• Twitter, in your language

    Friday, January 06, 2012

    More than 400,000 volunteers have contributed to our Translation Center, which takes a crowd-sourced approach to making Twitter available in new languages. In fact, thanks to these passionate people all over the world, Twitter is offered in 21 languages. We’ve recently introduced it in Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Polish — and today, we launch in Swedish.

    As the number of volunteer translators grows, we’ll explore new ways to empower users to translate and localize Twitter for even more communities. Expect to see further improvements to the Translation Center in the coming year, including new translation tools and more opportunities to help make Twitter accessible to every person on the planet.

    If you’d like to get involved, visit translate.twttr.com and follow @translator for the latest updates about these efforts. If you’d like to read Twitter in a different language, you can change your language setting.
  • Let's Fly: Embeddable Tweets

    Thursday, January 05, 2012

    Tweets have become one of the most important — and simplest — ways for people to share news, humor, inspiration, and knowledge online. And they are even richer when they include pictures, videos, locations, or links to other sites on the web. With the new version of Twitter, anyone can embed Tweets simply by copying and pasting one line of code into their website. Embedded Tweets automatically open to show images, conversations and videos.

    Whenever you see a Tweet embedded in a web page, you can follow that user with a single click and reply, retweet or favorite the Tweet right from the page. Click on the author’s @username to see their Twitter profile page, or click the date in the lower left corner of the Tweet to see Replies, Retweets and Favorites on the Details page. Try it now on this embedded Tweet.

    People are already embedding Tweets across the web in order to continue the conversations that matter to them. U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) embedded a Tweet to congratulate Walla Walla Community College. Journalists embed Tweets to quote eyewitnesses or sources, and bloggers embed Tweets to collect the year’s most memorable moments in one place. Here’s how you can embed Tweets on your own site, and watch for them on your favorite websites.
  • Let’s Fly: TweetDeck

    Friday, December 16, 2011

    TweetDeck is indispensable for tracking the real-time conversations about any given topic on Twitter. Last week we made TweetDeck available on the web for the first time.

    Built with HTML5, the web version of TweetDeck syncs your accounts, columns, layout and settings whenever and wherever you sign in. And, TweetDeck now reflects the overall design of Twitter with Profile and Tweet box pop-ups.

    Whether you are listening to conversations about a topic that impacts your business, or a journalist covering breaking news, TweetDeck on the web gives you an even simpler way to filter content. You can easily set up columns that track search results, trending topics, specific users, your own @mentions, favorites and more. You can also now open Tweets directly within a column to view media, conversations, favorites or retweets.

    #ProTip: Need to send a Tweet later? You can choose to post an update at a specific time in the future using TweetDeck’s scheduling feature.

    In addition to accessing TweetDeck from your browser, you can also download TweetDeck for your Mac or PC.

    We will continue to enhance TweetDeck on the web, so follow @TweetDeck for updates.
  • Tonight in Iowa: tweeting the debates

    Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Political debates give citizens a way to hear from the candidates themselves on the issues that matter most. In the past, we’ve all experienced this important phase in the election cycle by gathering around the TV to watch candidates exchange views in real time.

    Twitter helps you share the debate-watching experience more directly and powerfully by bringing you closer to the candidates, commentators and other voters. Tonight, you can weigh in with a Tweet as the debate progresses. At 9-11 p.m (ET) / 6-8 p.m. (PT), seven Republican presidential candidates will take the stage in Iowa and participate in the Fox News debate. Tell Fox News, the campaigns and pundits whether or not you think the candidates are really answering the questions.

    Here’s how to do it:
    • When a candidate answers a question, tweet that person’s name with #answer (if you think they answered the question) or #dodge (if you think they, well, dodged the question). Example: “gingrich nailed that #answer” or “gingrich is avoiding the issue #dodge”.
    If you want to continue to the join the conversation, include the debate’s official hashtag (#iowadebate) in your Tweet. Or just search for that hashtag on Twitter.com to see what everyone else is saying.

    Another #protip for debate watchers tonight: follow the host Bret Baier and moderators Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace and Neil Cavuto to get their perspective during the broadcast. And don’t forget to see what the candidates themselves tweet before and after the debate.

    If you won’t be near a TV this evening, you can keep up with the debate’s big moments on your mobile device.
  • Let’s Fly: Mobile

    Wednesday, December 14, 2011

    Last week we announced a new version of Twitter that provides a familiar experience across the web and mobile phones. We are rolling out the new version to Twitter.com over the next few weeks, and you can see it now on Twitter for iPhone, Twitter for Android and our mobile web app - mobile.twitter.com.

    Here are some tips to help you enjoy the new version of Twitter on your phone.

    • Blue glow. A blue glow underneath any of the tabs means you have new Tweets (in Home), Interactions (in Connect), Stories (in Discover) or Direct messages (in Me).
    • Jump to the top. When you’re done scrolling through a tab, just tap the icon to jump to the top of that tab’s timeline. Double-tap a tab you’re not currently viewing to jump to the top of that timeline.
    • Tweet details. Want to find out more about a Tweet in your timeline? Tap a Tweet to go to the details page, which includes photos and video, conversations, linked web pages and the number of favorites and retweets the Tweet has received.

    While this new version of Twitter scales across different platforms with a consistent navigation and actions, each app also has its own unique details.

    Learn more about the different Twitter mobile apps in our Help Center.

    As we’re rolling out Twitter.com to users, some folks have wondered how they can get it sooner. Just download and log in to Twitter for iPhone or Twitter for Android, and you will get earlier access to the new version of Twitter on your computer. It takes some time to update, but once you’ve logged in to the app, just know it’s coming!
  • Let's Fly

    Thursday, December 08, 2011

    Update - 3:15pm PT
    More news: Read about enhanced profile pages, on the advertising blog, and embeddable Tweets, on the dev blog.

    Today we introduce a new version of Twitter. We’ve simplified the design to make it easier than ever to follow what you care about, connect with others and discover something new. You’ll see this new design both on Twitter.com and mobile phones, so that you’ll have a familiar experience any time, anywhere. We’ve also updated TweetDeck to be consistent with this new version.

    Four new tabs bring you instantly closer to everything you care about. Visit fly.twitter.com to learn more about the changes.

    We’ll be rolling out the redesigned Twitter over the next few weeks. You can see it immediately on the just-updated versions of mobile.twitter.com, Twitter for iPhone, and Twitter for Android. You can get early access on your computer by downloading and logging into Twitter for iPhone or Twitter for Android. We’re working on updates for other apps, such as Twitter for iPad, and will share news as they become available.

    What we’re announcing today is just the beginning. We now have a framework in place that we will quickly build and iterate upon to help users connect with whatever is meaningful to them.

  • #YearInReview: Tweets Per Second

    Tuesday, December 06, 2011

    Today’s installment of #YearInReview charts the top Tweets Per Second (TPS) of 2011.

    The biggest moments on Twitter this year were live events and breaking news, when millions of people came together to watch significant events as they unfolded in real time. These moments range from natural disasters and geopolitical happenings to championship games, and reflect the way people turn to Twitter for a fast, simple way to communicate.

    Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement on MTV's Video Music Awards in August broke the record for the highest TPS spike of all time: nearly 9,000 Tweets per second. Live sporting events accounted for six out of the top 16 TPS spikes, with the final game of the Women’s FIFA World Cup holding the TPS record for sports. Hard news, including word of Troy Davis’ execution (7,671 TPS) and Steve Jobs’ resignation (7,064 TPS), round out the list.

    Visit our #YearInReview page to see a compilation of all of our lists to date, including the Year in Stories and Hot Topics.
  • #YearInReview: Hot Topics and Top Hashtags of 2011

    Sunday, December 04, 2011

    Today’s edition of Twitter’s #YearInReview highlights the leading topics and hashtags of the year. From news of Mubarak’s resignation in Egypt to buzz about which McDonald’s restaurants serve McLobster, the top trends that emerged on Twitter in 2011 reflect the diverse things that matter to us in our daily lives.

    The list of Hot Topics and Top Hashtags charts the keywords that rose the fastest in conversation over the course of the year. This reveals what grabbed our attention most dramatically in 2011, and which events, inventions, changes and ideas made the deepest impression on us.

    Among other things, we saw history unfold in the Middle East, mourned the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, celebrated National Whipped Cream Day, and cheered for the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and Wayne Rooney. We wondered about Charlie Sheen, speculated about the Sony NGP, and raved (or raged) about Rebecca Black. And we tYp3ed LyK tHi5.

    More than anything, these trends demonstrate how Twitter connects people with common interests. Instead of watching the news, the Super Bowl and Pretty Little Liars at home alone, we watched them together on Twitter. We shared our thoughts about the world we live in, and we listened as others around the globe chimed in.

    For more on how Twitter identifies trends, visit our help center.
  • #YearInReview: Who Joined Twitter in 2011?

    Friday, December 02, 2011

    If you joined Twitter this year, you’re in excellent company: other new Tweeters include Nelson Mandela, Joe Biden, Plaxico Burress, Christina Aguilera, Salman Rushdie, New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, and the Pope.

    Today’s #YearInReview list highlights some of the leaders, athletes, entertainers, journalists and other notables who dove into the Twitter stream. And they’re just a few of the 100 million people around the globe who use Twitter to see what’s happening in the world right now, share stories and information instantly, and connect to anyone, anywhere.

    If you’d like to see who else is on Twitter, check out our guide to Twitter's suggestions for Who to Follow.
  • #YearInReview: The Year in Stories

    Thursday, December 01, 2011

    The December edition of Twitter Stories highlights ten remarkable moments of 2011. From the man who inadvertently live-tweeted the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound to the homeless dad who was reunited with his daughter after years of separation, this list, which doubles as the annual “Year in Stories,” chronicles how people use Twitter to make a difference in ways that are both personal and universal. Here's one story:

    Around the world, people sent more than 60 billion Tweets in 2011, each one reflecting a particular perspective and point in time. To choose just ten of these to sum up the year is virtually impossible. Instead of attempting to identify the “most important” Tweets of the year, we’re recognizing ten Tweets that are emblematic of the many resonant moments that happened first on Twitter—or could only happen on Twitter.

    As these instances show, a single Tweet can bring you closer to neighbors and heroes, immerse you in political change or disaster relief. You might even get a steak dinner where you least expect it.

    If you’ve got a Twitter story to tell, use the hashtag #TwitterStories and follow us at @TwitterStories.