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Results from The Twitter Blog for: November 2009


Once a year there is a very special and potentially awkward event: Movember. Here’s what it’s all about according to


Nouvelle saveur : Twitter en Français!

Think Globally, Tweet Locally

In August we announced that we were working on a new API that would provide developers with the ability to geotag tweets. Today, the Geotagging API is officially available.


Refreshed Privacy Policy

As part of rolling out geotagging today we’ve updated our privacy policy to explicitly include geotagging and to describe the public nature of most of what people post to Twitter. We’ve tried to keep it short and sweet with lots of real life examples so it’s simple to read through. We’ll also be letting people know about the new policy via email and @twitter.


What's Happening?

Twitter was originally conceived as a mobile status update service—an easy way to keep in touch with people in your life by sending and receiving short, frequent answers to one question, “What are you doing?” However, when we implemented the service, we chose to leave something out. To stay simple, Twitter did not require individuals to confirm relationships. Instead, we left things open.


Another First in the UK

The UK has had an outsized cultural impact on the world. From music to sports to literature… and now – MMS with Twitter.


The Perfect Combination

As our platform team works with more and more developers to expand access to information, users are able to tweet and read tweets in expanding ways across the web. Today, LinkedIn launched a smart integration that lets you sync up your account with Twitter to allow for an easy flow of information to take place between your networks.


SMS for AXIS Indonesia

As director of mobile products and partnerships at Twitter, one thing that always makes me smile is the growing demand for sending and receiving tweets via SMS. The ease of composing a text message combined with the “interruptiveness” of getting an alert for an account you follow is a powerful combination. This has always been the aspect of Twitter that excites me most. It’s cool to think that a café in Jakarta can write their Twitter username on a chalkboard and tell people to text “follow username” to our shortcode for alerts about the daily special.


Retweet Limited Rollout

We’ve just activated a feature called retweet on a very small percentage of accounts in order to see how it works in the wild. Retweet is a button that makes forwarding a particularly interesting tweet to all your followers very easy. In turn, we hope interesting, newsworthy, or even just plain funny information will spread quickly through the network making its way efficiently to the people who want or need to know.


Get to the Point: Twitter Trends

As Twitter grows and the number of tweets each day continues to astound us, we’ve noticed an increasing amount of clutter in the public timeline, especially with trending topics. Trends began as a useful way to find out what’s going on but has grown less interesting due to the noisiness of the conversation.