Whistleblower Chelsea Manning's Prison Twitter Account Is a Mystery

On April 3rd, 581 days after a military court sentenced to Chelsea Manning to 35 years in prison for leaking some 750,000 classified documents, Chelsea Manning burst back into the public eye with a new Twitter account. What the hell is she trying to do? We talked to the people running her account to find out. » 4/17/15 5:15pm Yesterday 5:15pm

#C3PO Is Trending: Now Star Wars Emoji Are Just a Hashtag Away

Hey guess what, there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out! And as the latest ploy to dominate the online conversation, the film has partnered with Twitter to create emoji-generating hashtags for three members of the Episode VII universe, just as a new teaser trailer hits at Star Wars Celebration. » 4/16/15 2:20pm Thursday 2:20pm

Cut Through the Noise on Twitter with TweetDeck's Engagement Filter

With 500 million tweets sent into the ether every day, it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff on Twitter. This is one of the areas where power-user-tool-of-choice TweetDeck can lend a hand. It includes an engagement filter to let you focus in on high-profile tweets and cut out the less important ones.… » 3/30/15 11:25am 3/30/15 11:25am

Twitter's New Threat Reporting Tool Is a Useless Punt 

Twitter, a service that admits it sucks at dealing with trolls, just announced a new tool for reporting harassment to the police. It looks like a good step at first glance—if you ignore the fact that it's a responsibility dodging, spineless fix that's highly unlikely to help anyone being harassed or threatened… » 3/17/15 1:20pm 3/17/15 1:20pm

What Is Meerkat, and Should You Even Bother?

Meerkat is a carnivorous mongoose native to Africa, but if you've been within 30 feet of a Twitter account the last two weeks, this little guy's name has been appropriated for something else entirely: a new iOS app, hard lined straight into Twitter, that brings live streaming to the social network. So what exactly is… » 3/09/15 11:35am 3/09/15 11:35am

The Latest Twitter Update Tries To Address Doxxing

Doxxing, and the death threats and swatting that almost invariably follow, is one of the nastiest tools of internet trolls worldwide. Twitter is on the front lines of the online abuse problem, but thus far they've been fighting a fairly pathetic losing battle. The company's latest update hopes to turn that around. » 2/26/15 9:00pm 2/26/15 9:00pm

France Wants Google, Facebook, and Twitter's Help Fighting Terrorism

When it comes to social media presence, the Islamic State (ISIS) has Western nations completely outgunned. In fact, ISIS and its supports tweet and post upwards of 90,000 times a day and has led to the U.S. and the U.K. to reconsider its propaganda social media strategy. France wants to take a slightly different… » 2/22/15 6:22pm 2/22/15 6:22pm

Another Celebrity Is Leaving Twitter—Can You Blame Her?

It's a tale as old as time: Celebrity joins Twitter, celebrity gets viciously harassed on Twitter, celebrity becomes a shell of their former self because of Twitter, until finally—celebrity leaves Twitter. Rapper Iggy Azalea is now counting herself among the chosen few (hundred). Because remember: Twitter's broken,… » 2/19/15 12:06pm 2/19/15 12:06pm

Music Is Dead. VH1 Is Going Behind the Tweet 

For many a 90s kid, VH1's Behind the Music offered you your first glimpse into the rockstar lifestyle—highs, lows, laxatives, and all. But now that the internet has rendered us effectively dead inside, VH1's new parody series is giving us the only thing that matters any more: Twitter. Yup, it's time for Behind the… » 2/12/15 10:30am 2/12/15 10:30am

Tons of People Can't Tweet Because Twitter Thinks We're All Robots…

Something at Twitter has gone horribly, hilariously wrong: The social media site has unceremoniously declared us all to be robots. Well, maybe not all of us, but more than a few folks on Gizmodo staff as well as dozens of users across the web. Affected users trying to Tweet from Twitter's web client are being told… » 2/10/15 7:24pm 2/10/15 7:24pm