Twitter Tweaks Notifications Tab to Show More Information

Twitter has tweaked its notifications tab which now shows information on accounts that you follow, like what those accounts are tweeting, and who are they following. The new update has, however, made the Twitter notification more crowded, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday.

According to the micro-blogging site, the change is aimed at ensuring that users don’t miss content that they may find interesting. Users who find these new notifications cluttering can opt out by tapping “see less often” option.

Twitter began testing the changes to notifications with ‘certain types of users’ last year. Combining different notifications in a single tap is not something new that Twitter has done.

Facebook also notifies you about a range of updates, including who liked or commented on your posts you are tagged in, friends’ birthdays, posts from particular friends and Pages and events.

Twitter Tweaks Notifications Tab to Show More InformationThe new Twitter update has been rolled out for both Android and iOS apps, apart from the Web.

Twitter on Thursday also reported its earnings and slowing growth in monthly active users.

The social network reported that it has average monthly active users was 328 million in the second quarter ended June 30. Analysts were expecting 328.8 million, according to financial data and analytics firm FactSet.

Monthly active users is a key performance indicator for social networking services – typically calculated by taking the number of users who have logged in and logged out during the 30-day period.

Twitter has been trying to boost revenue through live-streaming deals, but suffered a setback in Aprilwhen it lost a deal to live stream NFL games this year to Amazon.com

Twitter Reveals Why It Hides Its Daily Active User Figures

Responding to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as to why Twitter is hiding its daily active user (DAU) growth, the company said “the absolute number of DAUs is less important than the percentage change in DAUs”.

In a correspondence between the company and SEC, Twitter revealed that the percentage change in DAUs is the key factor to know whether user engagement is increasing or decreasing on a relative basis.

According to a report on Business Insider on Tuesday, Twitter also believes that revealing its DAU growth will be an unfair comparison to other social networks like Facebook and Snapchat.

“The company also focuses investors on percentage change rather than absolute DAU numbers to avoid confusion when comparing the company with other companies that disclose information regarding DAUs, but use different definitions of DAUs that may include different segments of their respective user bases,” Twitter wrote.

Twitter Reveals Why It Hides Its Daily Active User FiguresTwitter has added zero users since first quarter, posting $574 million in revenue in the second quarter in 2017, which is a decrease of five percent YoY (year-on-year).

Twitter now has 328 million monthly active users (MAUs) – the same number it reported in the first quarter of 2017.

“Monthly active usage (MAU) increased five percent YoY and daily active usage (DAU) increased 12 percent YoY, marking the third consecutive quarter of double-digit growth,” said Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, in a statement.

As such, concealing the DAU numbers acts as a silver lining to Twitter’s declining monthly user base because DAU growth percentage implies that existing users are engaging with the micro-blogging site more.

MIT Researchers Make AI System That Detects Sarcasm on Twitter Better Than Humans

MIT scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence system that can detect sarcasm in tweets better than humans, an advance that may help computers automatically spot and remove online hate speech and abusive comments.

Detecting the sentiment of social media posts can also track attitudes towards brands and products, and identify signals that might indicate trends in the financial markets.

A deeper understanding of Twitter may also help understand how information and influence flows through the network.

The researchers originally aimed to develop a system capable of detecting racist posts on Twitter.

However, the meaning of many messages could not be properly understood without some understanding of sarcasm.

The algorithm uses deep learning, a popular machine-learning technique that relies on training a very large simulated neural network to recognise subtle patterns using a large amount of data.

MIT Researchers Make AI System That Detects Sarcasm on Twitter Better Than HumansResearchers took advantage of emojis to help the algorithm identify and label emotional content.

Once the system read tweets for emotions, the researchers taught it to recognise sarcasm, ‘MIT Technology Review’ reported.

“Because we can’t use intonation in our voice or body language to contextualise what we are saying, emoji are the way we do it online,” said Iyad Rahwan, associate professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

“The neural network learned the connection between a certain kind of language and an emoji,” said Rahwan. The researchers found that their system performed far better than the best existing algorithms in each case.

They also found that it was better than the humans at spotting sarcasm and other emotions on Twitter.

It was 82 percent accurate at identifying sarcasm correctly, compared with an average score of 76 percent for the human volunteers.

Twitter Services Disrupted in Some Regions

Twitter appears to be down in some regions, with multiple users reporting the issue on other social networks such as Facebook.

While Twitter’s own Status page does not show any disruption to services, crowdsourced downtime reporting services like Down Detector and Down Right Now both indicate the disruption began around 3pm IST (9:30am GMT).

For us here in India, Twitter does not seem to be having any problems, though the official clientTweetDeck does intermittently fail to load images.

Down Detector’s Twitter Outage Map (seen above) shows most user reports about the outage are coming from Western Europe, and appear to be centred in London and Paris – or at least, southeast UK and northwest France.

Based on the location, it is possible the service disruption is intentional, dealing with Islamic State use of Twitter and other social media.

Update (1): Twitter has confirmed on its status page that the service is indeed down for some users. In a post around 4:15pm IST (10:45am GMT), Twitter said, “Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter. We are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution.”

Update (2): Twitter has updated its status page to detail the period of the outage, and apologise for problems caused. “From 1:39am until 3:20am PST (3:09pm IST to 4:50pm IST), some users were experiencing issues accessing Twitter. This issue has now been resolved. We are sorry for any inconvenience.”