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Results from The Twitter Blog for: May 2013

The geography of Tweets

Give every Twitter user a brush and they will paint you the world — if they geotag their Tweets.

Those of us on the Visual Insights team are obsessed with the patterns that emerge from aggregated Tweets over time. A continuing curiosity is about the geographical shapes that surface in geotagged Tweets. The images we’re sharing here use all of the geo-tagged Tweets since 2009 — billions of them. (Every dot is a Tweet, and the color is the Tweet count.)


New iPhone and Android features for better tweeting

We’ve just released updates to our iPhone and Android apps. Tweeting is now even easier and more seamless.


Getting started with login verification

Every day, a growing number of people log in to Twitter. Usually these login attempts come from the genuine account owners, but we occasionally hear from people whose accounts have been compromised by email phishing schemes or a breach of password data elsewhere on the web.


Brewing our first IPA patent, and new adopters

Last year, we introduced a new way of handling patents called the Innovator’s Patent Agreement. The IPA is a new way to do patent assignment that keeps control in the hands of engineers and designers. We put the draft agreement up on Github and over the past year, we’ve received a lot of great comments and feedback.


#BBMA: Your ticket to Vegas

The Billboard Music Awards are two days away (Sunday May 19, 8pm ET / 7pm CT) and you can use Twitter to keep up with all of the night’s unforgettable moments. 

How will you follow along with the backstage action? How will you talk directly to your favorite artists, or experience the scene in Las Vegas at this year’s show?


Twitter for Google Glass

Today we’re bringing Twitter to Google Glass, making it easy for you to share photos and connect with people.

With Twitter for Google Glass, you can share photos to Twitter. The Tweet will automatically include the text, “Just shared a photo #throughglass”, as you can see here:


Make your mother's day

It’s not too late to send #YourMom a message for Mother’s Day. Here are a few Vine videos for inspiration. 

Sometimes you need that extra little something to show your mom how much you care. You know what? Vine is one of the best ways to do that. You can use it to make a beautiful looping video to show her your love and affection. We whipped up this site featuring some amazing Mother’s Day videos you can share with her:


Call mom maybe

Friendly reminder: Mother’s Day is Sunday.


#OnlyOnTwitter: Fêtes and fashion

Other-worldly hats, sky-high heels, daring designs and strapping tuxedos: We’re seeing them all come to life on Twitter as partygoers and scenemakers strut their stuff at the hautest of events of the year so far.

Just in the past week, the Kentucky Derby, Met Costume Institute Gala, San Francisco Ballet and Chanel have lit up Twitter as celebrities tweeted and vined their chic, punk, classic or otherwise memorable garb.