Search For Tweets By Location With Castround

There are all kinds of reasons why you might want to filter tweets based on a location — from breaking news to travel tips — and new Android app Castround makes the process much simpler than it is on the Web. Here’s how to use it and several alternative approaches you can try.


Before The Hashtag, There Was The Octothorpe

If you want to follow conversation threads relating to this show on social media — whether Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, Tumblr — you know to look for the hashtag: #99pi. In our current digital age, the hashtag identifies movements, events, happenings, brands — topics of all kinds. The “#” didn’t always have this meaning, though.


Report: Twitter's Teaming Up With Foursquare To Improve Location Data

Business Insider is reporting that Twitter is planning to team up with Foursquare in 2015, “adding a location layer to its platform” to make it more relevant and interesting for users.


The 100 Most Used Emojis On Twitter

Briefly: FiveThirtyEight compiled the list of the 100 most used emojis on Twitter, which you can track online in real time using this seizure-inducing website (seriously, they warn about this when you try to load it.)


#IllRideWithYou: Sydney Stands Up To Racism And Bigotry With One Beautiful Hashtag

Sydney was thrown into disarray yesterday, after an armed siege in the the busiest part of the city. It’s over now, but the tragic hostage drama has sparked anti-Muslim sentiment across the city, following reports that the incident may be politically motivated.

In a move that has completely floored me, Sydney’s and Australia’s social media users have united under one hashtag banner, pledging their solidarity with those who fear racially motivated and bigoted reprisals on public transport. This is #IllRideWithYou, and it’s beautiful.


Everything That Happened On Twitter In 2014

Each year, Twitter rounds up the biggest events that its users have been talking about — and 2014 is no exception. Can you guess the biggest Twitter event of the last 12 months?


Forget Amazon, Hachette Is Selling Books On Twitter

Book publisher Hachette is no longer in a blood feud with Amazon, but it’s already experimenting with new, Bezos-free online selling options, just in case. The latest: An experiment where best-selling Hachette authors will be able to sell its books directly to fans on Twitter.


The Most Detailed Tweet Map Ever Includes 6,341,973,478 Tweets 

If you’ve tweeted in the past 3.5 years, you’re probably on this map. A data artist named Eric Fischer has spent the past few years on the seemingly Sisyphean task of tracking every single geotagged tweet, and he recently posted the final product: A lovely light map of 6.3 billion tweets.


What If We Dressed Like Our Social Networks?

We all spend so much damn time looking at them; what if we started… being a bit like them too? In this photo shoot, Viktorija Pashuta imagined a world where we started dressing like our social networks. The results are… slightly disturbing.


Twitter Is Finally Making It Easier To Deal With Harrassment

Being the primary stream of consciousness for the internet, Twitter faces the herculean task of trying to remain open but also protect people from vicious trolls and online abusers. In the wake of Gamergate and other random instances of violent verbal abuse and sexism, Twitter has often been criticised for how it handles online safety. But starting today the company is implementing an improved safety strategy.


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