest

Twitter starting to officially roll out new mute feature

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Twitter was already working on a new mute feature to help users better control what shows up in their timelines and notifications. Today they announced that they are making this feature an official part of the Twitter experience and will be rolling it out to users over the next several weeks.

Using the new Mute feature, a user you may be following will no longer appear in your home timeline nor will you receive push or SMS notifications from that user. The muted user will not know that you have them muted and they can still favorite, reply to or retweet your Tweets. To mute another user, you can tap on a tweet from the user you want to mute and access the “More” menu to mute them. You can also visit a user’s profile page, tap the gear icon and choose mute.

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Amazon introduces #AmazonCart to add items to shopping cart from Twitter

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Today, Amazon introduced a new shopping feature which will allow users to add items to their carts directly from Twitter, by simply adding “#AmazonCart” to the end of a tweet.

Users have to sync their Amazon and Twitter accounts (through Amazon’s social settings), and will then be able to reply “#AmazonCart” to any tweet that has an Amazon product link in it.

Of course simply sending the tweet won’t close the sale for Amazon — the tweet only adds the item to your shopping cart. Check out Amazon’s promotional video for the feature after the break below.

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Twitter experimenting with a mute feature in its mobile app

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Twitter could finally be implementing a “mute” option for their official mobile app. Twitter is currently experimenting with the very desired “mute” functionality, and could bring it to the mobile apps soon. Almost every popular 3rd party Twitter app already has this feature, so it’s nice to see Twitter finally doing it. I’m sure you’ve desired to mute a certain someone from your timeline for either a period of time or indefinitely, so this function should be welcomed by all.

Hopefully this feature will become a mainstay within their app. Do any of you guys use Twitter’s official app or have you grown too attached to a certain 3rd party app? If so, let us know!

source: The Verge

Samsung’s new app allows you to follow LeBron James in Twitter fashion, but only James

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Do you own a Samsung phone? Have you ever wanted to just follow LeBron James using an exclusive Samsung app that will allow you to do so? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then Samsung’s got your back. In a new app created by the company, you will be able to follow James and all that he does in a Twitteresque styling. The kicker is, he’s the only person you’ll be following… In the app… ever… If that sounds like your cup of tea, then continue reading.

Simply called “LeBron,” the app allows you to access all of James’ games, his life, and his journey. You’ll have access to never-before-seen content and clips of the Heat in action throughout the playoffs. You’ll be able to download wallpapers and custom lockscreens while also being able to check stats and watch LeBron and the Heat live. On top of that, you can see what he does during game day or even how he dresses.

Vanity aside, Samsung is looking to get the most out of their spokesperson and as Samsung is looking to add more apps that will entice people to buy Samsung phones. Hit the break for the download link and QR code.

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Google leaks new Dialer screenshot via Twitter

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It appears that Google may have inadvertently leaked a screenshot of an updated Dialer application. The official Nexus twitter account posted a screenshot in response to a user’s question asking how to access a call’s duration.

Pictured above, the new look for the dialer application is on the left while the current version is on the right. While this may be an extremely subtle change, it is just the latest in Google’s push to add color to its stock applications.

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Twitter buys up Cover, the contextually aware lock screen replacement

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Remember that contextually aware lock screen from a few months ago, Cover? The app hasn’t made any waves lately, but that didn’t stop Twitter from scooping up the app and its developers.

Twitter is generally pretty platform agnostic, so it’s interesting that they were willing to acquire a startup that only applies to the Android side of the fence. Of course, there’s always that chance that Twitter only bought Cover for some interesting technology or the developers, especially since Cover plans to stay available in the Play Store for the foreseeable future. » Read the rest