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Twitter CEO Dick Costolo admits incompetence in tracking down trolls

What was supposed to be an internal announcement for its employees ultimately arrived to The Verge, which made public the memo where Dick Costolo – CEO of Twitter – admitted their incompetence in tracking down trolls throughout the social network.

We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years. It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day.

I’m frankly ashamed of how poorly we’ve dealt with this issue during my tenure as CEO. It’s absurd. There’s no excuse for it. I take full responsibility for not being more aggressive on this front. It’s nobody else’s fault but mine, and it’s embarrassing.

We’re going to start kicking these people off right and left and making sure that when they issue their ridiculous attacks, nobody hears them.

Everybody on the leadership team knows this is vital.

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The Facebook redesign that you will never see rolled out because some can’t handle it.

On March 2013, Facebook showed a neat redesign for its website. A less cluttered layout, bigger pictures and also better looks.


Facebook Redesign 2013

No, we aren’t going to see this anymore. Reason is that a lot of Facebook users still run old computers such as netbooks that just can’t handle it. A lot of users still run on them, having insufficient performance and small screens that won’t fit it.

An early post stated that such redesign wasn’t just good from a revenue point reason because it has been ditched. Not quite correct.

Stating to Julie Zhuo – Facebook Design Director – “These people may not be early adopters or use the same hardware we do, but the quality of their experience matters just as much.”. Many of us may have shiny new computers, pixel perfect and wide screens to have a sharp pictures. There’s something more beyond just improving the user experience only from an exterior aspect. You have to make sure they can actually use it and not gimp the browser with a too heavy payload to take care of with already low room for themselves. Read More…

Paper will forever change the way you use Facebook on your iPhone

Introducing Paper from Facebook on Vimeo.

Let’s say it. Facebook mobile apps hasn’t ever been the jack of all trades point to users seeking to stay connected on the go. Nevertheless the continuous updates to match iOS change of looks, it is still some sort of clunky to browse in and rather inefficient to scroll through stories. Read More…

Event Parrot, the Twitter’s experiment that keeps followers up to date with breaking news

More than any other social network, Twitter is one of the most popular to rely on for bloggers, newspapers, websites for sharing news in a blink of an eye, in 140 characters form. This looks like to not be enough for Twitter, that launches an experiment named Event Parrot. The profile, named @eventparrot fundamentally works like the “Magic Recs” other Twitter experiment, that recommends through DMs who you should follow based on your interests.

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All the 1.2 billion Facebook profile pictures in one, unique interactive picture.

Facebook Faces

Getting lost between friends is  easy. When it comes to looking at the whole number of subscribed people on Facebook grinding for someone you know is hard enough to make search engines look like ancient algorithms. The project named “The Faces of Facebook” from programmer Natalie Rojas puts every public profile picture in chronological order, all restrained to dimensions even smaller than a pixel on an iPhone’s Retina display. The result is a wall of mixed colors creating a retro effect of the first TVs. Don’t be harassed by privacy though; in no way personal info are gathered. Read More…

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