Twitter Acquires Twitpic's Archive, Saga Finally Ends
Twitter has acquired Twitpic's website and photo archive.
"I'm happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to give them the Twitpic domain and photo archive, thus keeping the photos and links alive for the time being," Twitpic creator Noah Everett announced Saturday in a blog post. "Twitter shares our goal of protecting our users and this data."
This resolution, which is more than a little ironic, ends one of the most melodramatic startup closures in recent memory.
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Twitpic, a service that allowed users to attach photos to their tweets, said in September that it would be shutting down. The reason, according to Everett, was that Twitter — a public company — opposed Twitpic receiving a trademark for its name. If Twitpic didn't withdraw its trademark application, Twitter said it would revoke Twitpic's API key, making the service useless. Read more...
Posted on Sat, Oct 2014 09:24:49
24 Hours Later, Users Find Hacks for Facebook's Rooms
Facebook introduced its anonymous community app Rooms on Thursday. Now, just 24 hours later, the lead product manager on Rooms discovered that users have hacked it.
He's delighted. Josh Miller, the Facebook product manager, wrote Friday in a post on Medium's Backchannel tech hub that Facebook left out the ability to discover new Rooms.
"Though counterintuitive, our logic was that retro web browsers didn’t offer 'discovery' for early Internet communities — you had to tell Netscape exactly where you wanted to go –- so why should we?" he said. "Our hypothesis was that places on the web being hard to find was a feature, not a bug." Read more...
Posted on Fri, Oct 2014 06:40:07
Win a Camera in Our Great Outdoors Photo Challenge
Whether you’re exploring your city or forging new paths, awe-inspiring scenery is all around us. For this week’s edition of Mashable's Photo Challenge Guest Series, we’re partnering with Olympus to explore the great outdoors. We want to see your photos of the landscapes that call to you: a crowded city street, a stretch of rural countryside or the ocean waves at dawn, for example.
Olympus, along with landscape photographer and Olympus Trailblazer Alex McClure, will be choosing their favorite shot to win an Olympus Silver OM-D E-M1 Camera and Olympus M. Zuicko Digital ED 12 – 40mm f.2.8 PRO Lens. Read more...
Posted on Thu, Oct 2014 08:04:10
Facebook Introduces an Anonymous Community App Called Rooms
Because sometimes you want to go where nobody knows your name.
Facebook's much-anticipated anonymous social app is finally here, and it's called Rooms.
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The app allows people to create a "room" on any topic. The room can then be customized with colors, icons and photos — even the Like button can be changed. Text, photos and videos can be posted to a room's feed, creating an ongoing multimedia conversation.
The goal, according to the app's blog, is to transfer the utility of message boards to the mobile world.
"A room is a feed of photos, videos, and text — not too different from the one you have on Instagram or Facebook — with a topic determined by whoever created the room," Facebook says in the post announcing Rooms. Read more...
Posted on Thu, Oct 2014 05:49:54
What Twitter Fabric Means for Developers
Twitter has had a complicated relationship with developers.
In its earlier days, the social network encouraged third-party developers to build their own apps and services on top of the platform. But the company later began to roll out its own competing features (the most notable example of this is when Twitter created its own image sharing service, frustrating companies like Twitpic and Yfrog).
But Twitter made its biggest appeal yet to developers on Wednesday at Flight, the company's first mobile developer conference. There CEO Dick Costolo unveiled Fabric, the company's ambitious plan to win back developers. Read more...
Posted on Thu, Oct 2014 05:20:11
27 Autumn Photos That Will Leaf You Wanting More
Hold on to your cider donuts, because Autumn is in full swing. The change of season has officially hit with a flurry of flannel and fresh, fall air
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Last week, we asked Mashable readers to submit photos that captured the feeling of Autumn for our Photo Challenge. Pumpkin carving, apple picking, PSL sipping – the traditions and festivities that come with this season never disappoint
We received a unique array of pictures featuring the fiery reds and bright yellows of fallen leaves, plump pumpkins, and the finest fashion that sweater weather can bring. Scroll through our featured picks below, and check out all of the other submissions here. Read more...
Posted on Thu, Oct 2014 02:19:25
Vine Challenge: Surprise Us With an Unexpected Twist
Everyone loves a film with a good twist — and the Vine community isn't any different. But the good thing about plot twists on the video-sharing service is that it only takes six seconds to get to the good stuff.
Mashable is collaborating with Unpopular Now for this week's Vine challenge. We want you to surprise us with a creative twist in your video.
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"My favorite way to achieve this is to choose an object, and then make that object do something impossible or unexpected," Unpopular Now CEO and creative director Peter Heacock said. "Or pick a scene in which the outcome is expected, and then alter that outcome to give an element of surprise." Read more...
Posted on Wed, Oct 2014 08:30:07
5 Tips for Using Social Media During Conferences
So, you're attending a conference. You've paid the entrance fee, put on the best outfit ever, grabbed a big stack of business cards and made sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date.
The one piece of the conference puzzle I can almost guarantee you're missing? Social media.
With the rise of platforms like Twitter and Instagram, it's easier than ever for conference organizers to put their in-person events online in real time. And while this is great promotion for the conference, it's good for you, too. Being active on social media during an event can help you with your personal branding, expand your network to more like-minded people and get more out of the entire conference experience in general. Read more...
Posted on Tue, Oct 2014 10:45:59