Yahoo to Shutter Its Website Directory

Yahoo has announced it will be shutting down the Yahoo Directory. The directory helped make the company famous and was the most popular website directory during its peak. The name Yahoo stands for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle." As Danny Sullivan from Search Engine Land explains directories eventually faded as search took over. Read more... September 27, 2014

Twitpic to Shut Down on September 25th

Twitpic has announced it will be shutting down its photo sharing service on September 25th. During its peak, Twitpic was one of the most frequently used photo sharing services on Twitter. Twitter has since added its own photo tool, which uses a url followed by a unique series of letters and numbers. Lots of Twitter users also use Instagram for photos even though these photos do not show up in the Twitter stream. Read more... September 4, 2014

Google to Shut Down Orkut on September 30, 2014

Google has announced that it will close its Orkut social network. The social network was launched by Google ten years ago in January 2004. Orkut had a bigger following overseas than it did in the U.S. Many in the U.S. may not even be familiar with it as it was overshadowed by Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. Read more... July 1, 2014

Billboard and Twitter Partner for Real-Time Music Charts

Billboard and Twitter have partnered for the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts. The first chart launched by Billboard is the Trending 140, which Billboard describes as an "up to the minute ranking of songs shared in the U.S., measured by acceleration over the past hour." It is also described as the fastest moving songs on Twitter over the past hour. Kanye West's "God Level" is leading the Trending 140 as of this writing. Read more... May 27, 2014

Google Joins Instagram

Google has joined Instagram. Instagram is owned by Facebook so Google is joining its rival's service. Google's first entry is a clip of the Rubik's cube game they posted on Read more... May 19, 2014

Twitter Starts Rolling Out Mute Feature

Twitter is rolling out a new mute account feature. The feature lets you silence Twitter users you are tired of hearing from. The feature is available on Twitter's iPhone app, Android app and on the web-based You will not get a user's tweets and retweets if you mute them. Read more... May 13, 2014

Tweetstormers Should Get a Blog

A post on BuzzFeed by Charlie Warzel warns of a problem known as Tweetstorm. A tweetstorm is a series of consecutive numbered tweets published rapidly from a single Twitter account. This type of use of Twitter can annoy one's Twitter followers. The BuzzFeed post shows an example of a tweetstorm published by Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen that has at least 9 tweets in it. Read more... May 12, 2014

Saudi Blogger Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison and 1,000 Lashes for Insulting Islam

CNN reports that Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam. Badawi appealed his 2013 conviction and ended up with one that was even worse. His 2013 conviction was for 7 years in prison and 600 lashes. Now he gets three more years in prison and 400 more lashes. CNN says the penalty also includes a 1 million riyal fine, which equals about $267,000 U.S. Read more... May 8, 2014

Putin Signs New Law Requiring Bloggers to Register

Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a new law requiring bloggers to register. A New York Times story on the law says, "Russia quietly tightens reins on web with 'Bloggers Law.' Reporters Without Borders says the new bill defines a blogger as "a person who posts open information on a personal page" that gets at least 3,000 visits a day. This can also include microblogs and social networks. Read more... May 7, 2014

Amazon Offers Twitter Shopping With Amazon Cart Feature

Amazon has added an ecommerce feature to Twitter. You have to connect your Twitter account to Amazon to use it. Once you have done this you can then add items to your cart by responding to any tweet that contains an Amazon product link with the hashtag #AmazonCart. Amazon has a FAQ about how it works here. TheNextWeb reports that the #AmazonBasket hashtag is used for the feature in the UK. Read more... May 5, 2014

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