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TweetDeck Apps and Social Commerce App Flattr Felled by Twitter’s API Rules (SocialTimes)
In its ongoing efforts to police how its data is used by third-party apps, Twitter has announced it would shut down mobile TweetDeck apps, Facebook integration with TweetDeck and use of the social commerce app Flattr on its platform on May 7. TweetDeck is a Twitter client acquired by Twitter in 2011. The Next Web Twitter has said that TweetDeck for Mac and PC will stick around for now and to closely follow the feature updates that the Web and Chrome versions of the app debut. Those Web editions will be the primary TweetDeck experience and will get rollouts of new Twitter stuff sooner. CNET The decision appears largely intended to get people to solely use the official Twitter for iPhone and Android applications, which proffer a consistent Twitter experience that is more in line with what people find on the company’s website. The Verge The TweetDeck update comes a day after Twitter said it would discontinue support for Internet Explorer 6 and 7. The feature lets publishers and developers embed tweets and Twitter buttons on their websites. TweetDeck Blog A post from the TweetDeck blog reads: “Over the past few years, we’ve seen a steady trend towards people using TweetDeck on their computers and Twitter on their mobile devices. This trend coincides with an increased investment in Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android –– adding photo filters and other editing capabilities, revamping user profiles and enhancing search. That said, we know this applies to most of our users –– not all of them. And for those of you who are inconvenienced by this shift, our sincere apologies.”
Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Again, This Time it’s CBS’ 60 Minutes (VentureBeat)
The Syrian Electronic Army, a group of pro-regime hackers, reportedly took over the Twitter account of CBS’ 60 Minutes as well as other CBS brands Saturday, saying the United States is “in bed” with terrorists. This is the second Twitter take-over in the last week for the SEA, which often attacks publications for their coverage of the situation in Syria. AllThingsD The group, which claimed credit for the attacks via a statement on its website, has a history of attacking websites and social media accounts of various western media organizations. On April 16, it attacked websites and some Twitter accounts belonging to NPR. Last month, it attacked the website and Twitter account of Human Rights Watch. Gizmodo Of course all this could just go away if Twitter would roll out some two-step verification, but who knows how long that’ll take. Any bets as to how many more high-profile hacks we’ll have to see?
Facebook Logos Revamped (AllFacebook)
Facebook quietly rolled out a new main logo, as well as new logos for some of the company’s official pages. Developer Tom Waddington pointed out the new logos in a blog post, saying the main Facebook logo shed the lighter blue line at the bottom and moved the “F” to the edge of the box. He added that the new logo is transparent, and the F is fully cut out.
Facebook Cracks Down on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Fan Pages (The Daily Dot)
In other Facebook news, suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might have a social media presence on Russian site Vkontakte and on Twitter, but finding him on Facebook is harder than you might think. A Facebook search of the suspect’s name did not yield any profiles, pages or groups.
Tribeca Film Festival Releases 40 Vine Finalists in its #6SecFilms Contest (AllTwitter)
The Tribeca Film Festival this year challenged people to use Twitter’s Vine app to create six-second films — with a “beginning, middle and end” — for a special #6SecFilms contest. And the 40 finalists have been released.
#ISOJ Keynote: Can Social Media Help Us Create a More Informed Public? (PBS/MediaShift)
As the person at NPR who sent out the tweet mistakenly reporting the death of Gabrielle Giffords, I know we are all capable of making mistakes and understand the reporting failures that cause them to happen. Whether we’re on-air reporters, Web producers or just members of the public with large Twitter followings, we all have the potential of getting it wrong and making matters worse.
Knicks Launch Instagram Microsite for NBA Playoffs (Mashable)
The New York Knicks has launched an Instagram-specific microsite to collect fan photos from Madison Square Garden and around the world during the team’s 2013 playoff run. Found at Knickstagram.com, the site will aggregate and post all Instagram fan photos that include the #Knicks and #KnicksTape hashtags, which are popular among fans of the team.
How RebelMouse is Helping TV Deliver Social to Fans (LostRemote)
RebelMouse, a New York City-based startup, launched in June of last year and has become one of the most talked about social startups. We spoke with founder Paul Berry about the growth of the platform and how TV networks have jumped on board to deliver more social TV experiences.
Why are Bad Email Habits So Hard to Break? (GigaOM)
Email is something people are super-sensitive to altering. Even Google had a rough time rolling out too many changes at once: at one point even the labels feature was too much for non-power users to adopt.