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Revisions suggested 12/10/13[edit]

Please copy record tweet information from “Growth” section to the “Record Tweets” section. The heading “Record Tweets” only has two record tweets under it, and would be improved by adding more record tweets from the “Growth” section.

The first paragraph of the “Issues and Controversies” section should be altered. Most of the paragraph leads the reader to assume that Twitter has played a large role in the Arab Spring. Then the last sentence discredits that line of thought by stating only a small fraction of the population of Arab Spring countries are active on Twitter. Please revise to state a debate exists as to the size of the role Twitter has had in these revolutions. Twitter revolutions should possibly have its own heading, where this debate can be summarized.

The following text should be included to introduce the Arab Spring section of the first paragraph of “Issues and Controversies”. In 2009, the Western world projected Twitter onto the green revolution in Iran. Twitter did play a role in the uprising, but not to the extent the Western media said it did. An extreme minority of Iranians used Twitter at that point in time. Twitter did help publicize the events of the green revolution in an otherwise secretive and closed country, but Twitter did not drive the masses into the streets of Tehran. source: http://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/morozovch1.pdf

Semi-protected edit request on 19 June 2015[edit]

Please add this (if appropriate) to the “Issues and controversies” section:-

Censorship Issues[edit]

On or about the 17 June 2015 Twitter, Inc. (and/or other Twitter operating entities) censored or blocked 2 Twitter accounts operated by Journalists which published or disseminated independent Public Opinion Polls and Surveys derived from original data researched by an independent Public Opinion / Surveying research company. [1][2] It was originally reported that Twitter had been coerced by the British Government because these surveys concerned public opinion regarding the Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union. Subsequently a British Government official confirmed to journalists that the censorship was orchestrated by UK Independence Party (UKIP) political activists whom are anti-UK government and anti-European Union. The British Government’s GCHQ agency monitors all Twitter activity, including the UKIP activists.

The Twitter General Counsel, Vijaya Gadde, was contacted by a law firm, and then a journalist covering the story; however Twitter failed to respond. An investigation [3] is now being conducted into Twitter companies, inter alia, Twitter Inc, Twitter International Company, and associated entities, in respect of breaches of European Union, Council of Europe, and national legislation and provisions.

The basis of this investigation is to evaluate evidence which impacts on one or more Class Actions which would allege:

1. Abuse of a dominant position, contrary to Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

2. Censorship or Restriction of Freedom of Expression as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Given Twitter’s precarious finances any adverse publicity which would impact on potential advertisers, and/or any substantial fine imposed on Twitter by the European Commission for breaches of Article 102, may drive the company out of business. If the matter reaches the European Court of Human Rights, as with the Google case, Twitter will be subject to more regulation and will have to make significant changes in their operating procedures and public accountability.


BDFPLAW (talk) 19:27, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done From reference 3, you appear to be trying to use Wikipedia to promote your law company, whilst much of the latter half is pure speculation.
Please also read the warning about your unacceptable user name on your user page here - Arjayay (talk) 18:23, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

Bravo. To hell with potential threats to Freedom of the Press. Long Live Pedantry. BDFPLAW (talk) 14:58, 8 July 2015 (UTC) Awaiting an acceptable user name

Logo and main page appearance[edit]

This is how I am currently seeing the main page https://twitter.com/ . It uses a blue bird on a white background. I am puzzled by File:Twitter homepage.png which is used in the infobox, because I have never seen this. Can anyone explain why this discrepancy is happening?--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 17:41, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

  • This is how archive.org saw the page on 2 July 2015. It is possible that people in the USA are seeing this, but not in other countries. I am in the UK.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 17:50, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Your link is the older design; I currently see the 2nd link in the US. Possibly it's being rolled out in the US before other countries.— Preceding unsigned comment added by OMPIRE (talkcontribs) 18:08, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Yes that's right, I found this in the official Twitter blog from April 2015. The page says that "We’re introducing the new twitter.com on desktop to U.S. users first, and intend to bring it to more places over time." So there is a discrepancy at the moment in how users in different countries are seeing the main page.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 18:15, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

Note:[edit]

In common slang: A twit is a fool, an idiot. A twitterer: a houswife with nothing to do but spin housewife tails. In victorian times, you would call it, ´the vibrator´ (as per the movie). In groupi-ism terms: the follow you without effort machine, so that a woman can know when your next concert is, know whom your new consort is, and be able to move in to get your baby right in between, or shoot you dead because of a attachment severed.

It´s a damned fool way to die (Melbourne metro jingle). — Preceding unsigned comment added by 201.208.174.60 (talk) 00:42, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

Controversies:[edit]

Under controversies, kindly place the number of individuals dead, by and through asuming massive support where in reality it was nothing but a few twitters retwitting and linking en mass, as per a troyan worm. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 201.208.174.60 (talk) 02:13, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

Funding:[edit]

It is quite a bit more interesting to know where exactly those funds went into. Purchasing of real estate, for example, is in no form nor manner in any relationship to computer systems to maintain a network. The SEC information contains this, or not? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 201.208.174.60 (talk) 02:52, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

Literati and Twitterati[edit]

"Twitterati" needs more of an explanation. Perhaps a relationship or non-relationship to literati should be stated/explained. --Burst of unj (talk) 08:41, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

Twitterati" is a portmanteau word based on a combination of Twitter and literati. This is mentioned in Wiktionary, but I'm not sure if it is notable enough for a mention here.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 09:01, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 22 October 2015[edit]

/Periscope_(app) is a subsidiary of twitter just as vine is. Jakemichaeldrew (talk) 13:15, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

Red question icon with gradient background.svg Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. Chamith (talk) 14:51, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 8 January 2016[edit]

Twitter’s leadership has consistently been criticized for the company’s chronically flagging stock price, “sluggish user growth and its repeated failures to make its products more appealing.” [4] Venture capitalist Peter Thiel called Twitter “a horribly mismanaged company — probably a lot of pot-smoking going on there.” [5] [6] [7]

66.99.2.79 (talk) 18:41, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

  • X mark.svg Not done The part about pot-smoking has WP:BLP issues, while "Twitter’s leadership has consistently been criticized" lacks WP:NPOV.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 18:47, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

Verified Accounts[edit]

The last point in the features included with verified accounts is not a feature. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.115.37.27 (talk) 13:14, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

  1. ^ "European Public Opinion Surveys". Twitter. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "United Kingdom Public Opinion Surveys". Twitter. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Call for Evidence in Twitter Investigation". BDFP. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Twitter’s C.E.O., Dick Costolo, Is Set to Exit, Feeling Heat of Criticism". New York Times. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 21 Dec 2015. 
  5. ^ "Peter Thiel Mocks ‘Pot-Smoking’ Twitter Management". New York Times. 17 Sept 2015. Retrieved 21 Dec 2015.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ http://gotnews.com/thiel-right-twitter-smoking-much-weed/
  7. ^ http://gotnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Screen-Shot-2014-09-17-at-12.02.56-PM.png