Twitter Wants To Explain Hashtags To You

Recently spotted by The Wall Street Journal, Twitter is experimenting with a new way to explain some hashtags. Images show Twitter for iOS defining certain hashtags in search in an obvious attempt to notch up reader comprehension a few ticks.


A Book Of Tweets By People Claiming They're Working On Their Novels

Novels aren’t going to write themselves, you know. But when they don’t their would-be authors simply turn to Twitter. A new book features tweets by people who are totally working on their novels, but had to stop working on their novels so they could post something to Twitter about working on their novels.


Tropfest Wants You To Make Your Own Super-Short Film With Vine

Fancy yourself a short-film maker? Tropfest wants you to prove it with a new ultra-short film contest featuring six-second vine movies.


AFP Officer Under Investigation After Lily Allen's Instagram Arrest Prank

If there’s one group you don’t want to annoy at a music festival, it’s the police. Unfortunately, nobody told British performer Lily Allen, who landed a few Australian Federal Police officers in hot water over a fake photo of her getting arrested went up on Instagram and Twitter.


Tweetbot Catches Russian Government Editing Flight MH17 Wikipedia Info

Remember @CongressEdits, the tweetbot that alerts whenever a Wikipedia article is edited from a government IP address? There’s a Russian version now, and it just uncovered some pretty drastic edits to a Wikipedia article that mentions Flight MH17, originating from a Russian government IP address.


Twitter, Facebook And Snapchat Are Turning Into Storefronts

Earlier today, three of the biggest names in social network land — Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat — all announced major pushes towards mobile payments. But it’s not your friends they want to help you funnel money to — it’s advertisers.


The Secretive Experiments That Could Make Twitter So Much Better

If you ask someone who works at Twitter about the company’s experiments, you won’t get an answer. Company policy is no comment. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of novel updates and strange new features brewing in San Francisco. You might have taken part in Twitter’s tests without even realising it.


Tracking The Bizarre Edits US Congress Makes To Wikipedia

The elected representatives chosen to represent you in the legislative branch of the United States of America aren’t just making modifications to national law. They’re also editing the Wikipedia pages for “Horse head mask” and “Step Up 3D”. Or at least their staffers are. And thanks to @congressedits, you can keep tabs on it.


Did You See The Meteor Over Melbourne Last Night? Twitter Did [Video!]

There must have been some eager stargazers out tonight in Melbourne and parts of Sydney! A bright meteorite with a long tail reportedly streaked across the sky at 9:45pm AEST. Did you see it? Update: now with awesome video!


Flash Just Patched A Huge Security Flaw

Adobe just patched up a gaping security flaw that could affect anyone who logs on to eBay, Tumblr, Instagram or other popular sites. If you’re a person who visits any of those domains (or, really, any website out there that might use Flash), you really should update right now.