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Results from The Twitter Blog for: August 2008

HuffPo Twittering from the DNC

The folks over at The Huffington Post have put together a Twitter account updating live from the Democratic National Convention. You can visit their site or follow them on Twitter.


Turning Up The Heat On Spam

Twitter is not in the inflatable boat business contrary to this week’s flavor of spam. Despite the fact that there are apparently lots of “surprisingly attractive” inflatable boats available for financing, these updates and other spammy accounts are unwanted junk affecting good user experience. Inflatable boats will sink as we work to fry all forms of Twitter spam. So, what are we doing?

Suspended Accounts


Mobilizing His Followers

This AP story points out that Mr. Obama is harnessing the real-time power of Twitter to mobilize his followers to vote. I can just picture the tweet come November: “Hoping you’ll go make me president—right now!”



Alex Payne, API Lead

The Twitter API has grown over the past 2 years and become very important to Twitter as well as developers who build on our services. This has all happened despite the fact that we could only spare one engineer to work on the API about half of his time. Things are changing.


Some SMS Perspective

Changes for Some SMS Users—Good and Bad News

Let’s start with the bad news. Beginning today, Twitter is no longer delivering outbound SMS over our UK number. If you have been receiving SMS updates from Twitter via +44 762 480 1423, you’ll notice that they’ve stopped and you may want to explore some of the alternatives we’re suggesting.

Note: Updating via our UK number remains fully supported and these changes do not affect users in Canada, India, or the United States.


The Gray Lady Is All A-Twitter


The New York Times has been on a Twitter tear lately. They’ve got a good collection of accounts that make for some nice variety. Some of the accounts are written straight-up by writers, editors, and bloggers at the Times and others deliver just the Section Headlines. Here’s the complete collection if you want to add a little NYT to your Twitter timeline.

New York Times Writers using Twitter


Making Progress on Spam

We’ve previously discussed our efforts to defend Twitter against spam. We are making progress—there are bugs while we find our way—but we’re making progress too. Recently, we’ve seen significant impact by introducing limits around how many accounts can be followed on Twitter under certain conditions. These limits are designed to not affect the vast majority of users. However, some people (who are not spammers) have (and will) run into them. We want to shed some light on what we’ve done and why.

A Work In Progress


What Will You Be Doing 080808?

A fun project has emerged out of the Chinese community on Twitter. The idea is to share what you’re doing during the opening day of the Olympic Games. To participate, just add #080808 to your tweet and to watch, just visit Twitter Search. If you want to dig a little deeper, you can customize your profile pic by downloading the photoshop kit on this blog.